Enterobacter cancerogenus ("Enterobacter taylorae") infections associated with severe trauma or crush injuries

Am J Clin Pathol. 1997 Mar;107(3):359-61. doi: 10.1093/ajcp/107.3.359.


Five cases of Enterobacter cancerogenus infections (wound, n = 4; bacteremia, n = 1) in adults are described. All infections seemed to be community acquired and occurred after precipitating events such as multiple trauma to the head or severe crush injuries. All five strains of E cancerogenus were recovered in pure culture, and three of these were isolated on multiple occasions. The results indicate that E cancerogenus can cause wound infections and septicemia in persons environmentally exposed to these organisms during traumatic events.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Enterobacter*
  • Enterobacteriaceae Infections / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Trauma Severity Indices
  • Wound Infection / etiology*
  • Wounds and Injuries / complications*