SEPTICAEMIA IN GRANULOCYTOPENIC PATIENTS CAUSED BY MULTIRESISTANT DIPHTHEROID RODS

A Study of Two Cases

Authors

  • William L. Dibb,

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    1. Department of Microbiology, Haukeland Hospital, Bergen and Kapt. W. Wilhelmsen og Frues Bakteriologiske Institutt, Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway
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  • Elisabeth von der Lippe

    1. Department of Microbiology, Haukeland Hospital, Bergen and Kapt. W. Wilhelmsen og Frues Bakteriologiske Institutt, Rikshospitalet, Oslo, Norway
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Mikrobiologisk avdeling, MFH-bygget, N - 5016 HAUKELAND SYKEHUS, Bergen, Norway.

Abstract

Two cases of septicaemia in granulocytopenic patients are reported. Both were caused by multiresistant aerobic (JK-group) diphtheroid rods. The bacterial isolates were resistant to all commonly used antibacterial agents but showed good sensitivity to vancomycin and rifampicin. These agents should be included in the routine sensitivity testing of such isolates and diphtheroids should always be reported by the routine laboratory for granulocytopenic patients.

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