Seven Patients With Respiratory Infections Due ToCorynebacterium Pseudodiphtheriticum

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Abstract

Seven cases of lower respiratory tract infection due to Corynebacterium pseudodiphtheriticum are described. Lower respiratory tract infections with C. pseudodiphtheriticum in immunocompetent patients are usually associated with pre-existing chronic pulmonary disease, and are sometimes associated with endotracheal intubation. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing of these isolates showed uniform sensitivity to penicillin and variable results to erythromycin.

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