Hong Kong Med J 2006;12:228-31 | Number 3, June 2006
Fatal septicaemia from Chromobacterium violaceum: case reports and review of the literature
AYB Teoh, M Hui, KY Ngo, J Wong, KF Lee, PBS Lai
Department of Surgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong
Chromobacterium violaceum rarely causes infection in humans and its mechanism of pathogenicity is not well understood. Human infection carries a high mortality rate with a fulminating clinical progression. A high index of suspicion is required for diagnosis, and is based on recovering the organisms from blood cultures or other appropriate specimens. We present three cases of human infection managed in a tertiary referral hospital in Hong Kong with a review of the literature.
Key words: Bacteremia; vioC protein; Chromobacterium violaceum; Liver abscess
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