Klebsiella pneumoniae


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General Information

Fermenting gram negative rod, of the Enterobacteriaceae family

In healthy hosts, can cause:

  • UTI

  • Nasty pneumonias (Friedlanders disease)

  • Liver abscesses

Nosocomial infection:

  • UTI

  • Pneumonia

  • Intra-abdominal and biliary infection

  • Prosthetic material and vascular catheter infection

May require contact precautions if highly resistant i.e. ESBL, carbapenem resistant.

Treatment of choice for ESBL strains is ertapenem.

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