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Primary Vibrio Vulnificus Septicemia
Tzong-Len Sheu, Shei-Tai Liu, Ji-Chen Ho
Dermatol Sinica 17: 178-183, 1999

We report a case of primary Vibrio vulnificus septicemia in a 53-year-old male patient with history of alcoholic liver cirrhosis, who had shortly consumed raw oyster. The initial presentation was fever, chill, and urticarial plaques and purpuric patches on the trunk and both thighs. The course rapidly progressed to septic shock and death in 24 hours. Because of the popularity of consuming raw seafood and the high prevalence of chronic liver disease in Taiwan, clinicians should be alert to this potentially fatal disease and commence appropriate treatment immediately to reduce the mortality rate.

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