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PATHOGENESIS: Pseudomonas produces localized infections following surgery or burns. Localized infections can lead to generalized, and occasionally fatal, bacteremia. Pseudomonas is also responsible for a number of nosocomial infections including urinary tract infections following catheterization, pneumonia resulting from
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Unformatted text preview: contaminated respirators, and eye and ear infections. HOST DEFENSES: • Most Pseudomonas species are complement-resistent; the best host defense seems to be opsonization and PMN phagocytosis. • Once an infection becomes established, however, antitoxin (a humoral response) is very important....
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