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When Culture Isolation of a Bacterial Species That is Usually a Contaminant May Represent a True Infection

Specialty:

Clinical Laboratory
Nephrology, Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pedatrics, Genetics
Cardiology
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care
Emergency Medicine & Critical Care

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Description:

Some bacterial species are commonly encountered as skin, mucosal or environmental contaminants. However, these bacteria can cause infection in a patient with severely impaired host defenses. It is important not to assume that these organisms are always contaminants that can be ignored.

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