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Principles of antimicrobial therapy of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections

Souha S Kanj, MD
Daniel J Sexton, MD
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Stephen B Calderwood, MD
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Allyson Bloom, MD


Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a key gram-negative aerobic bacilli in the differential diagnosis of a number of infections. Consideration of this organism, which is often antibiotic resistant, is important because it causes severe hospital-acquired infections associated with a high mortality rate, especially in immunocompromised hosts.

The principles of antimicrobial treatment of infections caused by P. aeruginosa will be reviewed here. Discussion on the epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and treatment of specific pseudomonal infections are discussed separately:

(See "Epidemiology, microbiology, and pathogenesis of Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection".)

(See "Pseudomonas aeruginosa pneumonia".)

(See "Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteremia and endocarditis".)

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