Corynebacterium propinquum Associated With Acute, Nongonococcal Urethritis

Abdolrasouli, Alireza MSc*†‡; Roushan, Azita BSc

doi: 10.1097/OLQ.0000000000000027
Case Report

Abstract: Corynebacterium propinquum is usually considered part of the normal human oropharyngeal flora and is rarely responsible for clinical infection. We report here what seems to be the first case of acute purulent urethral discharge in a young Iranian man with urethritis acquired after orogenital contact. Attention should be devoted to less common nondiphtheriae Corynebacterium species for differential diagnosis.

Corynebacterium propinquum is usually considered part of the normal human oropharyngeal flora. An unusual case of acute nongonococcal urethritis after orogenital contact caused by this microorganism was described here.

From the *Department of Medical Microbiology, Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare National Health Service Trust, London, UK; †Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunity, Imperial College, London, UK; and ‡Department of Medical Microbiology, Marie-Curie Medical Institute, Tehran, Iran

Acknowledgments: The authors thank Ms Christine Dencer, Imperial College Healthcare National Health Service Trust, London, UK, for her helpful remarks in revising the article. The authors would like to acknowledge Microbiology staff at the Marie-Curie Medical Institute, Tehran, Iran, for their technical assistance in processing clinical samples.

Conflict of interest: None declared.

Correspondence: Alireza Abdolrasouli, MSc, Department of Medical Microbiology, Charing Cross Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare National Health Service Trust, 4th Floor, East Wing, Fulham Palace Road, London W6 8RP, UK. E-mail: a.abdolrasouli@imperial.ac.uk.

Received for publication June 8, 2013, and accepted July 22, 2013.

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