Leuconostoc septicemia in a preterm neonate on vancomycin therapy: Case report and literature review

Ginger Janow, Binta Lambert, Melissa Scheiner, Orna Rosen, David L. Goldman, Lamia Soghier

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We report the case of a 26-day-old premature infant born at 24 weeks' gestation who developed septicemia while receiving vancomycin therapy. The blood isolate initially identified as a vancomycin-resistant Streptococcous viridans was found to be Leuconostoc spp. Her condition improved with parenteral ampicillin and gentamicin therapy and removal of the intravenous central catheter. Prematurity is a recognized risk factor for Leuconostoc disease. Clinicians need to consider Leuconostoc spp. when vancomycin-resistant pathogens are identified and provide appropriate therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-92
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Perinatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2009



  • Leuconostoc
  • Neonate
  • Preterm
  • Septicemia
  • Streptococcus
  • Vancomycin-resistant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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