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Meningococcal Injection Abscess

Mir, M. Ayaz MBBS*; Sultan, Faisal MBBS, DABIM (ID)†

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e318168ffcb
Case Reports

Abstract: We describe a case of meningococcal gluteal injection abscess in a 3-year-old boy with acute lymphocytic leukemia. Pus from the abscess as well as blood grew Neisseria meningitidis. The patient did not show any other symptoms or signs of meningococcal sepsis or meningitis. A lumbar puncture was normal and did not reveal any meningococci in the cerebrospinal fluid. Patient was discharged uneventfully on antibiotics after surgical drainage.

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*Division of Hematology, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY; and †Infectious Disease Division, Shuakat Khanum Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Lahore, Pakistan.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to M. Ayaz Mir, MBBS, Division of Hematology, University at Buffalo, 149 Sobieski St, Buffalo, NY 14212. E-mail:

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