Author(s): Smith JA, Henry D, NguiYen J, Castell A, Coderre S
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Abstract The activities of cefotaxime (CTX) and desacetyl cefotaxime (des-CTX) were tested both singly and in combination against 173 anaerobic clinical isolates. The MIC of CTX for 50\% of 60 Bacteroides fragilis isolates was 22.4 micrograms/ml in broth, compared with 47.4 micrograms/ml in agar. This reduced efficacy in agar was seen with all species tested and is in apparent conflict with reported clinical efficacy of the drug. Synergy between CTX and des-CTX was observed with 70 to 100\% of the isolates, including 60\% of all Bacteroides spp. tested. The susceptibility results in a synergy system correlated well with those noted in a broth-disk elution method incorporating 32 micrograms of CTX and 8 micrograms of des-CTX per ml. The correlation was poorer when the broth-disk method contained 16 micrograms of CTX and 8 micrograms of des-CTX per ml.
This article was published in J Clin Microbiol
and referenced in Pharmaceutica Analytica Acta