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Listeriosis

  • A. Karen Kreutner
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Abstract

Listeriosis, a disease caused by Listeria monocytogenes, presents in a variety of fashions. In the adult, it is a rare cause of meningitis, septicemia, endocarditis, peritonitis, and focal abscess; however, its greatest clinical significance is in the area of perinatal infection. It has been shown to cause abortion, stillbirth, and “granulomatosis infantiseptica,” which is a life-threatening septic illness. Listeria monocytogenes is the third most common cause of neonatal bacterial meningitis after E. coli and S. agalactiae. In European countries where L. monocytogenes is reported to a central agency, the organism is responsible for 1–7% of perinatal mortality.1

Keywords

Amniotic Fluid Listeria Monocytogenes Pregnant Patient Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome Focal Necrosis 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1985

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