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Blue Pus


Michelle Young

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In the book I'm reading currently (Dorotheas War) she mentions patients with Blue Pus. I'm assuming this could be pseudomonas infection? She describes the dresings as being bright green changing to blue on the outer aspect. What she doesn't describe is the smell, pseudomonas smells pretty awful!

Michelle.

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from the Wiki entry on Pseudomonas aeruginosa:

"The species name aeruginosa is a Latin word meaning verdigris ... This also describes the blue-green bacterial pigment seen in laboratory cultures of the species. This blue-green pigment is a combination of two metabolites of P. aeruginosa, pyocyanin (blue) and pyoverdine (green), which impart the blue-green characteristic color of cultures."

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Ah, so I was right! I did a dressing earlier which is pseudomonas and those dressings were green :(

Michelle

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I'm so glad I didn't have much lunch :unsure:

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