Drug Discov Ther. 2018;12(2):108-110. (DOI: 10.5582/ddt.2018.01014)

Shewanella algae in a chronic suppurative otitis media patient with cholesteatoma.

Ignak S, Unay Demirel O, Soydan S, Esen E


We present Shewanella algea infection in a chronic suppurative otitis media (CSOM) patient with cholesteatoma in terms of clinical course and treatment. This is the first time S. algea is found as solely pathogen in a CSOM patient without history of contact with seawater in Turkey. The patient admitted to the hospital several times with complaints of otorrhoea, was diagnosed as otitis media and treated. He was hospitalized to the otorhinolaryngology department for further evaluation of recurrent infections. The patient was diagnosed as cholesteatoma according to computed tomography scan findings and was operated for cholesteatoma. As a result of surgical and medical treatment he was discharged with full recovery. Physicians must be aware of rarely seen pathogens and their unexpected ways of transmission and underlying causes such as cholesteatoma when treating patients for CSOM.

KEYWORDS: Shewanella, chronic suppurative otitis media, cholesteatoma

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