Group A Streptococcal bacteraemia. Experience at King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Fawzyh J. Al-Khadidi, Mohammed A. AlSheheri, Tariq S. AlFawaz, Mushira A. Enani, Abdulaziz A. AlAqeel, Dayel A. AlShahrani


Objectives: To identify clinical presentation, predisposing factors, and the outcome in patients with Group A Streptococcal bacteremia.


Methods: This is a retrospective study of 33 pediatric and adult patients with Streptococcus pyogenes bacteremia, admitted at King Fahad Medical City, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from 2007 to 2015.


Results: Thirty-three patient records, documenting bacteremia with group A beta-hemolytic streptococcus, were reviewed. Approximately 51.5% were pediatric and 48.5% were adult patients, with a male to female ratio of 2:1. The most frequently reported complications were renal impairment (45.5%) and acute respiratory distress (21.2%), followed by localized infection (15.2%), pleural effusion (6.1%), abscess (9.1%), necrotizing fasciitis (9.1%), septic arthritis, and osteomyelitis (3%). There were 10 episodes of shock: 6 were in pediatric and 4 were in adult patients. At the end of the study period, 12.1% patients died from the illness, 81.1% recovered from illness with no sequelae, while 6.1% recovered with sequelae. Mortality was observed in 4 patients; of them, 3 were pediatric patients and one was an adult with co-morbidities.


Conclusions: We have noted a minimal change in the disease pattern over the 28 years in Saudi Arabia. The management of invasive GAS infection depends on an accurate and timely diagnosis with an appropriate use of antimicrobial therapy. The highest risks appear to be related to chronic illness. Invasive Group A Streptococcal infection is known to have a high mortality rate.   

Saudi Med J 2017; Vol. 38 (10): 1034-1037
doi: 10.15537/smj.2017.10.20966

How to cite this article:
Al-Khadidi FJ, AlSheheri MA, AlFawaz TS, Enani MA, AlAqeel AA, AlShahrani DA. Group A Streptococcal bacteraemia. Experience at King Fahad Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.  Saudi Med J. 2017 Oct;38(10):1034-1037. doi: 10.15537/smj.2017.10.20966.


group A Streptococcus bacteremia; Streptococcus pyogenes; retrospective analysis; invasive infection, GAS

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