Stenotrophomonas maltophilia

Precautions

Routine Practices
Routine Practices

General Information

Pathogen information

Aerobic non-fermenting gram negative rod

Epidemiology

May be acquired from diverse environmental sources (i.e. tap water).

Bronchiectatics may be colonized (i.e. CF patients).

Must distinguish colonization from clinically significant infection.

Associated syndromes

Most common reason for isolation is colonization of the respiratory tract.

Most common true infections - blood stream infection (usually from vascular catheter) and pneumonia. Other manifestations rare (endocarditis, sinusitis, cellulitis, etc)