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Are Acinetobacter Baumannii Infections Harmless?

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I've been told that I have an Acinetobacter Baumanni infection at a surgery site. I've also been told not to worry about it and that the Augmentin I finished 10 days ago would clear it up.
Is this true?

Are there "harmless" Acinetobacter Baumannii infections?

I can't find any information to collaborate what my doc's saying.
Everything I've read really has me concerned.
Please help!
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replied February 23rd, 2009
A. Baumannii is a real concern to me
I may have been infected by AB during an outpatient surgery in 2007 for an inguinal hernia. Approx two months later I became paralyzed by Guillain-Barre syndrome with 4 months of hospital time, and have since been recovering. In Feb 2008 and Oct 2008 AB was cultured from my urine. One doctor in Feb 2008 unsuccessfully (and needlessly I must add) treated me with 4 weeks of cipro and 2 weeks of the stronger version. Another doctor in Oct 2008 indicated I was colonized by AB and it would be difficult to fully treat so just live with it. Bottom line is this: if I did acquire AB in 2007 then AB is likely a key factor in causing Guillain-Barre syndrome, which surgery is one of the stated potential sources of getting affected by the syndrome.
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replied September 10th, 2011
12-year-old with Acintobacter in her urine cultures
My 12 year old daughter has been told she has Acinetobacter Baumannii everytime her urine is cultured. They have put her on Bactrim for 10 days, and Augmentin for 2 10 day treatments. Every time they give her a urinalysis it is clear, then they culture it and it shows over 100,000 of A.B. Bacteria. So far none of those antibiotic treatments have made it go away at all.

The doctors don't seem too concerned, because she doesn't have a fever. She has been sick since October 1, 2010. We have seen 7 different specialists to figure out what is wrong with her and the only thing they ever find is unusual bacteria in her urine cultures. She has been tachycardia, dizzy, joints and bones hurt, tingling in toes, weakness, left side flank pain. Her new symptoms this week are a swollen lymph gland under her right armpit and they said her blood work showed hypoglycemia.

They doctor said to see a surgeon for a biopsy on the lymph gland. I still think it's an infection, since we know the A.B. is still there. Even hypoglycemia could be from an infection.

Do you think I should see an infectious disease doctor? Her pediatric urologist said the A.B. is no different than any other bacteria. If that is the case, why are different antibiotics not getting rid of it?

Just wondered what your thoughts were, since you are familiar with A.C.

Thanks!
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replied March 5th, 2009
update to previous comment
It's also possible my GBS may have been triggered by the mesh implant instead of AB.
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replied March 26th, 2010
Acinetobacter infection
I can't imagine a doctor telling you there is a harmless acinetobacter infection. My friend passed away from an acinetobacter infection on March 5, 2010. She acquired the infection in a surgical site in Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge Tennessee.
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replied March 30th, 2010
Thanks Concerned10. I'm in the process of reviewing my medical records and getting a second opinion on my AB colonization. I'll provide an update as soon as I know.
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