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American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2017, 5(7), 179-180
DOI: 10.12691/ajmcr-5-7-3
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Raoultella Planticola in a Soft Tissue Infection! An Emerging Pathogen

Luqman Salahudeen1, , Paulisa Ward2, Rekha Kumari2, Efemena Diejomaoh3, Vel Sivapalan1 and Simona Bratu1

1Division of Infectious Disease Department of Medicine, Harlem Hospital Center in Affiliation with Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, United States

2Department of Medicine, Harlem Hospital Center in Affiliation with Columbia University College of physicians and Surgeons, New York, United States

3Research Department, Therapeutic Concepts, Houston, United States

Pub. Date: August 01, 2017

Cite this paper:
Luqman Salahudeen, Paulisa Ward, Rekha Kumari, Efemena Diejomaoh, Vel Sivapalan and Simona Bratu. Raoultella Planticola in a Soft Tissue Infection! An Emerging Pathogen. American Journal of Medical Case Reports. 2017; 5(7):179-180. doi: 10.12691/ajmcr-5-7-3


Raoultella planticola is a gram-negative aerobic bacillus commonly found in water, plant and soil. Few cases have been reported of this organism affecting humans. We present the case of 68-year-old woman with a five-day history of inability to move right hand. Physical examination revealed an erythematous fluctuant swelling which was incised and drained. Drainage specimen was cultured and grew Raoultella planticola susceptible to augmented penicillin’s. Patient achieved significant clinical improvement following treatment with ampicillin-sublactam. Clinicians should be aware of this emerging pathogen as a cause of soft tissue infection in humans.

Raoultella planticola gram-negative soft tissue infection humans

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