Intravenous line infection due to Ochrobactrum anthropi (CDC Group Vd) in a normal host

Heart Lung. 1997 Jul-Aug;26(4):335-6. doi: 10.1016/s0147-9563(97)90092-3.


Ochrobactrum anthropi, formerly known as Achromobacter species (CDC group Vd), is an aerobic, gram-negative bacillus widely distributed in aquatic environments. Most important, it has been implicated as a cause of intravenous line infection in immunocompromised hosts with solid tumors or hematologic malignancies. Trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole and aminoglycosides are usually active against O. anthropi, but this organism is usually resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics. Because O. anthropi is a low-virulence organism, patients with intravenous-line infections have been cured without removal of the intravenous catheter. We describe a case of intravenous-line infection in a normal host that was successfully resolved alter catheter removal.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Catheterization, Central Venous / adverse effects*
  • Coronary Artery Bypass
  • Cross Infection / transmission*
  • Gram-Negative Aerobic Bacteria*
  • Gram-Negative Bacterial Infections / transmission*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications