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Volume 14, Number 5—May 2008

Dispatch

Bacteremia Caused by Group G Streptococci, Taiwan

Chun-Hsing Liao*, Liang-Chun Liu†, Yu-Tsung Huang†, Lee-Jeng Teng†, and Po-Ren Hsueh†Comments to Author 
Author affiliations: *Far-Eastern Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; †National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan;

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Table 1

Clinical characteristic of 92 patients with group G streptococcal bacteremia, April 1998–August 2004, Taiwan

Characteristic No. (%) patients
Age, y
<10 1 (1.1)
10–50 12 (13.0)
51–75 68 (73.9)
>75 11 (12.0)
Median (range)
72 (10–93)
Sex
Male 58 (63.0)
Female
34 (37.0)
Underlying diseases
Malignancy 35 (38.0)
Genital 10 (10.9)
Head and neck 8 (8.7)
Gastrointestinal 6 (6.5)
Hematologic 3 (3.3)
Tissue edema 25 (27.2)
Heart disease 20 (21.7)
Post–coronary artery bypass graft 6 (6.5)
Diabetes mellitus 16 (17.4)
Central nervous system disease 15 (16.3)
Liver cirrhosis 9 (9.8)
Chronic renal disease 8 (8.7)
Chronic lung disease 6 (6.5)
Bone disease 5 (5.4)
Deep venous thrombosis
2 (2.2)
Type of infection
Cellulitis 48 (52.1)*
Primary bacteremia 34 (36.9)
Deep-seated abscess 4 (4.2)†
Neutropenia and fever 3 (3.3)
Septic arthritis 2 (2.2)
Urinary tract infection 1 (1.1)
Infective endocarditis 1 (1.1)
Pneumonia
1 (1.1)
Initial findings
Fever 86 (93.5)
Leukocytosis (>10,000 cells/μL) 34 (37.0)
Septic shock
4 (5.4)
Outcome
Death 3 (3.3)
Recurrence of bacteremia 9 (9.8)

*Includes 2 patients who also had septic arthritis.
†Includes 2 patients with psoas muscle abscess, 1 with epidural abscess, and 1 with deep neck infection.

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