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Clin Infect Dis. 2004 Jul 1;39(1):92-7. Epub 2004 Jun 3.

Prevalence of antibiotic resistance in anaerobic bacteria: worrisome developments.

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Hines Veterans' Affairs Hospital, Hines, USA. dhecht@lumc.edu

Abstract

Antibiotic-resistant anaerobic bacteria have become increasingly recognized as a confounding factor in the selection of therapeutic agents. The use of potent, broad-spectrum antibiotics as empirical therapy, along with appropriate adjunctive measures, has, in some ways, masked the magnitude of the antibiotic resistance problem that parallels that observed for nonanaerobic pathogens. The use of standardized testing methods that recognize resistance and an understanding of resistance mechanisms have become essential for the treatment of patients and the development of new agents.

PMID:
15206059
DOI:
10.1086/421558
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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