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International Journal of Microbiology
Volume 2011, Article ID 792019, 5 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/792019
Research Article

Significant Association of Streptococcus bovis with Malignant Gastrointestinal Diseases

1Division of Clinical Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Karolinska Institute, Karolinska University Hospital, Huddinge, 141 86 Stockholm, Sweden
2Faculty of Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of Medical Sciences and Technology, Khartoum 11111, Sudan
3Department of Microbiology and Parasitology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Khartoum, Khartoum 11111, Sudan

Received 31 July 2011; Revised 26 September 2011; Accepted 3 October 2011

Academic Editor: Susana Merino

Copyright © 2011 Salah Shanan 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

Streptococcus bovis is a Gram-positive bacterium causing serious human infections, including endocarditis and bacteremia, and is usually associated with underlying disease. The aims of the current study were to compare prevalence of the bacterium associated with malignant and nonmalignant gastrointestinal diseases and to determine the susceptibility of the isolated strains to different antimicrobial agents. The result showed that the prevalence of S. bovis in stool specimens from patients with malignant or with nonmalignant gastrointestinal diseases was statistically significant. This result may support the idea that there is correlation between S. bovis and the malignant gastrointestinal diseases.