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Capnocytophaga spp., capnophilic and Gram-negative fusiform rods with gliding motility, are common inhabitants of the oral cavity.These microorganisms have been implicated as the causative agent of septicaemia in immunocompromised patients and only occasionally in immunocompetent subjects. In this report, a case of septicaemia caused by Capnocytophaga in a neutropenic patient who had stomatitis and pulmonary infiltrates is described. Antibiotic therapy was adjusted according to the susceptibility pattern of the isolate and the patient subsequentlyrecovered.
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