A Case of Pseudomonas mendocina Bacteremia in an Elderly Man With Bilateral Leg Lesions.
Pseudomonas mendocina is a gram-negative, aerobic, rod-shaped bacterium that rarely causes disease in humans. Documented infections can be severe with varying etiologies, often requiring intensive care. We describe a rare case of bacteremia with P. mendocina in an elderly male, with a comprehensive review of the literature. An 81-year-old Caucasian male presented with bilateral lower leg erythema and drainage but was afebrile. His past medical history included atrial fibrillation, chronic kidney disease, and congestive heart failure. Labs showed leukocytosis and a blood culture was obtained revealing Pseudomonas mendocina. The pathogen was susceptible to all antibiotics tested and he was successfully treated on cefepime inpatient and a two-week course of ciprofloxacin on discharge. Our case and literature review presents a successful treatment of a rare cause of bacteremia likely stemming from a soft tissue nidus. P. mendocina has a favorable susceptibility profile and the antibiotics preferred differ from Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a more common pathogen. Worldwide there have been only 18 other documented cases of P. mendocina infection, all successful and with no mortality. Physicians can confidently utilize usual antibiotics in the treatment of this pathogen despite its rare clinical manifestations.
Ezeokoli EU, Polat MU, Ogundipe O, Szela J. A Case of Pseudomonas mendocina Bacteremia in an Elderly Man With Bilateral Leg Lesions. Cureus. 2021 Sep 6;13(9):e17777. doi: 10.7759/cureus.17777. PMID: 34659988; PMCID: PMC8494157.