Which physical findings are characteristic of Pasteurella multocida infection?

Updated: Nov 07, 2019
  • Author: Sara L Cross, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Physical findings of P multocida infection relate to the site of infection, as follows:

  • Local - Erythema, warmth, pain and tenderness, purulent discharge, lymphangitis, joint swelling, decreased range of motion

  • Respiratory - Sinus tenderness, hoarseness, pharyngeal erythema, rales and rhonchi upon chest auscultation, dullness to percussion, changes in vocal fremitus

  • CNS - Focal neurologic deficits, signs of meningeal irritation (eg, nuchal rigidity, Brudzinski sign, Kernig sign)

  • Abdominal - Abdominal tenderness, guarding and rebound, hepatosplenomegaly, costovertebral angle tenderness

  • Ocular - Corneal ulcer, conjunctival injection, decreased visual acuity

  • Cardiovascular - Hypotension, tachycardia, new cardiac murmur, embolic phenomenon

  • Lymph nodes - Regional adenopathy

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