Enterococcus; Enterococcus cecorum; infectious disease; gastroenterology; bacterial infections; microbiology; infectious colitis; gram-positive bacterial infections; gram-positive bacterial infections/diagnosis; bacteremia


Gastroenterology | Infectious Disease


Enterococcus cecorum rarely serves as a human pathogen, and only 6 cases of this microbe inoculating humans have been documented. We present an elderly female with a marked vascular history presenting with epigastric pain and diarrhea, followed by shaking chills. Laboratory findings revealed leukocytosis, with imaging showing diffuse colonic thickening. She had a bout of bloody diarrhea, raising the likelihood of ischemic colitis with her vascular history. To our surprise, both sets of blood cultures drawn on admission grew Enterococcus cecorum. This case is unique as it is the first documented case of E. cecorum human infection in the United States.