Hand infections due to non-cholera vibrio after injuries from St Peter's fish (Tilapia zillii)

R. Said, G. Volpin, B. Grimberg, S. R. Friedenstrom, E. Lefler, S. Stahl

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Abstract

We report 49 patients with a wide variety of hand infections, which developed after injuries from St Peter's fish (Tilapia zillii). Twenty-eight of 36 patients who had been operated on had non-cholera vibrio infections, all identified as Vibrio vulnificus. The course in these patients was characterized by rapid spread of the infection with progressive necrosis of the tendon sheath, subcutaneous tissues and the skin. Two of them required amputations but the others had satisfactory functional results. Thirteen other patients were managed nonoperatively with intravenous antibiotics and all of them recovered completely.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)808-810
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery: European Volume
Volume23
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1998
Externally publishedYes

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