Study on MICs of Tigecycline in Clinical
Isolates of Carbapenem Resistant
Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) at a Tertiary
Care Centre in North India
Dr. Vineeta Khare,
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Eraâ€™s Lucknow Medical College and Hospital,
Sarfrazganj, Hardoi Road, Lucknow-226003, Uttar Pradesh India.
Introduction: Members of family Enterobacteriaceae are the most common Gram-negative bacteria isolated from clinical samples. Those Enterobacteriaceae which have acquired resistance to all ÃŸ-lactams antibiotics including the carbapenems are considered as Carbapenem Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). These CRE isolates are often resistant to most other classes of antimicrobials as well, making their treatment a great challenge. Tigecycline is one of the last resort antimicrobials against such multidrug resistant bacteria. Decreased tigecycline susceptibility mediated by efflux pump systems is being reported in clinical strains of Enterobacteriaceae. Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) data would prove useful in managing infections by these multidrug resistant bacteria and optimizing use of tigecycline.
Aim: To evaluate the MIC values of tigecycline against carbapenem resistant Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates.
Materials and Methods: This prospective study was carried out from January 2015 to December 2015 at the Department of Microbiology, Eraâ€™s Lucknow Medical College and Hospital (ELMCH), Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. Antimicrobial susceptibility by disk diffusion (Kirby-bauer) was done for 491 E. coli and K. pneumoniae strains isolated from 1606 samples collected from patients admitted in various wards and ICUs. Imipenem, meropenem and ertapenem 10 Âµg disks were used for testing of sensitivity to carbapenems. In all isolates, Tigecycline 15 Âµg (Hi-Media) disk was used to screen for tigecycline resistance. In CRE isolates, MICs of tigecycline were determined by E-test (Ezy MIC TM TG strips, Hi Media) and interpreted using European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) 2016 guidelines.
Results: Out of 491 isolates tested, 186 (37.9%) were found to be CRE showing resistance to at least one of the three carbapenems tested and these included 99 E.coli and 87 K. pneumoniae. Sensitivity pattern of these two bacterial isolates shows a high level of resistance to most classes of antimicrobials. MIC testing for tigecycline was carried out in 144 CRE isolates and tigecycline resistance (MIC >2 Âµg/ml) was seen in 12 (8.3%) isolates (eight K.pneumoniae and four E. coli). Eight other isolates were found to have MIC of 2 Âµg/ml and thus the overall prevalence of isolates with decreased susceptibility was 20 (13.9%).
Conclusion: A high prevalence of carbapenem resistance coupled with high tigecycline MICs in clinical isolates of E.coli and K. pneumoniae highlights the judicious use of a combination of antimicrobials. Routine in vitro sensitivity testing to evaluate the clinical utility of tigecycline against such resistant Enterobacteriaceae is warranted.