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Pasteurella pneumotropica: A Rare Case of Polymicrobial Cellulitis With No Known Animal Vector

South, Jamie King DO, MS*; Villazana-Kretzer, Diana DO, MS; Atkinson, Barbara DO

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: May 2010 - Volume 18 - Issue 3 - p 208-210
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3181c3c64a
Case Reports

We describe a rare case of Pasteurella pneumotropica in a 66-year-old man with a history of bilateral, nonhealing, plantar ulcerations. Pasteurella pneumotropica is a pleomorphic gram-negative bacterium, which is reported to occur most commonly after an animal bite or scratch. This case demonstrates a patient with chronic, nonhealing ulcers and no known history of animal saliva exposure that developed a polymicrobial cellulitis with Pasteurella pneumotropica, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and Streptococcus agalactiae.

From the *Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Methodist Hospital, Dallas; †Department of Surgery, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss and ‡Division of Internal Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX.

Reprints: Jamie King South, DO, MS, Methodist Hospital, Department of Obstetric and Gynecology, 1441 N. Beckley Dr., Dallas, TX 75230. E-mail:

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.