Isolation of Mycoplasma hominis from a brain abscess

Xiaotian Zheng, Douglas A. Olson, Joseph G. Tully, Harold L. Watson, Gail H. Cassell, Daniel R. Gustafson, Kathleen A. Svien, Thomas F. Smith*

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Abstract

Mycoplasma hominis is a commensal in the genital tract of women and has been associated with urogenital and extragenital infections. However, central nervous system infections with this organism in adults are very rare. Here we describe the recovery of M. hominis from a brain abscess associated with a postpartum infection. Seroconversion to the isolated strain was detected by both a metabolic inhibition test and an immunoblotting assay. This case demonstrates the pathogenic potential of M. hominis and the need for rapid recognition of the organism so that appropriate chemotherapeutic intervention can occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)992-994
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)

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