Bordetella Bronchiseptica in the Immunosuppressed Population – A Case Series and Review.

Abraham Tareq Yacoub, Mitsuya Katayama, JoAnn Tran, Ronit Zadikany, Manasa Kandula, John Norman Greene
  • Mitsuya Katayama
    Fellow, Department of Infectious Diseases University of South Florida College of Medicine 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, Florida 33612-9497 Office: (813) 745-8565 Fax: (813) 745-8468, United States
  • JoAnn Tran
    University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, United States
  • Ronit Zadikany
    University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, United States
  • Manasa Kandula
    Moffitt Cancer Center, United States
  • John Norman Greene
    Section Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine - Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa FL Professor of Medicine, United States


Organisms that are not known to cause serious infection in the immunocompetent population can in fact cause devastating illness in immunosupressed neutropenic populations especially those who are undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), and solid organ transplantation or a history of malignancy.  One organism of interest isolated from immunosupressed patients at our institution was Bordetella bronchiseptica. B. bronchiseptica is a Gram-negative, rod shaped bacterium, primary respiratory tract organism known to cause respiratory tract disease in the animal population which include dogs, cats, and rabbits. This organism rarely causes serious infection in the immunocompetent population. However; in immunosupressed patients, it can cause serious pulmonary disease. We present three cases of B. bronchiseptica isolated from patients with a history of malignancy a serious pulmonary infection.


Bordetella Bronchiseptica, Immunocompromised, Antibiotics

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Submitted: 2014-07-21 14:10:50
Published: 2014-04-06 00:00:00
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