Primary bacteraemia caused by Rhizobium radiobacter in a patient with solid tumours

A case of Rhizobium radiobacter primary bacteraemia in a patient with solid tumours is reported. Corticosteroid therapy
and diabetes mellitus were the predisposing factors. The patient was treated successfully with amikacin and
piperacillin/tazobactam. The clinical isolate was identified as R. radiobacter by 16S rRNA gene sequencing.
Phytopathogenicity tests and a PCR assay demonstrated that the organism was not a plant pathogen.

J Med Microbiol 55 (2006), 1453-1456;