WHAT IS IT?
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a gram negative rod shaped bacterium.
Type III secretion system (injectosome)
Exotoxin A: inactivates elongation factor (EF2). Results in host cell death. Similar to toxin of C. diptheriae
Produces pyocyanin: blue green pigment
Endotoxin: causes fever and shock
Phospholiapse C: degrades cell membranes
Pneumonia (ventilator assisted): patients who are intubaed long-term can develop pneumonia from this bug
Otitis Externa: this pathogen is the most common cause of this condition.
“Hot tub folliculitis”: this is a superficial pseudomonas infection of the hair follicle.
Ecthyma gangrenous: this is a cutaneous necrotic disease with a strong associating with this microbe.
OTHER HY FACTS
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