Fatal Elizabethkingia Meningosepticacholangitis Following Biliary Stent Placement

Khalid Ahmed, Syeda Atia Qudsia, Abdul Rehman, Syed Hani Abidi
2018 Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons  
Elizabethkingia (E.) meningoseptica is a ubiquitous gram-negative bacillus belonging to the genus Chryseobacterium and has been reported to cause nosocomial infections in both the immunocompromised and immunocompetent patients. E. meningoseptica can colonize the biliary tree after endoscopic procedures; and cholangitis, caused by this organism, is associated with a favorable prognosis. Here, we report a fatal case of cholangitis secondary to E. meningoseptica that developed following biliary
more » ... nt placement. This case suggests that E. meningoseptica can be a cause of potentially fatal biliary tract infections in patients who undergo biliary tract endoscopic procedures. Clinicians must not disregard this organism as a contaminant (or colonizer) as a delay in diagnosis and treatment can lead to a fatal outcome, as seen in this case.
doi:10.29271/jcpsp.2018.03.s35 pmid:29482700 fatcat:s2yzyrgmebcqdb3pbweqf3dloy