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Case report
A case of epididymitis associated with Panton–Valentine leukocidin Staphylococcus aureus
  1. Malini Raychaudhuri1,
  2. Pei Ru Chew2
  1. 1Centre for Sexual Health, Scunthorpe General Hospital, Scunthorpe, UK
  2. 2Hull York Medical School, Hertford Building, University of Hull, Hull, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Malini Raychaudhuri, Centre for Sexual Health, Scunthorpe General Hospital, Scunthorpe DN15 7BS, UK; malini.raychaudhuri{at}


A new pattern of disease caused by Panton–Valentine leukocidin (PVL)-positive strains of Staphylococcus aureus is emerging in the UK and worldwide. Community-associated methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) is more likely to produce PVL, a pore-forming cytotoxin inducing leucocyte lysis, which often infects young healthy individuals. The worldwide emergence and continually increasing prevalence of community-acquired PVL–MRSA have recently attracted high-profile media attention and prompted concern regarding the transmissibility and virulence. This paper reports a case of genitourinary tract infection associated with PVL-positive community-associated MRSA in an immunocompetent young man.

  • AIDS
  • antenatal HIV
  • antibiotic resistance
  • antiretroviral therapy
  • bacterial infection
  • epididymitis
  • Panton–Valentine leukocidin
  • staphylococcus
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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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