Catheter-related bacteremia due to Kocuria rosea in a patient undergoing peripheral blood stem cell transplantation
1 Department of Hematology-Oncology and BMT Unit, Faculty of Medicine, Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey
2 Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Faculty of Medicine, Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey
3 Department of Microbiology, Erciyes University, Faculty of Medicine, Kayseri, Turkey
BMC Infectious Diseases 2004, 4:62 doi:10.1186/1471-2334-4-62Published: 22 December 2004
Micrococcus species may cause intracranial abscesses, meningitis, pneumonia, and septic arthritis in immunosuppressed or immunocompetent hosts. In addition, strains identified as Micrococcus spp. have been reported recently in infections associated with indwelling intravenous lines, continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis fluids, ventricular shunts and prosthetic valves.
We report on the first case of a catheter-related bacteremia caused by Kocuria rosea, a gram-positive microorganism belonging to the family Micrococcaceae, in a 39-year-old man undergoing peripheral blood stem cell transplantation due to relapsed Hodgkin disease. This uncommon pathogen may cause opportunistic infections in immunocompromised patients.
This report presents a case of Kocuria rosea catheter related bacteremia after stem cell transplantation successfully treated with vancomycin and by catheter removal.