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


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
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)663-669
Number of pages7
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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