Staphylococcus lugdunensis: novel organism causing cochlear implant infection

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Samina Bhumbra
Mona Mahboubi
R. Alexander Blackwood *
(*) Corresponding Author:
R. Alexander Blackwood | rab@umich.edu

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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