Infectious Disease Compendium

Sphingomonas

Microbiology

A gram negative rod. S. paucimobilis.

Epidemiologic Risks

Found in soil and water.

Syndromes

It is a rare cause of healthcare-associated infections with outbreaks in immunocompromised patients in hematology; perhaps related to bacterial colonization of hospital water systems. Also associated with contaminations in compounding pharmacies (PubMed).

Treatment

Susceptible to ceftazadime, ceftriaxone, ceftriaxone, cefepime, cefotaxime, ciprofloxacin, imipenem, piperacillin/tazobactam, aztreonam, amikacin and gentamicin (PubMed), but test.

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