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Volume 41, Number 6, December 2008

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   

 

Corresponding author:

Dr. Po-Ren Hsueh, Departments of Internal Medicine and Laboratory Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, No. 7, Chung-Shan South Road, 100 Taipei, Taiwan. E-mail: Dr. Po-Ren Hsueh This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it
 



 

Methods:

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.



 

Key words:

Bacteremia; Corynebacterium; Nephrostomy, percutaneous; Sepsis

 



 

J Microbiol Immunol Infect. 2008;41:525-527.