Fatal Staphylococcus aureus haemorrhagic pneumonia producing Panton-Valentine leucocidin

Scand J Infect Dis. 2007;39(2):183-5. doi: 10.1080/00365540600818003.

Abstract

We present 2 cases of community acquired S. aureus pneumonia carrying Panton Valentine leucocidin (PVL). These cases illustrate this clinical entity characterized by a younger and healthier population than usual staphylococcal pneumonias and complicated by a 75% mortality rate. We also discuss the diagnosis and therapeutic difficulties.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bacterial Toxins / metabolism*
  • Exotoxins / metabolism*
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Hemorrhage / microbiology*
  • Humans
  • Leukocidins / metabolism*
  • Male
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial / complications
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial / drug therapy
  • Pneumonia, Bacterial / microbiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / drug therapy
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Staphylococcus aureus / metabolism*

Substances

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Bacterial Toxins
  • Exotoxins
  • Leukocidins
  • Panton-Valentine leukocidin