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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 1993 Aug-Sep;17(2):163-6.

Central venous catheter infection caused by Moraxella osloensis in a patient receiving home parenteral nutrition.

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Division of Digestive Diseases, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA 30322.


We report the first case of a central venous catheter infection caused by Moraxella osloensis, which was successfully treated without catheter removal. The isolation, identification, and pathogenesis of this species are discussed. It is recommended that Moraxella isolates be identified to species in order to determine the relative pathogenic and opportunistic roles of the various Moraxella species. Our case also demonstrates that catheter sepsis caused by some Gram-negative organisms may be amenable to systemic antibiotic therapy without the necessity of catheter removal.

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