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Volume 15, Number 1—January 2009


Clonal Multidrug-Resistant Corynebacterium striatum Strains, Italy

Floriana Campanile, Edoardo Carretto, Daniela Barbarini, Annalisa Grigis, Marco Falcone, Antonio Goglio, Mario Venditti, and Stefania StefaniComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University of Catania, Catania, Italy (F. Campanile, S. Stefani); Policlinico “San Matteo,” Pavia, Italy (E. Carretto, D. Barbarini); Ospedali Riuniti, Bergamo, Italy (A. Grigis, A. Goglio); University Roma La Sapienza, Rome, Italy (M. Falcone, M. Venditti)

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Table 2

Clinical diagnoses for 36 patients with Corynebacterium striatum infection, Italy, 2005–2007*

Specimens No. isolates
Total From ICU From non-ICU wards
BAL fluid, pleural fluid, blood, tracheal aspirate 8 7 1 Ventilator-associated pneumonia
BAL fluid 2 2 0 Ventilator-associated tracheobronchitis
BAL fluid, lung biopsy 2 0 2 Pneumonia
Blood, CVC tip 1 1 0 CVC-related bacteremia
CVC tip 1 1 0 CVC exit-site cellulites
Blood, surgical wound 5 1 4 Sternal wound cellulites and infections
Tracheal aspirate 10 10 0 Ventilator-associated respiratory tract colonization
CVC tip 6 4 2 CVC-exit site colonization
Urinary tract catheter colonization
Total 36 26 10

*ICU, intensive care unit; BAL, bronchoalveolar lavage; CVC, central venous catheter.

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