FRANK GUILLARD, M.D.; PETER C. APPELBAUM, M.D.; FRANCIS B. SPARROW, B.A.
The genus Corynebacterium comprises aerobic, nonsporing, gram-positive rods. These organisms are common saprophytic inhabitants of the skin/mucous membranes, infrequently causing serious infections in humans (1). Systemic infection can occur, especially in patients with malignancy, immunosuppression, damaged heart valves, as a result of broad-spectrum antibiotic therapy, or break in skin/mucous membranes (1-3). Endocarditis, septicemia, osteomyelitis, meningitis, pneumonia, and soft tissue infections have been reported in such patients (1-3). The precise role of corynebacteria in the pathogenesis of urinary tract infection is unknown. This paper describes a case of pyelonephritis and septicemia due to a diphtheroid-like organism similar to Corynebacterium group E.
GUILLARD F, APPELBAUM PC, SPARROW FB. Pyelonephritis and Septicemia Due to Gram-Positive Rods Similar to Corynebacterium Group E (Aerotolerant Bifidobacterium adolescentis). Ann Intern Med. ;92:635–636. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-5-635
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;92(5):635-636.
Infectious Disease, Multi-Organ Failure and Sepsis, Nephrology, Pulmonary/Critical Care, Urinary Tract Infection.
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