Staphylococcus lugdunensis: An emerging cause of ventriculoperitoneal shunt infections

Sean P. Elliott*, Ram Yogev, Stanford T Shulman

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Staphylococcus lugdunensis, a coagulase-negative staphylococcus first described in 1988, has gained recognition as an organism with considerable pathogenic capability in adults. In contrast to the indolent presentation characteristic of other coagulase-negative staphylococci, S. lugdunensis infections resemble the aggressive behavior of Staphylococcus aureus. Although the organism has been isolated from a wide variety of infections in adults, it is a very rare cause of pediatric infections. We describe the first two pediatric patients who developed ventriculoperitoneal shunt infections caused by S. lugdunensis. These cases suggest that coagulase-negative staphylococci should be identified to the species level and that, if S. lugdunensis is identified, greater morbidity compared to that associated with other coagulase-negative staphylococcal shunt infections should be anticipated. A longer course of therapy is recommended for S. lugdunensis infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-130
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric neurosurgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 27 2001


  • Coagulase-negative staphylococci
  • Microbial pathogenicity
  • Staphylococcus lugdunensis
  • Ventriculoperitoneal shunt infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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