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

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Kristen A. Wendorf
Claudia M. Espinosa
William D. LeBar
Jason B. Weinberg *
(*) Corresponding Author:
Jason B. Weinberg | jbwein@umich.edu

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