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CASE REPORT
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 361-363

A rare case of cavitating lung disease


1 Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Science, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Internal Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Science, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Arjun Kumar
Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Science Rishikesh, Uttarakhand
India
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DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_75_21

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Pantoea rarely causes infection in human lungs. Genus Pantoea is a rare pathogen causing opportunistic human infection in clinical practice. Among seven species of this rare organism, Pantoea agglomerans is the most common species in humans and is often associated with an occupational disease. Clinically, it may present with wound infection, abscess, catheter infection, pneumonia, and urinary system infection in immunocompromised individuals. However, there are no case reports of P. agglomerans causing cavitating lung disease in the past. Here, we report a case of a 67-year-old immunocompetent female who presented with cavitating lung lesions on chest imaging which were found to be associated with P. agglomerans leading to fatal outcomes. We emphasize on the unusual presentation, its course in the hospital, and importance of early recognition of this emerging bacterial infection causing fulminant human infections even in immunocompetent individuals.


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