Author(s): Rasnake MS, Dooley DP
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Abstract BACKGROUND: The appearance of postoperative surgical site infection (SSI) in the absence of culturable bacterial pathogens is a common dilemma for the surgeon. METHODS: The literature was searched through references to primary articles, as well as a MEDLINE review, for reports of culture-negative SSIs. RESULTS: Potential causes of culture-negative SSIs include prior antimicrobial therapy; the presence of fastidious or slow-growing microorganisms such as mycobacteria, Mycoplasma spp., and Legionella spp.; infection caused by mundane bacteria that may be dismissed as "contaminants"; factitious infection; and others. CONCLUSIONS: We review the recognized causes of "culture negative" SSIs and discuss the laboratory capabilities that may enhance recognition of many of these pathogens and management options.
This article was published in Surg Infect (Larchmt)
and referenced in Pancreatic Disorders & Therapy