Necrotizing fasciitis involving the chest and abdominal wall caused by Raoultella planticola

Si Hyun Kim, Kyoung Ho Roh, Young Kyung Yoon, Dong Oh Kang, Dong Woo Lee, Ja Kim Min, Jang Wook Sohn

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Background: Raoultella planticola was originally considered to be a member of environmental Klebsiella. The clinical significance of R. planticola is still not well known.Case presentation: We describe the first case of necrotizing fasciitis involving the chest and abdominal wall caused by R. planticola. The identity of the organism was confirmed using 16S rRNA sequencing. The patient was successfully treated with the appropriate antibiotics combined with operative drainage and debridement.Conclusions: R. planticola had been described as environmental species, but should be suspected in extensive necrotizing fasciitis after minor trauma in mild to moderate immunocompromised patients.

Original languageEnglish
Article number59
JournalBMC Infectious Diseases
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Mar 17


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  • Infectious Diseases

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