Capnocytophaga Canimorsus

Your Path

  • Capnocytophaga canimorsus


  • Gram negative rod
  • Can cause bacteremia in compromised hosts (e.g. s/p splenectomy)

Risk Factors

  • Spread by dog/cat bite or lick of wound; post-splenectomy, etoh abuse, steroid use


  • F
  • C
  • Confusion
  • Myalgias
  • Pain at wound site
  • Rapid progression to severe sepsis

Physical Exam Findings

  • Fever
  • Severe illness
  • Pupura fulimans
  • Inflammation at bite wound site
  • Other findings sepsis