ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Salmonella enterica Serovar Enteritidis Liver Abscess after Blunt Abdominal Trauma
Agata Ladic1, Igor Petrovic2, Ante Gojevic2, Emil Kinda2, Ivo Coza3
1Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, Zagreb University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia
2Division of Abdominal Surgery, Zagreb University Hospital Centre, Zagreb, Croatia
3Department Abdominal Surgery, Zadar General Hospital, Zadar, Croatia
DOI : 10.4274/balkanmedj.2016.1199
Pages : 469-472

Background: Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis is among the most reported serotypes of Salmonella species worldwide, but is rarely reported as the causative agent of a liver abscess.
Case Report: We present a patient with an abdominal blunt trauma. An initial abdominal computed tomography scan revealed a rupture of the right kidney and of the liver. Two days later, his physical state deteriorated and a new computed tomography scan was obtained. An extremely large 8-centimetre liver abscess was verified. Due to the unsatisfying response to antibiotic therapy and percutaneous drainage, we operated on the patient. An appendectomy, cholecystectomy and bisegmental liver resection were performed. An intraoperative swab from the abscess was positive for Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis. The patient was given intravenous ciprofloxacine. The post-operative course was complicated by a Coagulase-negative Staphylococcus infection of the wound, which improved with antibiotic therapy.
Conclusion: Blunt abdominal trauma may initiate an unpredictable course of the disease in chronic Salmonella carriers.

Keywords : Salmonella enteritidis, liver, abscess
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