1 Clinical Microbiology, Department of Clinical Research, Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, SDU2 unknown3 Kolding Sygehus4 Statens Serum Institut5 Slagelse Sygehus6 Clinical Microbiology, Department of Clinical Research, Det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, SDU
Seal finger is an unusual infection in Denmark but is seen quite often in Greenland. A 69 year-old Danish man developed severe infection after cutting his finger on a sea urchin while handling a fishing net. Treatment with beta-lactam antibiotics had no effect. Standard culture from the lesion was negative. A Mycoplasma species was detected by PCR and DNA sequencing and subsequently cultured on special media. Specifically asked about exposure to sea mammals the patient could inform that a dead seal had also been trapped in the fishing net.
Ugeskrift for Laeger, 2012, Vol 174, Issue 7, p. 426-7