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My father in-law is 85 years old and is being  treated in ICU for respiratory failure for the past 26 days and was on ventilator during that period, weaning of the ventilator has been tried 4 times by SIMV and failed ending by having Tracheostomy two days ago performed and he was put on CMV. Two days ago culture & sensitivy was performed from the endotrachial tube, the specimen showed presence of stenotrophomonas maltophilia.
Is this bacterium contageous?
How can it be treated?
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Stenotrophomonas maltophilia occurs among hospitalized patients. Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is a multidrug resistant gram-negative bacillus that is an opportunistic pathogen and has a high morbidity and mortality in severely immunocompromised and debilitated individuals. For susceptible strains, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole is recommended as the primary antimicrobial
therapy.

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