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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
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: Post Acceptance: September 7, 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.

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