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Am J Clin Pathol. 1995 Nov;104(5):547-53.

Streptococcus anginosus, Streptococcus constellatus and Streptococcus intermedius. Clinical relevance, hemolytic and serologic characteristics.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, University Hospital of Maastricht, The Netherlands.


A collection of 518 "Streptococcus milleri" isolates recovered from clinical specimens was identified to the species level according to recently established criteria. Streptococcus anginosus was the most frequently isolated species (59.3%), followed by S constellatus (30.3%) and S intermedius (10.4%). One third (34%) of all isolates were beta-hemolytic. The majority of S anginosus isolates were nonhemolytic, carried Lancefield group F, or were nongroupable. Most of the S constellatus isolates were beta-hemolytic, as well as 16.6% of S intermedius strains. Streptococcus anginosus was recovered more often from the genital and urinary tracts and S constellatus was recovered from the thorax. Streptococcus intermedius was mostly found in the head and neck area, but was also isolated from the abdomen and the skin, bone, and soft tissue. Streptococcus intermedius and nonhemolytic isolates were recovered most often from abscess-related specimens.

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