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Clin Infect Dis. 2001 May 1;32(9):1381-3. Epub 2001 Apr 9.

Recurrent vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus bacteremia: prevalence, predisposing factors, and strain relatedness.

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St. John Hospital and Medical Center, Detroit, MI 48236, USA. joseph.baran@stjohn.org

Abstract

We studied the prevalence of recurrent vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE) bacteremia, predisposing factors, and strain relatedness during a 3 year period at our institution. Of 36 inpatients who had episodes of bacteremia, 3 (8.3%) had recurrent episodes. Predisposing factors were mucositis and neutropenia (1 patient) and chronic renal failure requiring hemodialysis (2). Recurrent episodes separated by < or = 3 months were caused by identical or related strains, and those at greater intervals by distinct strains. Recurrent VRE bacteremia is uncommon.

PMID:
11303278
DOI:
10.1086/319996
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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