Stenotrophomonas maltophilia: an increasing problem in patients with acute leukaemia

Sefcick, A., Tait, R.C. and Wood, B. (1999) Stenotrophomonas maltophilia: an increasing problem in patients with acute leukaemia. Leukemia and Lymphoma, 35(1-2), pp. 207-211. (doi: 10.3109/10428199909145721) (PMID:10512179)

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Stenotrophomonas maltophilia (previously Pseudomonas maltophilia and Xanthomonas maltophilia) is an increasing problem as an opportunistic pathogen in immunocompromised patients such as those with acute leukaemia. Infection is difficult to treat and eradicate due to its inherent and quickly acquired resistance to many antibiotics. Presentation with unusual cutaneous lesions is not uncommon and can present diagnostic difficulties. We present two cases which highlight the classical features of this infection in leukaemic patients, and discuss the need for early antibiotic treatment with regimens including cotrimoxazole, and the consideration of prompt central venous catheter removal.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Tait, Dr Robert
Authors: Sefcick, A., Tait, R.C., and Wood, B.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
Journal Name:Leukemia and Lymphoma
Publisher:Harwood Academic Publishers
ISSN (Online):1029-2403

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