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Rachid Attou, Thomas Albrich, Joe Kadou, Sebastien Redant, Patrick M. Honoré and David De Bels


We present the case of a patient with sepsis following a traumatic intra-bladder instillation of Calmette-Guerin Bacillus with pneumonia and possibly hepatitis. These complications are rare and could be induced by both immuno-allergic reaction and bacteremia. There is no specific guideline to treat this condition, but many clinicians depicting similar cases seem to agree on prolonged anti-tuberculous antibiotics with associated corticosteroid therapy. Following this therapy, the prognosis is generally favorable depending upon the fact that diagnosis has correctly been made. Our case highlights the fact that correct diagnosis has to be made especially in the presence of sepsis without a clear septic source.

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Sebastien Redant, Jacques Devriendt, Ilaria Botta, Rachid Attou, David De Bels, Patrick M. Honoré and Charalampos Pierrakos