Carbapenem Versus Fosfomycin Tromethanol in the Treatment of Extended-Spectrum Beta-Lactamase-Producing Escherichia coli-Related Complicated Lower Urinary Tract Infection


Senol S., TAŞBAKAN M. , PULLUKÇU H. , SİPAHİ O. R. , SIPAHI H., YAMAZHAN T. , ...More

JOURNAL OF CHEMOTHERAPY, vol.22, no.5, pp.355-357, 2010 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1179/joc.2010.22.5.355
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF CHEMOTHERAPY
  • Page Numbers: pp.355-357

Abstract

The aim of this observational prospective study was to compare the effect of fosfomycin tromethanol (FT) and carbapenems (meropenem or imipenem cilastatin) in the treatment of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL)producing Escherichia coli-related complicated lower urinary tract infection (CLUTI). Inclusion criteria were: patients who were aged >18 yr with dysuria or problems with frequency or urgency in passing urine; those with >20 leukocytes/mm(3) in urine microscopy and culture-proven ESBL-producing carbapenem or FT-sensitive E. coli in the urine (>10(5) cfu/mm(3)); no leukocytosis or fever; and who were treated with FT (oral 3 g sachet x 1 every other night, three times) or carbapenems between March 2005 and January 2006 in our outpatient clinic and hospital. A total of 47 CLUTI attacks in 47 patients (27 FT group, 20 carbapenem group) were observed prospectively. Clinical and microbiological success in the carbapenem and FT groups was similar (19/20 vs 21/27 and 16/20 vs 16/27 p>0.05). Drug acquisition costs were significantly lower in the FT group (p<0.001). Although it is not a randomized controlled study, these data show that FT may be a suitable, effective and cheap alternative in the treatment of ESBL-producing E. coli-related CLUTI.