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A Rare Case of Cavitating Lung Disease

Rahul Kumar Gupta, Arjun Kumar, Mihir Gangakhedkar, Vipul Prakash, Lokesh Saini

Keywords : Immunocompetent, lung cavitation, Pantoea agglomerans

Citation Information : Gupta RK, Kumar A, Gangakhedkar M, Prakash V, Saini L. A Rare Case of Cavitating Lung Disease. Indian J Respir Care 2021; 10 (3):361-363.

DOI: 10.4103/ijrc.ijrc_75_21

License: CC BY-NC-SA 4.0

Published Online: 06-12-2022

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2021; Indian Journal of Respiratory Care.


Pantoea rarely causes infection in human lungs. Genus Pantoea is a rare pathogen causing opportunistic human infection in clinical practice. Among seven species of this rare organism, Pantoea agglomerans is the most common species in humans and is often associated with an occupational disease. Clinically, it may present with wound infection, abscess, catheter infection, pneumonia, and urinary system infection in immunocompromised individuals. However, there are no case reports of P. agglomerans causing cavitating lung disease in the past. Here, we report a case of a 67-year-old immunocompetent female who presented with cavitating lung lesions on chest imaging which were found to be associated with P. agglomerans leading to fatal outcomes. We emphasize on the unusual presentation, its course in the hospital, and importance of early recognition of this emerging bacterial infection causing fulminant human infections even in immunocompetent individuals.

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