Pathology and Microbiology
The spirochetes inhabiting the large intestines of humans and animals consist of a diverse group of related organisms. Intestinal spirochetosis caused by Brachyspira pilosicoli is a newly recognized enteric disease of human being and animals manifest as mild colitis and diarrhoea. Few cases have been reported of spirochetaemia especially in critically ill and immunocomprised patients. This is another case of spirochetaemia in a patient diagnosed as a case of chronic liver disease secondary to hepatitis C virus, presented in emergency room with history of fever, abdominal pain and slightly altered mental state. Brachyspira pilosicoli was isolated in anaerobic blood culture bottle.
Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
(2009). Brachyspira species blood stream infection. Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association, 59(10), 723-4.
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