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Clinical and Microbiological Characteristics of <i>Rhizobium radiobacter</i> Infections

Chih-Cheng Lai, Lee-Jene Teng, Po-Ren Hsueh, Ang Yuan, Kuang-Chau Tsai, Jih-Luh Tang and Hwei-Fang Tien

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 38, issue 1, pages 149-153
Published in print January 2004 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 2004 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/380463
Clinical and Microbiological Characteristics of Rhizobium radiobacter Infections

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Data obtained from 1996 to 2002 on 13 patients with Rhizobium radiobacter infections were analyzed. Ten patients (76%) had underlying hematological malignancy or solid-organ cancer. Six patients (46%) had febrile neutropenia during the course of R. radiobacter infection. The majority (54%) of infections were catheter-related bacteremia, and 92% of infections were hospital acquired. All the patients survived. Eighteen isolates were recovered from the 13 patients, and each isolate was susceptible to cefepime, piperacillin-tazobactam, carbapenems, and ciprofloxacin. The pulsed-field gel electrophoresis profiles differed among the isolates recovered from different patients, indicating the absence of nosocomial spread of the organism.

Journal Article.  2454 words.  Illustrated.

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

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