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Klebsiella pneumoniae

Klebsiella pneumoniae is a gram-negative rod-shaped bacteria, and clinically the most important member of the Klebsiella genus of Enterobacteriaceae. It can cause pneumonia although it more commonly implicated in hospital-acquired urinary tract and wound infections, particularly in people with weakened immune systems. It is an increasing problem on hospitals because of the evolution of antibiotic resistant strains.

The Danish scientist Hans Christian Gram (1853-1928), developed the technique now known as Gram staining in 1884 to discriminate between K. pneumoniae and pneumococci.

Posted by Staff at May 13, 2005 6:23 AM

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is this baceria a form of ecoli my daughter dosnt have signs of pnuemonia a uti, or a wound infection

Posted by: TASHA BURTON at October 18, 2005 4:36 AM

my wife has this bug. and i have been suffering from some kind of bacteria in my eyes. could i have been contagioused by my wife (she has it in the nose and trout)?

Posted by: luis chavez at November 23, 2005 11:45 PM

My daughter has klebsiella pneumoniae in her mouth. So far, no doctor can tell her why or how to stop it. She has been on antibiotics, but it is not going away. She is not diabetic, does not drink, has a very good immune system; and has not been hospitalized. A mouth culture showed only this and one other bacteria. Her mouth gets sore when eating anything sweet. She is 42. Can you help us?

Posted by: marion at March 22, 2006 2:41 AM

I have tested positive for Klebsiella Pneumoniae and don't know how I contracted this bacteria which is concentrated in my stomach and intestinal tract. I develope small soars in my mouth and digestive system when I consume sugar.

Is there a treatment to destroy this bacteria?

Posted by: Allan Purchase at April 14, 2006 12:53 PM

My doctor requested a urine culture for me because I was suffering from chills, fever and my creatinine level is going up. I am a kidney transplant patient. My doctor is on vacation and I just received a copy of the results of my urine culture. The culture indicated the the organism found is KP, Kiebsiella pneumoniae. What is the treatment for this disease. Do you think this bacteria was the cause of the increased levels of my creatine. 3 weeks ago, I had vomiting and diarrhea for almost 9 days. I need feedback about this bacteria. My doctor thought my kidney transplant is rejecting. Thanks.

Posted by: Leony Magsino at May 18, 2006 3:10 PM

I am presently on antibiatics for a bladder infection for a bacteria known as "klebsiella pneumonia". Could I be contagious to my husband or my children?

Posted by: Marie Lemieux at November 29, 2006 3:07 AM


My mother Mrs Mili Kadouri past away due to A hospital Super bug She got Pneumonia,The hospital staff give her antibiotic too late to save here, she went in for re-hab, and was not treated well, she past away On April 19 2006 in The Mile End Hospital, London
I would like some more info, the staff is trying to cover it all up, and the Death Certificate showes Pneumonia and heart Failure!
I am so very upset about it, I am the only child, and we were very close!
I thank you for any Info and help you can give me!
Kind Regatds,
Alexander Kadouri- Weiner.

Posted by: Aexander Kadouri-WEiner at December 6, 2006 2:04 AM

My dad is currently in hospital with Klebsiella Pnuemonia. He has been in and out of hospital since June 06 for heart op for stents and remained there as he had to have his colon removed. However he has three blockages which with two had to be re-opened to clear. he had a bout of pneumonia in Late November begining of December which was drained and treated with antibiotics. His latest blockage was operated on New years eve, it was Jan 13th we had to taek him to A&E. He was in ITU and diagosed with Klebsiella. He has also developed an abcess or pus in the left lung which is quite a large area. He has come of the ventilator on monday 29/01 and is being treated with antibiotics. He sleeps 24/7 and quite frankly it seems what we are being told is inconsitent, i do not see a huge improvement and they have now moved him to HDU. My dad must be around 6 stone and canm not even lift his arms. I want to know how he contracted it and what the prognosis is. We have been told long term antibiotics, can not operate due to being to weak, but antibiotics will only attack the abcees from the outside? Can you advise what i should be asking.My dad is also diabetic, and had a brain hemoraghe in apr 2000 which needed to be clipped again in Jan 06. He is 62 yrs old.
Thank you

Posted by: kim jones at February 2, 2007 12:28 PM

My Dad recently received intravenous AMIKACIN for a Klebsiella pneumoniae UTI. The infection has returned after less than a month and am now told that the culture is not sensitivite to any antibotics. Any Suggestions??

Posted by: Susan at February 4, 2007 11:40 PM