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Bacteremia due to Salmonella enterica subsp. arizonae is extremely rare and most commonly involves immunocompromised patients. Herein we present a 16-year-old Greek male with bacteremia after craniotomy due to cavernoma. The patient kept turtles as companion animals. In our case we suggest that the turtles our patient kept as companion animals were the source of infection. S. arizonae nested in the brain lesion and bacteremia was due to perioperative manipulations.doi:10.33425/2639-9458.1105 fatcat:a7j2n322evbhbe5uz7upssk7wq