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Cases J. 2009 Aug 24;2:8607. doi: 10.4076/1757-1626-2-8607.

Automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator pocket infection due to Providencia rettgeri: a case report.

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  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, St Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center-Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1000 10th Avenue, New York, NY, 10019, USA.


Coagulase-negative staphylococci and Staphylococcus aureus are the commonest pathogens involved in infections of pacemaker-defibrillator systems. Among causative Gram-negative bacteria, infections due to Klebsiella, Serratia, Pseudomonas, Acinetobacter and other species have been reported. We report herein a unique case of an automatic implantable cardioverter defibrillator infection due to Providencia rettgeri in a 65-year-old male who was admitted to our service with bacteremia and infection of the generator and subcutaneous array in a recently implanted device.

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