Stenotrophomonas Maltophilia Treatment & Management

Updated: May 22, 2017
  • Author: Burke A Cunha, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Medical Care

Colonization of body fluids in hospitalized patients should be minimized if possible. Foley catheters should be used only as long as necessary and should be avoided if at all possible in immunocompromised hosts predisposed to urinary tract infections, eg, patients with diabetes, SLE, or multiple myeloma.

Colonization of respiratory secretions in intubated patients in ICUs is the rule and is difficult to prevent.

Patient-to-patient spread of organisms may be minimized or prevented by effective infection-control measures.



A consultation with an infectious disease specialist is essential for differentiating colonization from infection in patients with S maltophilia isolated from various body fluids.