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Volume 41, Number 3, June 2008

Peritoneal dialysis-related peritonitis caused by Gemella morbillorum in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus receiving steroid therapy


Chih-Cheng Lai, Ching-Herng Wu, Jun-Ta Chen, Po-Ren Hsueh
Division of Critical Care Medicine, Department of Emergency and Critical Care Medicine and Department of Internal Medicine, Lotung Poh-Ai Hospital, Yi-Lan; and Departments of Laboratory Medicine and 4Internal Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan

Received: June 26, 2007    Revised: October 18, 2007    Accepted: December 13, 2007   

 

Corresponding author:

Dr. Po-Ren Hsueh, Department of Internal Medicine and Laboratory Medicine, National Taiwan University Hospital, No 7, Chung-Shan South Road, Taipei 100, 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:

Gemella morbillorum, a Gram-positive coccus, is a natural inhabitant of the human oropharyngeal, upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts. Human infections caused by this organism are rare. We describe a case of peritoneal dialysis-related peritonitis due to G. morbillorum in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus receiving steroid therapy. The patient responded well to antibiotics, without removal of the peritoneal catheter.



 

Key words:

Gram-negative bacteria; Gram-positive bacteria; Peritoneal dialysis; Peritonitis; Staphylococcaceae



 

J Microbiol Immunol Infect. 2008;41:272-274.