Necrotizing gastritis due to Bacillus cereus in an immunocompromised patient

Infection. 2006 Apr;34(2):98-9. doi: 10.1007/s15010-006-5019-6.


Bacillus cereus is increasingly being acknowledged as a serious bacterial pathogen in immunocompromised patients. We present a case of acute necrotizing gastritis caused by B. cereus in a 37-year-old woman with acute myeloblastic leukemia, who recovered following total parenteral nutrition and treatment with imipenem and vancomycin. B. cereus was isolated from gastric mucosa and blood cultures. Up to now, no case of acute necrotizing gastritis due to this organism has been reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bacillaceae Infections / drug therapy
  • Bacillaceae Infections / microbiology*
  • Bacillaceae Infections / pathology
  • Bacillus cereus / isolation & purification*
  • Female
  • Gastritis / drug therapy
  • Gastritis / microbiology*
  • Gastritis / pathology
  • Humans
  • Imipenem / therapeutic use
  • Immunocompromised Host*
  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute / complications*
  • Necrosis
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Vancomycin / therapeutic use


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Vancomycin
  • Imipenem