Fatal Staphylococcus epidermidis sepsis following bone marrow transplantation

J. W. Bender, W. T. Hughes

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Staphylococcus epidermidis septicemia and pneumonia developed in an 18-year-old male undergoing bone marrow transplantation. The organism was isolated from multiple blood cultures, sputum cultures, and indwelling catheter tip and post-mortem lung biopsy specimens. The bacterium was resistant to penicillin, erythromycin, clindamycin, chloramphenicol, vancomycin, gentamicin, cephalothin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole but was sensitive to rifampin. The rapid demise of this patient, as well as the dfficulty in achieving effective antibiotic therapy, illustrates the potential pathogenicity of this organism in immunosuppressed patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-15
Number of pages3
JournalJohns Hopkins Medical Journal
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1980
Externally publishedYes

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