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Volume 38, Number 2, April 2005

Infections of cefotaxime-resistant and cefmetazole-susceptible Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae in children

Tsung-Zu Wu, Po-Ren Hsueh, Luan-Yin Chang, Chun-Yi Lu, Chung-Yi Wang, Chin-Ying Yang, Pei-Lan Shao, Ping-Ing Lee, Chin-Yun Lee, Li-Min Huang
Department of Pediatrics, Women's and Children's Hospital, Taipei; and Departments of Laboratory Medicine and Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics, National Taiwan University Hospital and National Taiwan University College of Medicine, Taipei, Taiwan

Received: August 4, 2003    Revised: October 5, 2004    Accepted: October 18, 2004   


Corresponding author:

Li-Min Huang, Department of Pediatrics, National Taiwan University Hospital, No. 7 Chung-Shan South Road, Taipei 100, Taiwan. E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it




A search of the computerized database at the National Taiwan University Hospital was made for cefotaxime-resistant and cefmetazole-susceptible isolates of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae (which may be extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing strains) in pediatric wards and intensive care units between 1999 and 2001. Fourteen infectious episodes attributed only to study bacteria were identified, including 7 episodes of bacteremia. Nine patients (64.3%) had underlying medical conditions: 3 were premature babies, 3 were immunodeficient, 2 had malignancy, and 2 had a congenital heart disease with active heart failure even after surgery. Among the 7 patients with bacteremias, 5 may be catheter-related; 6 were treated with carbapenems and 1 was treated with cefmetazole successfully, with or without the removal of the catheter. Before the acquisition of the infection, a history of stay in an intensive care unit within 4 weeks was noted in 10 cases (71.4%); a history of use of extended-spectrum cephalosporins within 4 weeks was also noted in 6 cases (42.9%). Cefmetazole, with or without an aminoglycoside, was clinically effective in 6 cases (42.8%). Except for 1 episode of pneumonia that ended in mortality, all of the infectious episodes were successfully treated. The mortality rate was 7.1%.



Key words:

Beta-lactam resistance, beta-lactamases, cefmetazole, E.coli, K. pneumoniae, treatment outcome



J Microbiol Immunol Infect 2005;38:112-116.