Management of Multi-Drug Resistant Enterococcal Infections.

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Management of Multi-Drug Resistant Enterococcal Infections.

Clin Microbiol Infect. 2010 Mar 23;

Authors: Arias CA, Contreras GA, Murray BE

Abstract Enterococci are organisms with a remarkable ability to adapt to the environment and acquire antibiotic resistance determinants. The evolution of antimicrobial resistance in these organisms poses enormous challenges for clinicians when faced with patients affected with severe infections. The increased prevalence and dissemination of multi-drug resistant Enterococcus faecium worldwide has resulted in a major decrease in therapeutic options, since the majority of E. faecium isolates are now resistant to ampicillin, vancomycin and exhibit high-level resistance to aminoglycosides, three of the traditionally most useful anti-enterococcal antibiotics. Newer antibiotics such as linezolid, daptomycin and tigecycline have good in vitro activity against enterococcal isolates but their clinical use may be limited in certain clinical scenarios due to reduced rates of success, possible underdosing for enterococci and low serum levels, respectively, and also by the emergence of resistance. The experimental agent oritavancin may offer some hope for the treatment of vancomycin-resistant enterococci but clinical data are still lacking. Thus, optimal therapies for the treatment of multi-drug resistant enterococcal infections continue to be based on empirical observations and extrapolations from in vitro and animal data. Clinical studies evaluating new strategies, including combination therapies to treat severe vancomycin-resistant E. faecium infections are urgently needed.

PMID: 20345469 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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