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Clinically significant Kluyvera infections: a report of seven cases.

To determine the clinical significance of Kluyvera isolates at our institution, we retrospectively analyzed clinical microbiology data from January 1999 to September 2003. We identified 11 isolates classified as Kluyvera ascorbata, 7 of which were considered clinically significant pathogens: 3 cases represented urinary tract infections; 2, bacteremia; 1, a soft tissue infection of the finger; and 1, acute appendicitis with a subsequent intra-abdominal abscess. The age distribution of patients was wide, ranging from 2 months to 73 years. Antimicrobial susceptibility studies of the clinically significant and non-clinically significant Kluyvera isolates showed susceptibility patterns similar to those reported in the medical literature, namely trends of resistance to ampicillin and first- and second-generation cephalosporins. Of the 4 non-clinically significant isolates in our study, 1 was resistant to ciprofloxacin, a finding reported in only 1 other isolate of Kluyvera in the medical literature. Patient outcome after treatment with third-generation cephalosporins and aminoglycosides in the 7 clinically significant cases was good, with no long-term sequelae. The potential virulence of K ascorbata highlights the need for heightened scrutiny of its antimicrobial susceptibility patterns for adequate clinical treatment.[1]


  1. Clinically significant Kluyvera infections: a report of seven cases. Carter, J.E., Evans, T.N. Am. J. Clin. Pathol. (2005) [Pubmed]
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