Pseudomonas aeruginosa

  • David L. Paterson
  • Baek-Nam Kim
Part of the Infectious Disease book series (ID)

P. aeruginosa is a Gram-negative bacillus that is typically 1–3 µm in length. The organism is typically a strict aerobe. It grows on many solid media and can grow at both 37 and 42°. Most strains have a characteristic grapelike odor. It does not ferment carbohydrates. It is positive in the indophenol oxidase test, and is Simmon’s citrate positive, l-arginine dehydrolase positive, l-lysine decarboxylase negative, and l-ornithine decarboxylase negative (1).


Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Bloodstream Infection Antimicrob Agent Otitis Externa Ecthyma Gangrenosum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David L. Paterson
    • 1
  • Baek-Nam Kim
  1. 1.Centre for Clinical Research, Royal Brisbane and Women's HospitalUniversity of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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