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J Natl Med Assoc. Feb 2000; 92(2): 83–86.
PMCID: PMC2640534

Lactobacillemia: an emerging cause of infection in both the immunocompromised and the immunocompetent host.


The bacterium, lactobacillus, is found in the mucosal surfaces of the mouth and the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts. There have been increasing reports of the micro-organism being a cause of serious infection in immunocompromised individuals. This article reviews the clinical presentation, laboratory characteristics and treatment of patients with lactobacillemia.

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