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Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 1995 Oct;14(10):908-11.

Burkholderia (Pseudomonas) cepacia as a cause of brain abscesses secondary to chronic suppurative otitis media.

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Department of Medical Microbiology, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, Foresterhill, UK.


A patient with a cholesteatoma secondary to chronic suppurative otitis media developed infective complications including cerebellar and cerebello-pontine abscesses. Burkholderia cepacia was isolated from ear swabs, infected tissue and surgical pus on five occasions over a six-month period. Despite exhibiting three different antibiotic susceptibility profiles, all five isolates were confirmed as clonally indistinguishable by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. To the best of the authors' knowledge there are no previous reports of Burkholderia cepacia causing infection of the adult central nervous system.

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