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Original Research Articles                      Volume : 5, Issue:8, August, 2016

PRINT ISSN : 2319-7692
Online ISSN : 2319-7706
Issues : 12 per year
Publisher : Excellent Publishers
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Editor-in-chief: Dr.M.Prakash
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Int.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci.2016.5(8): 75-80

Escherichia coli in Pleural Empyema – An Uncommon Isolation
Malathi Murugesan1*, Vijayalakshmi Arumugam1 and Nithya Gomatheswari2
 1Department of Microbiology, Chengalpattu Medical College, Chengalpattu, Tamil Nadu, India
2Department of Microbiology, Thoothukudi Medical College, Thoothukudi, Tamil Nadu, India
*Corresponding author

Escherichia coli is the most frequent causative agent isolated in purulent infections, urinary tract infections, cholecysitis, bacteremia, meningitis and in traveler`s diarrhoea. Isolation of Escherichia coli from pleural space is uncommon. In this report, we present a case of Escherichia coli causing pleural empyema. E.coli may cause severe illness requiring more aggressive treatment such as appropriate antibiotic and decortication. Thus, diagnostic thoracentesis should be carried out in any patient who presents with fever, pleuritic pain or unexplained signs with hydrothorax. This paves a way for proper antibiotic to be given, to avoid prolongation of illness and to prevent the emergence of resistant strains.

Keywords: Escherichia coli,Pleural Empyema cholecysitis, bacteremia, meningitis.

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Malathi Murugesan, Vijayalakshmi Arumugam and Nithya Gomatheswari. 2016. Escherichia coli in Pleural Empyema – An Uncommon IsolationInt.J.Curr.Microbiol.App.Sci. 5(8): 75-80. doi:
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