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Delayed Treatment of a Dog Bite Resulting in Devastating Capnocytophaga Sepsis in an Alcoholic Patient With Functional Asplenia

Bischof, Johanna Elisabeth MD; Wirt, Jena N. DO, MPH; Tsukayama, Dean MD

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: July 2014 - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - p e105–e106
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0000000000000164
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Capnocytophaga canimorsus is a slow-growing gram-negative rod found in the normal oral flora of 20% to 25% of dogs. It is usually transmitted to humans by dog bite or exposure, causing symptoms ranging from local wound irritation to sepsis, meningitis, and death. Asplenia, alcohol abuse, and steroid use are risk factors for invasive disease, but this infection also occurs in the normal host.

From the Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN.

Correspondence to: Johanna Elisabeth Bischof, MD, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN. E-mail:

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.