An unusual case of hip septic arthritis due to Bacteroides fragilis in an alcoholic patient

Infection. Sep-Oct 1994;22(5):353-5. doi: 10.1007/BF01715547.


We describe a 53-year-old alcoholic man who presented with hip septic arthritis due to Bacteroides fragilis. This arthritis involved a severe destruction of the femoral head, which was completely devitalized. Recovery was achieved after 4 months of antimicrobial therapy with imipenem/cilastatin plus metronidazole, surgical debridement of the necrotic tissues and four sessions of hyperbaric oxygen.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Alcoholism / complications*
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Arthritis, Infectious / microbiology*
  • Arthritis, Infectious / therapy
  • Bacteroides Infections / microbiology*
  • Bacteroides Infections / therapy
  • Bacteroides fragilis*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Debridement
  • Drug Therapy, Combination / therapeutic use
  • Femur Head Necrosis / microbiology*
  • Femur Head Necrosis / therapy
  • Hip Joint*
  • Humans
  • Hyperbaric Oxygenation
  • Male
  • Middle Aged


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents