Staphylococcus lugdunensis: The coagulase-negative staphylococcus you don't want to ignore

Elizabeth Babu, John Oropello

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Staphylococcus lugdunensis is a virulent coagulase-negative staphylococcus (CoNS) that behaves like Staphylococcus aureus. Toxic shock syndrome, osteomyelitis, septic arthritis and postoperative endopthalmitis have been observed. Endocarditis complicated by heart failure, periannular abscess formation and embolic phenomenon have brought particular attention to this CoNS. Mortality rates for endocarditis appear higher when compared with other CoNS. Owing to the laboratory methods used, identification may be misleading. β-lactam antimicrobials are recommended pending sensitivities. Evaluation for endocarditis should be pursued in bacteremic patients due to its pathogenic potential.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)901-907
Number of pages7
JournalExpert Review of Anti-Infective Therapy
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2011


  • CoNS
  • Staphylococcus lugdunensis
  • coagulase negative
  • endocarditis
  • invasive


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