Ralstonia pickettii—innocent bystander or a potential threat?
Source: Clinical Microbiology & Infection, Volume 12, Number 2, February 2006 , pp. 99-101(3)
Ralstonia pickettii can be isolated from water, soil and plants, and can also form part of the commensal flora of the oral cavity and the upper respiratory tract of healthy individuals. R. pickettii is an infrequent pathogen, but can cause infections, mainly of the respiratory tract, in immunocompromised and cystic fibrosis patients. It can be isolated from a variety of clinical specimens, including sputum, blood, wound infections, urine, ear and nose swabs, and cerebrospinal fluid. Resistance can occur to ciprofloxacin, trimethoprim–sulphamethoxazole, piperacillin–tazobactam, imipenem–cilastatin and ceftazidime. Early detection of R. pickettii allows prompt appropriate antimicrobial therapy with a favourable outcome, but removal of infected indwelling devices is mandatory.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: General and Transplant Surgery 2: Paediatrics 3: Hygiene, Microbiology and Social Medicine 4: General Internal Medicine, Clinical Immunology and Infectious Diseases, Innsbruck Medical University, Innsbruck, Austria
Publication date: February 2006