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Staphylococcus schleiferi diabetic foot osteomyelitis and bacteraemia in an immunocompromised host
  1. Minh Thu Thi Nguyen,
  2. Nicholas R Ahern and
  3. Meghan K Train
  1. Department of Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Minh Thu Thi Nguyen; MinhThu_Nguyen{at}


Staphylococcus schleiferi is a Gram-positive coccus bacterium first discovered in 1988 that is typically associated with skin and ear infections in dogs, cats and birds. It is infrequently described as a human pathogen. There are, however, emerging reports of S. schleiferi infections in diverse clinical scenarios in humans, particularly in patients with weakened immune systems. S. schleiferi may be underrecognised due to limitations in routine microbiology diagnostic protocols and mislabelling as other Staphylococcus sp. We present a rare case of S. schleiferi diabetic foot osteomyelitis with subsequent bacteraemia in an immunocompromised host.

  • infectious diseases
  • bone and joint infections
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  • Contributors All authors were involved in the direct care of the patient and conceived the idea of writing a case report. MTTN and NA wrote the case presentation, performed a literature review, and wrote the discussion of the manuscript. MKT reviewed and edited the manuscript for intellectual content. All authors read the final manuscript and approved it for submission in its current form.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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