Tsukamurella catheter-related bloodstream infection in a pediatric patient with pulmonary hypertension

  • Kristen A. Wendorf University of Michigan, United States.
  • Claudia M. Espinosa University of Michigan, United States.
  • William D. LeBar University of Michigan, United States.
  • Jason B. Weinberg | jbwein@umich.edu University of Michigan, United States.

Abstract

Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CR-BSI) are important complications in patients with long-term indwelling central venous catheters. In this report, we present the case of a 14-year-old male with pulmonary hypertension treated with continuous treprostinil infusion, who presented with a CR-BSI caused by a Tsukamurella species. This case highlights the potential for this unusual organism to cause infection in immunocompetent patients.

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Kristen A. Wendorf, University of Michigan
University of Michigan Medical School
Claudia M. Espinosa, University of Michigan
Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases
William D. LeBar, University of Michigan
Department of Pathology
Jason B. Weinberg, University of Michigan

Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Published
2010-03-17
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Keywords:
Tsukamurella, central venous catheter, pulmonary hypertension
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Wendorf, K. A., Espinosa, C. M., LeBar, W. D., & Weinberg, J. B. (2010). Tsukamurella catheter-related bloodstream infection in a pediatric patient with pulmonary hypertension. Infectious Disease Reports, 2(1), e5. https://doi.org/10.4081/idr.2010.1649