Burkholderia cepacia - An unusual organism for sepsis in ICUs. 1281-1282
Dr Peter George
MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Fr Muller Medical College,
Fr Muller Road, Mangalore -575002,
Karnataka State, S India.
Phone: +91 9845177660, +91 824 2238000,Fax: +91 824 2436352.
ICU sepsis is a common situation which is encountered in practice; and tertiary care centres have a clear antibiotic policy to manage such instances. At times, rare organisms like commensals and non human bacteria which are difficult to treat, are isolated by the culturing of tissue fluids. We report here, the successful management of ICU sepsis with Burkholderia cepacia, in a 29 year old immuno- competent woman. Native infections due to B cepacia are rare; the usual sources of these organisms in ICUs are the vascular and indwelling catheters.