Management of multidrug resistant Gram-negative bacilli infections in solid organ transplant recipients: SET/GESITRA-SEIMC/REIPI recommendations.


Journal Article (Review)

Solid organ transplant (SOT) recipients are especially at risk of developing infections by multidrug resistant (MDR) Gram-negative bacilli (GNB), as they are frequently exposed to antibiotics and the healthcare setting, and are regulary subject to invasive procedures. Nevertheless, no recommendations concerning prevention and treatment are available. A panel of experts revised the available evidence; this document summarizes their recommendations: (1) it is important to characterize the isolate's phenotypic and genotypic resistance profile; (2) overall, donor colonization should not constitute a contraindication to transplantation, although active infected kidney and lung grafts should be avoided; (3) recipient colonization is associated with an increased risk of infection, but is not a contraindication to transplantation; (4) different surgical prophylaxis regimens are not recommended for patients colonized with carbapenem-resistant GNB; (5) timely detection of carriers, contact isolation precautions, hand hygiene compliance and antibiotic control policies are important preventive measures; (6) there is not sufficient data to recommend intestinal decolonization; (7) colonized lung transplant recipients could benefit from prophylactic inhaled antibiotics, specially for Pseudomonas aeruginosa; (8) colonized SOT recipients should receive an empirical treatment which includes active antibiotics, and directed therapy should be adjusted according to susceptibility study results and the severity of the infection.

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Cited Authors

  • Aguado, JM; Silva, JT; Fernández-Ruiz, M; Cordero, E; Fortún, J; Gudiol, C; Martínez-Martínez, L; Vidal, E; Almenar, L; Almirante, B; Cantón, R; Carratalá, J; Caston, JJ; Cercenado, E; Cervera, C; Cisneros, JM; Crespo-Leiro, MG; Cuervas-Mons, V; Elizalde-Fernández, J; Fariñas, MC; Gavaldà, J; Goyanes, MJ; Gutiérrez-Gutiérrez, B; Hernández, D; Len, O; López-Andujar, R; López-Medrano, F; Martín-Dávila, P; Montejo, M; Moreno, A; Oliver, A; Pascual, A; Pérez-Nadales, E; Román-Broto, A; San-Juan, R; Serón, D; Solé-Jover, A; Valerio, M; Muñoz, P; Torre-Cisneros, J; Spanish Society of Transplantation (SET), ; Group for Study of Infection in Transplantation of the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (GESITRA-SEIMC), ; Spanish Network for Research in Infectious Diseases (REIPI) (RD16/0016),

Published Date

  • January 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 36 - 57

PubMed ID

  • 28811074

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28811074

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9816

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0955-470X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.trre.2017.07.001


  • eng