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[The microbiology pharmacokinetics and clinical use of carbapenems]

BÁN Éva1, PRINZ Gyula2

MARCH 01, 2000

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2000;10(03)

[ Imipenem and meropenem the two currently available carbapenems inhibit the synthesis of the cell wall similarly to other bactericidal B-lactam antimicrobials. These agents have excellent activity against the vast majority of aerobic and anaerobic Gram-positive and Gram-negative organisms. In addition to other B-lactam resistant microbes (e.g. Chlamydia, Mycoplasma) only Stenotrophomonas maltophilia and Enterococcus faecium bacteria are naturally resistant to carbapenems. Carbapenems are extremely stable compounds against nearly all types of B-lactamases: from the penicillinase of Staphylococcus to Class A and Class B types of B-lactamase enzymes of Gram-negative bacteria. Secondary resistance against carbapenems was described in case of the following bacteria: penicilline resistant S. pneumoniae, methicilline resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter cloaceae, less frequently Enterobacter aerogenes, Serratia mercescens, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Acinetobacter baumannii. The pharmacokinetic profile of imipenem and meropenem are very similar. Carbapenems are valuable as empirical monotherapy due to their broad spectrum of antimicrobial activity and ß lactamase stability in the treatment of severe nosocomial infections, lower respiratory tract or intraabdominal infections and febrile neutropenia. The use of imipenem in central nervous system infection is not approved due to the high incidence of seizures. ]

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  1. Mikrobiológiaia Laboratórium, Fővárosi Szent László Kórház, Budapest
  2. IV. Belgyógyászati Osztály, Fővárosi Szent László Kórház, Budapest

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