Community acquired fulminant Pseudomonas infection of the gastrointestinal tract in previously healthy infants

J Paediatr Child Health. 1998 Dec;34(6):584-7. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1754.1998.00290.x.


Three previously healthy infants presented with diarrhoea and pyrexia and deteriorated rapidly. Two patients had necrotizing bowel disease requiring aggressive surgical intervention. All survived. P. aeruginosa gastrointestinal infection in previously healthy children is an extremely rare condition with a high mortality. Ecthyma gangrenosum was present in over 60% of reported cases although often not recognized initially. A high index of clinical suspicion, including prompt recognition of ecthyma gangrenosum, is mandatory for an early diagnosis of P. aeruginosa gastrointestinal infection. Early diagnosis and treatment may improve the prognosis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Communicable Diseases
  • Ecthyma / microbiology
  • Female
  • Gangrene
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / diagnosis
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / microbiology*
  • Gastrointestinal Diseases / pathology
  • Humans
  • Immunocompetence
  • Infant
  • Necrosis
  • Pseudomonas Infections / diagnosis*
  • Pseudomonas Infections / pathology