The Association of Septic Thrombophlebitis with Septic Pulmonary Embolism in Adults

Jorge A. Brenes, Umesh Goswami, David N. Williams

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Abstract

Background: There have been an increasing number of pediatric reports of septic pulmonary embolism in the setting of septic thrombophlebitis adjacent to a primary infectious source. Methods: Retrospective review at an urban hospital. A total of five adults with a documented primary infectious source, adjacent septic thrombophlebitis and septic pulmonary embolism were identified between 2000 and 2011. Results: The predominant symptoms on presentation were fever and pleuritic chest pain, followed by chills and cough. S. aureus was the pathogen in 4 patients. Only one case had echocardiographic evidence of endocarditis. All patients received IV antibiotics and anticoagulation therapy. No new embolic events or central nervous system complications were noted. Conclusions: The triad of extrapulmonary infection, contiguous septic thrombophlebitis and septic pulmonary embolism is present in adult as well as pediatric populations. The use of systemic anticoagulation with appropriate antibiotics resulted in clinical and radiologic improvement but no significant complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-19
Number of pages6
JournalOpen Respiratory Medicine Journal
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Anticoagulation
  • Septic pulmonary emboli
  • Septic thrombophlebitis

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