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Klebsiella granulomatis (Granuloma inguinale, Donovanosis)

Klebsiella granulomatis (Granuloma inguinale, Donovanosis) is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide.

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  • Klebsiella granulomatis (formerly known as Calymmatobacterium granulomatis) is a member of the family Enterobacteriaceae.
    • Reclassification is based upon nucleotide relatedness to other Klebsiella spp. especially to K. rhinoscleromatis, another tropical infection (nasal).
      • Pleomorphic, intracellular (macrophages > neutrophils), Gram-negative bacillus surrounded by a well-defined bipolar staining capsule (seen with Wright, Giemsa or Leishman stain)
      • Organism has safety-pin appearance with stain under microscopy.
  • Organism difficult to demonstrate microbiologically because it does not grow on any standard microbiological laboratory media.
  • Culture achieved in the research settings using peripheral blood mononuclear cells cultivated with fetal calf serum after exposure to vancomycin and metronidazole for decontamination.
    • Culture also has been successful on cyclohexamide-treated Hep-2 cell monolayers in RPMI 1640 medium, supplemented with fetal calf serum, penicillin, and vancomycin.

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Last updated: April 5, 2017


Hynes, Noreen A. "Klebsiella Granulomatis (Granuloma Inguinale, Donovanosis)." Johns Hopkins ABX Guide, The Johns Hopkins University, 2017. Pediatrics Central, peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540301/all/Klebsiella_granulomatis__Granuloma_inguinale__Donovanosis_.
Hynes NA. Klebsiella granulomatis (Granuloma inguinale, Donovanosis). Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2017. https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540301/all/Klebsiella_granulomatis__Granuloma_inguinale__Donovanosis_. Accessed April 21, 2019.
Hynes, N. A. (2017). Klebsiella granulomatis (Granuloma inguinale, Donovanosis). In Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. Available from https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540301/all/Klebsiella_granulomatis__Granuloma_inguinale__Donovanosis_
Hynes NA. Klebsiella Granulomatis (Granuloma Inguinale, Donovanosis) [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins ABX Guide. The Johns Hopkins University; 2017. [cited 2019 April 21]. Available from: https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/Johns_Hopkins_ABX_Guide/540301/all/Klebsiella_granulomatis__Granuloma_inguinale__Donovanosis_.
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