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Capnocytophaga canimorsus Sepsis Originating in a "Skin-Popping" Ulcer

Kwon, Herbert Peter MD; Lowry, Kristie Janine MD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31809fe3dd
Case Reports

Abstract: Capnocytophaga canimorsus is a known commensal organism of both canine and feline oral floras and is usually associated with infections from animal bites. We report on this infrequent cause of sepsis in an intravenous drug abuser who contracted the infection through his "skin-popping" ulcers. This case serves as a reminder that a complete history and evaluation, including consideration of asplenism and animal contacts, will lead to more accurate diagnoses, improved patient care, and more efficient use of antibiotic resources.

Author Information

Department of Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA.

The opinions or assertions contained herein are the private views of the author(s) and are not to be constructed as official or as reflecting the views of the Department of Defense.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Herbert Peter Kwon, MD, Department of Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center, Bldg 9040A, Fitzsimmons Drive, Tacoma, WA 98431. E-mail:

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