Rhinoscleroma in an octogenarian woman

A. Leibovitz, I. Gil, D. Stempler, S. Zahavi, B. Habot

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Rhinoscleroma, a granulomatous infection caused by Klebsiella rhinoscleromatis and usually afflicting young adults, was diagnosed in an 81-year-old woman. Treatment was started with orally administered antibiotics but was soon halted because of side effects. She was treated instead by local spread of a 3% rifampin ointment. After 6 weeks, the lesion cleared up and she improved remarkably. There was no recurrence during 18 months of follow-up. The current report is the second published case of rhinoscleroma in an elderly person and the first report on its cure by local treatment with a 3% rifampin ointment. This favorable experience contributes to the limited knowledge on rhinoscleroma in the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-72
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of the American Medical Directors Association
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Elderly
  • Rhinoscleroma
  • Rifampin


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