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Effectiveness of teicoplanin versus vancomycin lock therapy in the treatment of port-related coagulase-negative staphylococci bacteraemia: a prospective case-series analysis

Nov 1, 2009 | Magazine: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents

Del Pozo JL, García Cenoz M, Hernáez S, Martínez A, Serrera A, Aguinaga A, Alonso M, Leiva J.
Division of Infectious Diseases, Clínica Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.


The aim of this study was to analyse the effectiveness of teicoplanin versus vancomycin lock therapy in the treatment of coagulase-negative staphylococci (CoNS) venous access port-related bloodstream infection (BSI).

The study included 44 consecutive patients during a 36-month prospective case-series study.

The primary endpoint was failure to cure. Treatment was successful in 39 patients. At the end of the study, the cumulative port survival rate was 100% in the teicoplanin lock group compared with 77% in the vancomycin lock group (P=0.06). In the Cox regression analysis, fever beyond 48 h of treatment was a significant predictor of treatment failure (P=0.02). Use of vancomycin or teicoplanin locks had an effectiveness of 88.6% in the treatment of CoNS port-related BSI. Teicoplanin locks reduced the failure rate from 18.5% to 0% compared with vancomycin locks.

The presence of fever after beginning antimicrobial lock therapy was associated with treatment failure.

CITATION Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2009 Nov;34(5):482-5. Epub 2009 Aug 26