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Klebsiella pneumoniae

Test Code: 201700

Clinical Utility

This assay is only available as part of a panel and cannot be ordered individually.

Klebsiella pneumoniae is a gram-negative bacterium that can cause different types of healthcare-associated infections, including pneumonia, bloodstream infections, wound or surgical site infections, and meningitis. Increasingly, Klebsiella bacteria have developed antimicrobial resistance, most recently to the class of antibiotics known as carbapenems. Klebsiella bacteria are normally found in the human intestines (where they do not cause disease). They are also found in human stool (feces). In healthcare settings, Klebsiella infections commonly occur among sick patients who are receiving treatment for other conditions. Patients whose care requires devices like ventilators or intravenous catheters, and patients who are taking long courses of certain antibiotics are most at risk for Klebsiella infections. Healthy individuals usually do not get Klebsiella infections.

 

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