Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 14, Issue 1, pp 49–51 | Cite as

Necrotizing pneumonia after pharyngitis due toFusobacterium necrophorum

  • P. K. Kleinman
  • Ruth A. Flowers
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A case of necrotizing pneumonia secondary toFusobacterium necrophorum is reported. This anaerobic infection commonly originates in the upper respiratory tract and is often accompanied by multiple system disease due to hematogenous seeding. When the lungs are involved, diffuse necrotizing pneumonia with pleural effusions and cavitation results. The course is prolonged, and the diagnosis is frequently delayed. With appropriate antibiotics, the prognosis is good.

Key words

Pneumonia, necrotizing Fusobacterium, pulmonary cavity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. K. Kleinman
    • 2
  • Ruth A. Flowers
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PediatricsUniversity of Massachusetts Medical CenterWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Massachusetts Medical CenterWorcesterUSA

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