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Mycotic Aneurysm in Northeast Thailand: The Importance of <i>Burkholderia pseudomallei</i> as a Causative Pathogen

Siriluck Anunnatsiri, Ploenchan Chetchotisakd and Churairat Kularbkaew

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 47, issue 11, pages 1436-1439
Published in print December 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online December 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/592975
Mycotic Aneurysm in Northeast Thailand: The Importance of Burkholderia pseudomallei as a Causative Pathogen

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Forty cases of mycotic aneurysm that occurred during the period 1993–2007 were reviewed. The most common causative pathogen was Burkholderia pseudomallei (17 cases; 42.5%). Postoperative complications and bacteremia were significantly more common among patients with mycotic aneurysm due to B. pseudomallei than they were among patients with mycotic aneurysm that was not attributable to B. pseudomallei. In a region in which melioidosis is endemic, empirical antimicrobial therapy for suspected mycotic aneurysm should cover B. pseudomallei.

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

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