Agrobacterium radiobacter bacteremia in a patient with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Wen Liang Yu, Der Yuan Wang, Cheng Wen Lin

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Agrobacterium radiobacter is a gram-negative bacillus, which is recognized as an emerging opportunistic human pathogen. To our knowledge, there have been only 25 cases of A. radiobacter bacteremia reported. In most of these, A. radiobacter was associated with long-term indwelling plastic central venous catheters. We describe a 78-year-old man who had a history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with long-term use of a corticosteroid. He was admitted to the China Medical College Hospital with pneumonia caused by Serratia marcescens. His general condition gradually improved after initiation of appropriate treatment. Unfortunately, he developed A. radiobacter bacteremia while hospitalized in the medical intensive care unit. With the onset of this infection, the patient had a high fever, leukocytosis, raised C-reactive protein level, and positive blood cultures for A. radiobacter. A central venous catheter-related infection was suspected because of redness and localized tenderness at the catheter site. The patient gradually recovered after removal of the catheter and appropriate antimicrobial treatment with latamoxef 1.5 g intravenously every 8 hours for 10 days.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)664-666
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the Formosan Medical Association = Taiwan yi zhi
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Agrobacterium radiobacter
  • Antimicrobial therapy
  • Bacteremia
  • Central venous catheter-related infection

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  • Medicine(all)


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