Staphylococcus aureus carriage rate of patients receiving long-term hemodialysis

Nigar Kirmani, C. U. Tuazon, H. W. Murray, A. E. Parrish, J. N. Sheagren

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The authors studied the carriage rate of Staphylococcus aureus in patients receiving long-term hemodialysis and also noted the incidence of shunt infections, bacteremia, and septicemia in colonized patients. Thirty-one of 50 patients (62%) carried S. aureus in the nose, throat, or on the skin, of whom 20 patients developed shunt infections; nine infections resulted in episodes of bacteremia. Patients with chronic renal failure not undergoing hemodialysis had a 21% carriage rate. Thus, there is a high carriage rate of S. aureus in asymptomatic patients receiving hemodialysis that is probably related to an increased incidence of shunt infections and bacteremia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1657-1659
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of Internal Medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 1 1978


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