An Unusual Case of Gordonia sputi Cerebral Infection

Phillip P. Santoiemma, Daniel E. Oyon, Matthew C. Tate, Maureen K. Bolon*

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Gordonia sputi is an aerobic, gram-positive, weakly acid fast rod found in soil and water. We present the first known case of G. sputi cerebral infection as a consequence of iatrogenic intrathecal chemotherapy through an Ommaya reservoir. The patient was successfully treated with a 14-day course of antibiotics without any further complications. There is sparse information on both infections due to and treatment of G. sputi. We present our case report as well as a review of the literature on the epidemiology, susceptibility, and treatment recommendations for G. sputi infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E310-E311
JournalInfectious Diseases in Clinical Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2021


  • Gordonia sputi
  • Ommaya reservoir
  • cerebral infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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