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Infect Chemother. 2019 Mar;51(1):1-9. doi: 10.3947/ic.2019.51.1.1.

Clinical Characteristics and Antimicrobial Susceptibility Trends in Citrobacter Bacteremia: An 11-Year Single-Center Experience.

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1
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
2
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea. sumichoi@catholic.ac.kr.
3
Department of Laboratory Medicine, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
4
Vaccine Bio Research Institute, Seoul, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea.
5
Emergency care center, Konyang University Hospital, Daejeon, Korea.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Recently, Citrobacter freundii bacteremia outbreak in a neonatal intensive care unit has attracted public attention in Korea. However, Citrobacter bacteremia is uncommon and usually occurs in patients with underlying diseases such as malignancy and hepatobiliary diseases. Increase in resistance and emerging of multidrug resistance among Citrobacter species have gradually been reported. The aim of this study was to investigate the clinical characteristics and outcome of C. freundii and non-freundii bacteremia and antimicrobial susceptibility trends.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

We reviewed the medical records of patients with Citrobacter bacteremia at St. Mary's Hospital, from 2007 to 2017.

RESULTS:

A total of 43 patients with a median age of 72 (24-93) years was identified and 90.7% of them had comorbidities. Twenty-nine (67.4%) patients had C. freundii bacteremia while 14 had non-freundii bacteremia (six of C. braakii, five of C. koseri, two of C. amalonaticus and one of C. youngae). A total of 26 (51.2%) patients had community-acquired infection and intra-abdominal infection including hepatobiliary tract was the most common portal of entry (24/43, 55.8%). Moreover, hepatobiliary tract was the leading primary site of nosocomial infection (9/17, 52.9%). Polymicrobial bacteremia was observed in 21 (48.8%) patients. The percentages of Citrobacter species susceptible to ampicillin, amikacin, aztreonam, cefazolin, cefoxitin, cefotaxime, cefepime, piperacillin-tazobactam, ciprofloxacin, and imipenem were 9.5%, 97.6%, 73.8%, 9.5%, 14.3%, 71.4%, 92.9%, 83.3%, 83.3% and 100%, respectively. The resistance rate did not increase during the study period. Of 39 patients treated with antibiotics, 36 (92.3%) received appropriate empirical antibiotics. Overall mortality was 18.6%. High Charlson comorbidity index and Pitt bacteremia score were significant risk factors for death in univariate analysis and showed trends in the multivariate analysis. No significant difference in clinical features and antimicrobial susceptibility rate was observed between C. freundii and non-freundii bacteremia.

CONCLUSION:

Citrobacter bacteremia was predominant in the elderly with comorbidities, while no pediatric case was observed. Hepatobiliary tract is the leading primary focus of bacteremia both in community-acquired and nosocomial infection. The rate of susceptibility to antibiotics has not changed in the last 11 years.

KEYWORDS:

Bacteremia; Citrobacter freundii; Drug resistance; Prognosis

Conflict of interest statement

DG Lee is editor-in-chief of Journal Infect Chemother; however, he did not involve in the peer reviewer selection, evaluation, and decision process of this article. Otherwise, no potential conflicts of interest relevant to this article was reported.

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