Staphylococcus lugdunensis vertebral osteomyelitis

Clin Microbiol Infect. 2003 Nov;9(11):1139-41. doi: 10.1046/j.1469-0691.2003.00777.x.


We report a case of vertebral osteomyelitis due to the coagulase-negative staphylococcus, Staphylococcus lugdunensis. This is only the second such case reported in the literature in an immunocompetent host. When the patient's lumbar spine inflammatory mass was drained, the coagulase-negative staphylococcus obtained was discarded as a likely contaminant. We discuss the situation when coagulase-negative staphylococci require further identification and look at the unique features of S. lugdunensis. Isolation of S. lugdunensis is usually significant, and the organism should not be discarded as a contaminant without careful consideration.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Osteomyelitis / microbiology*
  • Osteomyelitis / therapy
  • Spinal Diseases / microbiology*
  • Spinal Diseases / therapy
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / therapy
  • Staphylococcus / enzymology
  • Staphylococcus / growth & development*