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First reported human case of meningitis by Staphylococcus condimenti

  • Erika ZeccaEmail author
  • Martina Costanzo
  • Alessandro Croce
  • Daniele Sola
  • Alice Pirovano
  • Erica Matino
  • Mario Pirisi
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Abstract

Staphylococcus condimenti (S. condimenti) is a coagulase-negative bacterium, generally regarded as not pathogenic. Indeed, S. condimenti owes its name to having been isolated from starter cultures of fermented sausage, as well as from fish and soy sauces. To the best of our knowledge, only two cases of human infection caused by this bacterium have been reported. Here, we present a case of meningitis by S. condimenti in a 65-year-old woman who was brought to hospital after having been found unconscious at home. At her arrival, she had a Glasgow coma scale = 3, fever, and hypoxic–normocapnic respiratory failure. Examination of her cerebrospinal fluid showed a slightly increased white blood cell count, normal glucose and protein concentrations. Paired cultures on blood and liquor samples yielded S. condimenti. Targeted antibiotic treatment with ceftriaxone led to a complete recovery. This unique case expands our knowledge on S. condimenti as a pathogenic bacterium.

Keywords

S. condimenti Coagulase-negative staphylococci Meningitis Contaminant 

Notes

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Erika Zecca
    • 1
    Email author
  • Martina Costanzo
    • 1
  • Alessandro Croce
    • 1
  • Daniele Sola
    • 1
  • Alice Pirovano
    • 1
  • Erica Matino
    • 1
  • Mario Pirisi
    • 1
  1. 1.S.C.D.U. Medicina Interna I, A.O.U. Maggiore Della Carità, Università del Piemonte OrientaleNovaraItaly

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