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Prostatic abscesses and severe sepsis due to methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus producing Panton-Valentine leukocidin

Maria Dubos1, Olivier Barraud2, Anne-Laure Fedou1, Fabien Fredon3, Frédéric Laurent4, Yannis Brakbi5, Anne Cypierre6 and Bruno François17*

Author Affiliations

1 Intensive Care Unit, CHU Dupuytren, Limoges, France

2 Microbiology laboratory, CHU Dupuytren, Limoges, France

3 General surgery department, CHU Dupuytren, Limoges, France

4 National Reference Centre for Staphylococci, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Bron, France

5 Urology department, CHU Dupuytren, Limoges, France

6 Internal medicine department, CHU Dupuytren, Limoges, France

7 Service de Réanimation Polyvalente, Centre hospitalier universitaire Dupuytren, 2, avenue Martin Luther King, 87042 Limoges cedex, France

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BMC Infectious Diseases 2014, 14:466  doi:10.1186/1471-2334-14-466

Published: 27 August 2014



Prostatic abscesses are an uncommon disease usually caused by enterobacteria. They mostly occur in immunodeficient patients. It is thus extremely rare to have a Staphylococcal prostatic abscess in a young immunocompetent patient.

Case presentation

A 20-year-old patient was treated with ofloxacin for a suspicion of prostatitis. An ultrasonography was performed because of persisting symptoms and showed acute urinary retention and prostatic abscesses. So the empirical antibiotic therapy was modified with ceftriaxone/amikacin. The disease worsened to severe sepsis and the patient was admitted in ICU. CT-scan and MRI confirmed three abscesses with perirectal infiltration and the bacteriological samples (abscesses and blood cultures) were positive to methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus producing Panton-Valentine leukocidine. The treatment was changed with fosfomycin/ofloxacin which resulted in a general improvement and the regression of the abscesses.


Staphyloccocus aureus producing Panton-Valentine leukocidin are most commonly responsible for skin and soft tissue infections. To this day, no other case of prostatic abscess due to this strain but susceptible to methicillin has been described.

Prostatic abscess; Staphylococcus aureus; Panton-valentine leukocidin; Severe sepsis