Pasteurella multocida: bilateral septic knee joint prostheses from a distant cat bite

Ann Emerg Med. 1984 Nov;13(11):1065-7. doi: 10.1016/s0196-0644(84)80073-6.


We report a case of septic arthritis and bacteremia caused by the Gram-negative rod, Pasteurella multocida. The patient was superficially bitten by her cat, and within two years infection necessitated removal of both of her artificial knee prostheses. P multocida is found in the mouths of cats, dogs, and other domestic animals. The pathogenesis, prevention, and treatment of infections caused by this organism, and the question of prophylactic antibiotics are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Animals
  • Arthritis, Infectious / drug therapy
  • Arthritis, Infectious / microbiology*
  • Bites and Stings / complications*
  • Cats*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joint Prosthesis*
  • Knee Joint*
  • Pasteurella Infections*
  • Sepsis / drug therapy
  • Sepsis / microbiology