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Eikenella corrodens
Pathology
Type

Infection

Cause(s)

Usually associated with cancers of the head and neck, bite injuries, or infected hypodermic needles

Symptoms

Upper respiratory tract symptoms

Mortality Rate

Low

Treatments

Antibiotics

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Eikenella corrodens is a gram negative bacteria that grows in environments that are rich in carbon dioxide without any regard for oxygen levels. It is found in the mouth and upper respiratory tract and is usually harmless. In rare cases, it can cause an infection, typically in cancers of the head and neck, in bite wounds, or when intravenous drug users lick a needle before using it. It can also spread when a patient has very poor oral hygiene. It's most common complication is endocarditis, although it is not a common cause of that condition.

Treatment is with gram negative specific antibiotics, such as streptomycin.

Eikenella corrodens at Wikipedia

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