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Aerotolerance of Common Anaerobic Bacteria—Fact or Fancy?

Authors: WILLIAM D. HARDIN JR. MD, ALBERTO J. ARAN MD, JEFFREY W. SMITH MS, RONALD LEE NICHOLS MD

Abstract

Quantitative studies of cultures from mixed aerobic-anaerobic intra-abdominal infections in both human patients and experimental animals showed no significant reduction in the concentrations of anaerobic bacteria after exposure to room air for up to 24 hours. Clinically significant anaerobic bacteria appear to be relatively aerotolerant when present in a mixed infection.

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