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Pseudomonas aeruginosa septic shock secondary to “Gripe Water” ingestion

Sas, David D.O., M.P.H.; Enrione, Maria A. M.D.; Schwartz, Richard H. M.D.

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: February 2004 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - p 176-177
doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000109722.53766.4f

We report the case of a 9-month-old girl who presented in septic shock after ingestion of a contaminated herbal supplement commonly used to treat colic. Herbal supplements are widely used by well-meaning parents for many common conditions. Pediatricians should be aware that the variable manufacturing and packaging conditions of herbal supplements can lead to contamination with infectious agents.

Departments of Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care

Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children

Falls Church, VA

Accepted for publication Nov. 5, 2003.

Address for reprints: David Sas, D.O., M.P.H., Department of Pediatrics, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children, 3300 Gallows Road, Falls Church, VA 22042. E-mail

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.