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Revista argentina de microbiología

Print version ISSN 0325-7541On-line version ISSN 1851-7617


GUEVARA NUNEZ, Daiana et al. Bifidobacterium scardovii aislado de 2 muestras consecutivas de orina. Rev. argent. microbiol. [online]. 2017, vol.49, n.4, pp.328-331. ISSN 0325-7541.

Bifidobacterium scardovii species consists of facultative anaerobic gram-positive rods whose growth is stimulated by CO2 and anaerobiosis. Exceptionally it has been associated with infections in humans. An elderly male patient with a urinary tract infection due to B. scardovii and Enterococcus faecalis is presented here; both microorganisms were isolated from two consecutive urine samples. The bacillus did not grow on standard media, but on chocolate agar incubated in CO2 and on supplemented Brucella agar in an anaerobic atmosphere, incubated for 72 h at 35°C. Gram staining with abundant irregular gram-positive rods with Y-shaped ends and some gram-positive cocci alerted to its presence. The importance of the Gram stain test in urine samples with pyuria and the growth on enriched media for long periods is highlighted here. In this case, if we had not had the Gram stain test results, and had considered only the E. faecalis growth, we would have lost the major etiologic agent.

Keywords : Bifidobacterium scardovii; Urinary tract infection.

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