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Revista médica de Chile

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LOPEZ-RODRIGUEZ, Raimundo; CAMPOS-FRANCO, Joaquín; MALLO-GONZALEZ, Nieves  and  ALENDE-SIXTO, María Rosario. Pleural and ascitic fluid infection by Listeria monocytogenes: Report of one case. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2008, vol.136, n.11, pp.1453-1456. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872008001100012.

Ascitic and pleural fluids infection by Listeria monocytogenes is uncommon. The association of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis and empyema caused by this microorganism has been seldom reported. A 61 year-old male with an alcoholic cirrhosis and an upper right ¡obectomy for a lung cáncer, consulted because of an exacerbation of dyspnea, abdominal pain and fever. Listeria monocytogenes was isolated from ascitic and pleural fluids and from blood cultures. He was successfully treated with ampicillin and a chest tube for drainage.

Keywords : Ampicillin; Ascitic fluid; Listeria monocytogenes; Pleural effusion.

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