March 1978

Septic Shock With Micrococcus luteus

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Infectious Disease and Microbiology, Boston Veterans Administration Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine.

Arch Intern Med. 1978;138(3):487-488. doi:10.1001/archinte.1978.03630270093032

Micrococcus luteus is considered a non-pathogenic saprophyte of human skin and eye. Disease in man caused by this organism is not recorded in medical literature. We present a case of septic shock cause by M luteus. The value of this report is to document the pathogenicity of coagulase-negative staphylococci in patients without valvular heart disease, surgically implanted artificial prosthetic devices, or polyethylene intravenous catheters.

(Arch Intern Med 138:487-488, 1978)