Descending necrotizing Mediastinitis caused by Kocuria rosea: a case report
Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, College of Medicine, Wonkwang University, Shinyong-dong 344-2, Iksan, Jeonbuk, Republic of Korea
BMC Infectious Diseases 2013, 13:475 doi:10.1186/1471-2334-13-475Published: 11 October 2013
Kocuria species are gram-positive, non-pathogenic commensals. However, in immunocompromised patients such as transplant recipients, cancer patients, or patients with chronic medical conditions, they can cause opportunistic infections.
We report the first case of descending necrotizing mediastinitis in a 58-year-old, relatively healthy woman caused by Kocuria rosea.
Descending necrotizing mediastinitis due to Kocuria rosea can be successfully treated with prompt surgical drainage combined with antimicrobial therapy.