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Clin Infect Dis. 2001 Oct 15;33(8):1387-92. Epub 2001 Sep 20.

Biofilm formation: a clinically relevant microbiological process.

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  • Biofilm Laboratory, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA 30333, USA. rld8@cdc.gov

Abstract

Microorganisms universally attach to surfaces and produce extracellular polysaccharides, resulting in the formation of a biofilm. Biofilms pose a serious problem for public health because of the increased resistance of biofilm-associated organisms to antimicrobial agents and the potential for these organisms to cause infections in patients with indwelling medical devices. An appreciation of the role of biofilms in infection should enhance the clinical decision-making process.

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