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Pasteurella multocida epiglottitis: A review and report of a new case with associated chronic lymphocytic leukemia

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December 17, 2010
by Penelope J. Harris, MD and Michael B. Osswald, MD


Pasteurella multocida is a gram-negative coccobacillus that primarily affects animals. P multocida infections in humans are usually associated with animal contact. To the best of our knowledge, only 7 cases of P multocida epiglottitis have been previously reported in the English-language literature; none of these cases occurred in a patient with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. We describe what we believe is the first reported case of P multocida epiglottitis in a patient with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and we review the previous reports of this rare entity.

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