Renal abscess caused by Providencia stuartii

Robin R Chamberland

Journal of Clinical microbiology
Renal abscess caused by Providencia stuartii

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Providencia stuartii

  • General information

    • the following information is not yet verified
      General information
      Organisms belonging to the genus Providencia have undergone many taxonomic changes since their first description, with frequent confusion and overlap between organisms of the closely related genera Providencia, Proteus and Morganella

      Family: Enterobacteriaceae
      P. alcalifaciens
      - P. rustigianii (P.alcalifaciens biogroep 3)
      P. rettgeri
      P. stuartii

      apathogeen P. heimbachae, P. vermicola

      Natural habitats
      They are ubiquitous in the environment, especially water and clinical samples, such as; urine, feces, blood, wounds and throat.
      Also occur in animals, mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.

      Clinical significance
      Patients with burns are at a higher risk of Providencia wound infection, like P. stuartii and P. rettgeri
      Patients who develop Providencia urinary tract infections often have long-standing dependence on an indwelling urinary catheter.

      Both species (P. rettgeri more commonly than P. stuartii) have recently been implicated as etiologic agents in traveler's diarrhea, making travel history important in patients with acute-onset diarrhea.

  • Gram stain

    • the following information is not yet verified
      Gram negative rods,

      0.6-0.8 x 1.5-2.5 µm,

      ranging in length from coccoid rods to long wire forms.

  • Culture characteristics

    • the following information is not yet verified

      Facultative anaerobic

      Colonies are large, 4mm, gray white, opaque, shiny, smooth and convex.

      Brown pigmentation may occur in the center (P. rettgeri)

      McConkey growth, non lactose fermenter

      BBAØ growth

  • Characteristics

  • References

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