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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 133-136

Recurrent serotype K1 Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess: A single or different pathogen?


1 Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan; Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Taichung Armed Forces General Hospital, Taichung, Republic of China
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China

Correspondence Address:
Assoc. Prof. Jung-Chung Lin
Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Tri-Service General Hospital, National Defense Medical Center, No. 325, Sec. 2, Cheng-Gong Road, Taipei 114, Taiwan
Republic of China
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DOI: 10.4103/1011-4564.134406

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We report a case of an 81-year-old woman who had a history of type 2 diabetes mellitus with the presentation of a recurrent community-acquired liver abscess caused by capsular serotype K1 Klebsiella pneumoniae after a previous liver abscess had been cured. With regards to the serotype K1 K. pneumoniae strains, the molecular genome of the recurrent strain differed completely from the strain that had caused the primary community-acquired liver abscess even though the antibiogram was the same. This case attempts to highlight that capsular serotype K1 could be an important factor influencing liver abscess formation and its subsequent recurrence.


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