Haemophilus influenzae Sepsis and Shock Secondary to Biliary Infection in an Adult

Moacir de Sa Pereira, MD; Stewart D. Lipton, PhD; Gustavo Abello, MD; David A. Peckler, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1981;141(6):795-796. doi:10.1001/archinte.1981.00340060103024.
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• A 46-year-old woman was seen with biliary obstruction secondary to a pancreatic tumor. After undergoing a percutaneous liver biopsy, she became septic and went into shock. Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteremia and biliary infection were verified. With treatment, the patient recovered from the infection. Biliary infection by H influenzae is rare, and fulminant infections in adults are even more uncommon. Hazards of invasive diagnostic procedures in patients with obstructive jaundice are discussed.

(Arch Intern Med 1981;141:795-796)


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