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Cutaneous manifestations of Helicobacter cinaedi infection.

Authors
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  • 1 Department of Dermatology, Sapporo City General Hospital, North 11, West 13, Sapporo 060-8604, Japan. [email protected] , (Japan)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Acta dermato-venereologica
1651-2057
Publication Date
Volume
93
Issue
2
Pages
165–167
Identifiers
DOI: 10.2340/00015555-1396
PMID: 22735294
Source
Medline
License
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Abstract

Helicobacter cinaedi causes gastroenteritis and bacter-aemia, particularly in immunocompromised individuals. Although cellulitis is sometimes reported to accompany infection by this pathogen, the cutaneous manifestations are poorly understood. To clarify the characteristic cutaneous features, 47 cases of H. cinaedi bacteraemia experienced at Sapporo City General Hospital as nosocomial infection were retrospectively evaluated. Thirty-four percent (16 cases) of the patients showed cutaneous lesions. They all had sudden onset of erythemas accompanied by high temperature. The most common cutaneous manifestations were found to be superficial cellulitis, which results in painful erythemas or infiltrated erythematous plaques on the extremities. These skin lesions can be an early clinical indicator of H. cinaedi bacteraemia in the setting of nosocomial infection.

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