Infections in children caused by the HB group of bacteria

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The HB bacteria are a group of fastidious gram-negative organisms of low pathogenicity and are unusual causes of infection in normal infants and children. Eight pediatric patients with infections caused by HB bacteria are presented. Six of these eight patients had deep tissue abscesses including empyema, meningitis, peritonitis, and osteomyelitis. These patients may have been predisposed to infection because of altered host defense mechanisms, underlying chronic diseases, or trauma. The HB bacteria morphologically resemble Hemophilus influenzae but are differentiated by their colonial formation and biochemical reactions. The HB bacteria are frequently resistant to penicillin and ampicillin. Treatment with tetracycline or chloramphenicol should be instituted until susceptibility studies are available.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)398-403
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of Pediatrics
Volume82
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1973

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Bacteria
Infection
Empyema
Haemophilus influenzae
Osteomyelitis
Chloramphenicol
Ampicillin
Tetracycline
Peritonitis
Meningitis
Penicillins
Abscess
Virulence
Chronic Disease
Pediatrics
Wounds and Injuries
Therapeutics

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Infections in children caused by the HB group of bacteria. / Kaplan, J. Martin; McCracken, George H.; Nelson, John D.

In: The Journal of Pediatrics, Vol. 82, No. 3, 1973, p. 398-403.

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