Liver abscess and sepsis with Bacillus pantothenticus in an immunocompetent patient: a first case report

World J Gastroenterol. 2009 Nov 14;15(42):5360-3. doi: 10.3748/wjg.15.5360.


Bacillus species are aerobic, gram-positive, spore forming rods that are usually found in the soil, dust, streams, and other environmental sources. Except for Bacillus. anthracis (B. anthracis), most species display low virulence, and only rarely cause infections in hosts with weak or damaged immune systems. There are two case reports of B. cereus as a potentially serious bacterial pathogen causing a liver abscess in an immunologically competent patient. We herein report a case of liver abscess and sepsis caused by B. pantothenticus in an immunocompetent patient. Until now, no case of liver abscess due to B. pantothenticus has been reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use
  • Bacillaceae Infections / diagnosis*
  • Bacillaceae Infections / drug therapy
  • Bacillaceae Infections / microbiology
  • Bacillus / isolation & purification*
  • Humans
  • Immunocompetence
  • Liver Abscess / microbiology*
  • Male
  • Sepsis / microbiology*
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Infective Agents