Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium sepsis following persistent colonization

Gary A Noskin*, Isabell Cooper, Lance R. Peterson

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Abstract

Vancomycin-resistant enterococci have emerged as important nosocomial pathogens and represent a serious threat to patients with impaired host defenses. We describe a patient with leukemia who developed prolonged colonization with vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium and ultimately died of sepsis due to this multidrug-resistant organism. This case report confirms that colonization with vancomycin-resistant enterococci may last indefinitely and that asymptomatic carriage can lead to invasive infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1445-1447
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Volume155
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 10 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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