Article thumbnail

Brief Tale of a Bacteraemia by Rhodococcus equi, With Concomitant Lung Mass: What Came First, the Chicken or The Egg?

By Vincenzo Savini, Prassede Salutari, Marco Sborgia, Iole Mancini, Gioviana Masciarelli, Chiara Catavitello, Daniela Astolfi, Claudio D’Amario, Giuseppe Fioritoni, Antonio Spadaro and Domenico D’Antonio


Rhodococcus equi is an uncommon Gram positive, variably acid-fast pathogen, that appears as hard to treat mostly owing to the establishment of intracellular niches. Lack of interpretive criteria for susceptibility testing may lead to under-reporting or overestimation of resistances, whereas knowledge about this pathogen’s clinical impact may be affected by erroneous phenotype-based characterization at a genus and species level

Topics: Case Report
Publisher: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
OAI identifier:
Provided by: PubMed Central

To submit an update or takedown request for this paper, please submit an Update/Correction/Removal Request.

Suggested articles


  1. (2008). A pulmonary mass caused by Rhodococcus equi infection in a renal transplant recipient. Nat Clin Pract Nephrol.
  2. (2009). Acute osteomyelitis caused by Rhodococcus equi in an immunocompetent child.
  3. (2009). Bacteremia due to Rhodococcus equi: a case report and review of the literature.
  4. (2000). Consecutive bacillary angiomatosis and Rhodococcus equi bacteremia during acute leukemia: zoonoses may cause fever in neutropenic patients. Clin Microbiol Infect.
  5. (1976). Corynebacterium equi pneumonia in a patient with Hodgkin's disease. Am Rev Respir Dis.
  6. (2007). der Werf TS Rhodococcus equi infection after alemtuzumab therapy for T-cell prolymphocytic leukemia. Emerg Infect Dis.
  7. (2009). Disseminated Rhodococcus equi infection in a kidney transplant patient without initial pulmonary involvement. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis.
  8. Drug sensitivity and clinical impact of members of the genus Kocuria.
  9. (2005). Erroneous reporting of coagulasenegative staphylococci as Kocuria spp. by the Vitek 2 system. J Clin Microbiol.
  10. (2010). Infectious endocarditis caused by Rhodococcus equi. Ann Thorac Surg.
  11. (2009). Molecular and infection biology of the horse pathogen Rhodococcus equi. FEMS Microbiol Rev.
  12. (2002). Recurrent bacteremia caused by Rhodococcus equi in a non-neutropenic patient with acute myeloid leukemia in complete remission. Haematologica.
  13. (2007). Rhodococcus equi bacteremia with lung abscess misdiagnosed as Corynebacterium: a report of 2 cases. Clinics (Sao Paulo).
  14. (1993). Rhodococcus equi causing bacteremia in an adult with acute leukemia.
  15. (2008). Rhodococcus equi infection in a patient with spinocellular carcinoma of unknown origin.
  16. (2010). Rhodococcus equi infection. Lancet Infect Dis.
  17. Rhodococcus equi pneumonia in a patient with fludarabine-treated chronic lymphocytic leukemia and CD4-lymphopenia.
  18. (2003). Standards. Performance standards for antimicrobial disk susceptibility testing. 8th informational supplement.
  19. (2005). Vitek 2 automated identification system and Kocuria spp.