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Propionibacterium acnes

Carneiro Inês Marques MD; Pereira, Ana Sousa MD; Pinto, Sara MD; Prata, Filipa MD; Faria, Cláudia C. PhD; Marques, José Gonçalo MD
The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: Post Acceptance: September 07, 2017
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001786
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Infection after implantation of ventriculo-peritoneal (VP) shunts is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. We describe a 9-year-old girl with Propionibacterium acnes shunt infection with negative cerebrospinal fluid cultures, diagnosed by broad-range 16S-rRNA gene PCR. This case supports the use of this molecular diagnostic technique in shunt infections, where the offending pathogens are difficult to culture using traditional methods.

Disclosures: The authors have no conflicts of interest or funding to disclose

Corresponding Author full contact information: Inês Marques Carneiro, Department of Paediatrics Hospital Santa Maria, Lisbon Academic Medical Centre, Av. Professor Egas Moniz 1649-035 Lisboa,

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