CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · J Lab Physicians 2023; 15(04): 602-607
DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1770930
Case Report and Review

Edwardsiella tarda Causing Fishbone Injury Cellulitis Leading to Sepsis in a Case of Hematological Malignancy—A Rare Report and Review of Literature

Sushree Sarathi
1   Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
Anupam Brahma
2   Department of Hematooncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Prabodha Kumar Das
2   Department of Hematooncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
3   Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
Bijayini Behera
3   Department of Microbiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India
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Funding None.


Edwardsiella tarda (E. tarda), a gram-negative bacillus, a member of order Enterobacterales, is typically a fish pathogen frequently isolated from fresh and brackish water environments. It is very rarely implicated in human infections such as gastroenteritis (most common), cellulitis, gas gangrene, hepatobiliary infections, peritonitis, empyema, and meningitis. Bacteremia/sepsis caused by E. tarda can be fatal in humans, although very rare (<5%). To date, very few cases of E. tarda sepsis have been reported worldwide including India. We report a rare case of cellulitis caused by E. tarda following fishbone injury in a patient with underlying hematological malignancy leading to sepsis.

Publication History

Received: 27 March 2023

Accepted: 18 May 2023

Article published online:
13 July 2023

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