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European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

, Volume 23, Issue 12, pp 920-922

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Molecular detection of Bartonella quintana DNA in the dental pulp of a homeless patient

  • G. AboudharamAffiliated withUnité des Rickettsies, CNRS UMR 6020 IFR 48, Faculté de Médecine, Université de la Méditerranée
  • , P.-E. FournierAffiliated withUnité des Rickettsies, CNRS UMR 6020 IFR 48, Faculté de Médecine, Université de la Méditerranée
  • , M. DrancourtAffiliated withUnité des Rickettsies, CNRS UMR 6020 IFR 48, Faculté de Médecine, Université de la Méditerranée
  • , D. RaoultAffiliated withUnité des Rickettsies, CNRS UMR 6020 IFR 48, Faculté de Médecine, Université de la Méditerranée Email author 
  • , C. FoucaultAffiliated withService des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Hôpital CHU Nord
  • , P. BrouquiAffiliated withService des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Hôpital CHU Nord

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Abstract

Dental pulp has been proposed as a suitable tissue sample for the identification of pathogenic organisms. Using PCR with two specific gene targets, Bartonella quintana DNA was detected in the dental pulp extracted from the tooth of a homeless patient. The patient had been bacteremic 6 months previously but was not when the tooth was sampled.