Vibrio vulnificus is a Gram-negative bacterium, a member of the Vibrionaceae family. V. vulnificus is the main cause of seafood-related deaths in the United States because it can cause severe wound infections or sepsis. This microorganism is highly dependent on iron availability. Therefore, patients with high body iron levels are more susceptible to the infection. Prompt treatment with cephalosporins as well as doxycycline is usually administered. We present a case of V. vulnificus bacteremia in a patient heterozygous for HFE p.C282Y mutation and underlying alcoholic liver cirrhosis.
Keywords: V. vulnificus; ferritin; hemochromatosis; liver cirrhosis; phlebotomy.
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