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J Hosp Infect. 1988 May;11(4):373-5.

Short-term cephradine prophylaxis in elective transurethral prostatectomy.

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Department of Urology, Western Infirmary, Glasgow.


A prospective randomized trial was conducted to assess the value of short-term antibiotic prophylaxis in elective transurethral resection of the prostate. Two hundred patients were randomized to receive 1.5g cephradine intramuscularly preoperatively and 1g cephradine orally before removal of the urethral catheter or to receive no antibiotic prophylaxis. Fifty-eight patients were excluded because of occult neoplasm or protocol violation. There was no difference in time to removal of catheter, incidence of pyrexial episodes, length of hospital stay or minor complication rate between the two groups. We conclude that a short-term antibiotic regime is of no value in the elective patient with sterile urine.

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