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Isolation of Virio alginolyticus from a patient with chronic otitis media: Report of case and review of biochemical activity
Journal of the American Osteopathic Association
  • J. J. Hasyn
  • Theodore P. Mauer, Philadelphia College of OsteopathicMedicine
  • R. Warner
  • C. Von Hake
Document Type
Article
Publication Date
1-1-1987
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Abstract

This halophilic organism was isolated from the middle ear fluid specimen from a 22-year-old man with a long-standing history of asthma and chronic otitis media with recurring infections, who related that he had recently been swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Although this uncommon pathogen seldom is implicated in ear infections, it should be cultured for when the patient has a history of swimming in salt water. Infections caused by V. alginolyticus usually are self limiting, but in this case the organism was found to be resistant to the penicillins and vancomycin, antibiotics that are commonly employed in the treatment of otitis media. The patient responded well to chloramphenicol therapy. The biochemical activity of the isolate and the most useful microbiologic characteristics for differentiating V. alginolyticus from the other Vibrio species are discussed in depth.

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This article was published in Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Volume 87, Issue 8, Pages 560-562.

The published version is available at https://jaoa.org/article.aspx?articleid=2098303 .

Copyright © 1987.

Citation Information
J. J. Hasyn, Theodore P. Mauer, R. Warner and C. Von Hake. "Isolation of Virio alginolyticus from a patient with chronic otitis media: Report of case and review of biochemical activity" Journal of the American Osteopathic Association Vol. 87 Iss. 8 (1987) p. 560 - 562
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