Bifidobacterium-a commensal of the human intestine is considered non-pathogenic and has been advocated as a probiotic due to its potential beneficial effects.
However, there have been case reports implicating bifidobacteria as pathogenic agents in a variety of different infectious conditions. We discuss here one such case of a complicated urinary tract infection associated with Bifidobacterium spp.
Pathak P, Trilligan C, Rapose A. Are you the author?
Department of Infectious Diseases, Reliant Medical Group and Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA; Department of Microbiology, Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA.
Reference: BMJ Case Rep. 2014 Sep 24;2014. pii: bcr2014205122.