Staphylococcus cohnii septicaemia in a patient with colon cancer

Giancarlo Basaglia, Laura Moras, Alessandra Bearz, Simona Scalone, Paolo De Paoli

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A coagulase-negative staphylococcal strain was isolated from peripheral blood and central venous catheter blood of a febrile patient with cancer. This isolate, initially classified by a commercial test as Staphylococcus kloosii, was definitively assigned to Staphylococcus cohnii by physiological and molecular tests. The strain lacked virulence factors, such as biofilm production and haemagglutination, and was sensitive to the antibiotics tested. The data suggest that rare microorganisms with low pathogenic potential can cause severe illness in cancer patients; reference identification is required, however, to describe correctly the epidemiological characteristics and virulence factors of these clinical isolates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-102
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Medical Microbiology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Microbiology


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