Campylobacter rectus is rarely associated with invasive infection. Both the isolation and the identification requirements of C. rectus are fastidious, probably contributing to an underestimation of its burden. We report the case of a 66-year-old man who developed several skull base and intracerebral abscesses after dental intervention. Campylobacter rectus was isolated from the brain biopsy. Within 45 minutes of reading the bacterial plate, the strain was accurately identified by MALDI-TOF MS. This rapid identification avoided the extra costs and delays present with 16S rRNA gene sequencing and allowed for a rapid confirmation of the adequacy of the empirical antibiotic treatment.
Martiny, D., Dauby, N., Konopnicki, D., Kampouridis, S., Jissendi Tchofo, P., Horoi, M., … Vandenberg, O. (2017, September 1). MALDI-TOF MS contribution to the diagnosis of Campylobacter rectus multiple skull base and brain abscesses. New Microbes and New Infections. Elsevier Ltd. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nmni.2017.05.014