RESEARCH ARTICLE


A Rare Presentation of Sepsis from Staphylococcus caprae



Ganesh D Kini1, *, Addison R Parris2, Jane S Tang3
1 Department of Internal Medicine, Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Virginia
2 Department of Infectious Diseases, Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, Virginia
3 Noblis, Falls Church, Virginia


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Abstract

As a coagulase negative Staphylococcus species, S. caprae is not considered as a clinically-significant member, unlike S. epidermidis. In this report, we describe a case of sepsis resulting from S. caprae infection. This relatively young woman was in generally good health and contracted S. caprae most probably during her treatment of an acute pulmonary embolism. The purpose of this report is to raise awareness of this otherwise innocuous staphylococcal species in clinical settings.

Key Words: Staphyloccocus caprae, coagulase negative staphylococci, nosocomial, sepsis.