Septic shock from penetrating leg injury with Vibrio vulnificus infection

Tamara C Preda, Veronica A Preda and Allan P Mekisic
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (12): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2009.tb02653.x
Published online: 15 June 2009

To the Editor: A 70-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with intense pain, erythema, oedema and haemorrhagic bullae of the right lower leg. Twenty-four hours earlier, she had fallen into warm seawater on the south coast of New South Wales, sustaining a penetrating wound by an unknown object. She reported developing excruciating pain and the noted leg changes within hours of the injury. She had a history of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), managed long-term with 7.5 mg oral prednisone daily.

  • Tamara C Preda1
  • Veronica A Preda2
  • Allan P Mekisic1

  • 1 Department of Surgery, Wollongong Hospital, Wollongong, NSW.
  • 2 Department of Dermatology, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, NSW.


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