The Turkish Journal of Pediatrics 2005 , Vol 47 , Num 4
Prolonged cellulitis due to plant thorn
1Departments of Pediatrics, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
2 Departments of Radiology, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey
Cengiz AB, Kanra G, Çelik T, Cömert B, Devrim İ, Özen M, Kara A. Prolonged cellulitis due to plant thorn. Turk J Pediatr 2005; 47: 393-396.

We report the case of a five-year-old healthy boy who was admitted with abscess and soft tissue infection between the left wrist and the distal end of the forearm. Postero-anterior X-ray examination of the forearm showed a transverse line on the radius; however, further comparative radiographic examinations of the forearm were not compatible with fracture. Enterobacter cloacae was identified in the pus culture and initial intravenous empiric treatment with sulbactam-ampicillin was continued. Although the microorganism was susceptible to the empiric antimicrobial agent, at the eighth day of the treatment, inflammatory drainage was still present so further evaluations were performed. Ultrasonography of the forearm and wrist revealed only collection; magnetic resonance imaging showed a foreign body on the anterior distal section of the left forearm. The patient underwent operation and a 22 mm wooden foreign body was removed. Detailed history after removing a tree branch particle revealed that the boy had recently fallen from a tree causing an abrasion over the left wrist. The postoperative course was uneventful and clinical response was excellent in two days. In view of this case report, we would like to emphasize the importance of medical history and imaging studies in cases of cellulitis that do not respond to appropriate antimicrobial therapy. Another point to be kept in mind is that Enterobacter cloacae, which is very rarely reported as a causative agent for cellulitis, could be the etiological agent in cases after plant thorn injuries. Keywords : plant thorn cellulitis, Enterobacter cloacae, ampicillin-sulbactam

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