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Emphysematous Pyelonephritis Due to Prevotella bivia: A Rare Organism Causing a Rare Condition

Jain, Deepali MD, MBA*; Elhwairis, Huda MD*; Campe, Julie BA

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: January 2013 - Volume 21 - Issue 1 - p 69–72
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e3182639f51
Case Reports

Prevotella bivia, an anaerobic organism known for causing obstetric-gynecologic infections, is now gaining notoriety for its increased detection in various nonobstetric infections. Although a limited number of nonobstetric cases of P. bivia–causing infection have been reported to date, so far no cases have been reported for P. bivia as a cause of pyelonephritis. We present a rare case of P. bivia causing the rare condition of emphysematous pyelonephritis.

From the Departments of *Internal Medicine, and †Graduate Medical Education, Hurley Medical Center, Flint MI 48503.

Correspondence to: Deepali Jain, MD, MBA, Department of Internal Medicine, Hurley Medical Center, Two Hurley Plaza, Suite 212, Flint, MI 48503. E-mail:;

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

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.