Pseudomonas Summary


Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Virulence factors include: pili, polysaccharide capsule, endotoxin, exotoxin A, exoenzyme S, elastase, alkaline protease, phospholipase C, leukocidin

Ubiquitous, opportunistic pathogens that occupy a variety of moist environmental habitats with minimal nutritional requirements, an ability to tolerate a wide range of temperatures (4oC to 42oC), and resistance to most antibiotics and disinfectants

Found throughout hospitals in moist reservoirs

Immunocompromised patients, burn patients, IV drug abusers at highest risk

Burn wound infections, bacteremia, endocarditis, pulmonary infections, complication of cystic fibrosis, ear infections, urinary tract infections, gastroenteritis, eye infections, musculoskeletal infections  

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