Journal Article

<i>Stenotrophomonas maltophilia</i> Intestinal Colonization in Hospitalized Oncology Patients with Diarrhea

Anucha Apisarnthanarak, Victoria J. Fraser, W. Michael Dunne, J. Russell Little, Joan Hoppe-Bauer, Jennie L. Mayfield and Louis B. Polish

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 37, issue 8, pages 1131-1135
Published in print October 2003 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online October 2003 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/378297
Stenotrophomonas maltophilia Intestinal Colonization in Hospitalized Oncology Patients with Diarrhea

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A 6-week surveillance study was performed to determine the prevalence of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia intestinal colonization among patients hospitalized in an oncology unit who developed diarrhea. Ninety-two stool samples obtained from 41 patients were cultured, and 4 patients (4 [9.5%] of 41 patients) had cultures that were positive for S. maltophilia. After controlling for duration of diarrhea, patients colonized with S. maltophilia had received a greater number of different types of antibiotics than noncolonized patients (5 vs. 3 different drugs; P = .04).

Journal Article.  1744 words.  Illustrated.

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

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