Staphylococcus massiliensis isolated from human blood cultures, Germany, 2017-2020

Katharina Last, Philipp M Lepper, Philipp Jung, Hans-Joachim Schäfers, Sébastien Boutin, Klaus Heeg, Sören L Becker, Dennis Nurjadi, Cihan Papan

Abstract

Clinical and laboratory data on newly described staphylococcal species is rare, which hampers decision-making when such pathogens are detected in clinical specimens. Here, we describe Staphylococcus massiliensis detected in three patients at a university hospital in southwest Germany. We report the discrepancy of microbiological findings between matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry, 16S-rRNA polymerase chain reaction, and whole-genome sequencing for all three isolates. Our findings highlight the diagnostic pitfalls pertinent to novel and non-model organisms in daily microbiological practice, in whom the correct identification is dependent on database accuracy.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
Volume41
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)663-669
Number of pages7
ISSN0934-9723
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 04.2022

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Infection and Inflammation Research (ZIEL)

DFG Research Classification Scheme

  • 204-03 Medical Microbiology and Mycology, Hygiene, Molecular Infection Biology

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