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Recurrent Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Infection Caused by Small-Colony Variants of <i>Staphylococcus aureus</i>

Teresa Spanu, Lucio Romano, Tiziana D'Inzeo, Luca Masucci, Alessio Albanese, Fabio Papacci, Enrico Marchese, Maurizio Sanguinetti and Giovanni Fadda

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 41, issue 5, pages e48-e52
Published in print September 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online September 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/432577
Recurrent Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt Infection Caused by Small-Colony Variants of Staphylococcus aureus

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Phenotypic variants of Staphylococcus aureus may be misidentified by routine microbiological methods, and they may also respond poorly to antibacterial treatment. Using molecular methods, we identified small-colony variants of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (which were misidentified by 3 widely used automated identification systems as methicillin-susceptible coagulase-negative staphylococci) as the cause of recurrent ventriculoperitoneal shunt—related meningitis.

Journal Article.  2709 words.  Illustrated.

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

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