Vertebral osteomyelitis caused by Actinobaculum schaalii: a difficult-to-diagnose and potentially invasive uropathogen

  • P. Haller
  • T. Bruderer
  • S. Schaeren
  • G. Laifer
  • R. Frei
  • M. Battegay
  • U. Flückiger
  • S. Bassetti
Case Report

Abstract

We report the first case of vertebral osteomyelitis caused by Actinobaculum schaalii and review all cases of A. schaalii identified at our institution between 2002 and 2005. A. schaalii causes urinary tract infections – especially in elderly people – occasionally with septic complications.

Notes

Acknowledgements

We are indebted to Dr. P.D.J. Sturm, Department of Medical Microbiology, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center, for providing additional detailed information about cases numbers 20 and 21.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Haller
    • 1
  • T. Bruderer
    • 2
  • S. Schaeren
    • 3
  • G. Laifer
    • 1
  • R. Frei
    • 2
  • M. Battegay
    • 1
  • U. Flückiger
    • 1
  • S. Bassetti
    • 4
  1. 1.Division of Infectious Diseases and Hospital EpidemiologyUniversity Hospital BaselBaselSwitzerland
  2. 2.Microbiology LaboratoryUniversity Hospital BaselBaselSwitzerland
  3. 3.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryUniversity Hospital BaselBaselSwitzerland
  4. 4.Department of Internal MedicineKantonsspital OltenOltenSwitzerland

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