Editor’s Choice: Risk factors for resistance to ciprofloxacin in community-acquired urinary tract infections due to Escherichia coli in an elderly population

January 6, 2017 at 7:36 am

Journal of Antimicrobial & Chemotherapy January 1, 2017 V.72 N.1 P.281-289

Marlies Mulder, Jessica C. Kiefte-de Jong, Wil H. F. Goessens, Herman de Visser, Albert Hofman, Bruno H. Stricker, and Annelies Verbon

1Department of Epidemiology, Erasmus Medical Center, PO Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands

2Inspectorate of Health Care, PO Box 2518, 6401 DA Heerlen, The Netherlands

3Global Public Health, Leiden University College, PO Box 13228, 2501 EE The Hague, The Netherlands

4Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Erasmus Medical Center, PO Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands

5Star-Medisch Diagnostisch Centrum, PO Box 8661, 3009 AR Rotterdam, The Netherlands

6Department of Internal Medicine, Erasmus Medical Center, PO Box 2040, 3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Antimicrobial resistance to ciprofloxacin is rising worldwide, especially in bacteria causing urinary tract infections (UTIs). Prudent use of current antibiotic drugs is therefore necessary.


We analysed (modifiable) risk factors for ciprofloxacin-resistant Escherichia coli.


Urinary cultures of UTIs caused by E. coli were collected from participants in the Rotterdam Study, a prospective cohort study in an elderly population, and analysed for susceptibility to ciprofloxacin. Multivariate logistic regression was performed to investigate several possible risk factors for resistance.


Ciprofloxacin resistance in 1080 E. coli isolates was 10.2%. Multivariate analysis showed that higher age (OR 1.03; 95% CI 1.00–1.05) and use of two (OR 5.89; 95% CI 3.45–10.03) and three or more (OR 3.38; 95% CI 1.92–5.97) prescriptions of fluoroquinolones were associated with ciprofloxacin resistance, while no association between fluoroquinolone use more than 1 year before culture and ciprofloxacin resistance could be demonstrated. Furthermore, a high intake of pork (OR 3.68; 95% CI 1.36–9.99) and chicken (OR 2.72; 95% CI 1.08–6.85) and concomitant prescription of calcium supplements (OR 2.51; 95% CI 1.20–5.22) and proton pump inhibitors (OR 2.04; 95% CI 1.18–3.51) were associated with ciprofloxacin resistance.


Ciprofloxacin resistance in community-acquired UTI was associated with a high intake of pork and chicken and with concomitant prescription of calcium supplements and proton pump inhibitors. Modification of antibiotic use in animals as well as temporarily stopping the prescription of concomitant calcium and proton pump inhibitors need further evaluation as strategies to prevent ciprofloxacin resistance.




Entry filed under: Antimicrobianos, Bacterias, Epidemiología, Infecciones en seniles, Infecciones urinarias, Metodos diagnosticos, Resistencia bacteriana, Update.

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