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Sphingomonas paucimobilis Bacteremia in an Immunocompetent Patient: A Case Report and Review of Literature

Mitra Kar, Nidhi Tejan, Ashima Jamwal, Shailesh Sengar, Chinmoy Sahu, Sangram S Patel

Keywords : Bacteremia, Bacillus, Case report, Dengue, Soil, Sphingomonas paucimobilis, Water

Citation Information : Kar M, Tejan N, Jamwal A, Sengar S, Sahu C, Patel SS. Sphingomonas paucimobilis Bacteremia in an Immunocompetent Patient: A Case Report and Review of Literature. 2023; 2 (4):94-96.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11006-0062

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 18-08-2023

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2023; The Author(s).


Introduction: Sphingomonas paucimobilis (S. paucimobilis) is a non-fermenting, gram-negative bacillus with very low pathogenic potential. These bacilli are found to inhabit the soil and aquatic milieu and are usually transmitted in the hospital environment by means of contaminated drugs, equipment, and water, causing infection in immunocompromised individuals. Case description: We present a case of a 26-year-old immunocompetent patient suffering from dengue hemorrhagic fever followed by secondary bacteremia with S. paucimobilis which was isolated from peripheral blood and bone marrow samples. Conclusion: A microorganism with low pathogenic potential like S. paucimobilis is also capable of causing bacteremia in immunocompetent individuals. Awareness among physicians about this rare pathogen can promote early treatment with appropriate antibiotics.

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