The Toxic Invasion of Streptococcus pyogenes


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The Toxic Invasion of Streptococcus pyogenes

  1. 1. Case Study 10 Christy C Sheila M Sydney T
  2. 2. The Toxic Invasion of Bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes
  3. 3. Case Summary ☤ Age: 40 ☤ Intravenous drug user ☤ Cellulitis found in right arm with large area inflamed and oozing ☤ Several weeks of experiencing fever and dizziness ☤ Cardiac exam shows abnormal EKG and systolic murmur
  4. 4. DIAGNOSIS 🔬 ISOLATION 🔬 IDENTIFICATION • • • • Gram stain of blood culture Gram-positive cocci in chains Β-hemolysis on blood agar Typable by Lancefield serology
  5. 5. Lancefield Serology • The classification system of hemolytic Streptococci into groups, according to their action on blood cells • Established in the 1930s by the renowned American microbiologist, Rebecca Lancefield
  6. 6. Lancefield Serology Classification • Streptococci divide in one plane and thus occur in pairs or in chains or varying lengths • The metabolism of S. pyogenes is fermentative • The organism is a catalase-negative, aerotolerant anaerobe • Requires enriched medium containing blood in order to grow • Group A streptococcus (GAS) typically have a capsule composed of hyaluronic acid and exhibit beta hemolysis on blood agar
  7. 7. Key Information Pointing to Diagnosis • Intravenous Drug Usage By virtue of their injecting behavior, and as a result of indirect factors such as poor living conditions, injecting drug users (IDUs) are particularly vulnerable to life-threatening acute and chronic infections • • • • Systemic symptoms of fever and dizziness Presence of cellulitis Abnormal EKG and systolic murmur Gram stain of blood culture revealing grampositive cocci in chains which demonstrates β-hemolysis on blood agar
  8. 8. Diagnosis for Case #10 • Systemic infection with Streptococci pyogenes o Localized infection began with port of entry of IV drug injection o Repeated usage of IV injection and non-treatment of wound resulted in bacteria invading body tissue and contaminating blood o Suppressed immune system due to drug usage • Cellulitis o A spreading bacterial infection just below the skin surface
  9. 9. • Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome o Invasive GAS disease precipitated by bacteria colonizing at local skin infections o Fever o Dizziness • Bacterial Endocarditis o An infection of the valves and inner lining of the heart o Caused by bacteria from the skin entering the bloodstream and infecting the heart
  10. 10. Virulence Factors • M protein o Inhibits phagocytosis • Lipoteichoic acid o Adherence • Hyaluronic acid capsule o Immunological disguise & inhibits phagocytosis • Invasions o Streptokinase enzyme catalyzes the conversion of plasminogen to plasmin o Hyaluronidase enzyme that catalyzes the hydrolysis of hyaluronic acid • Pyrogenic (erythrogenic) toxin o Systemic toxic shock syndrome
  11. 11. Epidemiology According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) o Approximately 9,000-11,500 cases of invasive GAS disease occur each year in the United States o Streptococcal TSS and necrotizing fasciitis each accounted for approximately 6-7% of cases o More than 10 million noninvasive GAS infections (primarily throat and superficial skin infections) occur annually
  12. 12. Microbial Pathogenesis Acute infections Streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat) Scarlet fever (rash) Impetigo (skin infection)
  13. 13. Invasive, toxigenic infections o Necrotizing fasciitis “the-flesh-eating-bacteria” o Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS)
  14. 14. Post sequelae infections Rheumatic fever • Fever • A red, raised, lattice-like rash, usually on the chest, back, and abdomen Swollen, tender, red, and extremely painful joints -- particularly the knees or ankles • Nodules, or small protuberances, over the swollen joints • Sometimes, weakness and shortness of breath caused by heart involvement Glomerulonephritis • • • • • • Fever Restlessness Pains Headache Nausea/Vomiting Blood in the urine
  15. 15. Treatment • Penicillin is still uniformly effective, although a combination of penicillin and clindamycin is recommended in the rare event that the organism is resistant to one or the other • Recommended duration of antibiotic therapy is 14 days however; therapy may be individualized • High doses of intravenous drug therapy are recommended for those with STSS along with the addition of supportive care in an intensive care unit • Endocarditis requires further cardiogram testing and is essential in monitoring and controlling the disorder
  16. 16. Prognosis Symptomatic and functional recovery is expected following an ongoing rehabilitation care plan contingent upon compliance by the patient to include completion of antimicrobial drug therapy paired with the improvement of personal hygiene
  17. 17. Prevention • Through good hygiene & hand washing • Through good house keeping • Cover mouth or nose when coughing or sneezing • Do NOT share personal items • Administering proper first aid & treatment aseptically • Stay up to date on vaccines
  18. 18. References o Case, Funke, Tortora, Microbiology, An Introduction, Eleventh Edition, Pearson Education, Inc., 2013 o “Group A Streptococcal.” National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases: Division of Bacterial Diseases 2008.” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Disease Info: <> o Todar, PhD. Kenneth. “Streptococcus pyogenes and Streptococcal disease.” Textbook of Microbiology 16 Oct. 2013 <>