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Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Volume 2017, Article ID 2682149, 3 pages
Case Report

Corynebacterium striatum Bacteremia Associated with a Catheter-Related Blood Stream Infection

1Department of Digestive Surgery, Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki, Japan
2Department of Pediatrics, Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki, Japan
3Department of Public Health, Kawasaki Medical School, Kurashiki, Japan

Correspondence should be addressed to Ueno Daisuke; pj.oc.liamtoh@1110ekusiad

Received 23 October 2016; Revised 13 December 2016; Accepted 4 January 2017; Published 18 January 2017

Academic Editor: Alexandre Rodrigues Marra

Copyright © 2017 Ueno Daisuke 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.


A 49-year-old woman visited our emergency department because of exertional dyspnea due to severe left ventricular functional failure. It progressed to disseminated intravascular coagulation and disturbance of consciousness on day 67 of admission. Gram-positive bacilli were detected from two different blood culture samples on day 67 of admission. An API-Coryne test and sequencing (1~615 bp) of the 16S rRNA gene were performed, and the strain was identified as Corynebacterium striatum. The bacterium was detected from the removed central venous catheter tip too, and the patient was diagnosed with catheter-related bloodstream infection by C. striatum. However, treatment was not effective, and the patient died on day 73 of admission.