Multiple brain abscesses and bacteremia in a child due to Fusobacterium necrophorum

Infection. May-Jun 1993;21(3):174-6. doi: 10.1007/BF01710542.


A case of Fusobacterium necrophorum bacteremia and multiple brain abscesses in a 6-year-old child following a Mycoplasma pneumoniae infection is described. Brain abscess due to this microorganism has only been described in three other cases since 1977. The clinical picture was consistent with postanginal septicemia, with septic metastatic complications normally only seen in teenagers and young adults. The patient was successfully treated with a 2-month course of parenteral penicillin G and metronidazole.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bacteremia / drug therapy
  • Bacteremia / microbiology*
  • Brain Abscess / drug therapy
  • Brain Abscess / microbiology*
  • Child
  • Female
  • Fusobacterium Infections / drug therapy
  • Fusobacterium Infections / microbiology*
  • Fusobacterium necrophorum*
  • Humans
  • Infusions, Intravenous
  • Metronidazole / administration & dosage
  • Metronidazole / therapeutic use
  • Penicillin G / administration & dosage
  • Penicillin G / therapeutic use
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / complications


  • Metronidazole
  • Penicillin G