Sepsis associated with lactobacillus bacteremia in a patient with ischemic colitis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

11 Scopus citations

Abstract

Lactobacillus species is a known commensal of the mouth, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary tract. However, its isolation on blood cultures is often overlooked and attributed to bench contamination. We present a case of a 58-year-old immunocompetent male who initially presented with altered mental status, but developed sepsis from Lactobacillus bacteremia during his hospital course, while on mechanical ventilation. He was found to have ischemic colitis on colonoscopy. His condition improved with antibiotics and supportive management. Using this example of ischemic colitis, we stress that in the right clinical setting, Lactobacillus bacteremia is a harbinger for a serious underlying pathology and should not be ignored.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)606-608
Number of pages3
JournalIndian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Volume18
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Bacteremia
  • Lactobacillus
  • colitis
  • ischemia
  • sepsis

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Sepsis associated with lactobacillus bacteremia in a patient with ischemic colitis'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

  • Cite this