Korean J Clin Microbiol.  2006 Oct;9(2):142-145.

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

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  • 1Department of Laboratory Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea. nhryoo@dsmc.or.kr

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 58-year-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.

Keyword

Corynebacterium xerosis; Ventriculoperitoneal shunt; Fungal shunt infection

MeSH Terms

Anti-Bacterial Agents
Cerebrospinal Fluid*
Corynebacterium*
Female
Gastrointestinal Tract
Humans
Immunocompromised Host
Middle Aged
Mucous Membrane
Skin
Vancomycin
Ventriculoperitoneal Shunt*
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Vancomycin
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