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Clin Infect Dis. 1992 Aug;15(2):295-301.

Enterococcus species in urinary tract infection.

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Department of Clinical Microbiology, University College Hospital, London, United Kingdom.


Significant urinary isolates have been prospectively recorded since 1971. Enterococcus species, a common cause of nosocomial urinary tract infection, have been identified, and susceptibilities to a range of antibiotics have been determined. In addition, isolates in 1988 were tested for breakpoint susceptibility to vancomycin and teicoplanin. Despite changes in the hospitals covered, isolation of Enterococcus species rose steadily from 4% in 1971 to 12.6% in 1990 in hospital patients and from 2% to 5.6% in general-practice patients (P less than .01). All isolates of Enterococcus species were sensitive to ampicillin. Teicoplanin inhibited all 526 strains tested at a concentration of 2 micrograms/mL, but the same concentration of vancomycin inhibited only 370 (70%). The increased prevalence of enterococcal urinary tract infection is probably the result of increasing use of catheterization and broad-spectrum antibiotics. Glycopeptides reach high levels in the urine, and teicoplanin might be an alternative for the treatment of urinary tract infections due to enterococci.

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