Characteristics of group a streptococcal bacteremia with comparison between children and adults

Y. C. Huang, C. H. Chiu, L. Y. Chang, H. S. Leu, T. Y. Lin

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This retrospective study aimed to compare the characteristics of group A streptococcal bacteremia in children and adults. A total of 76 (12 children and 64 adults) patients with group A streptococcal bacteremia treated from October 1995 through September 2000 at the Linko Chang Gung Memorial Hospital were included. The mean age was 47.6 years (range, 12 days-90 years). Forty-four (57.9%) patients had predisposing medical conditions. Malignant cancer (23.7%) and diabetes (22.4%) were the 2 most common conditions, which occurred only in adults. Two (16.7%) children had chickenpox associated with secondary group A streptococcal bacteremia. Skin and soft tissue infection (60.5%) was the most common clinical manifestation. The mortality rate related to group A streptococcal bacteremia was 25%. Twelve patients met the criteria of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome and 6 (50%) were children (p<0.05). Despite immediate and aggressive treatment, mortality due to streptococcal toxic shock syndrome was 66.7%. The incidence of streptococcal toxic shock syndrome was much higher in children (50%) than in adults (9.4%). Early diagnosis of invasive group A streptococcal infections and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome requires awareness of the presentations and a high level of suspicion. For fulminant group A streptococcal infection, a combination of a β-lactam antibiotic plus clindamycin and/or adjuvant therapy with intravenous immunoglobulin is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-200
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Bacteremia group A Streptococcus
  • Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • General Immunology and Microbiology


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