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Clostridium tertium Bacteremia in a Non-neutropenic Patient with Small Bowel Obstruction
Nam Su Ku1, Hae-Sun Chung2, Jae Gil Lee3, Sun Bean Kim1, Sang Hoon Han1, Jun Yong Choi1, Kyungwon Lee2, and June Myung Kim1
Departments of 1Internal Medicine and AIDS Research Institute, 2Laboratory Medicine and Research Institute of Bacterial Resistance, 3Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
Vol.43 Num.4 (p355~358)

Clostridium tertium-induced bacteremia is a rare condition seen predominantly in neutropenic patients and/or patients with gastrointestinal disease. In this report, we describe a non-neutropenic, 72-year-old patient with a small bowel obstruction who presented with C. tertium bacteremia. Clostridium tertium is aerotolerant and resistant to broad-spectrum cephalosporins. The aerotolerant nature of C. tertium is resulted in delayed identification and reporting since it is not initially considered a candidate for infection.
Keywords : Clostridium tertium, Non-neutropenic, Small bowel obstruction