Clinical significance of methicillin-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci obtained from sterile specimens

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Distinguishing true coagulase-negative staphylococci bacteremia from contamination remains a challenge. We conducted a retrospective analysis of 183 patients with methicillin-resistant coagulase-negative staphylococci (MR-CoNS)-positive and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus-positive cultures obtained from sterile sites such as blood, synovial fluid, ascitic fluid, and cerebrospinal fluid. Of the 209 MR-CoNS isolates, 83 (39.7%) were considered infection associated, and 126 (60.3%) were considered contamination. MR-CoNS isolates cultured from synovial fluid were more likely to be infection associated (. P= 0.009). The median interval from insertion of a central venous catheter to onset of infection tended to be longer in MR-CoNS infection cases than in methicillin-resistant S. aureus infection cases (41 days versus 14 days, P= 0.055). In conclusion, our results suggest that the proportion of cases of true MR-CoNS infection may be higher than previously reported


  • Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease

    Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 81(1), 71-75, 2015-01

    Elsevier Inc.


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