Microbiology Short Lists and Mnemonics

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DISCLAIMER: Everything listed down below were originally copied from my personal reviewers. These information are summarized based on the text books and modules I have. I would be very glad to hear from you if  I have posted discrepant, incomplete or wrong information. Thank you.

BACTERIOLOGY

Oxidase (+) Organisms – PVNCH AA

  • Pseudomonas
  • Vibrio cholerae
  • Neiserria
  • Campylobacter
  • Helicobacter/Haemophilus
  • Aeromanas
  • Alcaligenes

Urease (+) Organisms – PUNCH

  • Proteus
  • Ureaplasma
  • Nocardia
  • Cryptococcus (fungi)
  • Helicobacter pylori

Spore Formers – BC

  • Bacillus anthracis
  • Clostridium

H2S (+) Organisms – SPEEC

  • Salmonella
  • Proteus
  • Edwardsiells
  • Erysophilotrix
  • Citrobacter

Causative Agents of Bacterial Meningitis – Nice Strip of Ham

  • Neisseria meningitidis
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Haemophilus influenza

Common CSF Isolates – Nice Strip of Ham Cry

  • Neisseria meningitidis
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Cryptococcus neoformans (fungi)

Organisms with Capsule – Nice Strip of Ham Kleb

  • Neisseria meningitidis
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Klebsiella pneumonia

Prosthetic Heart Valve Related – Coryn, Stop!

  • Corynebacterium jeikeum
  • Staphylococcus epidermidis

Causative Agents of Otitis Media – More Strip of Ham

  • Moraxella catarrhalis
  • Streptococcus pneumoniae
  • Haemophilus influenzae

Causative Agents of UTI – KEEEPPSS

  • Klebsiella
  • Escherichia coli – #1
  • Enterococcus faecalis
  • Enterobacter cloaceae
  • Proteus mirabilis – #2
  • Pseudomonas aeroginosa
  • Serratia marcescens
  • Staphylococcus saprophyticus

Organisms That Pit The Agar – BEK

  • Bacteroides urealyticus
  • Eikenella corrodens (corrodes the agar)
  • Kingella

Require Cystine -LBF

  • Legionella
  • Bordetella
  • Francisella

Organisms That Share Antigens

  • Citrobacter freundii and Salmonella
  • Proteus and Rickettsia
  • Shigella and E. coli

Lysine Deaminase (+) Organisms {R/A} – PMP

  • Proteus
  • Morganella
  • Providencia

PADT (+) Organisms- PMP

  • Proteus
  • Morganella
  • Providencia

Motility (-) – E-SKY

  • Enteroinvasice E. coli (EIEC)
  • Shigella
  • Klebsiella
  • Yersinia

IMVIC Reactions

+ + – –                               P. vulgaris, E. coli, Morganella, Edwardsiella

– – + +                               Enterobacter, K. pneumonia, Serratia

+ + – +                               Providencia

+ – + +                               K. oxytoca

– + – +                               Citrobacter

– + – –                               S. typhi, Y. pestis, Y. pseudotuberculosis

 

 

 

 

 

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