Alcoholic leukopenic pneumococcal sepsis

Abstract

Alcohol abuse has been associated with an increased mortality and morbidity due to increased aspiration, delirium tremens, and seizures. The association of pneumococcal lung infections and leukopenia in the setting of alcohol abuse are rarely reported; however, when present, severe lung infections can happen with severe lung injury and poor response to conventional therapy and ultimately, death. We are reporting a case of 55-year-old-man presented with shortness of breath, cough and altered mental status and eventually found with severe pneumococcal lung infection in the setting of leukopenia and long-term alcohol abuse representing alcoholic leukopenic pneumococcal sepsis syndrome.

DOI: 10.4103/2231-0770.114133

Cite this paper

@inproceedings{Alraiyes2013AlcoholicLP, title={Alcoholic leukopenic pneumococcal sepsis}, author={Abdul Hamid Alraiyes and Khaldoon Shaheen and M . Chadi Alraies}, booktitle={Avicenna journal of medicine}, year={2013} }