Cervical melioidosis: an infrequent cause of neck abscess


  • Nurul Alya Binti Azwan Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bintulu Hospital, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Ram Kumar Sharma Shanmugam Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bintulu Hospital, Sarawak, Malaysia
  • Kong Yin Teng Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Bintulu Hospital, Sarawak, Malaysia




Neck abscess, Melioidosis, Burkhloderia pseudomallei, Sarawak


Melioidosis remains as one of the rare infectious disease with high mortality and morbidity rate. It is caused by the gram-negative bacilli Burkholderia pseudomallei found in soil and water. We would like to share our experience of four case series that had been collected in Bintulu Hospital, Sarawak over a period of eight months starting from June 2018- January 2019. A total of four patients presented with neck abscess where the pus culture and sensitivity show B. pseudomallei but the blood culture and sensitivity show no culture or growth.


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