Leprosy Ulcers In A Rural Hospital Of Ethiopia:...

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Leprosy Ulcers In A Rural Hospital Of Ethiopia: Pattern Of Aerobic Bacterial Isolates And Drug Sensitivities
Author: José M Ramos, Ramón Pérez-tanoira, Cristina García-garcía, Laura Prieto-pérez, María C Bellón , Fernando Mateos , Gabre Tisisano , Tafese Yohannes , Francisco Reyes,miguel Górgolas
Publisher: Derivative Works
7 pages
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Type of publication: Article
ISBN/ISSN: 1476-0711
DOI: 10.1186/s12941-014-0047-z
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Background: Plantar ulcers, which commonly occur in leprosy patients, tend to recur increasing physical disability. The aim of this study is to identify both the bacteriological profile of these ulcers and the antibiotic susceptibility of the isolated bacteria.

Materials and methods: 68 leprosy patients with chronic ulcers attending the in-patient department of Gambo General Hospital, West Arsi, were included in this study. Proper sample collection, inoculation on culture media, and final identification using biochemical methods were undertaken.

Results: 66 patients (97.1%) had a positive culture. A total of 81 microorganisms were isolated. Multiple organisms (two or more) were isolated in 15 (22.7% out of positive culture) patients. The main isolation was Proteus spp (30.9%), followed by Escherichia coli (21.0%), Staphylococcus aureus (18.5%) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (9.9%). In the total number of the isolated bacteria, the antibiotics with less resistance were gentamicin (18.5%), fosfomycin (22.2%) cefoxitin (24.7%), ceftriaxone (25.9%) ciprofloxacin (25.9%), and amoxicillin-clavulanic acid (28.49%).

Conclusion: The bacteriological study of plantar ulcers of leprosy patients revealed Enterobacteriaceae and S. aureus as the main pathogens involved in such infections. The results of this study may guide empirical therapy in a rural area hospital where culture and susceptibility testing facilities are scarce.

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