Percutaneous nephrostomy tube-associated bacteremia caused by Corynebacterium urealyticum
Chen-Shuan Chung, Chun-Hsing Liao, Shih-Lung Cheng, Tsui-Hsien Lin, Po-Ren Hsueh
Department of Internal Medicine, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital; Department of Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, National Taiwan University College of Medicine; Department of Clinical Pathology, Far Eastern Memorial Hospital; and Department of Laboratory Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan
Received: December 10, 2007 Accepted: December 31, 2007
Corynebacterium urealyticum, an infrequent cause of bacteremia, is an emerging pathogen in humans, especially immunocompromised hosts. This report describes a patient with prostate cancer complicated with obstructive nephropathy who developed C. urealyticum bacteremia after placement of a percutaneous nephrostomy tube. The bacteremia was not controlled until the infected nephrostomy tube was removed.
Bacteremia; Corynebacterium; Nephrostomy, percutaneous; Sepsis
J Microbiol Immunol Infect. 2008;41:525-527.