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

  • G. Aboudharam
  • P.-E. Fournier
  • M. Drancourt
  • D. Raoult
  • C. Foucault
  • P. Brouqui
Concise Article


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Aboudharam
    • 1
  • P.-E. Fournier
    • 1
  • M. Drancourt
    • 1
  • D. Raoult
    • 1
  • C. Foucault
    • 2
  • P. Brouqui
    • 2
  1. 1.Unité des Rickettsies, CNRS UMR 6020 IFR 48, Faculté de MédecineUniversité de la MéditerranéeMarseille Cedex 5France
  2. 2.Service des Maladies Infectieuses et TropicalesHôpital CHU NordMarseilleFrance

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