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Staphylococcus Aureus Bacteremia Without a Localizing Source in Pediatric Patients

Ligon, John MD; Kaplan, Sheldon L. MD; Hulten, Kristina G. PhD; Mason, Edward O. PhD; McNeil, J. Chase MD

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: May 2014 - Volume 33 - Issue 5 - p e132–e134
doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000000195
Brief Reports

Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia without a localizing source in children is not well described. We identified patients with a positive blood culture for S. aureus from an 11-year surveillance study. Thirty-six cases of primary bacteremia were identified accounting for 5.7% of bacteremias. Most patients had comorbidities (86.1%), most commonly immunosuppression (33.3%).

From the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Infectious Disease, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX.

Accepted for publication October 27, 2013.

The Staphylococcus aureus surveillance study was supported in part by an investigator initiated grant from Pfizer (S.L.K.). J.C.M. has received support through the Boyd Morse Foundation and currently receives support through NIAID K23AI099159-01A1. The authors have no other funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: J. Chase McNeil, MD, 1102 Bates St., Suite 1150, Houston, TX 77030. E-mail:

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