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Prospective evaluation of virulence factors of enterococci isolated from patients with peritonitis: impact on outcome
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Abstract
The objective of this study was to evaluate the prevalence of 4 virulence factors (VFs) of enterococci (cytolysin [cyl], gelatinase [gel], aggregation substance [agg], and enterococcal surface protein [esp]) and their relationship to outcome in patients with generalized peritonitis in a prospective cohort study. VF expression in each strain was assessed by polymerase chain reaction assay with specific primers. Outcome of the patients was recorded. Ninety-nine strains of Enterococcus were obtained from the peritoneal fluid of 81 patients. Fifty-eight patients had at least 1 strain bearing [cyl] (13.1% of the strains), [gel] (50.5% of the strains), [agg] (40.4% of the strains), and [esp] (34.3% of the strains). The presence of VF of Enterococcus was independently associated with mortality: odds ratio, 5.5; 95% confidence interval, 1.3-28.1. In conclusion, VF accounted for 72% of the patients with enterococci isolated from the peritoneal fluid and was independently associated with mortality in severe peritonitis. (c) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Diagnostic microbiology and infectious disease. - Amsterdam
Publication
Amsterdam : 2008
ISSN
0732-8893
Volume/pages
60:3(2008), p. 247-253
ISI
000253893500002
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UAntwerpen
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