Catheter-related bloodstream infections due to viridans group streptococci

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“Viridans group streptococci (VGS), a leading cause of bloodstream infection (BSI) in cancer patients, are thought to arise from the gastrointestinal tract. We sought to determine whether central venous catheters may serve as the source of VGS BSI…” Shelburne et al (2014)

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Shelburne, S.A. 3rd., Chaftari, A.M., Jamal, M., Al Wohoush, I., Jiang, Y., Abughazaleh, S., Cairo, J., Raad, S., Debiane, L. and Raad, I. (2014) Identification and characterization of catheter-related bloodstream infections due to viridans group streptococci in patients with cancer. American Journal of Infection Control. 42(10), p.1127-9.

Abstract:

Viridans group streptococci (VGS), a leading cause of bloodstream infection (BSI) in cancer patients, are thought to arise from the gastrointestinal tract. We sought to determine whether central venous catheters may serve as the source of VGS BSI, and to compare the ability of the newly proposed mucosal barrier injury laboratory-confirmed BSI definition to assign a VGS BSI source compared with the catheter-related BSI definition.

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