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Clin Infect Dis. 2005 Sep 1;41(5):e48-52. Epub 2005 Jul 20.

Recurrent ventriculoperitoneal shunt infection caused by small-colony variants of Staphylococcus aureus.

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Institute of Microbiology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy. tspanu@rm.unicatt.it

Abstract

Phenotypic variants of Staphylococcus aureus may be misidentified by routine microbiological methods, and they may also respond poorly to antibacterial treatment. Using molecular methods, we identified small-colony variants of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (which were misidentified by 3 widely used automated identification systems as methicillin-susceptible coagulase-negative staphylococci) as the cause of recurrent ventriculoperitoneal shunt-related meningitis.

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PMID:
16080075
DOI:
10.1086/432577
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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