Catheter-related bloodstream infection caused by Methylobacterium radiotolerans

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“Four cases of central venous catheter-related Methylobacterium radiotolerans infection are presented” Li et al (2015).

Reference:

Li, L., Tarrand, J.J. and Han, X.Y. (2015) Four Cases of Catheter-related Infection by Methylobacterium radiotolerans: Microbiologic and Clinical Features. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. January 28th. [epub ahead of print].

Abstract:

Four cases of central venous catheter-related Methylobacterium radiotolerans infection are presented. The patients were all long-term catheter carriers with the underlying diagnosis of leukemia and they manifested mostly fevers. The bacterial strains, during initial isolation and/or subcultures, all showed far better growth on buffered charcoal yeast extract agar. This microbiologic feature may potentially improve culture recovery of this fastidious pink Gram-negative bacillus that has been isolated rarely in clinical microbiology laboratories.

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