Primary sternal osteomyelitis due to Peptostreptococcus Anaerobius

Y. L. Chen, S. H. Tsai, K. C. Hsu, C. S. Chen, C. W. Hsu

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Primary sternal osteomyelitis (PSO) is a rare syndrome. In adults, it usually occurs with underlying predisposing factors, such as immunodeficiency, or intravenous (IV) drug abuse. The infecting organism in these patients is usually Staphylococcus aureus or Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Peptostreptococcus species are Gram-positive anaerobic cocci and are part of the normal flora of human mucocutaneous surfaces. Peptostreptococcus infection can occur in all body sites, including the central nervous system, head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, skin, bone, joint, and soft tissue. Here, we report on a 32-year-old previously healthy Chinese man who was diagnosed with PSO and P. anaerobius was yielded in the bacterial culture. He was treated empirically with antibiotics, but these failed. After additional limited surgical intervention with debridement, the PSO was cured.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)195-197
Number of pages3
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Limited surgical intervention
  • Peptostreptococcus
  • Primary sternal osteomyelitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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