Brain abscess caused by an Erwinia species. Report of a case and review of the literature

Adam Wechsler, Edward Bottone, Richard Lasser, Gary Korenman

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Abstract

A fifty-seven year old man with a brain abscess caused by a member of the Erwinia genus is described. To our knowledge, it is the first time Erwinia has been isolated from this type of lesion. The presence in the patient's serum of agglutinating antibodies against this organism but not against other Enterobacteriaceae, as well as the failure of normal serums to effect any agglutination of the strain involved, is highly indicative of systemic invasion in this patient. It now appears that although classically thought of as plant pathogens, members of the Erwinia genus under certain conditions can produce infection in man.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)680-684
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Medicine
Volume51
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1971

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