Oral streptococcal bacteremia in hospitalized patients: Taxonomic identification and clinical characterization

Todd Kitten, Cindy L. Munro, Nicai Q. Zollar, Sehmi P. Lee, Resham D. Patel

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Abstract

Oral streptococci have been associated with systemic diseases, including infective endocarditis and neutropenic bacteremia. We analyzed 58 recent oral streptococcal bloodstream isolates, and we obtained clinical and demographic data for source patients. The sodA gene was found to be a better target than the 16S-23S rRNA internal transcribed spacer for DNA sequence-based species identification. Together, Streptococcus mitis and Streptococcus oralis were significantly more likely than the 12 combined remaining species to be isolated from neutropenic patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1039-1042
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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