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Year : 1990  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 92-97

Slime Production As A Marker Of Coagulase Negative Staphylococcal Infections With/Without Artificial Devices

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N Nayak

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Seventy six clinical isolates of Coagulase negative Staphylococci (CoNS) were studied for invitro slime production. 65.8% (50 out of 76) of the strains were found to be slime positive. Majority of the isolates belonged to Staphylococcus epidermidis biotype I & II. More number of slime positive strains were obtained from patients using artificial devices than from patients without any artificial device (p<0.01). Isolation of antibiotic resistant strains was also more marked in patients with such devices. Our data highlights that slime is important in the colonization of artifical devices by CoNs and may as a virulence factor in infections produced by these organisms.

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