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Pneumococcal Bacteremia Associated With an Infected Central Venous Catheter*

Samjot Singh Dhillon, MD; Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, MD, FCCP
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*From the Department of Internal Medicine, St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown; and The Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine, Rootstown, OH.

Correspondence to: Chatrchai Watanakunakorn, MD, FCCP, St. Elizabeth Health Center, 1044 Belmont Ave, Youngstown, OH 44501-1790



Chest. 2000;117(5):1515-1516. doi:10.1378/chest.117.5.1515
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Pneumococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae) bacteremia is a serious infection. Pneumococcus has never been implicated as a cause of a central venous catheter-related bacteremia. It has been isolated from the catheter tip only twice before, and in one case caused the infection of an infusion port device. We report case of a 41-year-old woman who developed pneumococcal bacteremia after 6 days of an indwelling central venous catheter. The catheter tip grew > 300 cfu of S pneumoniae by the roll-plate method described by Maki and colleagues. No other focus of infection could be found in this patient. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of pneumococcal bacteremia associated with an infected central venous catheter.


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