Drug-resistant bacterial infections: Implications for neurosurgical and neurological patients

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There are three antimicrobial-resistant bacterial infections that are a threat to neurosurgical and neurological patients: penicillin and cephalosporin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and vancomycin-resistant enterococci. Streptococcus pneumoniae infections are typically community-acquired, whereas MRSA and vancomycinresistant enterococci occur in patients who have undergone a neurosurgical procedure, especially those involving an intracranial device such as a ventriculostomy, have had a prolonged hospitalization, or a number of courses of antimicrobial therapy. The emergence of antimicrobial-resistant bacterial infections has changed the recommendations for the empiric therapy of communityand hospital-acquired meningitis and the management of the postoperative neurosurgical patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEmerging Neurological Infections
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780849340871
ISBN (Print)9780824754235
StatePublished - Jan 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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