Parotitis associated with Eikenella corrodens in a healthy adult

Arch Otolaryngol. 1983 Nov;109(11):772-3. doi: 10.1001/archotol.1983.00800250066016.


Eikenella corrodens is a gram-negative, facultatively anaerobic rod that is part of the normal oral flora. Although its pathogenicity was uncertain until recently, E corrodens has been implicated in a variety of human infections, usually in mixed culture, and commonly in patients predisposed by virtue of trauma, malignant neoplasms, antecedent surgery, or parenteral drug abuse. Parotitis due to E corrodens occurred in a healthy 72-year-old woman. Therapy with high-dose intravenous oxacillin sodium had been without effect, but surgical drainage plus antibiotic therapy directed against E corrodens produced prompt resolution.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bacteroides Infections / diagnosis*
  • Bacteroides Infections / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Parotitis / diagnosis*
  • Parotitis / etiology
  • Parotitis / therapy