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01.12.2017 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2017 Open Access

BMC Infectious Diseases 1/2017

Peripherally inserted central catheter-related bloodstream infection due to Tsukamurella pulmonis: a case report and literature review

BMC Infectious Diseases > Ausgabe 1/2017
Jun Suzuki, Teppei Sasahara, Masaki Toshima, Yuji Morisawa



Tsukamurella pulmonis is an aerobic gram-positive and rod-shaped organism that causes central catheter-related bloodstream infections in immunocompromised hosts. However, peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC)-related bloodstream infections due to this organism have not been reported.

Case presentation

We describe a case of a 48-year-old man with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and diffuse large B cell lymphoma who received five courses of chemotherapy including rituximab, cyclophosphamide​, doxorubicin hydrochloride, vincristine, and prednisone via a PICC. Five days after the last chemotherapy course, he presented with a high fever and shaking chills. His absolute neutrophil count was 4200/μL. Cultures obtained from blood and PICC culture revealed T. pulmonis. The colony count of T. pulmonis grown from PICC culture was 103 colony-forming units. Therefore, he was diagnosed with T. pulmonis bacteremia resulting from PICC-related bloodstream infection. The patient’s condition improved and he became afebrile within 48 h after intravenous administration of cefozopran hydrochloride, which is a fourth generation cephalosporin.


PICCs can be associated with T. pulmonis bacteremia, and fourth generation cephalosporins may be effective treatment.
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