|A case of hypermucoviscous Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess syndrome in an Iraqi male|
|Scritto da QJM|
A 53-year-old man presented with fevers, productive cough and decreased appetite. He emigrated from Iraq 4 years ago. Chest x-ray revealed a left lung consolidation. Respiratory cultures and two sets of blood cultures grew out pan-susceptible Klebsiella pneumoniae. Liver ultrasound revealed a 6.4-cm complex lesion in the left hepatic lobe. A biopsy of the liver lesion produced bloody purulent aspirate; abscess cultures yielded a highly viscous pan-susceptible K. pneumoniae. Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess syndrome is a newly described invasive syndrome due to a hypermucoviscous phenotype associated with serotypes K1 and K2 of Klebsiella. Although it is more commonly endemic to the Asian-Pacific region, it has been increasingly reported as an emerging global disease. We present the first case of this syndrome in a patient of middle-eastern descent. We also present pictorial evidence of the microbe’s unique viscous, muculent texture grown on agar.