Myositis complicating viridans streptococcal sepsis in childhood leukemia

John T. Sandlund, Scott C. Howard, Nobuko Hijiya, Ching Hon Pui, Jerry L. Shenep, Elisabeth E. Adderson*

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Hematogenous focal infections are a rare complication of bacteremia or sepsis caused by viridans-group streptococci. We describe two patients with acute leukemia who developed myositis during α-hemolytic streptococcal bacteremia. Children complaining of severe muscle pain associated with viridans streptococcal infections should be carefully evaluated for the presence of focal pyogenic complications and rhabdomyolysis. The severity of infectious myositis is highly variable, depending on the etiologic organism and host immunity, making individualized treatment the most effective approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)277-279
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Blood and Cancer
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2005


  • Leukemia
  • Myositis
  • Viridans streptococcus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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