Use of Tigecycline for Diabetic Foot Infections

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Arda B. , Uysal S., Taşbakan M. , Yıldırım Şimşir I. , Öztürk A. M. , Ertam İ. , ...Daha Fazla

Wounds-A Compendium Of Clinical Research And Practice, cilt.29, ss.297-305, 2017 (SCI Expanded İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 29
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2013.12.007
  • Dergi Adı: Wounds-A Compendium Of Clinical Research And Practice
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.297-305


Objective. The aim of this study is to evaluate tigecycline for diabetic foot infections (DFIs). Materials and Methods. In this prospective observational study, the investigators included patients who had consultation with the Diabetic Foot Council of Ege University Faculty of Medicine (Izmir, Turkey) between March 2013 and July 2015 and who used tigecycline during their treatment. Treatment success was assessed by design-specific criteria for each evaluation. Results. The study included 105 cases. Of those, 37 (35.2%) were women (mean [± standard deviation] age, 61.9 ± 11.9 years). The success rate of tigecycline treatment was 93.3% in mild infections, 56.2% in moderate, 57.7% in severe, and 61.9% in all cases. The authors found a 9-fold decrease (P = .046) in the success of tigecycline treatment among those who developed moderate or severe DFIs and a 6.4-fold decrease (P < .0001) among those who had arterial stenosis. For 33 (71.7%) of 46 (43.8%) patients who experienced a side effect, tigecycline treatment was continued as it could be tolerated. Conclusions. If tigecycline is to be the treatment choice, extra attention must be paid to patients with arterial stenosis, severe DFIs, and side effects. The common disadvantage is the high side effect rate, especially nausea. However, it is generally not necessary to discontinue the medication in cases with nausea. Therefore, tigecycline may be used as a choice of therapy in mild DFIs.