Mucoid pseudomonas aeruginosa from a patient without cystic fibrosis: Implications and review of the literature

Vincent P. McCarthy, Gabriel Rosenberg, Beryl J. Rosenstein, Van S. Hubbard

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Abstract

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is commonly isolated from the respiratory tract of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). In patients with advanced disease a high percentage of these strains are mucoid and are characterized by the production of excessive amounts of exo-polysaccharides.1 Mucoid strains have been rarely reported from other human sources and are rarer in children who do not have cystic fibrosis. We report a patient who has been chronically colonized with a mucoid strain of P. aeruginosa and was initially diagnosed as having cystic fibrosis. Reevaluation, however, did not substantiate the diagnosis and prompted a review of the occurrence and clinical significance of mucoid strains of P. aeruginosa in non-CF patient populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-258
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease
Volume5
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)

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