Septic arthritis secondary to fusobacterium necrophorum in a 4-year-old girl: Case report and review of the literature

Christine M. Trapp, Junichi Tamai, Mark R. Schleiss

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We report an unusual case of septic arthritis in a 4-year-old child caused by Fusobacterium necrophorum. In spite of aggressive parenteral antibiotic therapy with ampicillin-sulbactam after surgical drainage, disease recurred, requiring additional arthrotomies. The infection was eventually eradicated with parenteral meropenem and clindamycin, and additional surgical drainage.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)846-847
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 2005



  • Fusobacterium necrophorum
  • Lemierre syndrome
  • Pediatric anaerobic infection
  • Septic arthritis

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