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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31817e9aa2
Case Reports

Corynebacterium Striatum Septic Arthritis and Bacteremia: Case Report and Review

Bhayani, Nikhil MD*†; Simpkins, Heather MD‡; Janda, William M. PhD§; Berkes, Jamie MD*∥; Clark, Nina M. MD*†

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Abstract

Corynebacterium striatum is part of the normal human flora, but it has recently gained recognition as a pathogen. It can cause serious infection in immunocompromised patients, although bone and joint infections due to C. striatum are uncommon. We present a patient with cirrhosis who developed C. striatum septic arthritis and bacteremia, review published reports of bone and joint infection due to C. striatum, and discuss important features of the illnesses associated with this organism.

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