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J Infect Dis. 1980 Oct;142(4):602-7.

Synergistic interaction in vitro with use of three antibiotics simultaneously against Pseudomonas maltophilia.


An abbreviated three-dimensional checkerboard titration method was devised to determine whether synergistic interaction of three antimicrobial agents could be found against multidrug-resistant bacteria. Pseudomonas maltophilia was used as the test organism because of its resistance to most commercially available antimicrobial agents, including those active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Three-dimensional isobolograms with concave surfaces were formed when synergy occurred. Triple combinations of gentamicin-carbenicillin-rifampin (mean fractional inhibitory concentration index, 0.32) and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole-carbenicillin-rifampin (mean fractional inhibitory concentration index, 0.18) were consistently synergistic against 14 clinical isolates of P. maltophilia.

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