Streptococcus viridans

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  • Streptococcus viridans morphology culture and cell structure

    The results summarized in the "viridans" group Streptococci are due to their physiological and cellular structural characteristics and antigenic properties different species. On blood agar plates are usually made of either forms a halo around the colonies vergrünender (viridans streptococci, a lfa-hemolysis) or a macroscopically visible haemolysis (non-hemolytic streptococci, g amma-hemolysis). The most important species of the "viridans" group P. mutans, S. mitis, S. sanguinus, p anginosus, S. oralis and S. salivarius. most species are part of the normal oral flora. They are therefore referred to as "oral" streptococci.

    Pathogenesis and clinical pictures

    image Streptococcus viridans

    As pathogens, some species are involved in the genesis of infective endocarditis and dental caries. S. mutans is apparently to put in especially in the situation of the enamel covering the build proteins and extracellular polysaccharides from sucrose (table sugar). Embedded in these sticky substances bacterial cells, and further there colonizing bacteria (plaque bacteria) that form organic acids that damage the enamel.

    Streptococci "viridans" group are the most common cause of infective endocarditis in native heart valves (1-2 Fälle/100.000/Jahr). But they account for a substantial proportion of the pathogens even at late infection of prosthetic heart valves. Endocarditis caused by the fact that the organisms penetrate through the oral mucosa lesions in the vasculature. From there, they enter the blood stream to the flaps, where there is a colonization and biofilm formation. The bacteria are particularly able to infect previously damaged heart valves and chronic endocarditis (endocarditis lenta) to entertain.

    In leukemia patients can cause severe sepsis with shock "viridans" streptococci.


    Meanwhile, found worldwide, depending on the region and the underlying disease, with up to more than 50% of the strains reduced penicillin susceptibility (MIC> 0.25 mg / l). For Germany there are no precise data. See for medications.

    Endocarditis due to streptococci "viridans" group is with penicillin G (PENICILLIN GRÜNENTHAL others; 20 million I / day, 3-4 doses), optionally in combination with gentamicin (gentamicin and others; 3 mg / kg / day, 3 doses ) treated. The benefit of combination therapy compared with monotherapy with penicillin G or ceftriaxone (Rocephin) is based on the shortened treatment duration is at least two and four weeks with the same effectiveness.

    With prosthetic endocarditis is recommended because of the difficult eradicate the pathogens a six-week treatment with penicillin G in combination with gentamicin at least two weeks. When penicillin intolerance a four-week therapy with vancomycin is (VANCOMYCIN CP "LILLY" and others; 30 mg / kg / day, 2-3 doses), teicoplanin (Targocid, 400 mg / day as a single dose) or ceftriaxone (2 g / day single dose) into consideration.

    MoxifloxacinIntravenous. 400 mgsonce a day
    Linezolid400 - 600 mgstwice a day for 10-14 days ( enterococcal infections - 600 mgs for 14 - 28 days)
    Levofloxacin250 - 750 mgsonce a day
    Tetracycline250 - 500 mgs4 times a day for 5-7 days
    Vancomycin500 mgs - 1 g500 mgs every 6 hours, 1g every 12 hours
    PiperacillinIntramuscular, intravenous. 2 - 4 g every 6-12 hours7 - 10 days
    Ambazone30-50 mgs / day3 times a day after a meal for 3 - 4 days
    Azithromycin250 - 500 mgsonce a day at least 1 hour before or 2 hours following a meal
    Meropenem500 mgs - 1 gevery 8 hours
    Cefepime500 mgs - 1 gtwice a day for 7 - 10 days
    Ceftriaxone1 - 2 gonce a day not more than 10 days. The introduction of the drug is recommended to continue for another 2-3 days after normalization of body temperature and symptoms disappear.
    Erythromycin250 - 500 mgs4 times a day at least 2 hours before a meal


    The techniques for cultivation and identification of the "viridans" streptococci did not differ from the methods of other streptococci. The study is based are primarily blood cultures, biopsy and Abszessmaterial in question. The cultivation is carried out on blood agar plates in a CO 2-enriched atmosphere.