Serious Staphylococcus Aureus Infection in a Patient with Diabetes Mellitus


Serious Staphylococcus Aureus Infection in a Patient with Diabetes Mellitus


Cátia Pereira, Joana Cascais Costa, Joana Coelho

Internal Medicine Departement – Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra


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The immune system and metabolism are closely related and it is recognized that diabetes mellitus (DM) and its complications have a compromising impact on the degree of immunosuppression.
The authors present the case of a 65-year-old man with a history of type 2 DM and ulcers of the lower limbs who went to the emergency departament with odynophagia, dysphagia, fever and cervicalgia. He had a painful cervical and supraclavicular region and highly infectious parameters in blood samples. The cervical radiography suggested vertebral fusion and cervical computed tomography with soft tissue thickening, hypopharyngeal deviation and gaseous foci suggestive of abscess.
He started empiric antibiotic therapy and was performed an abscess drainage where Staphylococcus aureus oxacillin susceptible was isolated.
S. aureus bacteremias have a higher prevalence in diabetics, being essential the rapid orientation in situations of bacteremia to clarify the infectious focus and immediate onset of antibiotic therapy which decreases mortality.


Keywords: Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Imunosupression,Staphylococcus aureus

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Cátia Pereira, Joana Cascais Costa, Joana Coelho. Serious Staphylococcus Aureus Infection in a Patient with Diabetes Mellitus. International Journal of Case Reports, 2019 4:78. DOI: 10.28933/ijcr-2019-04-2905


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