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J Zhejiang Univ Sci B. 2009 Dec;10(12):933-6. doi: 10.1631/jzus.B0920214.

Bacteremia due to Rhodococcus equi: a case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Respiratory Medicine, the Second Affiliated Hospital, School of Medicine, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310009, China.

Abstract

Rhodococcus equi, previously known as Corynebacterium equi, is one of the most important causes of zoonotic infections in grazing animals. Increased cases of human infection with R. equi have been reported, especially in immunocompromised patients, within recent years. We present a case of R. equi bacteremia in a 51-year-old man with diabetes and liver cirrhosis, on long-term corticosteroid therapy after skin-grafting surgery. The patient recovered soon after he was treated with vancomycin. This review focuses on the microbiological characteristics of this organism, and the diagnosis and treatment of this infection.

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19946958
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PMC2789529
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10.1631/jzus.B0920214
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