What is the US prevalence of Cutibacterium (Propionibacterium) infections?

Updated: Dec 03, 2019
  • Author: Sajeev Handa, MBBCh, BAO, LRCSI, LRCPI; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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United States

Acne vulgaris is sufficiently common that it may be considered physiologic.

There are limited data in the literature quantifying the exact incidence of Cutibacterium endovascular, orthopedic, or neurosurgical shunt infections as frequently their pathogenic potential is overlooked given that it is considered to be of low virulence. The ability of C acnes to adhere to and form a biofilm, particularly on prosthetics, for example, is characteristic of the infections that it may cause.


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