Clinical and laboratory responses to tigecycline in children


Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1111/jcpt.13708
  • Title of Journal : Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
  • Keywords: child, gram-negative resistance, tigecycline


© 2022 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.What is known and objective: The frequency of multidrug-resistant bacterial infections is increasing worldwide. Tigecycline may be an important option for children with life-threatening nosocomial infections due to multidrug-resistant bacteria. However, there are few published data on the use of tigecycline in paediatric patients. By examining the results of tigecycline use in children, we aimed to draw attention to the fact that tigecycline may be an alternative in the treatment of resistant infections in children. Methods: Paediatric patients treated with tigecycline from 1 January 2010 to 31 October 2018 at Eskişehir Osmangazi University Medical Faculty, which is a tertiary hospital, were analysed retrospectively to assess the efficacy and safety of tigecycline treatment in children. Patients using tigecycline were identified using the pharmacy database. Clinical and laboratory data were obtained from the files. Results and discussion: This study included 91 children aged 7 months to 17.5 years; 52 were female (57.1%). At least one predisposing factor was present in 98.9% of the patients. Fifty-one bacteria were isolated from 44 patients. The tigecycline resistance rate was 3.9%. Only 2 of 91 patients experienced one or more side effects of tigecycline. Tigecycline can be used as salvage therapy in resistant infections where options are limited, although definitive conclusions about the efficacy and safety of tigecycline in children cannot be reached. What is new and conclusion: Tigecycline may be a safe and important option in paediatric nosocomial infections due to resistant bacteria. Resistant bacterial infections have become more common in recent years, its treatment becomes a difficult problem. Tigecycline has a broad-spectrum antibacterial activity including resistant pathogens.