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Chirurgia 2007 August;20(4):207-8

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A case of Capnocytophaga canimorsus brain abscess secondary to dog bites

Ulivieri S. 1, Oliveri G. 1, Filosomi G. 2

1 Department of Neurosurgery, Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital, 53100 Siena, Italy
2 Departement of Neuroradiology, Santa Maria alle Scotte Hospital, 53100 Siena, Italy


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Capnocytophaga canimorsus has been recognized as an opportunistic pathogen causing systemic infections in immunocompromised individuals with granulocytopenia and oral ulceration. It is part of the normal oral flora of dogs, and can be responsible for localized wound infections in humans after dog bites. This organism causes septicemia, meningitis, endocarditis, ocular infections and rarely brain abscess. We describe the case of an immunocompetent 28-year-old male with temporal brain abscess secondary canine strain and literature is review.

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