Catheter-related bloodstream infections by opportunistic pathogens in immunocompromised hosts

A. Mirijello, M. Impagnatiello, V. Zaccone, G. Ventura, L. Pompa, G. Addolorato, R. Landolfi, A. Adamo, C. Kadhim, G. Passaro, A. Tosoni, C. Vallone, V. Veca

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Catheter-related bloodstream infections (CRBI) represent a frequent complication of immune-compromised hosts with a high mortality rate. In this setting, opportunistic pathogens can create a biofilm on implanted devices, being the source of infection. We provide a mini-review of the literature, starting from the description of two cases of CRBI by opportunistic pathogens in poly-morbid patients, successfully treated by antibiotic lock-therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2440-2445
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Biofilm
  • Central venous catheter
  • Opportunistic pathogens
  • Sepsi

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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