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Clin Microbiol Rev. 1988 Jan;1(1):102-8.

Streptococcus anginosus ("Streptococcus milleri"): the unrecognized pathogen.

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  • 1Francis Blake Bacteriology Laboratories, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 02114.


"Streptococcus milleri" is an unofficial name that has been applied to a group of streptococci which, although basically similar, show various hemolytic, serological, and physiological characteristics. The species name Streptococcus anginosus has recently been recognized as the approved name for these organisms. Streptococci known as "S. milleri" have been implicated as etiologic agents in a variety of serious purulent infections, but because of their heterogeneous characteristics, these organisms may be unrecognized or misidentified by clinical laboratorians. This review describes the bacteriological aspects of organisms known as "S. milleri," their clinical significance, and the problems encountered with their identification in the clinical laboratory.

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