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Table 5 Concordance between cultures in patients with positive chest tube tip culture and a postoperative infection

From: Diagnostic value of routine chest tube tip culture in surgery for noninfectious lung disease

Patient Infection Organism from
Chest tube tip Wound, sputum, pleural effusion or blood
1 SSI Klebsiella pneumoniae Wound: Klebsiella pneumoniae
2 SSI, pneumonia Staphylococcus aureus Wound: Staphylococcus aureus
3 SSI CNS, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis No pathogen isolated
4 SSI CNS Wound: CNS
5 SSI, Pneumonia, Empyema Staphylococcus aureus Wound: Staphylococcus aureus, pleural effusion: Staphylococcus aureus
6 SSI, Empyema Staphylococcus aureus Wound: Staphylococcus aureus, pleural effusion: Staphylococcus aureus
7 Pneumonia CNS Sputum: Candida speciesa
8 Pneumonia CNS, Enterococcus faecium Sputum: Aspergillus fumigatus, Candida speciesa
9 Pneumonia CNS No pathogen isolated
10 Pneumonia CNS Sputum: Serratia species
11 Pneumonia CNS No pathogen isolated
12 Pneumonia CNS Sputum: Enterobacter cloacae complex, Klebsiella pneumoniae
13 Pneumonia CNS, Enterococcus faecalis Sputum: Candida speciesa
  1. aOrganism not deemed causative in the clinical infection
  2. CNS, Coagulase-negative staphylococci; SSI, surgical site infection