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POBLETE U, Rodrigo et al. Septic shock caused by Vibrio vulnificus: Report of one case. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2002, vol.130, n.7, pp.787-791. ISSN 0034-9887.

Vibrio vulnificus is a lactose positive Gram negative rod that lives in warm seas and can infect wounds and produce sepsis. Its infection is acquired after eating oysters or other filtering marine organisms. We report a 53 years old diabetic male who started with fever after a voyage to Central America. He was admitted febrile, hipotense, dehydrated and polypneic. Painful erythematous lesions and lumps were observed in his upper and lower limbs. After 72 hours of evolution, the lesions became violaceous, with crepitating vesicles full of hemorrhagic exudate. He developed a renal failure and a disseminated intravascular coagulation. Blood cultures demonstrated the presence of Vibrio vulnificus and the patient died 68 hours after admission (Rev Méd Chile 2002; 130: 787-91)

Palabras clave : Disseminated intravascular coagulation; Sepsis syndrome; Vibrio infections.

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