Aeromonas hydrophila bacteremia presenting as non-traumatic acute osteomyelitis in a cirrhotic patient

Chang Gung Med J. 2003 Jul;26(7):520-4.


Aeromonas hydrophila is a low-virulence gram-negative bacillus. It has never been reported as a pathogen of non-traumatic acute osteomyelitis in a cirrhotic patient. Herein, we reported on a case of decompensated liver cirrhosis with Aeromonas hydrophila infection presenting as acute gastroenteritis and non-traumatic acute osteomyelitis. It has been shown that Aeromonas bacteremia usually affects immunocompromised subjects, such as those with liver cirrhosis. Non-traumatic acute osteomyelitis should be highly suggested when a cirrhotic patient with Aeromonas bacteremia presents with severe low back pain and no associated trauma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Aeromonas hydrophila*
  • Bacteremia / complications*
  • Gastroenteritis / etiology
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / complications*
  • Humans
  • Immunocompromised Host
  • Liver Cirrhosis / complications*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteomyelitis / etiology*