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Value of positive blood culture for Staphylococcus pettenkoferi - how not to make a mistake while interpreting the microbiological test results
  • Kinga Markowska,
  • Anna Majewska
Kinga Markowska
Medical University in Warsaw
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Anna Majewska
Medical University in Warsaw
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Staphylococcus pettenkoferi is a coagulase negative staphylococcus (CoNS) whose clinical relevance is not fully understood. Hitherto, there are several reports describing the participation of this species in human infections; in most cases S. pettenkoferi was isolated from blood cultures. The purpose of this work is to summarize knowledge about S. pettenkoferi especially in terms of biochemical properties, types of infections caused, factors predisposing to bacteremia and susceptibility to antibiotics. Particular attention was paid to the difficulties in identifying this CoNS bacterium and limitations of microbiological tests. The principles of microbiological bloodstream infection diagnostics and criteria for interpreting test results are summarized, as well. The analysis of published reports and opinions resulted in better characterization of infections in which S. pettenkoferi is the etiological agent. From a clinical point of view, presented knowledge allows to assess the risk of bloodstream infection or sample contamination, help physician to implement the appropriate procedures and making decisions concerning inter alia empirical treatment.

Peer review status:UNDER REVIEW

30 Apr 2021Submitted to International Journal of Clinical Practice
04 May 2021Assigned to Editor
04 May 2021Submission Checks Completed
01 Jun 2021Reviewer(s) Assigned