Current Infectious Disease Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 3, pp 288–294

Fusobacterial Infections in Children

Pediatric Infectious Diseases (I Brook, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11908-013-0340-6

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Brook, I. Curr Infect Dis Rep (2013) 15: 288. doi:10.1007/s11908-013-0340-6


Fusobacteria are members of the oral and gastrointestinal flora and are important potential pathogens in children. They are increasingly recognized as a cause of infections in children. These include infections of the head and neck (Lemierre syndrome, acute and chronic mastoiditis, chronic otitis and sinusitis, tonsillitis, peritonsillar and retropharyngeal abscesses, postanginal cervical lymphadenitis, periodontitis), brain, lungs, abdomen, pelvis, bones, joints, and blood. This review describes the clinical spectrum of fusobacterial infection in children and their management.



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departments of Pediatrics and MedicineGeorgetown University School of MedicineWashingtonUSA