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Fatal Vibrio vulnificus Bacteremia in Two Cirrhotic Patients with Abdominal Pain and Misty Mesentery

  • Author(s): Lim, Ket-Cheong
  • Tan, Yin-Ling
  • Wu, Chin-Chu
  • Lin, Li-Wei
  • et al.

Two cirrhotic patients with unexplained abdominal pain deteriorated rapidly and fatally after presenting to our emergency department. Abdominal computed tomography in both patients showed “misty mesentery”, which could not be explained by other etiologies. Both blood cultures revealed Vibrio vulnificus, which suggested the possible correlation of CT-finding and bacteremia.

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