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Rhodococcus erythropolis septicaemia in a patient with acute lymphocytic leukaemia.

Authors
  • Park, Soon Deok
  • Uh, Young
  • Jang, In Ho
  • Yoon, Kap Jun
  • Kim, Hwang Min
  • Bae, Yon Jung
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Medical Microbiology
Publisher
Microbiology Society
Publication Date
Feb 01, 2011
Volume
60
Issue
Pt 2
Pages
252–255
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1099/jmm.0.015412-0
PMID: 20965915
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Rhodococcus erythropolis rarely causes infection in humans. We report the second case of R. erythropolis septicaemia in a 7-year-old child. However, to our knowledge it is the first case in a patient with acute lymphocytic leukaemia who had been undergoing chemotherapy. The identification was performed using 16S rRNA gene sequencing. Even though R. erythropolis is rarely associated with human infections, it should be considered as a potential causative agent of bacteraemia, rather than overlooked as a contaminant.

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