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Case Reports in Critical Care
Volume 2011, Article ID 612732, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/612732
Case Report

A Fatal Bloodstream Infection by Staphylococcus pettenkoferi in an Intensive Care Unit Patient

1Department of Sciences for Health Promotion “G. D'Alessandro”, Section of Hygiene, University of Palermo, Via del Vespro 133, Palermo 90127, Italy
2Department of Sciences for Health Promotion “G. D'Alessandro”, Section of Microbiology, University of Palermo, Via del Vespro 133, Palermo 90127, Italy
3Laboratory of Microbiology, General Hospital ARNAS “Civico, Di Cristina & Benfratelli”, Piazza Nicola Leotta, Palermo 90127, Italy
4II Intensive Care Unit, General Hospital ARNAS “Civico, Di Cristina & Benfratelli”, Piazza Nicola Leotta, Palermo 90127, Italy

Received 21 September 2011; Accepted 13 October 2011

Academic Editors: K. Abidi, M. Doganay, and P. Kopterides

Copyright © 2011 Caterina Mammina et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Coagulase negative staphylococci are increasingly recognized as leading pathogens in bacteremia, with incidence peaking in intensive care units. Interpretation of blood cultures that are positive for CoNS is often doubtful. We describe a fatal case of bacteremia by a newly recognized species of CoNS, Staphylococcus pettenkoferi, in an ICU patient.