Shewanella putrefaciens, a Rare Cause of Osteomyelitis

ArticleinThe International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds 12(3) · September 2013with12 Reads
Impact Factor: 0.93 · DOI: 10.1177/1534734613502045 · Source: PubMed


    Shewanella putrefaciens is a Gram-negative bacillus with a distinguishable characteristic of hydrogen sulfide production and routinely found in a marine environment. This organism has been cultured as a pathogen in a small number of soft tissue infections, but has rarely been the causative agent in osteomyelitis. This case report details calcaneal osteomyelitis due to S putrefaciens in a 77-year-old male with bilateral heel ulcerations and peripheral vascular disease.