Actinomyces odontolyticus infection 3 months post-robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy

Clyde, M., McAllister, J., Obeidallah, A. and Ahmad, I. (2019) Actinomyces odontolyticus infection 3 months post-robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy. BMJ Case Reports, 12(4), e228184. (doi: 10.1136/bcr-2018-228184) (PMID:30981988)

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Abstract

Actinomyces odontolyticus infection is a rare bacterial infection with only 46 cases reported from its discovery in 1958. This case highlights an immunocompetent patient who presented with an infected lymphocele and bacteraemia following a robotic-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy and extended pelvic lymph node dissection 3 months previously. He was treated for a fever of unclear origin initially using amoxicillin, gentamicin and metronidazole. Subsequently, he was found to have an infected lymphocele, which required surgical drainage. He was discharged 19 days after admission with three times daily oral amoxicillin which is to be continued for 6–12 months. This case highlights the need for effective communication between the laboratory and medical teams, and the importance of prompt source control.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ahmad, Dr Imran
Authors: Clyde, M., McAllister, J., Obeidallah, A., and Ahmad, I.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Cancer Sciences
Journal Name:BMJ Case Reports
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:1757-790X
ISSN (Online):1757-790X
Published Online:12 April 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © BMJ Publishing Group Limited 2019
First Published:First published in BMJ Case Reports 12:e228184
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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