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Non-septicemic Burkholderia pseudomallei liver abscess in a young man

Ren-Jy Ben1, Yuh-Yuan Tsai2, Jyh-Ching Chen3, Nan-Hsiung Feng1
Divisions of 1Infectious Diseases and 2Gastroenterology, Department of Internal Medicine; and 3Department of Radiology, Kaohsiung Military General Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, ROC

Received: September 1, 2003 Revised: October 20, 2003 Accepted: October 27, 2003

Corresponding author: Dr. Ren-Jy Ben, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Military Hospital, 2, Chung-Chen 1st Road, Kaohsiung, 802, Taiwan, ROC. E-mail:

Melioidosis, caused by Burkholderia pseudomallei, has been increasingly recognized in Taiwan recently. Its isolation in liver abscess is rare compared to pulmonary melioidosis. We report a case of liver abscess due to B. pseudomallei in an immunocompetent 27-year-old male soldier admitted due to fever, sore throat and mild non-productive cough for 1 week. Physical examination was unremarkable except for congestion of the pharyngeal wall, moderate enlargement of the tonsils without pus coating, and palpable tender lymphadenopathy over bilateral submental regions. Antibiotic treatment with cefazolin 1 g every 8 hours intravenously was given without response. Left flank pain, followed by right flank pain associated with epigastric tenderness developed. Sonography and computed tomography scan of the abdomen demonstrated liver abscess. Aspiration of the liver abscess was performed and abscess culture yielded B. pseudomallei. Treatment with ceftazidime 2 g every 8 hours intravenously (4 weeks' duration) followed by oral regimens of amoxicillin-clavulanate was given. The patient was free of symptoms at 8 months' follow-up. Early awareness and definite diagnosis as well as institution of proper antimicrobial agents are imperative for successful treatment of melioidosis.

Key words: Burkholderia pseudomallei, case reports, liver abscess, melioidosis

J Microbiol Immunol Infect 2004;37:254-257.

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