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

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

Kwon, Herbert Peter MD; Lowry, Kristie Janine MD

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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.

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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