Clinical and epidemiological features of Chryseobacterium indologenes infections: Analysisof 215 cases

Fu Lun Chen, Giueng Chueng Wang, Sing On Teng, Tsong Yih Ou, Fang Lan Yu, Wen Sen Lee

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Purpose: This study investigates the clinical and epidemiological features of Chryseobacterium indologenes infections and antimicrobial susceptibilities of C indologenes. Methods: With 215 C indologenes isolates between January 1, 2004 and September 30, 2011, at a medical center, we analyzed the relationship between the prevalence of C indologenes infections and total prescription of colistin and tigecycline, clinical manifestation, antibiotic susceptibility, and outcomes. Results: Colistin and tigecycline were introduced into clinical use at this medical center since August 2006. The increasing numbers of patients with C indologenes pneumonia and bacteremia correlated to increased consumption of colistin ( p=0.018) or tigecycline ( p=0.049). Among patients with bacteremia and pneumonia, the in-hospital mortality rate was 63.6% and 35.2% ( p=0.015), respectively. Administration of appropriate antibiotics showed significant benefit in 14-day survival in patients with C indologenes bloodstream infection ( p=0.040). In bacteremic patients, old cardiovascular accident ( p=0.036) and cancer ( p=0.014) were the most common comorbidity. The most common co-infection pathogen in patients with C indologenes pneumonia was Acinetobacter baumannii (36/91, 39.6%), followed by Pseudomonas aeruginosa (23/91, 25.3%), carbapenem-resistant A baumannii (22/91, 24.2%), and Klebseilla pneumoniae (13/91, 14.3%). Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of the 215 isolates showed that trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole was the most active agent (susceptibility rate: 87.4%), followed by cefoperazone-sulbactam (48.0%). Conclusion: The present study showed a trend of increasing prevalence of C indologenes infection after introduction of colistin and tigecycline usage. The bacteremia group had higher mortality rate than the pneumonia group. Increasing resistance to piperacillin-tazobactam, ceftazidime, cefepime, and newer fluoroquinolone were noticed in our analysis. Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole was a potential antimicrobial agent invitro for C indologenes. To avoid collateral damage, we emphasize the importance of antibiotic stewardship program.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-432
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


  • Chryseobacterium indologenes
  • Colistin
  • Tigecycline
  • Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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