Nathan McLeod, Allison Lastinger, Nicole Bryan, Theodore Kieffer, Trevor Wolfe
Salmonella is known to cause invasive illness. However, head and neck abscesses are an unusual presentation of extra-intestinal infection with this organism. We describe a case of Salmonella neck abscess in a diabetic patient. An 18 year old diabetic male was admitted with increasing left sided neck pain and swelling approximately four weeks after gastrointestinal illness. Imaging revealed a left sided neck abscess. Surgical drainage was undertaken. Cultures grew non-typhoid Salmonella species. He was treated with intravenous antibiotics and did well clinically. Salmonella infection should be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients with immunocompromising conditions presenting with neck abscess of unclear etiology.
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