Hanyang Med Rev.  2018 Jun;38(2):93-98. 10.7599/hmr.2018.38.2.93.

Microbiological Characteristics of Corynebacterium striatum, an Emerging Pathogen

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea. jhsmile@inje.ac.kr
  • 2Paik Institute for Clinical Research, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.

Abstract

C. striatum is part of the normal skin and mucous membrane flora in humans and is widely disseminated in the environment. Traditionally, these strains have been considered contaminants. However, C. striatum has been linked to respiratory infection, bacteremia, and endocarditis; and it is strongly related to nosocomial outbreaks. At present, matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF) is the most accurate routine identification method. Many C. striatum strains are multi-drug resistant, being susceptible only to vancomycin and linezolid. We should survey the antimicrobial susceptibility results regularly to monitor its resistance and consider it a possible pathogen.

Keyword

Corynebacterium striatum; Emerging pathogen; Resistance

MeSH Terms

Bacteremia
Corynebacterium*
Disease Outbreaks
Endocarditis
Humans
Linezolid
Mass Spectrometry
Methods
Mucous Membrane
Skin
Vancomycin
Linezolid
Vancomycin
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