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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 42-45

Elizabethkingia meningoseptica bacteremia in a neonate: A case report and mini-review of the literature

1 Department of Microbiology, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India
2 Department of Paediatrics, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry, India

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K Sandhya Bhat
Department of Microbiology, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Puducherry
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DOI: 10.4103/2455-3069.184130

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Elizabethkingia meningoseptica is a nonfermentative Gram-negative bacillus that is ubiquitously found in hospital environments, and it has been associated with various nosocomial infections. Immunocompromised individuals are particularly at increased risk for developing severe infections due to E. meningoseptica, including bacteremia. E. meningoseptica is resistant to multiple antimicrobials commonly used for Gram-negative bacteria. Rapid diagnosis and early institution of appropriate therapy for prolonged period are essential in management of such infections. We report a case of bacteremia due to E. meningoseptica in a neonate who presented with clinical findings suggestive of epidermolysis bullosa. Based on the clinical diagnosis and preliminary blood culture report, baby was started on syrup cefixime, topical fucidin cream along with fluid correction for electrolyte imbalance. As baby's general and systemic status were stable, the baby was discharged with the advice to review after 3 days. Awareness among clinicians along with correct identification by the diagnostic microbiology laboratory is required to reduce the fatal outcome associated with E. meningoseptica infections.

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