[Antibiotic treatment of intra-abdominal and post-surgical infections]

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During the last years we observed a significant decrease of the mortality following the intra-abdominal infections thanks the improvement of surgical techniques and because of the improved approach of antibiotic treatments. The antibiotic therapy for the treatment of intra-abdominal infections greatly varies according to the infection severity. It is, in fact, possible to distinguish the intra-abdominal infections in three different categories. Mild infections should be treated promptly with surgical drainage and a short term therapy with a wide range antibiotic including anaerobes (ampicillin/sulbactam, cefoxitin). Mild-moderate infections which are largely the most frequent in the clinical practice should be also treated with a single drug which include anaerobes in its spectrum. Finally severe infections require a more aggressive therapeutic approach with a combination treatment covering anaerobes (clyndamicin, metronidazole), Gram negative rods (ciprofloxacin, aminoglycosides) and Gram positive cocci (penicillins, cephalosporins) including MRSA (glycopetides) and/or VRE (linezolid). By the surgical point of view the control of intra-abdominal infections can require different procedures such as laparatomy, relaparotomy or less frequently laparostomy (totally or partially open abdomen). A strong synergy between the surgical procedures and antibiotic therapy represents the best way to approach and resolve even the most severe intra-abdominal infections.
Titolo tradotto del contributo[Autom. eng. transl.] [Antibiotic treatment of intra-abdominal and post-surgical infections]
Lingua originaleItalian
pagine (da-a)18-24
Numero di pagine7
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2005


  • Abdomen
  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Child
  • Disease Models, Animal
  • Drainage
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Humans
  • Laparotomy
  • Peritonitis
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prospective Studies
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Rats
  • Reoperation
  • Risk Factors
  • Sepsis
  • Time Factors


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