M114-5

Dental abscess:  Veillonella species- Shipped February 2012

HISTORY

A simulated dental abscess sample obtained from a 70 year old female with a dental abscess was sent to category A laboratories. Although the sample was sent as a swab, participants were told to set up anaerobe cultures.

Participants were expected to isolate and report Veillonella species.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M114-5

  1. Veillonella species have been isolated as the only etiologic agent in some cases of serious infectious processes such as osteomyelitis and endocarditis.

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