Pseudomonas Aeruginosa


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  • Member of Pseudomonas Genus (see Pseudomonas, [[Pseudomonas]])
    • Non-Fermenting Gram-negative Rod


Cardiac Manifestations

Endocarditis (see Endocarditis, [[Endocarditis]])

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Ear Manifestations

Otitis Externa

Otitis Media

Dermatologic Manifestations

Ecthyma Gangrenosum (see Ecthyma Gangrenosum, [[Ecthyma Gangrenosum]])

  • Etiology
    • In addition to Pseudomonas aeruginosa, can also be caused less commonly by Staph, Mucor, Candida, and Herpes
  • Diagnosis
    • Skin Biopsy: quite characteristic, showing bacterial invasion of the media and adventitia of veins deep in the dermis (intima and lumen of the vein are spared)
  • Clinical
    • Begins as red/purpuric macular rash -> progresses to indurated vesicles -> progresses to bullous, pustular, or hemorrhagic lesions -> gangrenous ulcers with surrounding erythema (may occur within 12-24 hrs)
    • Usually less than 10 lesions are present, most often found in the gluteal or perineal regions, but also appearing on the extremities, trunk, and face in descending order, respectively
  • Treatment
    • Aminoglycoside + Antipseudomonal PCN:
    • Ceftazidime:
    • Imipenem:
    • Surgical Debridement: often required
  • Prognosis
    • The lower the absolute neutrophil count (ANC), the poorer the prognosis
    • Patients with an ANC < 500 cells/mm3 (0.5 x 109/L) rarely survive

Gastroenterologic Manifestations



Neurologic Manifestations

Brain Abscess (see xxxx, [[]])

Meningitis (see xxxx, [[]])

Opthalmologic Manifestations

Bacterial Keratitis


Pulmonary Manifestations

Necrotizing Pneumonia (see Necrotizing Pneumonia, [[Necrotizing Pneumonia]])

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Pneumonia (see Pneumonia, [[Pneumonia]])

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Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia (see Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia, [[Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia]])

  • Epidemiology
    • Risk Factors: prior antibiotic use
  • Prognosis
    • Isolation of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from the lungs of mechanically ventilated patient with VAP indicates a worse prognosis

Renal Manifestations

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) (see Urinary Tract Infection, [[Urinary Tract Infection]])

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Rheumatologic/Orthopedic Manifestations


Other Manifestations


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