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, Volume 165, Issue 1, pp 279–282 | Cite as

Rothia dentocariosa pneumonia in an immunocompromised patient

  • Mark J. Schiff
  • Mark H. Kaplan
Article

Abstract

An 84-year-old woman with acute myelocytic leukemia presented with fever and a left upper lobe infiltrate on chest x-ray. She failed to respond to initial broad spectrum antibiotic therapy. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid and a transthoracic needle aspirate subsequently both grewRothia dentocariosa, a gram-positive branching rod. The pneumonia resolved after prolonged treatment with Clindamycin.Rothia dentocariosa must be considered a cause of opportunistic pulmonary infection.

Key words

Rothia dentocariosa Opportunistic infection Pneumonia 

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© Springer-Verlag 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark J. Schiff
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mark H. Kaplan
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of MedicineNorth Shore University HospitalManhassetUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineCornell University Medical CollegeNew York

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