Dean Cruikshank

Does Burkholderia cepacia complex ever go away?

Some of the species of BCC are seen intermittently in the sputum culture. This means that sometimes we do not find the BCC in a particular sputum sample. That does not mean that the BCC has gone for good but it does suggest that the amount of bacteria is very low. The species of BCC from the environment tend to come and go whereas Burkholderia cenocepacia ET12 tends to always be seen in the sputum culture.