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Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice:
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e318255d5bc
Case Reports

Curtobacterium Brain Abscess: Case Report

Rivera, Rey MD*; Cheema, Asima MD; Mai, Jane MD*; Oehler, Richard L. MD, FACP; Sandin, Ramon L. MD, MS, FCAP§; Greene, John N. MD, FACP

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Abstract: Curtobacteria are beaded, filamentous, gram-positive rods found in the environment. Based on detailed phenotypic and chemotaxonomic investigations, there are 7 recognized Curtobacterium species with only one documented report involving their isolation from humans. Furthermore, there have been no previous publications showing definitive identification of a specific Curtobacterium species in blood cultures or other normally sterile body sites. We report a rare and unique case of a brain abscess caused by 2 Curtobacterium species: C citreum and C flaccumfaciens. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case of Curtobacterium brain abscess reported in the literature.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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