Antimicrobial use in central nervous system infections

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Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2021 Mar 17. doi: 10.1097/QCO.0000000000000721. Online ahead of print.


PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Central nervous system (CNS) infections are associated with high rates of morbidity and mortality. The purpose of this review is to summarize current antimicrobial therapies, as well as, updates in the management of community-acquired meningitis and healthcare-associated meningitis and ventriculitis.

RECENT FINDINGS: Due to the increasing rates of multidrug resistant and extensively-drug resistant organisms, available antimicrobials are limited. Novel treatment options include newer systemic antimicrobials and antimicrobials that have previously limited data in the management of CNS infections. Although limited by retrospective data, intrathecal (IT) and intraventricular (IVT) routes of administration offer the opportunity for antimicrobials that conventionally have minimal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) penetration to achieve high CSF concentrations while minimizing systemic exposure.

SUMMARY: Updates in the use of systemic, IT, and IVT antimicrobials offer promise as therapeutic options for CNS infections. Additional pharmacokinetic and prospective data are needed to confirm these findings.

PMID:33741793 | DOI:10.1097/QCO.0000000000000721

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