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Neonatal Salmonella Orchitis

Feder, Henry M. Jr MD; Zempsky, William MD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: November 2005 - Volume 13 - Issue 6 - p 313-314
doi: 10.1097/
Case Reports

Abstract: Salmonella rarely causes focal genital infections. We report a neonate who was hospitalized with fever and a tender erythematous scrotum. Blood cultures were positive for Salmonella. After 4 days of appropriate antibiotic therapy, 5 mL of pus was drained from under the tunica vaginalis of each testicle and was culture-positive for Salmonella. The culprit for bringing the Salmonella into the home was most likely a Savannah monitor. Reptiles pose a risk for causing human Salmonella infections, especially in infants, and should not be kept as pets in households with children younger than 5 years.

Division of Infectious Disease, Connecticut Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT.

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