Infections caused by Pseudomonas pickettii in association with permanent indwelling intravenous devices: four cases and a review

Clin Infect Dis. 1993 Nov;17(5):877-80. doi: 10.1093/clinids/17.5.877.


Permanent indwelling intravenous devices (PIIDs) have become increasingly prevalent in the past decade. These devices offer the advantage of long-term and convenient venous access, but their not-infrequent colonization by bacterial or fungi can lead to bloodstream infection with or without sepsis. We describe a series of four patients with PIIDs who became infected with Pseudomonas pickettii, and we review the properties of this unusual organism and the clinical presentation of the infections it causes.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bacteremia / diagnosis
  • Bacteremia / etiology*
  • Catheters, Indwelling / adverse effects*
  • Cross Infection / diagnosis
  • Cross Infection / etiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pseudomonas / drug effects
  • Pseudomonas / isolation & purification
  • Pseudomonas / pathogenicity
  • Pseudomonas Infections / diagnosis
  • Pseudomonas Infections / etiology*