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

Stephens, Joanna; Turner, David P.J.

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David P.J. Turner



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.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal JMM Case Reports
Electronic ISSN 2053-3721
Publisher Microbiology Society
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Stephens, J., & Turner, D. P. (in press). Streptococcus thermophilus bacteraemia in a patient with transient bowel ischaemia secondary to polycythaemia. JMM Case Reports, https://doi.org/10.1099/jmmcr.0.000060
DOI https://doi.org/10.1099/jmmcr.0.000060
Keywords bacteraemia; polycythaemia; Streptococcus thermophilus.
Publisher URL http://jmmcr.microbiologyresearch.org/content/journal/jmmcr/10.1099/jmmcr.0.000060
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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