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HACEK organism


A HACEK organism is one of a set of slow-growing Gram negative bacteria that form a normal part of the human flora. They are a frequent cause of inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, (endocarditis) in children.

The name is formed from their initials:

  • Haemophilus aphrophilus and Haemophilus paraphrophilus
  • Actinobacillus actinomycetemcomitans
  • Cardiobacterium hominis
  • Eikenella corrodens
  • Kingella kingae

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