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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-23

Leclercia adecarboxylata in Para-ovarian abscess

Elbit Medical and Diagnostics Ltd, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication13-Jun-2014

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Sandeep Thirunavukkarasu
Elbit Medical and Diagnostics Ltd, Bangalore, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-1282.134459

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Leclercia adecarboxylata is a rarely reported human pathogen, usually affecting immune compromised individuals. In the reported cases of immunocompetent patients infected with this organism, it is seen in the context with polymicrobial infections. Herein, we report the case of a para-ovarian abscess in a patient that grew L. adecarboxylata as a pure culture. The limited literature available on this organism is reviewed, and the potential implication of this finding is discussed.

Keywords: Leclercia adecarboxylata, para-ovarian abscess, abscess in pregnancy

How to cite this article:
Thirunavukkarasu S, Ramaswamy V, Rao V. Leclercia adecarboxylata in Para-ovarian abscess. J Acad Clin Microbiol 2014;16:22-3

How to cite this URL:
Thirunavukkarasu S, Ramaswamy V, Rao V. Leclercia adecarboxylata in Para-ovarian abscess. J Acad Clin Microbiol [serial online] 2014 [cited 2023 Sep 30];16:22-3. Available from: https://www.jacmjournal.org/text.asp?2014/16/1/22/134459

  Introduction Top

Leclercia adecarboxylata, which is a Gram negative bacillus, is a rarely described pathogen. It belongs to the enterobacteriaceae family and has been regarded as a normal gut flora of animals. [1] The organism is cosmopolitan, with cases being reported around the world. There are 32 case reports, which have been published with respect to this organism, most of the cases being associated with polymicrobial infections or immunocompromised hosts. [2] Herein, we report the first case of para-ovarian abscess that grew L. adecarboxylata as a pure culture, in an Indian patient. The limited literature available on this organism is reviewed, and the potential implication of this finding is discussed.

  Case report Top

A 32-year-old lady with 8-week period of gestation presented to the outpatient department with low grade pain in the pelvic region for the past one week. She also complained of intermittent low grade fever. Ultra sound scan revealed a small hyper echogenic structure next to the right ovary measuring about 5 cm in diameter. A probable diagnosis of para-ovarian abscess was made and ultrasonography (USG) guided aspiration was suggested. After obtaining informed consent, the procedure was performed and the aspirated material was sent to the microbiology laboratory for culture. The aspirate was inoculated on blood agar and MacConkey's agar. A smear was prepared for Gram stain. Gram stain showed plenty of pus cells and many Gram negative bacilli. But the culture did not grow any organism on the subsequent day. Due to strong clinical suspicion of anaerobic organism and discrepancy between Gram stain and culture report, a repeat USG guided aspiration was suggested with immediate inoculation of aspirated material into anaerobic culture medium. The radiologist obtained the consent for the procedure, performed the USG guided aspiration and the material was immediately inoculated into thioglycolate medium. This inoculated medium was transported within 30 min to the microbiology lab for incubation. Subculture onto blood agar after the thioglycolate medium turned turbid, yielded pure growth of large grey non-haemolytic colonies. On MacConkey's agar, colonies were pale non-lactose fermenting. The plates, which were incubated anaerobically (AneroGas pak) also yielded similar colonies. The organism was identified as L. adecarboxylata (97% probability) using automated identification system - Vitek 2 Compact (bioMerieux). The antibiotic susceptibility testing was done using the automated system in Vitek 2 Compact, which revealed that the isolate was susceptible to all clinically useful antibiotics. No other organisms, aerobic or anaerobic, were isolated. The patient was recalled to find out about co-morbid conditions. None were present. She was administered a full course of ceftriaxone and the abscess resolved completely and this was confirmed by ultra sound scan.

  Discussion Top

L. adecarboxylata is a motile gram negative bacillus, belonging to the family Enterobacteriaceae with similar biochemical properties as  Escherichia More Details coli. Hence it was formerly indentified as Escherichia adecarboxylata. [3] Though widely distributed in environment and gut flora of animals, it is very difficult to isolate the organism because of its inability to tolerate dessication.

It has been reported as an opportunistic pathogen in immunocompromised host as given in [Table 1].
Table 1: References showing isolation of L.adecarboxylata from immunocompromised patients

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It has been implicated in polymicrobial infections in immunocompetent hosts, which are listed in [Table 2].
Table 2: References showing isolation of L. adecarboxylata from polymicrobial infections

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The striking character, evident from these two tables, is that the organism is isolated as a single pathogen from immunocompromised host and along with other organisms in the immunocompetent host. This has led to the proposition that it might be an opportunistic pathogen.

The infection reported in this case is a unique one in that it is believed to be the first report in literature of the organism being a sole pathogen in para-ovarian abscess in a pregnant lady. In our case, there was no evidence of immunocompromised state. Though pregnancy has been described as a reversible immunocompromised state due to hormonal changes, it may not be sufficient to lower the immunity and predispose for such infections. Hence predisposing factors for infections with Leclercia is still to be elucidated.

The importance of transport medium and the early processing of samples need to be stressed. It is seen that on the first attempt, the bacteria was seen on direct Gram stained smear, but could not be isolated in culture. The reason could be due to delay in transport of the specimen. On the second attempt, the aspirate was inoculated into thioglycolate medium, which preserved the bacterium during transit to laboratory. This also impresses the need for coordinated effort from treating physician, microbiologist and the intervention radiologist in diagnosing challenging infections.[5]

  Conclusions Top

L. adecarboxylata may cause monomicrobial infections in pregnancy, which is in a partially immunocompromised state that is reversible. Clinical microbiologists must be alert to identify these organisms and coordinate with treating physicians for timely diagnosis and appropriate therapy for patients.

  References Top

1.Hess B, Burchett A, Huntington MK. Leclercia adecarboxylata in an immunocompetent patient. J Med Microbiol 2008;57:896-8.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Forrester JD, Adams J, Sawyer RG. Leclercia adecarboxylata bacteremia in a trauma patient: Case report and review of the literature. Surg Infect (Larchmt) 2012;13:63-6.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Shah A, Nguyen J, Sullivan LM, Chikwava KR, Yan AC, Treat JR. Leclercia adecarboxylata cellulitis in a child with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Dermatol 2011;28:162-4.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Bali R, Sharma P, Gupta K, Nagrath S. Pharyngeal and peritonsillar abscess due to Leclercia adecarboxylata in an immunocompetant patient. J Infect Dev Ctries 2013;7:46-50.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Myers KA, Jeffery RM, Lodha A. Late-onset Leclercia adecarboxylata bacteraemia in a premature infant in the NICU. Acta Paediatr 2012;101:e37-9.  Back to cited text no. 5


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