Lactobacillus species as a cause of ventilator-associated pneumonia in a critically ill trauma patient

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Abstract

Lactobacillus species are ubiquitous inhabitants of the human gastrointestinal and genitourinary tracts and rarely cause infections. Pneumonia caused by Lactobacillus has been reported only in immunocompromised patients and in one patient with structural lung disease. A 39-year-old, immunocompetent, critically ill woman developed ventilator-associated pneumonia, which was found to be caused by Lactobacillus. To our knowledge, this is the first such report. The infection was treated successfully with 14 days of intravenous vancomycin. Based on this case, Lactobacillus should be considered a possible cause of ventilator-associated pneumonia in immunocompetent, critically ill patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1180-1182
Number of pages3
JournalPharmacotherapy
Volume22
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002

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Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
Lactobacillus
Critical Illness
Wounds and Injuries
Immunocompromised Host
Vancomycin
Infection
Lung Diseases
Gastrointestinal Tract
Pneumonia

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Lactobacillus species as a cause of ventilator-associated pneumonia in a critically ill trauma patient. / Wood, G Christopher; Boucher, Bradley; Croce, Martin; Fabian, Timothy C.

In: Pharmacotherapy, Vol. 22, No. 9, 01.01.2002, p. 1180-1182.

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