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Keywords:

  • Abscess;
  • Infant;
  • Necrotizing pneumonia;
  • Panton–Valentine leukocidin;
  • Staphylococcus aureus

Abstract

We report three cases of severe infections in infants caused by Panton–Valentine leukocidin positive Staphylococcus aureus and evolved with a positive outcome. The literature of Panton–Valentine leukocidin positive Staphylococcus aureus infections in infants is reviewed.

Conclusion

Our findings suggest that a prompt identification of Panton–Valentine leukocidin positive Staphylococcus aureus and an appropriate therapy can reduce mortality and long-term sequelae. Further research is needed to specify features of Panton–Valentine leukocidin positive Staphylococcus aureus infections in infants.