bone and joint infections are rare. Over a period of 7 months four patients with deep-seated skeletal infections due to were seen at the University Hospital, Nottingham. Sites of infection included the knee (one patient) the hip (one) and the spine (two). None of the patients had major underlying disease or risk factors for developing invasive infection. The organisms were sensitive to the second- and third-generation cephalosporins, gentamicin and fluoroquinolones. A literature search covering the period 1970-1994 revealed 20 other cases of skeletal infections due to ; there was no uniformity in the choice of antimicrobial agent for treating these infections. Oral ciprofloxacin was used as the principal antimicrobial agent in the patients described here and therapeutic success was achieved in three of these patients. Ciprofloxacin should be considered as first line therapy for invasive infections due to .


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