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[Catheter related infection caused by Rhizobium radiobacter in hemodialysis patient]

SÁGI Veronika, OROSZ Attila

AUGUST 20, 2016

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2016;26(07-08)

[INTRODUCTION - Rhizobium radiobacter is a rare opportunistic pathogen. The bacteria present in soils causes systemic infection mostly in immuncompromised patients and frequently forms biofilm on intravascular and other indwelling plastic catheters. Majority of the pathogen stems shows sensitivity to cephalosporins, carbapenems and ciprofloxacin. CASE REPORT - In case of our hemodialysis patient a vegetation developed on the tip of the tunneled central venous catheter. The patient was exposed to dust emerging from soil during agricultural work before the infection. After removal of the intravascular device and ceftazidim treatment for seventeen days the patient recovered. CONCLUSION - Overcoming the infection is in greater part of the cases only possible if the plastic device is removed because it forms an infective focus.]

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