Selenomonas

Selenomonas sputigena Septicemia

Selenomonas sputigena is a curved motile anaerobic gram-negative rod that is a part of the normal upper respiratory
tract of man. We present a case of speticemia associated with this organism and believe it to be the first such report
describing systemic disease.
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, Dec. 1981, p. 684-685


Fatal Selenomonas sputigena septicemia probably originating from lung

Abstract
A case of fatal septicemia with Selenomonas sputigena in an immunocompromised patient is reported. The patient
had a lung abscess from which the septicemia is believed to have originated. In contrast to the only other case
reported in the literature, the isolate from our patient was characterized by very slow and difficult growth.
European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, Volume 4, Number 3 / June, 1985

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Bacteremias Caused by Selenomonas artemidis and Selenomonas infelix

We report two different cases of bacteremia caused by two recently described Selenomonas species, Selenomonas
artemidis and Selenomonas infelix. Both species are normally found in human buccal flora. S. artemidis bacteremia
appeared in a patient (number 1) who presented with an air-fluid pulmonary cavity and clinical conditions consistent
with an anaerobic lung abscess. While the patient improved with antibiotic therapy, cultures of respiratory secretions
yielded Mycobacterium tuberculosis. This case demonstrated a strong possibility of a coexisting lung abscess due to
S. artemidis. S. infelix bacteremia appeared in a cancer patient (number 2) with heart disease during preterminal
acute respiratory distress. It was more difficult in this case to assess the clinical impact of the Selenomonas organisms
on the patient.
JOURNAL OF CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY, Jan. 1990, p. 140-142