Corynebacterium jeikeium infection of ventriculoperitoneal shunt: A case report

P. Marone, F. Tartara, F. Tancioni, P. Gaetani, R. Rodriguez y Baena

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Shunt infection is considered the major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with cerebrospinal fluid shunts. The rate of infection of the ventriculoperitoneal devices ranges between 2% and 31%. Organisms that infect shunts are predominantly of low virulence and usually are normal skin bacteria such as Staphylococcus epidermidis and Staphylococcus aureus. Streptococci, gram-negative bacilli and Corynebacterium spp account for a small proportion of infections. Multiresistant coryneform (Group JK) shunt infection are particularly rare; 9 cases have been reported in the literature. Most Corynebacterium jeikeium are characterized by resistance to many antibacterial agents except vancomycin; shunt removal is often required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-111
Number of pages3
JournalMediterranean Journal of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)


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