DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-1776307 ISSN: 1793-5482

A Rare Case of Panton-Valentine Leukocidin-Related Cervical Empyema

Hung Le, Dung Le Thuy Nguyen, My Nu Tra Ton, Duy Phan, Anh Hoang Ngoc Tran, Van Tri Truong


Staphylococcus aureus is found in the normal skin and mucosa of approximately 30% of healthy populations and is the most common pathogen in human disease associated with bacteria. They are divided into methicillin-sensitive S. aureus (MSSA) and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). The S. aureus strains carrying the Panton-Valentine leukocidin genes (SA-PVL) were initially believed to belong to the MRSA group; however, recent reports showed they also belonged to the MSSA group (MSSA-PVL). SA-PVL is common in skin and soft-tissue infections but rare in musculoskeletal infections, especially in spondylodiscitis. We are reporting a case suffering from cervical spondylodiscitis and epidural abscess associated with MSSA carrying the Panton-Valentine leukocidin genes.

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