Allen: A Potentially Fatal Case of Bacteremia

  In October of 2018,  *Allen, age 78, began noticing mild chest pains. As a patient previously prescribed a blood thinning medication, he immediately became concerned and sought medical treatment for his symptoms. His results showed elevated levels of blood clotting factors, but his doctors were not able to identify the root cause. Because elevated clotting factors can lead to pulmonary embolisms, strokes, or heart attacks, a lack of proper treatment can become deadly.

After a lengthy period without resolution, Allen received a recommendation from his clinician to consider Aperiomics’ Xplore-PATHO testing to determine if an infection was a factor. His clinician had used Aperiomics testing for several patients in the past with overwhelming success, and suspecting Allen’s issue might involve an infection, ordered a blood plasma collection kit for Allen. Aperiomics identified 34 species of bacteria in Allen’s plasma sample – some at high levels – placing Allen in danger of sepsis.

*Names and dates were changed to protect patient privacy

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  Fortunately for Allen, Aperiomics had the ability to identify bacteria likely triggering his symptoms. Based on Aperiomics’ report, his clinician was able to provide him with a targeted treatment plan that consisted of two antibiotics necessary to resolve his bacteremia. After a 30-day course of medication, Allen’s case of bacteremia resolved. Upon follow-up, his blood was re-tested, finding normal levels of clotting factors and no indication of bacteremia. Allen was able to resume his normal activities and has since noticed that his heart rate dropped from a pre-treatment resting high of 127 to an active 120 beats per minute and he is feeling fantastic.

“Aperiomics was very important in discovering the high levels of bacteria in my blood. I’m very grateful.”

Allen

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