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Bacterial infections due to Acinetobacter species are typically encountered in health care settings and can be particularly difficult to treat due to the propensity of the organism to incorporate multiple antibiotic resistance mechanisms. Hospital outbreaks of multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter infections have been reported. A wide range of infections are possible with this organism, including bloodstream infections, pneumonia (occasionally even community-acquired pneumonia), urinary tract infections, and wound infections (wound infection in soldiers after traumatic injury have been reported).

Patients who are immunosuppressed, have diabetes, or who are hospitalized (especially in intensive care units) are at increased risk for this infection.

Patients present with symptoms compatible with the site of infection (for example, patients with pneumonia will have respiratory symptoms compatible with pneumonia). Fever is common. Laboratory studies will frequently reveal leukocytosis. The organism grows readily in standard culture media, and infection can be diagnosed by isolating the organism.


041.85 – Other specified bacterial agents as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere

446156008 – Infection due to multidrug resistant Acinetobacter

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