Which clinical history findings are characteristic of Acinetobacter infection?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Shirin A Mazumder, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Prolonged hospitalization or antibiotic therapy predisposes to Acinetobacter colonization.

Patients with Acinetobacter pneumonias occurring in the context of an outbreak in the intensive care unit (ICU) generally have a history of preceding contact with respiratory support monitors or equipment.

Patients with Acinetobacter colonization often have a history of prolonged hospitalization or antimicrobial therapy (with antibiotics that have little or no activity against Acinetobacter).


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