Title
Clinical spectrum of infections due to the newly described Actinomyces species A-turicensis, A-radingae, and A-europaeus Clinical spectrum of infections due to the newly described Actinomyces species A-turicensis, A-radingae, and A-europaeus
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Washington, D.C. ,
Subject
Biology
Source (journal)
Journal of clinical microbiology. - Washington, D.C.
Volume/pages
37(1999) :1 , p. 8-13
ISSN
0095-1137
ISI
000077587900002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Over a 7-year period, we isolated 294 Actinomyces-like organisms (ALOs) which were not clearly identifiable. Using well-defined probes coding for sequences specific for recently described Actinomyces species (A. turicensis, A. radingae, and A. europaeus), we were able to identify 128 strains. The majority belonged to the A. turicensis species. A. radingae was found only in patients with skin-related pathologies, A. europaeus was also detected in patients with urinary tract infections. The main sources of A. turicensis were genital infections, followed by skin-related and urinary tract infections. Additional clinical pictures were appendicitis, cholecystitis, ear, nose, and throat infections, and bacteremia, In a small number of patients these ALOs were found as the only pathogen, Strains of the three species were tested by two widely used biochemical identification methods. A. turicensis was easily identifiable by both these methods. We conclude that these ALOs are not infrequent pathogens and are found in a wide range of human infections. At least A. turicensis is easily identifiable by clinical diagnostic laboratories.
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