Globicatella sanguinis bacteraemia identified by partial 16S rRNA gene sequencing

Scand J Infect Dis. 2007;39(8):745-8. doi: 10.1080/00365540701203527.


Globicatella sanguinis is a gram-positive coccus, resembling non-haemolytic streptococci. The organism has been isolated infrequently from normally sterile sites of humans. Three isolates obtained by blood culture could not be identified by Rapid 32 ID Strep, but partial sequencing of the 16S rRNA gene revealed the identity of the isolated bacteria, and supplementary biochemical tests confirmed the species identification. The cases histories illustrate the dilemma of finding relevant, newly recognized, opportunistic pathogens and the identification achievement (s) that can be obtained by using new molecular diagnostics.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Bacteremia / microbiology*
  • DNA, Bacterial / analysis
  • Female
  • Gram-Positive Bacterial Infections / blood*
  • Humans
  • Lactobacillaceae / classification
  • Lactobacillaceae / genetics*
  • Lactobacillaceae / pathogenicity*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S / genetics*
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


  • DNA, Bacterial
  • RNA, Ribosomal, 16S