A rare case of neck abscess caused by Salmonella


  • Sivaranjani Sivakumar Department of General Surgery, Apollo Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Venkatasubramanian Rangarajan Department of General Surgery, Apollo Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Muralidharan Manikesi Department of General Surgery, Apollo Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
  • Senthur Nambi Department of Infectious Disease, Apollo Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India




Salmonella, Focal infection, Diabetes mellitus


Neck abscess is a quite common presentation among diabetic patients, but Salmonella causing neck abscess is very uncommon. Salmonella, which is the causative agent for Enteric fever, is also involved in causing systemic and local infections. We present an interesting case of a 60-year-old diabetic male, who had large neck abscess caused by Salmonella.



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