10-Years Hospital Experience in Pseudomonas stutzeri and Literature Review

Naiel Bisharat*, 1, 2, Tatiana Gorlachev1, Yoram Keness2, 3
Department of Medicine D, Emek Medical center, Afula 18101, Israel.

© 2012 Bisharat et al.

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Pseudomonas stutzeri is infrequently isolated from clinical material and rarely associated with invasive infections in human. During the past decade we have witnessed a significant increase in the number of P. stutzeri isolations from clinical material. Review of the hospital's experience revealed 93 isolations, the vast majority were from wounds and urine. Eighteen patients suffered from Pseudomonas stutzeri bacteremia. Ten patients died (10.8%) from whom only in two cases, death could be directly attributed to the infection. Despite the significant increase in P. stutzeri isolation from clinical material, it's still rarely associated with adverse clinical outcome and usually represents colonization rather than infection.

Keywords: Bacteremia, ear canal, Pseudomonas stutzeri, review.