Intramuscular Injection Abscess Due to VRSA: A New Health Care Challenge

Document Type : CASE REPORT


1 Department of Orthopaedics, K.G. Hospital and Postgraduate Medical Institute, Arts College Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

2 Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow, UK

3 VCU Medical Center Ambulatory Care Center. 417 North 11th Street, Richmond, Virginia, USA


Abscess formation following intramuscular injections is rare and they are most commonly seen in immunocompromised individuals. In this case series we present a cohort of three patients presented to us in a critically ill condition with an abscess due to intramuscular injection. Vancomycin resistant staphylococcus aureus was isolated from all three patients. These patients posed a major challenge to the healthcare system and the treating physician because of the: severity of illness, virulence and resistance of the organism, rarity of the situation, immune state of the patient, and lack of supporting evidence to properly guide management in the use of health resources. To the best of our knowledge, there is no report available in the English literature on vancomycin resistant staphylococcus aureus associated with intramuscular injection abscess.


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Volume 4, Issue 3
July 2016
Pages 277-281
  • Receive Date: 28 July 2015
  • Revise Date: 23 November 2015
  • Accept Date: 29 November 2015
  • First Publish Date: 01 July 2016