Burkholderia cepacia complex

Burkholderia cepacia complex


Routine Practices


General Information

Non-fermenting, aerobic Gram-negative rod.

Previously known as Pseudomonas cepacia.

Ubiquitous water and soil pathogen.

Person-to-person spread has been documented, particularly among cystic fibrosis patients.

Important pathogen in cystic fibrosis and lung transplant recipients.

Infectious Diseases consultation should be obtained for assistance with antimicrobial therapy.

Antimicrobial therapy should be guided by susceptibility testing whenever possible.

Treatment options are often limited.

Chronic infection with B. cepacia complex is associated with an accelerated decline in pulmonary function and shortened survival in cystic fibrosis.