Irish Journal of Medical Science

, 178:541

A fatal case of Pasteurella multocida epiglottitis

  • K. O’Connell
  • J. Fennell
  • J. Callaghan
  • B. Rowaiye
  • M. Cormican
Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s11845-009-0396-3

Cite this article as:
O’Connell, K., Fennell, J., Callaghan, J. et al. Ir J Med Sci (2009) 178: 541. doi:10.1007/s11845-009-0396-3

Abstract

Introduction

Pasteurella multocida, a Gram-negative bacillus, is rarely associated with acute respiratory infections.

Aim

To describe a case of fatal P. multocida epiglottitis.

Results

A 52-year-old gentleman developed a sore throat and died suddenly within an hour of seeing his general practitioner. Post-mortem findings were consistent with death due to laryngeal obstruction associated with epiglottitis and laryngopharyngitis. A swab taken from the epiglottis for culture was positive for P. multocida.

Conclusion

Physicians should be aware of the potential for acute deterioration in adults with acute epiglottitis.

Keywords

Fatal Pasteurella multocida Epiglottitis 

Copyright information

© Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • K. O’Connell
    • 1
  • J. Fennell
    • 1
  • J. Callaghan
    • 2
  • B. Rowaiye
    • 2
  • M. Cormican
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Medical MicrobiologyGalway University HospitalGalwayIreland
  2. 2.Department of HistopathologyGalway University HospitalGalwayIreland
  3. 3.Department of BacteriologyNational University of Ireland GalwayGalwayIreland

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