Disseminated Staphylococcal Infection in an Immunocompetent Adult: A Case Report

Bernice T. Ong-Dela Cruz and Dave B. Tan

Department of Medicine, Providence Hospital, Quezon City, Philippines


Septic pulmonary embolism is an uncommon disorder in which septic thrombi are mobilized from an infectious nidus and transported in the vascular system of the lungs. We report a case of a 52-year-old immunocompetent female who suffered from septic pulmonary embolism associated with polymyositis, deep venous thrombosis and pericardial effusion. Oxacillin-sensitive staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) was isolated from her sputum. Clinical presentation improved after incision of the muscle abscess and vancomycin treatment.

Key Words: septic pulmonary embolism, pyomyositis, septic thrombophlebitis, Staphylococcus aureus