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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 41  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 439-440  

Myroides and neurology: An overview

Department of Medicine, Federal University of Santa Maria, Santa Maria, Rio Grand do Sul, Brazil

Date of Submission27-Oct-2019
Date of Decision03-Jan-2020
Date of Acceptance06-Jan-2020
Date of Web Publication27-Jun-2020

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Dr. Jamir Pitton Rissardo
Rua Roraima, Santa Maria, Rio Grande do Sul
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijmpo.ijmpo_219_19

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Rissardo JP, Caprara AL. Myroides and neurology: An overview. Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol 2020;41:439-40

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Rissardo JP, Caprara AL. Myroides and neurology: An overview. Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 9];41:439-40. Available from: http://www.ijmpo.org/text.asp?2020/41/3/439/288085


We read the article, “Myroides odoratus central nervous infection in a postneurosurgery patient” on the esteemed “Indian Journal of Medical and Paediatric Oncology” with great interest. Bhat et al. reported a case of meningitis secondary to M. odoratus followed by supratentorial craniotomy due to a recurrent right frontal malignant brain tumor that arises from astrocytes.[1]

M. odoratus and Myroides odoratimimus are two important species of the Flavobacteriales order that cause infections in humans.[2] In this context, pericardial effusion, pericarditis, pneumonia, soft tissue infection, septic shock, and urinary tract infection were already associated with these microorganisms. However, neurological infections were rarely reported in literature.[3]

Here, we would like to provide a comparison between the two causes already published in the literature [Table 1].[1],[4] An interesting fact to be highlighted is that even though Myroides species infections are one of more resistant organisms in literature, in majority of the reports the individuals had full recovery.[3]
Table 1: Case reports of patients with neurological infections by Myroides species

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A recent article by Hu et al. revealed that the comparative analysis of some Myroides strains is phylogenetically related with similar genomes. Furthermore, their study showed that clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats were found in two of the organisms. Thus, these results substantially contribute to a better understanding of the bacterial pathogenicity and antibiotic resistance mechanisms of this genus.[5]

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Bhat VG, Vira HJ, Shetty P, Gupta S. Myroides odoratus central nervous infection in a postneurosurgery patient. Indian J Med Paediatr Oncol 2019;40:291-3.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Vancanneyt M, Segers P, Torck U, Hoste B, Bernardet JF, Vandamme P, et al. Reclassification of Flavobacterium odoratum (Stutzer 1929) strains to a new genus, Myroides, as Myroides odoratus comb. nov. and Myroides odoratimimus sp. nov. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol 1996;46:926-32.  Back to cited text no. 2
Benedetti P, Rassu M, Pavan G, Sefton A, Pellizzer G. Septic shock, pneumonia, and soft tissue infection due to Myroides odoratimimus: Report of a case and review of Myroides infections. Infection 2011;39:161-5.  Back to cited text no. 3
Macfarlane DE, Baum-Thureen P, Crandon I. Flavobacterium odoratum ventriculitis treated with intraventricular cefotaxime. J Infect 1985;11:233-8.  Back to cited text no. 4
Hu S, Cao L, Wu Y, Zhou Y, Jiang T, Wang L, et al. Comparative genomic analysis of Myroides odoratimimus isolates. Microbiologyopen 2019;8:e00634.  Back to cited text no. 5


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