|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 362-364
Methicillin resistance & inducible clindamycin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus
Soumyadeep Ghosh, Mandira Banerjee
Department of Microbiology, Nilratan Sircar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata, India
|Date of Submission||01-Apr-2014|
|Date of Web Publication||19-May-2016|
Department of Microbiology, Nilratan Sircar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata 700 014, West Bengal
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
| Abstract|| |
Background & objectives: Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates with inducible clindamycin resistance (iCR) are resistant to erythromycin and sensitive to clindamycin on routine testing and inducible clindamycin resistance can only be identified by D-test. This study was aimed to detect methicillin resistance and iCR among S. aureus isolates, effectiveness of some commonly used antibiotics and correlation between methicillin resistance and iCR.
Methods: The present cross-sectional study included 46 S. aureus isolates subjected to Kirby-Bauer's disk diffusion method for antibiotic susceptibility testing (AST) to estimate MRSA and resistance to some commonly used antibiotics. D-test was employed to detect iCR.
Results: Eleven of the 46 (23.9%) isolates tested were MRSA. Overall, 19 (41.3%) isolates showed of iCR. Vancomycin and linezolid were found to be 100 per cent effective. A positive Karl-Pearson's coefficient of correlation (0.89) between methicillin resistance and iCR was obtained.
Interpretation & conclusions: Detection of iCR is important for the use of clindamycin in MRSA infections. Methicillin resistance and iCR appear to be clinically unrelated.
Keywords: D-test - inducible clindamycin-resistance - methicillin-resistance - MRSA
|How to cite this article:|
Ghosh S, Banerjee M. Methicillin resistance & inducible clindamycin resistance in Staphylococcus aureus. Indian J Med Res 2016;143:362-4
Infection with methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has emerged as a major problem of public health importance. Methicillin resistance is usually conferred by altered penicillin binding protein (PBP-2a) that causes resistance to all ß-lactam antimicrobial agents. Clindamycin is not recommended for any infection caused by an inducible resistant isolate. MRSA isolates with inducible clindamycin resistance (iCR) are resistant to erythromycin and sensitive to clindamycin on routine testing. D-test can help to determine whether clindamycin could be used as a therapeutic option. Sedighi et al have recommended) to use D-test routinely in all microbiologic laboratories and not to apply clindamycin in patients with infections caused by inducible resistant S. aureus. They also suggested to avoid switch therapy from erythromycin to clindamycin. We undertook this study to investigate the presence of methicillin resistance and inducible clindamycin resistance, to estimate any existing relation between these two variables and to test the effectiveness of commonly used antibiotics on MRSA.
| Material & Methods|| |
The present study was conducted during May-July 2013 at the Microbiology department of Nilratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India. A total of 46 non-duplicate S. aureus isolates selected consecutively (23 pus, 6 blood, 17 wound swab samples) were subjected to Kirby-Bauer's disk diffusion method. D-test for detecting iCR was employed on all specimens.
The antibiotic susceptibility test (AST) was done using Mueller-Hinton agar plate and evaluated using Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) guidelines. The isolates were tested for cefoxitin (30 μg), clindamycin (2 μg), azithromycin (15 μg), erythromycin (15 μg), co-trimoxazole (1.25/23.75 μg), ciprofloxacin (5 μg), vanocomycin and linezolid (30 μg) each. For D-test standard procedure as depicted by Seifi et al was followed. Chi-square test of significance for antibiotic effect on MRSA and methicillin sensitive S. aureus (MSS) and Karl-Pearson's correlation coefficient (r) for correlating methicillin resistance in S. aureus and iCR were employed.
| Results & Discussion|| |
Of the 46 isolates tested, 11 (23.9%) were MRSA, and 35 (76.1%) were mSSA. Six of 17 (35.3%) isolates from wound swab specimens were MRSA while five of six (83.3%) isolates from blood samples were MSSA. Nineteen of 46 isolates (41.3%) showed iCR.
Wound swab and blood specimens exhibited the highest (10 of 17, 58.82%) and lowest (1 of 6, 16.67%) iCR, respectively. Six of eleven (54.54%) MRSA and 13 of 35 (37.14%) MSSA isolates showed iCR. Ten of 17 (58.8%) erythromycin-resistant and clindamycin-sensitive isolates showed positive D-test.
All isolates were sensitive to vancomycin and linezolid. Co-trimoxazole followed vancomycin and linezolid in effectiveness among the antibiotics tested against MRSA (45.5%), and a similar percentage of MSSA (40%) was sensitive to co-trimoxazole ([Table 1]). Nine of the 11 MRSA (81.82%) isolates, 22 of the 35 MSSA (62.86) isolates and all 19 iCR isolates were resistant to azithromycin. A study in the UK underlines the futility of using macrolides in MRSA infections. Six of the MRSA (54.54%) and 21 of the MSSA (60%) isolates were resistant to co-trimoxazole. The correlation coefficient between MRSA and iCR in S. aureus was 0.89.
|Table 1. Isolates showing resistance and sensitivity to different antibiotics tested |
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The findings on MRSA in our study was similar to that reported by Mehdinejad et al. In a study by Prabhu et al, 20 per cent MRSA and six per cent MSSA showed iCR contributing to an overall ten per cent prevalence of iCR. In the present study, about 40 per cent isolates showed iCR.
The relationship between MRSA and iCR appears to be clinically insignificant despite a high positive correlation coefficient.
MRSA is a growing public health problem globally. In our hospital 23.9 per cent of the tested isolates were MRSA. Higher prevalence of antibiotic resistance was noted among MRSA when tested for azithromycin and ciprofloxacin as compared to cotrimoxazole. Vancomycin and linezolid were found to be effective in all MRSA infected cases. A significant correlation could not be found between methicillin resistance and iCR.
| Acknowledgment|| |
The first author (SG) acknowledges the Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, for providing Short Term Studentship.
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