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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 373-375

Recurrent shunt associated ventriculitis caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Case with fatal outcome despite linezolid therapy


1 Department of Microbiology, JIPMER, Puducherry, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, JIPMER, Puducherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Sadia Khan
Department of Microbiology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi - 682 041
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.102064

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Ventriculoperitoneal shunt-associated ventriculitis is a serious though under-reported nosocomial complication of neurocritical settings. The treatment of CNS Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections is usually successful with vancomycin or linezolid. Here, we report a case of ventriculitis due to MRSA following a shunt infection, which did not show clinical response to linezolid therapy. With the increasing use of invasive procedures, nosocomial infections have increased exponentially. Exercising extreme care in such CNS procedures becomes very important.


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