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Unusual Complications of Adult Group B Streptococcus Infection: A Case Report

Snyder, Sean M. MD; Horwitch, Carrie A. MD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: September 2011 - Volume 19 - Issue 5 - p 367-369
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3182099db9
Case Reports

Group B streptococcus (GBS) is widely known as a cause of infection in neonates and peripartum women, but the incidence of adult infections with GBS appears to be increasing. We report a case of GBS erysipelas with associated toxic shock syndrome and secondary leukocytoclastic vasculitis. Vasculitis has been reported with other streptococcal infections, but to our knowledge, this is the first report of vasculitis with GBS.

From the Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA.

Correspondence to: Sean M. Snyder, MD, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Graduate Medical Education, H8-GME, 925 Seneca St, Seattle, WA 98101. E-mail:

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

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.