Streptococcus thermophilus bacteraemia in a patient with transient bowel ischaemia secondary to polycythaemia

Stephens, Joanna and Turner, David P.J. (2015) Streptococcus thermophilus bacteraemia in a patient with transient bowel ischaemia secondary to polycythaemia. JMM Case Reports . ISSN 2053-3721

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Abstract

Introduction: The ability of Streptococcus thermophilus to convert lactose into lactic acid has long been utilised by the dairy industry. A seemingly low-pathogenicity organism, there have been no previously published reports linking the consumption of foodstuffs to bacteraemia with this bacterium.

Case Presentation: Here we present a case of a regular consumer of Activia yoghurt who developed S. thermophilus bacteraemia probably due to transient bowel ischaemia secondary to polycythaemia.

Conclusion: The isolation of this bacterium from blood cultures may indicate underlying large bowel pathology and should not necessarily be dismissed as contamination.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: bacteraemia; polycythaemia; Streptococcus thermophilus.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Life Sciences > School of Molecular Medical Sciences > Bacteriology
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1099/jmmcr.0.000060
Depositing User: Turner, David
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2016 08:02
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2016 18:30
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/34186

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