Revista chilena de infectología
versión impresa ISSN 0716-1018
SILVA B, Verónica et al. Neonatal meningitis caused by atypical Streptococcus pneumoniae: Case report and review. Rev. chil. infectol. [online]. 2006, vol.23, n.4, pp. 346-350. ISSN 0716-1018. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0716-10182006000400009.
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a rarely recognized cause of neonatal sepsis and/or meningitis, but it is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. Traditionally, S. pneumoniae is identified in the laboratory by demonstrating susceptibility to optochin. However, the emergence of optochin-resistant organisms makes definite identification difficult when only phenotypic tests are taken as markers. We present the case of a severe early-onset neonatal meningitis due to an atypical strain of S. pneumoniae. Laboratory methods utilized to certify this species diagnosis are discussed
Palabras clave : Streptococcus pneumoniae; optochin resistance; neonatal meningitis.