Enterobacter nimipressuralis as a cause of pseudobacteremia

BMC Infect Dis. 2010 Oct 29;10:315. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-10-315.


Background: The clinical significance of the Enterobacter nimipressuralis as human pathogens remains unclear.

Case presentations: The microbiologic culture monitoring system of sterile body fluids revealed on an episode of Enterobacter cloacae and Enterobacter amnigenus in blood culture results on the same day; the antibiotic sensitivity and MIC were nearly the same for both species. First patient was a healthy woman with postmenopausal syndrome, while second patient with herpes zoster. Both patients had febrile sensations without signs of bacteremia. E. amnigenus was also cultured from the unused package of salined cotton in the container through epidemiologic investigation. The cultured Enterobacter species were all identified as E. nimipressuralis through hsp60 gene sequencing and infrequent-restriction-site PCR (IRS-PCR).

Conclusion: When an unusual microorganisms such as E. nimipressuralis is isolated from blood of a patient with no clinical signs of sepsis, a pseudobacteremia should be suspected. When the antibiogram and MIC test results of bacterial cultures from two or more patients are nearly the same, although the species involved may appear different, it may be necessary to prove that they are the same species through molecular methods. The microbiologic cultures monitoring system will probably help to detect pseudobacteremia and other pseudo infections through reliable and fast identification.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / pharmacology
  • Bacteremia / diagnosis*
  • Bacteremia / microbiology*
  • Bacterial Proteins / genetics
  • Blood / microbiology
  • Chaperonin 60 / genetics
  • DNA, Bacterial / chemistry
  • DNA, Bacterial / genetics
  • Enterobacter / classification*
  • Enterobacter / drug effects
  • Enterobacter / isolation & purification*
  • Enterobacteriaceae Infections / diagnosis*
  • Enterobacteriaceae Infections / microbiology
  • Female
  • Herpes Zoster / complications
  • Humans
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Middle Aged
  • Postmenopause
  • Sequence Analysis, DNA


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Bacterial Proteins
  • Chaperonin 60
  • DNA, Bacterial