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Pediatr Pulmonol. 2002 Mar;33(3):221-3.

Successful treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus pulmonary infection with linezolid in a patient with cystic fibrosis.

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Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, USA.


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a significant cause of pulmonary infection in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). Because these organisms are frequently multidrug-resistant, most patients require intravenous therapy with vancomycin. We report on the first case of successful treatment of a pulmonary exacerbation due to MRSA in a CF patient with a new antimicrobial, linezolid. We demonstrated equivalence of intravenous and oral dosing in this patient, suggesting that oral linezolid may be an excellent alternative to intravenous vancomycin for CF patients infected with MRSA.

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