Henry Ford Hospital Medical Journal


The clinical course of a patient with acute leukemia and metastatic intradermal abscesses secondary to Escherichia coli sepsis is described. E. coli organisms, cultured first from the blood and later from the lesions, had an identical antibiotic susceptibility and biotyping profile. This complication has not been previously described. Granulocytopenia and varicose veins may have been critical predisposing factors. With more widespread use of progressive immunosuppressive regimens, unusual manifestations of common infections will be recognized more frequently.