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Osteoarticular and skin and soft-tissue infections caused by Streptococcus agalactiae in elderly patients are frequently associated with bacteremia

Corinne Ruppen, Julia Notter, Carol Strahm, Beat Sonderegger & Parham Sendi

abstract Older persons (≥65 years) are at risk for invasive group B streptococcal (GBS) infections. The most frequent clinical syndromes in 174 infection episodes were osteoarticular (40%) and skin and soft-tissue infections (30%). In 36% of episodes, a companion microorganism was isolated, and in 45%, blood culture results were positive. Antibiotics were streamlined after species identification in 29% of monomicrobial infections. These findings have clinical and therapeutic implications for GBS infections in the elderly.
   
citation Ruppen C, Notter J, Strahm C, Sonderegger B, Sendi P. Osteoarticular and skin and soft-tissue infections caused by Streptococcus agalactiae in elderly patients are frequently associated with bacteremia. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis 2017; 90:55-57.
   
type journal paper/review (English)
date of publishing 19-09-2017
journal title Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis (90/1)
ISSN electronic 1879-0070
pages 55-57
PubMed 29107417
DOI 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2017.09.008