A Rare Case of Salmonella Gastroenteritis Presenting as Aspiration Pneumonia With Pleural Empyema in an Immunocompetent Patient.
Non-typhoidal salmonella (NTS) can cause infections ranging from self-limited chronic carriers to gastroenteritis, bacteremia, and extraintestinal infections. Pulmonary involvement, particularly empyema, is quite rare and generally found in immunosuppressed individuals. We present a case of salmonellosis in an immunocompetent patient with rare pulmonary complications of empyema. The patient, with no underlying immunocompromised illness, presented with a one-day history of worsening generalized weakness, fever, shortness of breath, and productive cough after having gastroenteritis symptoms of five days duration, which stopped two days prior to admission. On further investigation, imaging revealed right lower lobe pneumonia with empyema. The patient was managed with intravenous antibiotics and chest tube placement with good clinical response. Pleural fluid analysis showed exudative fluid and grew
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Mehmood, A., & Amin, M. F. (2023). A Rare Case of Salmonella Gastroenteritis Presenting as Aspiration Pneumonia With Pleural Empyema in an Immunocompetent Patient. Cureus, 15(4), e37192. https://doi.org/10.7759/cureus.37192
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine