Title

Isolation of Virio alginolyticus from a patient with chronic otitis media: Report of case and review of biochemical activity

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1987

Abstract

This halophilic organism was isolated from the middle ear fluid specimen from a 22-year-old man with a long-standing history of asthma and chronic otitis media with recurring infections, who related that he had recently been swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Although this uncommon pathogen seldom is implicated in ear infections, it should be cultured for when the patient has a history of swimming in salt water. Infections caused by V. alginolyticus usually are self limiting, but in this case the organism was found to be resistant to the penicillins and vancomycin, antibiotics that are commonly employed in the treatment of otitis media. The patient responded well to chloramphenicol therapy. The biochemical activity of the isolate and the most useful microbiologic characteristics for differentiating V. alginolyticus from the other Vibrio species are discussed in depth.

Publication Title

Journal of the American Osteopathic Association

Volume

87

Issue

8

First Page

560

Last Page

562

Comments

This article was published in Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Volume 87, Issue 8, Pages 560-562.

The published version is available at https://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2098303 .

Copyright © 1987.

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