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Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2010 Jan;66(1):1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2009.08.014. Epub 2009 Sep 23.

Imipenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa gastrointestinal carriage among hospitalized patients: risk factors and resistance mechanisms.

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Department of Bacteriology-Hygiene, Nantes University Hospital, France.


Risk factors for imipenem (IMP)-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (IRPA) digestive carriage were analyzed, and genetic events contributing to select resistant isolates in patients exposed to IMP were investigated. Among the 150 patients with hospital-acquired P. aeruginosa digestive carriage, 38 isolates were IRPA. DNA pulsotypes revealed 16 distinct clones. In 4 patients, a second P. aeruginosa isolate showed resistance to IMP compared with the initial susceptible isolate. By comparing the different oprD sequences between IMP-susceptible P. aeruginosa and IRPA strains, a genetic event was systematically found for each resistant isolate, leading to either the absence of OprD or a truncated porin. The multivariate analysis demonstrated that prior IMP exposure was associated with IRPA carriage. In summary, we confirmed that IMP use selects for IRPA in the gut flora. Cross-transmission, however, was frequently observed in intensive care units. Combining epidemiologic approach and molecular analysis is a powerful tool to delineate mechanisms of emerging resistance.

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