J Clin Pathol Qual Control.  1999 Dec;21(2):315-319.

Two Cases of Chronic Otitis Media Caused by Vibrio alginolyticus

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Clinical Pathology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.
  • 2Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea.

Abstract

Vibrio alginolyticus is a facultative anaerobic, halophilic, Gram-negative organism commonly associated with wound and external ear infections in the marine environment. We have experienced two cases of chronic otitis media due to V. alginolyticus. Patients initially presented with otorrhea. Ear swab cultures revealed V. alginolyticus. The isolates showed typical cultural and biochemical characteristics of V. alginolyticus such as yellow colonies on TCBS agar, and positive oxidase test. The organisms were found to be resistant to ampicillin but susceptible to tetracycline, chloramphenicol, and cotrimoxazole.


MeSH Terms

Agar
Ampicillin
Chloramphenicol
Ear
Ear, External
Humans
Otitis Media*
Otitis*
Oxidoreductases
Tetracycline
Trimethoprim, Sulfamethoxazole Drug Combination
Vibrio alginolyticus*
Vibrio*
Wounds and Injuries
Agar
Ampicillin
Chloramphenicol
Oxidoreductases
Tetracycline
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