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Scand J Infect Dis. 2000;32(1):90-1.

Hospital-acquired brevundimonas vesicularis septicaemia following open-heart surgery: case report and literature review.

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  • 1Infectious Disease Institute, Soroka Medical Center and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva, Israel.


Brevundimonas vesicularis (B. vesicularis) is a pseudomonad rarely encountered in human infection. A case of nosocomial septicaemia with this organism following open-heart surgery is presented, with a review of the literature. The isolate demonstrated resistance to ciprofloxacin and aztreonam, which has not yet been reported. Treatment with piperacillin/tazobactam resulted in full recovery. A review of the literature reveals that B. vesicularis is a virulent organism involved in serious infections such as central nervous system infection or bacteraemia, some of which are nosocomial. Meanwhile, empiric therapy for B. vesicularis infection should include a broad-spectrum antimicrobial agent until susceptibility results are known.

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