Donald B. Louria, M.D., F.A.C.P.; Theresa Kaminski, M.A.
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Increasing evidence points to the importance of transitional and L forms in the persistence of infections in patients whose routine cultures fail to demonstrate organisms in conventional form. We have observed six such cases:  A 44-year-old man developed fulminating abdominal-wall cellulitis and metastatic abscesses on his wrist. Cultures of blood and the lesion grew L forms of a corynebacterium.  A 30-year-old man had rheumatic heart disease and 9 months of intermittent fever. Routine cultures were negative, but Staphylococcus albus and transitional forms of alpha streptococci grew in hypertonic media. Antibiotic treatment was successful.  A 46-year-old man with
Louria DB, Kaminski T. Aberrant Forms of Bacteria and Fungi in Human Disease.. Ann Intern Med. ;70:1090. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-70-5-1090_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1969;70(5):1090.
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