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Is a Black-Pigmented <i>Corynebacterium</i> Species an Opportunistic Pathogen during Pregnancy? Literature Review and Report of 3 New Cases

Sanjay K. Shukla, Mary Harney, Bharati Jhaveri, Kathy Andrews and Kurt D. Reed

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue 6, pages 834-837
Published in print September 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/377233
Is a Black-Pigmented Corynebacterium Species an Opportunistic Pathogen during Pregnancy? Literature Review and Report of 3 New Cases

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Isolation of black-pigmented Corynebacterium species from human clinical samples has been reported, although rarely. Review of the medical literature revealed 3 reports of culture isolation of these unusual bacteria. All were recovered from the female genital tract, and 1 case was associated with spontaneous abortion. Genetic characterization of these isolates indicates that they are similar and probably represent a novel pathogen in the genus Corynebacterium. We report 3 additional bacterial isolates sharing similar phenotypic and/or genotypic characteristics that were recovered from the genital tract of women who had complications of pregnancy. Similarities in these cases suggest that this newly recognized Corynebacterium species might be an opportunistic pathogen in pregnancy.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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