M123-5

Bone Swab: Corynebacterium amycolatum – Shipped November 2012

HISTORY

This challenge, sent to category A laboratories, was a simulated bone swab sample obtained from a 58 year old female diabetic patient with osteomyelitis of the big toe.

Participants were expected to isolate and report Corynebacterium amycolatum or Corynebacterium species and to perform and report results of antimicrobial susceptibility testing for appropriate antibiotics.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M123-5

  1. Identify the potential significance of Corynebacterium species in a normally sterile specimen.
  2. Identify the need for full identification and susceptibility testing of Corynebacterium species in a normally sterile specimen.

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