Catheter-related bacteraemia and infective endocarditis caused by Kocuria species.

  title={Catheter-related bacteraemia and infective endocarditis caused by Kocuria species.},
  author={C. C. Lai and Jane Y Wang and Sheng Hsiang Lin and Chung Keat Tan and Chang Wang and C. H. Liao and Chen Hsi Chou and Y. T. Huang and Hen I Lin and Po Ren Hsueh},
  journal={Clinical microbiology and infection : the official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases},
  volume={17 2},
We describe five patients with positive blood culture for Kocuria species. Three patients had catheter-related bacteraemia and one had infective endocarditis caused by Kocuria kristinae, and one had a K. marina isolate, which was considered to be a contaminant. Identification of the isolates was further confirmed by 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis. In conclusion, Kocuria species are an unusual cause of infection in immunocompromised patients. Accurate identification with molecular methods is… CONTINUE READING

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