Episode Summary

Rhodococcus infections are uncommon, however they can cause serious disease in certain patients. There are a number of challenges though when dealing with Rhodococcus infections, including the fact that much of what we know around their susceptibility profiles and the clinical management of infected individuals actually comes from a number case series and in some situations, from the veterinary literature.  So today, our two guests are going to tell us about their experiences with Rhodococcus over a 10-year period and bring us up-to-speed on things like:

  • Which species of Rhodococcus are most commonly isolated and associated with clinical disease
  • What is the recommended approach to susceptibility testing for Rhodococcus and what sorts of susceptibility trends do we see at both the genus and species levels
  • And also, of course, we’re going to talk about the clinical manifestations and outcomes of clinically significant Rhodococcus infections


  • Adi S. Shah, M.B.B.S., Mayo Clinic
  • Nancy L. Wengenack, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic

Related article:

Rhodococcus infection: a 10-year retrospective analysis of clinical experience and antimicrobial susceptibility profile | Journal of Clinical Microbiology

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