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June 7, 1924

KIDNEY INFECTION DUE TO MICROCOCCUS PHARYNGITIDIS-SICCAE

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CHICAGO
From the Genito-Urinary Service of U. S. Veterans' Hospital No. 76.

JAMA. 1924;82(23):1850-1852. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02650490024006
Abstract

Infection of the upper urinary tract by Micrococcus pharyngitidis-siccae must be exceedingly rare, for, so far as we have been able to determine from the literature at our command, the occurrence of such an infection has never been reported. A case of acute, malignant, vegetative mitral endocarditis, due to this organism, has been recently reported by Schultz.1

Lingelsheim2 mentions this organism as one of those less frequently found in cultures from the nasopharynx in cases under examination during an epidemic of meningococcus meningitis, but his report does not state whether this diplococcus was found in cases actually diagnosed as meningitis. He makes no suggestion as to its being other than a saprophyte of the pharynx.

According to Jordan,3 this small, gram-negative coccus is found on the mucous membrane of the respiratory tract; it grows at room temperature as well as at 37 C.; it forms white, firm,

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