Exudative pharyngitis possibly due to Corynebacterium pseudodiphtheriticum, a new challenge in the differential diagnosis of diphtheria.

@article{Izurieta1997ExudativePP,
  title={Exudative pharyngitis possibly due to Corynebacterium pseudodiphtheriticum, a new challenge in the differential diagnosis of diphtheria.},
  author={Hector S. Izurieta and Peter M. Strebel and T. Youngblood and Dannie G. Hollis and Tanja Popovi{\'c}},
  journal={Emerging Infectious Diseases},
  year={1997},
  volume={3},
  pages={65 - 68}
}
Corynebacterium pseudodiphtheriticum has rarely been reported to cause disease in humans, despite its common presence in the flora of the upper respiratory tract. We report here a case of exudative pharyngitis with pseudomembrane possibly caused by C. pseudodiphtheriticum in a 4-year-old girl. The case initially triggered clinical and laboratory suspicion of diphtheria. Because C. pseudodiphtheriticum can be easily confused with Corynebacterium diphtheriae in Gram stain, clarification of its… CONTINUE READING
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