Case Report: Rhodococcus erythropolis Osteomyelitis in the Toe

Case Report


The Rhodococcus species rarely cause musculoskeletal infections, with only two cases reported in the literature. We report the case of a 53-year-old woman who had an infection develop after first metatarsophalangeal joint fusion. A year after surgery, she continued to have pain and swelling with nonunion. She underwent revision of the arthrodesis and tissue samples from surgery revealed Rhodococcus erythropolis. The patient’s symptoms improved with oral antibiotics. One year after the revision surgery, the fusion had united. We believe this is the first report of a case of a musculoskeletal infection caused by Rhodococcus erythropolis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Trauma & OrthopaedicsHarrogate District HospitalHarrogateUK
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyHarrogate District HospitalHarrogateUK

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