Korean J Infect Dis.  1997 Mar;29(2):153-157.

A Case of Vibrio alginolyticus Isolated from Otorrhea of Chronic Otitis Media

  • 1Department of Clinical Pathology, Sowha Children's Hospital.
  • 2Department of Clinical Pathology, Koshin University, College of Medicine.
  • 3Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Yonsei University, College of Medicine.


Vibrio alginolyticus is a microorganism of marine environment that occasionally occurs as a human pathogen. We isolated V. alginolyticus from a patient with otitis media. A 37-year-old man had been exposed to seawater one month before admission. The isolate showed typical biochemical and characteristics of this organism such as positive Voges-Proskauer reaction, fermentation of sucrose, growth on 10% sodium chloride media. In vitro susceptibility test shows the isolate was resistant to ampicillin and carbenicillin, but was susceptible to other antimicrobial agents. The patient improved with ciprofloxacin and ofloxacin therapy.


Vibrio alginolyticus; Ear discharge
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