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Orthopedics

Pyogenic cervical spondylitis caused by Pasteurella haemolytica attributed to excessive contact with dogs.


PMID 22049970

Abstract

The bacterium Pasteurella haemolytica is resident in the oral cavities of dogs and cats and is often a cause of zoonotic infection. However, it is rare for it to be the pathogenic bacteria behind pyogenic spondylitis, and few studies have been conducted on it. This article reports a case of pyogenic cervical spondylitis thought to be caused by excessive contact with pet dogs.A 52-year-old man reported neck pain and pain in the right upper limb. He was admitted after plain radiographs and magnetic resonance imaging suggested pyogenic spondylitis. Pasteurella haemolytica was detected by needle aspiration biopsy of the intervertebral disk. Because the patient owned 2 dogs and frequently kissed them on the mouth, the cause of infection was thought to be excessive contact with pet dogs. Symptoms were alleviated with bed rest and administration of antibiotics with a higher sensitivity to this bacterium.

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