Klebsiella pneumoniae

Categorization
Cell Wall: Gram Negative Shape: Rod
Biochemistry: Lactose Fermenter, Indole Negative
Transmission
  • K. pneumoniae is part of the normal oropharyngeal and normal GI flora in a small proportion of individuals. Generally, those in which pathology arises possess impaired immunity.
Clinical Consequences
  • Pneumonia
  • Urinary Tract Infection:
    • UTIs may occur in those with foley catheters.
  • Sepsis:
    • K. pneumoniae can be a cause of bacteremia and sepsis in hospitalized patients.
Treatment
  • Third generation cephalosporins are commonly used although resistance is increasing.