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J Clin Microbiol. Sep 1992; 30(9): 2506–2508.
PMCID: PMC265537

Osteomyelitis and intervertebral discitis caused by Pseudomonas pickettii.


Pseudomonas pickettii, a nonfermenting, gram-negative rod, is rarely pathogenic. Previous reports of infection with P. pickettii have largely involved direct contamination of supplies presumed to be sterile. We describe a case of vertebral osteomyelitis and intervertebral discitis caused by P. pickettii in a debilitated patient. The aggressive nature of this infection demonstrates that P. pickettii may be a more invasive organism than previously noted, particularly in hosts with weakened immunity secondary to underlying disease.

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