Central Venous Catheter Infection Caused by Moraxella Osloensis in a Patient Receiving Home Parenteral Nutrition

Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. Aug-Sep 1993;17(2):163-6. doi: 10.1016/0732-8893(93)90028-6.


We report the first case of a central venous catheter infection caused by Moraxella osloensis, which was successfully treated without catheter removal. The isolation, identification, and pathogenesis of this species are discussed. It is recommended that Moraxella isolates be identified to species in order to determine the relative pathogenic and opportunistic roles of the various Moraxella species. Our case also demonstrates that catheter sepsis caused by some Gram-negative organisms may be amenable to systemic antibiotic therapy without the necessity of catheter removal.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Gentamicins / administration & dosage
  • Gentamicins / therapeutic use
  • Home Care Services
  • Humans
  • Infusions, Intravenous
  • Moraxella* / isolation & purification
  • Neisseriaceae Infections / drug therapy
  • Neisseriaceae Infections / etiology*
  • Parenteral Nutrition, Total*
  • Sinusitis / complications
  • Vancomycin / administration & dosage
  • Vancomycin / therapeutic use


  • Gentamicins
  • Vancomycin