Dysgonic Fermenter‐3: A Bacterium Associated with Diarrhea in Immunocompromised Hosts

Andrew M. Heiner, James A. DiSario, Karen Carroll, Samuel Cohen, Thomas G. Evans, Ann O. Shigeoka

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


We describe two patients with chronic diarrhea associated with dysgonic fermenter‐3 (DF‐3) infection. One patient had common variable hypogammaglobulinemia and the other had chronic idiopathic neutropenia and human immunodeficiency virus infection. Specific stool culture techniques were necessary to isolate DF‐3. The organism was sensitive to clindamycin, tetracycline, and trimethoprim‐sulfamethoxazole. Antibiotic therapy eradicated the organism and the diarrhea resolved in both patients. DF‐3 is a little‐recognized organism associated with diarrhea in the immunocompromised patient. It should be suspected when routine evaluation and stool cultures are not diagnostic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1629-1630
Number of pages2
JournalThe American Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology


Dive into the research topics of 'Dysgonic Fermenter‐3: A Bacterium Associated with Diarrhea in Immunocompromised Hosts'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this