Anaerobic bacteremia in a neutropenic patient with oral mucositis

Ana M. Vidal, Juan C. Sarria, Robert C. Kimbrough, Yi Kong Keung

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An increasing number of anaerobic bloodstream infections in neutropenic cancer patients have been reported in the last decade. The type of anaerobes isolated from most of these patients suggests an oral source of infection. We describe a case of anaerobic bacteremia in a neutropenic patient with oral mucositis that highlights the importance of considering these organisms when selecting empiric prophylactic or therapeutic antimicrobial regimens, especially in the setting of periodontal disease or oral mucositis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)189-190
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of the Medical Sciences
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2000
Externally publishedYes



  • Anaerobes
  • Bacteremia
  • Mucositis
  • Neutropenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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