Septicemia Due to Capnocytophaga (Bacteroides ochraceus) in Hodgkin's Disease

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To the editor: A recent symposium (1) in the November 1978 supplement issue has emphasized the importance of infections in hospital practice. Patients with malignancies are especially prone to infections, particularly those caused by opportunistic organisms (2). This letter describes a case of septicemia due to Capnocytophaga (Bacteroides ochraceus) in an adolescent girl with aggressive Hodgkin's disease.

A splenectomized 12-year-old girl with stage HIB Hodgkin's disease, refractory to combination chemotherapy, was readmitted 6 months after diagnosis, complaining of abdominal pain and intermittent fever. Evaluation showed cervical adenopathy, hepatomegaly, recurrent mediastinal adenopathy, and nodular pulmonary densities. A complete blood count showed

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