Ochrobactrum anthropi-Caused Osteomyelitis in the Foot Mimicking a Bone Tumor: Case Report and Review of the Literature

Roy Gigi, Gideon Flusser, Assaf Kadar, Moshe Salai, Shlomo Elias

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Abstract

Osteomyelitis due to Ochrobactrum anthropi, a new genus Ochrobacterum widely distributed in the environment and occasionally associated with human infection, has been described in only a few case reports. We present a report of an unusual case of osteomyelitis caused by O. anthropi that was identified 9 years after a nail puncture to the lateral cuneiform bone. The patient was an 18-year-old male with a painful foot lesion that had originally been misdiagnosed as an osteolytic tumor. He underwent surgery and 2 firm pieces of rubber measuring 7 and 10 mm were removed from the lower portion of the lateral cuneiform bone, which appeared to be affected by an infection. After surgical debridement, O. anthropi was isolated from the bone cultures. The patient was successfully treated with a 6-week course of oral ciprofloxacin and clindamycin. At 1 year after the corrected diagnosis and appropriate treatment, he was symptom free and had resumed regular activities and an athletic lifestyle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)851-853
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Foot and Ankle Surgery
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ochrobactrum anthropi
  • foreign body
  • osteomyelitis

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