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The Silent Killer - Acinetobacter Baumannii

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  • Posted By: Strider
  • October 14, 2007
  • 07:23 PM

I'm looking for help.
I recently (3 weeks ago) had a minor surgery to remove cysts from my scrotum at a Military Treatment Facility.
I have had several complications:
1. Ruptured sutures (twice).
2. Swollen inguinal lymph nodes that abscessed and burst.
3. A laundry list of bacterial infections.
4. A new cyst that came up over night and abscessed.
I received a copy of my lab report on Friday and was shocked to see that I had three types of bacterial infections, the worst being Acinetobacter Baumannii. I have been referred to Infectious Disease for further treatment.
My concern is this:
The doctors that presented me with the lab report downplayed the situation and actually joked about it. One asked if I had deployed, the other said, "you probably got that here". I have not deployed since 2000.
Everything I have read about Acinetobacter Baumannii scares the ***l out of me. It's not just the infection that I'm concerned about; I have not exactly received great care from MTFs. I'm afraid they're not going to fully help me. Thankfully, I just finished a regiment of Augmentin. I received antibiotics only after my lymph node burst.

Side note: 4 months ago I had a cyst in the same area biopsied at dermatology at the same MTF. I had been bounced back and forth between Dermatology and Urology at least 4 times up to this point (I had been complaining about pain and swelling for 4 months). 1 week after the biopsy was done I had the cyst removed in an emergency procedure at Urology. I was told that I was about to become septic. I had a bad staph infection and the doctor said I probably got it at the derm clinic when the biopsy was done.

Has anyone else had any experience with Acinetobacter Baumannii?
Should I contact a non-military facility?

Thanks for reading,
S

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  • Update: Saw an Infectious Disease specialist this week. They assured me that my strain IS susceptible to Augmentin. However, I did not get a straight answer on if I'll always have this as part of my flora. I finished the Augmentin 10 days ago but the doctor said if he cultured my wound again the A. Baumannii would still be present. The wound is still open and my inguinal gland is steadily swelling. I guess it's wait and see time. S
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    • October 19, 2007
    • 07:36 AM
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