Fusobacterium species

Precautions

Standard Precautions

General Information

Alternate Treatment

  • Metronidazole

  • Clindamycin

  • Ampicillin/sulbactam

  • Carbapenem

Pathogen information

Anaerobic gram negative rod

Epidemiology

Normal oral/gastrointestinal flora

Associated syndromes

  • Oral/dental infections

  • Head and neck infection including Lemierres disease (septic jugular thrombophlebitis) associated with F. necrophorum

  • Aspiration pneumonia

  • Empyema

  • Intra-abdominal abscess

  • Diabetic foot infection

  • Bacteremia

Additional Information

Bacteremia with F. necrophorum should prompt thorough investigation for septic thrombophlebitis (Lemierres)