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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*†

Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice: May 2009 - Volume 17 - Issue 3 - p 187-190
doi: 10.1097/IPC.0b013e31817e9aa2
Case Reports

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.

From the *Department of Medicine, and †Section of Infectious Diseases, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL; ‡Department of Medicine, Foote Hospital, Jackson, MI; §Department of Pathology, Clinical Microbiology Laboratory and ∥Section of Hepatology, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Reprints: Nina M. Clark, MD, 808 South Wood St, Rm 888, MC 735, Chicago, IL 60612. E-mail:

H.S. was at the University of Illinois at Chicago when this work was performed.

There is no financial support to disclose and no conflicts of interest for any authors.

© 2009 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.