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Volume 2003, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • E-ISSN: 2227-0426

Abstract

Between 5th July and 22nd September 1999, forty-three patients were bronchoscoped of whom forty-one had samples sent for Microbiology i.e., eighty-two specimens (forty one broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL) and forty one bronchial wash(BW)). Of the eighty-two specimens, forty (from twenty patients) grew Burkholderia cepacia with or without other pathogens. None of the patients showed evidence of infection. Sputum cultures from all patients before bronchoscopy and during the episode of infection did not grow B. cepacia. “Savlon” (chlorhexidine and cetrimide; Schering-Plough), used for cleaning bronchoscopes was found to be contaminated with B. cepacia and acted as a source of contamination of the environment, bronchoscopes and samples of patients, leading to a pseudooutbreak.

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Keyword(s): Bronchoscopy , Burkholderia cepacia , Pseudooutbreak and Savlon
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