First report of a left ventricular assist device infection caused by Staphylococcus schleiferi subspecies coagulans: A coagulase-positive organism

Evangeline Thibodeau*, Helen Boucher, David DeNofrio, Duc Thinh Pham, David Snydman

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Staphylococcus schleiferi subspecies coagulans is often misclassified as S. aureus given the production of a pseudocoagulase turning the tube coagulase test positive. It is therefore infrequently reported in the literature. We describe the first case of S. schleiferi subspecies coagulans left ventricular assist device infection in a patient awaiting heart transplantation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-69
Number of pages2
JournalDiagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2012



  • Coagulase
  • Device
  • Gram-positive
  • Heart transplant
  • Staphylococcus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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