Philip A. Pizzo, M.D.

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  • CLINICAL-FEATURES AND THERAPEUTIC INTERVENTIONS IN 17 CASES OF BACILLUS BACTEREMIA IN AN IMMUNOSUPPRESSED PATIENT POPULATION JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY Cotton, D. J., Gill, V. J., Marshall, D. J., Gress, J., Thaler, M., Pizzo, P. A. 1987; 25 (4): 672-674

    Abstract:

    We retrospectively examined episodes of Bacillus bacteremia at a hospital with a large proportion of immunosuppressed patients. Seventeen episodes in 9.5 years met our case definition: two of two bottles of one blood culture or one of two bottles of two or more separately obtained blood cultures drawn on the same date. During the same period, there were 59 additional episodes in which a single blood culture had only one of two bottles positive for Bacillus species. Only 2 of 59 such episodes resulted in recurrent bacteremia (3%), as compared with 5 of 17 episodes meeting our case definition (29%) (P = 0.004). In four of five episodes complicated by recurrent bacteremia and in which appropriate antibiotics were used, a Hickman-Broviac catheter was in place and was not removed. We suggest that our case definition permits the differentiation of infection from contamination based on outcome and that patients with Bacillus bacteremia have chronic venous catheters removed as well as receive antibiotic treatment.

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