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Abstract

(SL), a tube coagulase negative , is known to be pathogenic in adults, causing mainly skin infections.

Previous studies assessing SL's role in paediatric populations are sparse and are mainly limited to case reports.

Present the clinical characteristics consistent with SL infections and its putative role as a pathogen in the paediatric population.

A retrospective multicentre study was conducted in four paediatric medical centres in Israel. Patients with isolates of SL presenting between 2009–2019 were included.

SL was isolated from 40 patients. Average (±SD) age at presentation was 5.9 (±6.2) years, with 22 (55 %) being female. Skin, soft tissue and musculoskeletal infections were the most common (=20, 50%) followed by ear infections (=13, 32.5%). Five cases of urine isolates and two isolates from blood culture samples were also reported. Skin abscess was the most common infection among skin and soft tissue isolates, reported in 17 children (85%) with SL being the only pathogen in 15 (75%). Otitis media was the most common ear infection accounting for 12 (92%) of all cases with SL as the only isolate reported in 6 (46%). Five cases of SL isolates from urine specimens were reported, all of which with poor growth of bacteria and normal urinalysis. Two cases of SL growth in blood culture were found in children presenting with signs and symptoms consistent with invasive blood stream infection.

In the paediatric population, studied infections caused by SL are increasingly observed. The results of this study highlight its role as a pathogen in soft tissue infections and its putative role in otitis media and invasive blood stream infections. However, the role of SL as an uropathogen was not established.

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