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Volume 40, Number 3, June 2007

Extraintestinal focal infections in adults with Salmonella enterica serotype Choleraesuis bacteremia

Po-Lin Chen, Chi-Jung Wu, Chia-Ming Chang, Hsin-Chun Lee, Nan-Yao Lee, Hsin-I Shih, Ching-Chi Lee, Nai-Ying Ko, Li-Rong Wang, Wen-Chien Ko
Department of Internal Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Tainan; Department of Internal Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan; Department of Nursing, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Tainan; Department of Nursing, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan; and Department of Pathology, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Tainan, Taiwan

Received: March 30, 2006    Revised: April 19, 2006    Accepted: May 31, 2006   


Corresponding author:

Wen-Chien Ko, M.D., Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, No. 138, Sheng Li Roda, Tainan 704, Taiwan. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it



Background and purpose: 

Salmonella entericaserotype Choleraesuis, which is associated with severe human infections and multidrug resistance, poses a serious problem in Taiwan. The aim of the study was to investigate the epidemiology and clinical features of S. Choleraesuis bacteremia.




 Medical records and antimicrobial susceptibility of blood isolates were investigated for 43 adults (≥18 years old) with S. Choleraesuis bacteremia from 1999 to 2005.




The proportion of S. Choleraesuis in non-typhoidal Salmonella bacteremia increased in the latter three years (2003-2005). The elderly with aged-related disorders, and younger patients receiving immunosuppressive therapy for their underlying diseases were two high-risk groups. Twenty cases (47%) had extraintestinal focal infections, including 10 cases of mycotic aneurysm, six of osteomyelitis, and 4 pleuropulmonary infections. Univariate analysis revealed that age ≥50 years was associated with occurrence of endovascular infection (p=0.008), while immunosuppressive therapy was negatively associated with endovascular infection (p=0.043). Significant resistance to first-line antimicrobial agents (i.e., ampicillin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole or chloramphenicol) was noted. All strains were resistant to nalidixic acid, and 56% were resistant to ciprofloxacin. Few (<5%) isolates were resistant to ceftriaxone, and all were susceptible to cefepime, aztreonam, imipenem, meropenem and ertapenem. Multivariate analysis showed that shock (odds ratio [OR], 20.6; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.8-239.4; p=0.016) and apyrexia (OR, 36.2; 95% CI, 3.7-358.2; p=0.002) were independent risk factors for mortality.




.Choleraesuis bacteremia was usually complicated with extraintestinal focal infections in the elderly. With a high level of resistance among S. Choleraesuis, fluoroquinolones should be avoided for critically ill patients with suspected Salmonella bacteremia.



Key words:

Bacteremia; Drug resistance, bacterial; Microbial sensitivity tests; Mortality, Salmonella enterica


J Microbiol Immunol Infect. 2007;40:240-247.