Iranian Journal of Medical Sciences

Document Type: Case Series


1 Department of Infectious Diseases, Seyyed-al-Shohada Hospital, Kerman, Iran

2 Department of Microbiology, Kerman Branch, Islamic Azad University, Kerman, Iran

3 Faculty of Medicine, University of Debrecen, Hungary


Cutaneous involvement is an unusual complication in brucellosis that has been reported to range between 0.4% and 17%. We here introduce a 40-year-old shepherd, who presented with two ulcerative abscesses in his lower left leg. Cultivation of the abscess aspirate was positive for Brucella abortus. The first titer of his serological test was 1/160, which subsequently rose to 1/640. In countries like Iran where brucellosis is still endemic, it is important to take Brucella species into account among other pyogenic bacteria as a causative agent of cutaneous abscesses.