Capnocytophaga canimorsus peritonitis in a pediatric peritoneal dialysis patient

Pediatr Nephrol. 1999 Oct;13(8):646-8. doi: 10.1007/s004670050673.


Capnocytophaga canimorsus, a bacterium rarely encountered by clinicians, was responsible for the development of peritonitis in an 18-year-old white male on automated peritoneal dialysis following the puncture of his dialysis tubing by a domestic cat. Although more than 100 cases of septicemia caused by C. canimorsus have been reported, this is the first report of the organism causing peritonitis in a patient receiving peritoneal dialysis. Of interest, the patient had a prior episode of peritonitis secondary to Pasteurella multocida, also following transmission from the same cat.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Animals
  • Capnocytophaga / isolation & purification*
  • Cats
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Peritoneal Dialysis / adverse effects*
  • Peritonitis / etiology*