Staphylococcus lugdunensis: novel organism causing cochlear implant infection

  • Samina Bhumbra Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States.
  • Mona Mahboubi Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States.
  • R. Alexander Blackwood | rab@umich.edu Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, United States.

Abstract

A majority of cochlear implant infections are caused by Staphylococcus aureus or Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Reported here is a pediatric patient with a cochlear implant infection caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus lugdunensis, a coagulase-negative Staphylococcus that has only recently been determined to be clinically relevant (1988). Unlike other coagulase-negative Staphylococcus, it is more aggressive, carrying a greater potential for tissue destruction. In pediatrics, the organism is uncommon, poorly described, and generally pan-susceptible. Described herein is the presentation and management of this unusual organism in a pediatric setting.

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2014-06-24
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Keywords:
Staphylococcus lugdunensis, cochlear implant, coagulase negative staphylococcus
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Bhumbra, S., Mahboubi, M., & Blackwood, R. A. (2014). Staphylococcus lugdunensis: novel organism causing cochlear implant infection. Infectious Disease Reports, 6(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/idr.2014.5406