Implantable vascular access port-associated bloodstream infection caused by Rhizobium radiobacter: a case report

Turk J Pediatr. 2013 Jan-Feb;55(1):112-5.


Rhizobium radiobacter is an uncommon opportunistic pathogen present in soil. It has been particularly associated with indwelling intravascular devices in immunocompromised patients. Reported herein is a case of R. radiobacter bloodstream infection associated with an implantable vascular access port, which was easily controlled with antimicrobial treatment and did not require removal of the intravascular device, in a child diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Also included is a review of the pertinent literature regarding the clinical presentation and management of R. radiobacter infections in the childhood period.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Agrobacterium tumefaciens*
  • Bacteremia / microbiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Neutropenia / complications
  • Precursor Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma / therapy
  • Vascular Access Devices / microbiology*