Bacteraemic spondylodiscitis caused by Enterococcus hirae

  • E. CanalejoEmail author
  • R. Ballesteros
  • J. Cabezudo
  • M. I. García-Arata
  • J. Moreno
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Enterococcus hirae infection is extremely rare in humans. In this paper, we describe a case of Enterococcus hirae spondylodiscitis complicated with anterior epidural abscess and multiple psoas abscesses in a 55-year-old man with diabetes mellitus. Despite appropriate antimicrobial therapy, surgery was required. This is the first reported case of spondylodiscitis due to this microorganism. Only two other case reports of human infection by E. hirae are available in the medical literature worldwide.


Infective Endocarditis Interbody Fusion Epidural Abscess Enterococcal Species Glycopeptide Antibiotic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Canalejo
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. Ballesteros
    • 2
  • J. Cabezudo
    • 3
  • M. I. García-Arata
    • 4
  • J. Moreno
    • 2
  1. 1.Infectious Diseases Unit, Department of Internal MedicineHospital de FuenlabradaFuenlabrada, MadridSpain
  2. 2.Spine Surgery Unit. Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryHospital de FuenlabradaFuenlabrada, MadridSpain
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyHospital de FuenlabradaFuenlabrada, MadridSpain
  4. 4.Department of MicrobiologyHospital de FuenlabradaFuenlabrada, MadridSpain

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