A Rare Case Report Of Corynebacterium minutissimum Causing Bacteremia In An Immunocompetent Patient

  • Sunita Gupta SDMH Honorary consultant
  • Vibha Bhargava
  • Rohit Jain
  • Prateek Goyal
  • G N Gupta


Non-diphtherial  Corynebacteria  (NDC),  which  are  also  referred  to  as  Diphtheroids  are  a  widely  diverse  collection  of  bacteria. Corynebacterium  species  are  normal  flora  of  skin  and  mucous  membrane .  Up  to  now,  the  pathogenic  potential  of  coryneform  bacteria  has  been  underestimated.  In  recent  years,  Coryneforms  have  emerged  as  important  opportunistic  pathogens  in  immunocompromised  patients.  Majority of the  Corynebacterium  minutissimum  isolates  are  from  erythrasma.  Since  its  discovery  in  1961  Corynebacterium  minutissimum  is  rarely  implicated  in  bacteremia .  Though  routinely   considered  as  contaminants  there  are  reports  which  establish  NDM  as  a  pathogen so   it  should  not  be  discarded  as  contaminants  in  general.  Hereby  we  report  a  case  of   bacteremia  due  to  Corynebacterium  minutissimum  due  to  polytrauma  by  road  accident. DOI: 10.21276/AABS.1318


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