Helicobacter cinaedi-associated Carotid Arteritis

Shinichiro Nakao, Hideharu Hagiya, Keigo Kimura, Tomomi Mitsui, Akane Oyama, Kazuhiro Hongyo, Yusuke Takahashi, Futoshi Nakagami, Kazunori Tomono, Hiromi Rakugi

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Abstract

A 65-year-old Japanese man with bilateral carotid atherosclerosis presented with right neck pain and fever. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography suggested carotid arteritis, and carotid ultrasonography showed an unstable plaque. The patient developed a cerebral embolism, causing a transient ischemic attack. Helicobacter cinaedi was detected in blood culture, and H. cinaedi-associated carotid arteritis was diagnosed. Empirical antibiotic therapy was administered for 6 weeks. After readmission for recurrent fever, he was treated another 8 weeks. Although the relationship between H. cinaedi infection and atherosclerosis development remains unclear, the atherosclerotic changes in our patient's carotid artery might have been attributable to H. cinaedi infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-192
Number of pages4
JournalActa medica Okayama
Volume72
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Bacteremia
  • Bacterial translocation
  • Helicobacter cinaedi
  • Vascular infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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