Difference between Streptococcus Pneumoniae and Streptococcus Viridans
Disclaimer: the treatment offered here is for medical professional’s note and not a prescription for a specific patient. Don’t take medicines without a doctor’s prescription. Incorrect medication can cause severe health issues and even death.
Remember that S. Pneumonia is a single species while S. Viridans is a large group of species.
Elongated, oval, or rounded
Alpha Hemolytic or non hemolytic
Otitis Media Pneumonia
Subacute infective endocarditis (SBE)
Liver and Brain Abscesses
Penicillin (resistance is common 40%
or more patient are resistant)
Ceftriaxone (not in children < 2 years) Cefotoxime in children < 2y
SBE (S. Viridans)
IV Benzyl Penicillin
1.2 g 6 times daily
4 weeksIV Gentamicin
1 mg/Kg 3 times daily
2 to 4 weeks
Mind the penicillin allergies.
Here is a visual mnemonic for you. Can you find the two pathogens?
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