Yonsei Med J.  2008 Apr;49(2):329-332. 10.3349/ymj.2008.49.2.329.

Septic Shock due to Vibrio alginolyticus in a Cirrhotic Patient: The First Case in Korea

  • 1Divion of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. mslee@khmc.or.kr
  • 2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Kyung Hee University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.


We describe a case of septic shock due to Vibrio alginolyticus presenting with fever and bilateral leg pain. Despite intensive management with antibiotics and inotropic agents, the patient died from septic shock 1 day after hospitalization. V. alginolyticus was isolated from both leg wounds and a blood culture. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of V. alginolyticus bacteremia in Korea.


Vibrio alginolyticus; bacteremia; septic shock; Korea

MeSH Terms

Middle Aged
Shock, Septic/*etiology/pathology
Vibrio Infections/*complications/pathology
Vibrio alginolyticus/*isolation & purification


  • Fig. 1 Various sized, scattered, hemorrhagic tense bullae on ill-defined purpuric erythematous patches formed on both lower legs 20 hours after admission.


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