Pseudomonas putida war wound infection in a US Marine: A case report and review of the literature

Robert J. Carpenter*, Joshua D. Hartzell, Jonathan A. Forsberg, Britta S. Babel, Anuradha Ganesan

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US service members are returning from the war in Iraq and Afghanistan with wound infections due to uncommon bacteria. Pseudomonas putida, a member of the fluorescent group of pseudomonads, primarily causes infection in immunosuppressed hosts and patients with invasive medical devices. P. putida has been implicated in outbreaks often traced to a contaminated fluid and is a rare cause of clinical infection. However, it should be considered a pathogen when isolated from pure culture. The objective of this article is to present a case report of a P. putida war wound infection, review previous P. putida infections, and provide a concise review of the epidemiology, risk factors, and management of infections due to this organism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)234-240
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Infection
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • Cross infection
  • Humans
  • Infection
  • Pseudomonas
  • Pseudomonas infections
  • Pseudomonas putida
  • Review
  • War


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