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Carbapenemase-Producing Raoultella Planticola: A Rare Cause of Pneumonia and Bacteremia

Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL 33136, USA
Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL 33136, USA
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Diseases 2018, 6(4), 94;
Received: 23 September 2018 / Revised: 9 October 2018 / Accepted: 17 October 2018 / Published: 17 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Infectious Disease)
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Raoultella planticola is a gram-negative bacterium of the Enterobacteriaceae family that is usually found in soil, plant and aquatic environments. It is an uncommon human pathogen and has been associated with cases of bacteremia, pneumonia, urinary tract infections, among others. Here, we present the case of an 85-year-old female that developed nosocomial pneumonia and bacteremia caused by Raoultella planticola. Pertinent microbiological studies detected carbapenemase production codified by the blaKPC gene. The patient was successfully treated with ceftazidime/avibactam and polymyxin. Our case illustrates the pathogenic potential of this organism and highlights the importance of phenotypic and genotypic assays for the appropriate identification of carbapenemase production. View Full-Text
Keywords: Raoultella; bacteremia; pneumonia; carbapenemase Raoultella; bacteremia; pneumonia; carbapenemase

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Gonzales Zamora, J.A.; Corzo-Pedroza, M.; Romero Alvarez, M.; Martinez, O.V. Carbapenemase-Producing Raoultella Planticola: A Rare Cause of Pneumonia and Bacteremia. Diseases 2018, 6, 94.

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