Turicella otitidis

  • General information

    • the following information is not yet verified
      Family: Corynebacteriaceae

      Natural habitats
      The habitat of T. otitidis seems to be confined almost exclusively to the ear or adjoining areas, and T otitidis does not appear to form part of the commensal flora at any other anatomical site.

      Clinical significance
      Its significans in acute or chronic otitis media is controversial.

      The true pathogenic status of T. otitidis remains unclear, primely due to underreporting of the coryneform bacteria from many clinical specimens.
      These organisms are often dismissed as contaminants by laboratorians and clinicians alike.

      Therefore only in the presence of consistent reporting in association with clinical findings can the true pathogenicity of this organism be determined.

  • Gram stain

    • the following information is not yet verified
      Highly irregular, relatively long Gram positive rods,

  • Culture characteristics

    • the following information is not yet verified

      Obligate aerobic

      Colonies are nonhemolytic, whitis, convex and creamy, with entire edges, and are 1 to 1.5 mm in diameter after 48h of incubation.

      Some young colonies show a greenish appearance when taken away from the plates with a swab.

      BBAØ no growth

      CAMP-test strong positive

  • Characteristics

  • References

    • James Versalovic et al.(2011) Manual of Clinical Microbiology 10th Edition

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