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Chromobacterium violaceum Hepatic Abscesses in a Previously Healthy Child

Winder, Melissa M. RN, MSN, PNP-AC*; Ingram, David MD; Vaughan, Leah RN, MSN, FNP, AC-CPNP; Warner, Holly RN, MSN, FNP

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: May 2012 - Volume 20 - Issue 3 - p 219–220
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3182424189
Case Reports

Chromobacterium violaceum, a bacterium that can cause potentially fatal infection, is found in the soil and water of tropical and subtropical areas. We report a case of a 5-year-old boy who developed C violaceum hepatic abscesses after cutaneous introduction of the bacteria. The patient was successfully treated with ciprofloxacin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole.

From the *School of Nursing, Duke University, Durham, NC; and †Department of Pediatrics, WakeMed Health & Hospitals, Raleigh, NC.

Correspondence to: Melissa M. Winder, RN, MSN, PNP-AC, 40 River Rd, Apt 5P, New York, NY 10044. E-mail:

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

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.