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Acinetobacter Bacteremia in Hong Kong: Prospective Study and Review

Hong Siau, Kwok-Yung Yuen, Pak-Leung Ho, Samson S. Y. Wong and Patrick C. Y. Woo

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 28, issue 1, pages 26-30
Published in print January 1999 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online January 1999 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/515068
Acinetobacter Bacteremia in Hong Kong: Prospective Study and Review

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The epidemiological characteristics of 18 patients with acinetobacter bacteremia were analyzed. Patients (mean age, 55.5 years) developed bacteremia after an average of 14.1 days of hospitalization. Fifteen of 16 patients survived bacteremia caused by Acinetobacter baumannii. Cultures of blood from the remaining two patients yielded Acinetobacter lwoffii. Most patients (78%) resided in the general ward, while four patients (22%) were under intensive care. Genotyping by arbitrarily primed polymerase chain reaction analysis and the temporal sequence of isolation were more useful than phenotyping by antimicrobial susceptibility in the determination of the source of bacteremia, and the intravascular catheter was the leading infection source (39% of cases). The possibility of an association of glucose with the pathogenesis of acinetobacter infection was raised.

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