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Septicaemia caused by Neisseria flavescens
  1. Paul T. Wertlake1,
  2. Temple W. Williams, Jr2
  1. U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A.
  2. Clinical Pathology Department, Clinical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A.
  3. Laboratory of Clinical Investigations, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, Bethesda, Maryland, U.S.A.


    Septicaemia caused by N. flavescens is reported for the first time. The septicaemia developed following dental surgery, and the clinical picture was indistinguishable from that of chronic meningococcaemia. The skin lesions resembled the cutaneous manifestations of gonococcaemia. The patient responded to treatment with sulphonamides and penicillin with no relapse over 18 months of follow-up.

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    • 1 Present Address: The Clinical Laboratory Medical Group, 679 S. Westlake Ave, Los Angeles, Calif. 90057

    • 2 Present Address: Baylor University Medical School, Houston, Texas 77025