Korean J Clin Pathol.  2001 Oct;21(5):381-384.

A Case of Acute Otitis Media Caused by Providencia stuartii

  • 1Department of Clinical Pathology and Otolaryngology,* Hallym University College of Medicine, Chun Cheon, Korea.


Providencia stuartii is occasionally isolated from patients with chronic otitis media, however it has not been reported as a cause of acute otitis media so far. We recently isolated P. stuartii from the pus specimen of right middle ear of a 2-year-old patient with acute otitis media. The patient was admitted because of right-sided otorrhea for 2 weeks. The symptom was not relieved by first-line empirical antibiotics (amoxicillin-clavulanic acid and netilmicin), but it was subsided dramatically with the changed antibiotics (ceftriaxone and amikacin); the isolate was susceptible to these two antibiotics in in vitro susceptibility testing. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of acute otitis media caused by P. stuartii.


Providencia stuartii; Acute otitis media; Otorrhea
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