Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis necrotizing lymphadenitis in a twelve-year-old patient

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2006 Sep;25(9):848-51. doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000234071.93044.77.


We report the case of a 12-year-old girl with Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis necrotizing lymphadenitis. Awareness of this disease is critical for the diagnosis given that corynebacteria are often considered as skin contaminants. The isolate was highly susceptible to antibiotics but only ciprofloxacin, rifampin and gentamicin exerted bactericidal activity.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antibiotics, Antitubercular / therapeutic use
  • Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis / isolation & purification*
  • Female
  • Histiocytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis / drug therapy*
  • Histiocytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Ofloxacin / therapeutic use
  • Rifampin / therapeutic use


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Antibiotics, Antitubercular
  • Ofloxacin
  • Rifampin