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Staphylococcus aureus
Pulmonary infection due to Staphylococcus aureus can occur among individuals with Staphylococcus aureus
colonization of the skin or nares, either in the community or in the hospital setting. Staphylococcus
aureus pneumonia can also occur following viral pneumonia [2, 3] or in the setting of right-sided endocarditis
Community-acquired Staphylococcus
aureus pneumonia
immunocompetent hosts without significant prior exposure to the health care system. Pneumonia in these
patients is frequently preceded by extra-pulmonary staphylococcal infection, particularly skin infection. This
patient had no prodrome of viral pneumonia, and right-sided endocarditis was not supported by blood
cultures or transthoracic echocardiogram. Therefore, the source of infection is theorized to be the bee-sting
and subsequent soft tissue infection he had sustained the week before presentation, which may have caused a
transient Staphylococcus aureus baceteremia.
The patient subsequently received right decortication, right tube thoracostomy, and right upper lobe wedge
excision for treatment of a pulmonary abscess and bilateral empyema. The pathology of the excised tissue
demonstrated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The patient improved after the procedures,
and he was discharged on an extended course of outpatient intravenous Vancomycin therapy.
A. Wegener's granulomatosis is a systemic vasculitis that almost always involves the upper and lower
respiratory tract. Pulmonary nodules and infiltrates are frequent manifestations in the lung, and cavitation
may accompany these findings.
C. Radiographically, Klebsiella pneumonia starts with lung consolidation and bulging interlobar fissures,
followed by the development of multiple small cavities. Alcoholism and smoking are important risk factors for
immunocompromised and acquire this infection in the hospital. In this patient, the history of acute onset and
rapid progression, lack of typical systemic symptoms, and absence of dynamic features on the chest radiograph
make Klebsiella pneumonia unlikely.
D. Acute Blastomycosis presents with a sudden onset of fever and cough, accompanied by alveolar infiltrates on
chest radiography. Occasionally, nodular densities may also be detected on chest radiography. Cavitation is an
uncommon finding in acute disease. [1].
E. Pulmonary tuberculosis generally presents subacutely with weeks to months of fever, night sweats, weight
loss, and productive cough, with a late finding of hemoptysis. The chest radiograph typically reveals pulmonary
infiltrates, often associated with cavitation, in the apical lobes.
We thank Dr. Anurag Duggal and Dr. Rajiv Sahni, Division of Infectious Diseases, Akron General Medical Center,
for reviewing the case.
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Gillet Y, Issartel B, Vanhems P, et al. Association between Staphylococcus aureus strains carrying gene for
Panton-Valentine leukocidin and highly lethal necrotising pneumonia in young immunocompetent
patients. Lancet. 2002; 359:753-759.
Morens DM, Taubenberger JK, Fauci AS. Predominant role of bacterial pneumonia as a cause of death in
pandemic influenza: implications for pandemic influenza preparedness. J Infect Dis. 2008; 198:962-970.
Yuanjie Mao is a second year resident in Internal Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center,
Rupesh Raina is an attending physician in Nephrology at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center, OH.
Figure Legends
Figure 1
Left: Chest X ray showed bilateral pleural effusion, status post left tube thoracostomy. Middle and right: chest
computed tomography indicated right apical cavity, right loculated plural effusion, and left plural effusion
status post left tube thoracostomy.