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- History and general characteristics of Corynebacterium species.
- General Characteristics
- Emerging Pathogenicity
- Which choices are true when discussing Corynebacterium species characteristics and Corynebacterium diphtheriae?
- Corynebacterium diphtheriae can cause infections outside of the respiratory system.
- Species shown to cause infections
- Primary sources and modes of infection
- Infection Sites Related to Species
- Modes of Transmission
- Types of Infections
- Concerning infection sites, transmission, and types of infections, which choices are correct?
- Distinguishing Between Infections, Colonization, and Contamination
- Blood, Urine, and Respiratory Considerations
- Corynebacterium's Role in Polymicrobial Infections
- Which choice is not true when discussing the significance of Corynebacterium isolated from clinical specimens?
- Traditional biochemical reactions, current testing using Maldi-TOF identifications, and other methods.
- Susceptibility testing
- Susceptibility Methods
- Susceptibility Methods, continued
- Susceptibility Testing for Corynebacterium
- Susceptibility for Other Coryneform Bacteria
- Which choices are true when discussing suceptibilities for Corynebacteriun and other coryneform bacteria?
- Known Resistance Patterns
- Resistance Mechanisms
- Which choices are true when discussing resistance patterns and mechanisms for Corynebacterium and coryneforms?
- Treatment options
- Antimicrobial Resistance
- Organisms can acquire resistance to antibiotics through the sharing of copies of genes from other organisms. This can only occur within the same gener...
- Recommended Antibiotics Mode of Action
- Additional Treatment Options
- Immunotherapy and Other Treatment Options
- When discussing antibiotic mode of actions and alternative treatments, which of the following are true?
- Treatment Based Upon Species
- Based upon the species of Corynebacterium, which statements concerning treatment are true?
- Corynebacterium look-alikes
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
Intended Audience: This course is intended for all laboratory personnel. This course is also appropriate for clinical laboratory science students and pathology residents.
Author Information: Jennifer Eddins PhD, SM(ASCP) has over 30 years of experience in medical microbiology as a technologist, lead, and technical specialist. She also teaches introductory microbiology courses online to pre-nursing students and creates continuing education modules for MediaLab. Jennifer has a BS in Microbiology from Colorado State University and a PhD in Public Health with a focus on epidemiology from Walden University.
Reviewer Information: Erin Phipps, M(ASCP), has 20 years of experience as a medical laboratory scientist. She is currently a Lead Medical Lab Scientist in the Molecular Diagnostics Department at the University of Colorado Hospital.
Course Description: Medical Laboratory Scientists responsible for reporting microbiology culture results should be aware that Corynebacterium species and similar organisms recovered from clinical specimens have the potential to be pathogenic. This course provides an overview of some of the common Corynebacterium species that have been shown to cause human diseases, along with primary sources and modes of infections. This course also highlights biochemical reactions, other testing methods for identification, susceptibility, treatment options, and a brief overview of potentially pathogenic organisms that could be mistaken for Corynebacterium species.