Infective internal iliac artery aneurysm caused by Campylobacter fetus

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A 67-year-old man with a persistent high fever was diagnosed to have an infective aneurysm in his left internal iliac artery. A blood culture detected a gram-negative spiral rod that was first identified as Campylobacter fetus subsp. venerealis based on a matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time of flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) analysis. However, the strain was finally confirmed to be Campylobacter fetus subsp. fetus based on a genetic analysis. The infection was successfully treated with emergency resection of the aneurysm, followed by 4 weeks of antibiotic therapy. Involvement of the peripheral artery is uncommon in cases of C. fetus-infective aneurysm. To figure out the epidemiology and pathogenicity of C. fetus infection, the accurate identification of the responsible organisms is essential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2021-2024
Number of pages4
JournalInternal Medicine
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - Aug 15 2015


  • Bacteremia
  • Campylobacter fetus subsp. venerealis
  • Infective aneurysm
  • Matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS)
  • Zoonosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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