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Table 1 Characteristics of patients with Bacillus cereus bloodstream infection

From: Clinical characteristics and antimicrobial susceptibility of Bacillus cereus blood stream infections

Variable All patients (n = 29) Empirical therapy that was deemed P value
Appropriate (n = 9) Inappropriate (n = 20)
Age, years (median, range) 65.3 (18–89) 68 (18–89) 65 (47–83) 0.743
Sex (male/female) 16/13 4/5 12/8 0.688
No. of patients with comorbidity
 Diabetes mellitus 8 3 5 0.675
 Malignancy 15 4 11 0.700
 Liver cirrhosis 4 1 3 1.00
 Immunosuppressant 5 2 3 0.633
 Neutropenia 4 0 4 0.280
No. of patients with implanted device
 Central venous catheter 6 1 5 0.633
 Peripheral venous catheter 22 8 14 0.382
 Others 7 3 4 0.642
Source of BSI
 Total catheter-related infection 20 7 13 0.675
  Peripheral blood catheter 15 6 9 0.427
  Central venous catheter 5 1 4 1.00
 Othersa 5 0 5 0.153
 Unknown 4 2 2 0.568
Laboratory data (average, range)
 White blood cell count (/μL) 7497 (100–22,200) 9630 (1800–22,200) 6537 (100–16,100) 0.052
 C-reactive protein (g/dL) 4.19 (0.04–16.6) 3.79 (0.04–16.6) 3.34 (0.17–13.7) 0.514
 Albumin (g/dL) 3.29 (2.10–4.20) 2.71 (2.10–3.90) 3.45 (2.40–4.20) 0.206
  1. aOther sources of BSI in the inappropriate empirical therapy group include febrile neutropenia (2 cases), possible infective endocarditis according to modified Duke’s criteria (2 cases), and peritonitis (1 case)