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A case of Corynebacterium xerosis Infection in Cerebrospinal Fluid and Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt

Case report

Annals of Clinical Microbiology (Ann Clin Microbiol) 2006 December Volume 9, Issue 2, pages 142-145..


https://doi.org/10.5145/ACM.2006.09.2.142

A case of Corynebacterium xerosis Infection in Cerebrospinal Fluid and Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt

Won Mok Lee, Jung Sook Ha, Nam Hee Ryoo, Dong Seok Jeon, and Jae Ryong Kim

Department of Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea

Abstract

Corynebacterium xerosis is a normal flora of the skin, mucous membrane and gastrointestinal tract. Although not usually considered to be a pathogen, it occasionally causes serious infections in immunocompromised hosts. We report a case of a shunt infection by C. xerosis developed in a 58year-old woman following the insertion of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. The organism was also isolated from the cerebrospinal fluid and blood. The isolate was resistant to most of the antibiotics tested except for vancomycin. However, in spite of treatment with vancomycin, the patient was expired after 5 months. (Korean J Clin Microbiol 2006;9(2):142-145)

Keywords

Corynebacterium xerosis, Ventriculoperitoneal shunt, Fungal shunt infection