Metastatic Klebsiella pneumoniae Invasive Liver Abscess Syndrome in Denver, Colorado

Mary E. Bradley, Sarah K. Scoular

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Background: Klebsiella pneumoniae has gained recognition for its association with invasive liver abscess syndrome (ILAS). ILAS is associated with a hypervirulent strain of K pneumoniae and can impact immunocompetent as well as immunocompromised patients. Case Report: A 42-year-old Hispanic male with no significant past medical history was admitted with complaints of subjective fevers and worsening fatigue. The patient was found to have multiple septic pulmonary emboli, a prostate abscess, a seminal vesicle abscess, bilateral frontoparietal and left temporal infarcts thought to be due to septic emboli, pyelonephritis, endophthalmitis, and hepatic abscesses. Cultures grew K pneumoniae that was determined to be the hypervirulent strain associated with ILAS. The patient was treated for a total of 71 days, including ceftriaxone and multiple intravitreal injections with ceftazidime. Conclusion: Notably, this case report details a disease state new to Colorado. Pharmacists are able to assist in the care of ILAS with antibiotic selection, considering sites of infection and encouraging appropriate consultation of specialized care teams.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332-336
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pharmacy Practice
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2021


  • Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • endophthalmitis
  • liver abscess
  • pharmacist


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