Spiral-shaped bacteremia: Difference in the duration of blood cultures between Helicobacter spp. and Campylobacter spp. using the BACTEC system.

Affiliation

Itoh K(1), Iwasaki H(2), Shigemi H(3), Tsutani H(4), Yamauchi T(5).
Author information:
(1)Department of Internal Medicine, National Hospital Organization Awara Hospital, Awara, Japan; Department of Infection Control and Prevention, University of Fukui Hospital, Fukui, Japan; Department of Hematology and Oncology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Fukui, Fukui, Japan. Electronic address: [Email]
(2)Department of Infection Control and Prevention, University of Fukui Hospital, Fukui, Japan.
(3)Department of Infection Control and Laboratory Medicine, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Kyoto, Japan.
(4)Department of Internal Medicine, National Hospital Organization Awara Hospital, Awara, Japan.
(5)Department of Hematology and Oncology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of Fukui, Fukui, Japan.

Abstract

Although spiral bacteria are uncommon, they cause bacteremia. We evaluated their characteristics, in particular, the time from the start of blood culture to the first report of a positive result to physicians, using the BACTEC blood culture system. In cases of spiral bacteremia, an extended treatment period should be considered.