Author(s): Lorenz U, AbeleHorn M, Bussen D, Thiede A
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Abstract BACKGROUND: To our best knowledge, Panton-Valentine leucocidin (PVL)-positive methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) has not been described yet as cause for severe pyomyositis. CASE REPORT: We present a 23-year-old apparently healthy male patient without any typical predisposing findings who developed severe pyomyositis secondary to an operated pilonidal cyst. In the follow-up, the patient showed signs of immunocompromisation. The causative agent for purulent infection of multiple muscles was a MSSA strain harbouring PVL toxin. RESULTS: In the reported case, aggressive antibiotic and surgical treatment with additional application of immunoglobulins has lead to recovery from the disease without relapse. CONCLUSIONS: PVL-positive S. aureus are associated with skin diseases, multiple abscesses and often complicated by severe sepsis and necrotising pneumonia. Under such circumstances, the mortality rate can reach up to 75\%. In addition, the PVL toxin can cause immunocompromisation and might be therefore involved in the aetiology of pyomyositis. Aggressive antibiotic and surgical treatment with additional application of immunoglobulins is recommended for treatment.
This article was published in Langenbecks Arch Surg
and referenced in Journal of Antivirals & Antiretrovirals