Kocuria varians infection associated with brain abscess: A case report
1 Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Kaohsiung Municipal United Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
3 Department of Nursing, Kaohsiung Medical University Hospital, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
BMC Infectious Diseases 2010, 10:102 doi:10.1186/1471-2334-10-102Published: 27 April 2010
Kocuria, established by Stackebrandt et al., previously was classified into Micrococcus. Only two species, K. rosea and K. kristinae are reported to be associated as pathogenic and found with catheter-related bacteremia and acute cholecystitis.
We herein report the first case of brain abscess caused by Kocuria varians, a gram-positive microorganism, in a 52-year-old man. Hematogenous spread is the probable pathogenesis.
This report presents a case of Kocuria varians brain abscess successfully treated with surgical excision combined with antimicrobial therapy. In addition, Vitek 2 system has been used to identify and differentiate between coagulase-negative staphylococcus.