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Volume 45, Number 3, June 2012

Corynebacterium striatum bacteremia associated with central venous catheter infection

Fu-Lun Chen, Po-Ren Hsueh, Sing-On Teng, Tsong-Yih Ou, Wen-Sen Lee

Received: December 30, 2010    Revised: March 10, 2011    Accepted: June 1, 2011   


Corresponding author:

 Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Internal Medicine, Wan Fang Hospital, Taipei Medical

University, Taiwan.
E-mail address: (W.-S. Lee).


Background and purpose: 

 Corynebacterium striatum (C striatum) has been considered a contaminant of blood culture in past decades. Here we report the case of a patient with acute deterioration of chronic renal failure. She received hemodialysis and died from C striatum bacteremia. By using a randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) method, we found that an association existed between C striatum from the bloodstream and that from the central venous catheter. We suggest that C striatum could be a pathogen of bloodstream infection in patients with such a catheter in place.


Key words:

 Bacteraemia; Central venous catheter; Corynebacterium striatum