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Am J Infect Control. 2005 Mar;33(2):78-82.

Treatment of biofilm infections on implants with low-frequency ultrasound and antibiotics.

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Department of Microbiology, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, USA.

Abstract

Medical implants are sometimes colonized by biofilm-forming bacteria, which are very difficult to treat effectively. The combination of gentamicin and ultrasonic exposure for 24 hours was previously shown to reduce the viability of Escherichia coli biofilms in vivo. This article shows that such treatment for 48 hours reduced viable E coli bacteria to nearly undetectable levels. However, when Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms were implanted and treated for 24 and 48 hours, no significant ultrasonic-enhanced reduction of viable bacteria was observed. The difference in response of these 2 organisms is attributed to greater impermeability and stability of the outer membrane of P aeruginosa.

PMID:
15761406
PMCID:
PMC1361257
DOI:
10.1016/j.ajic.2004.08.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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