The last three decades have seen the emergence of a cornucopia of antimicrobials in the cephalosporin class. This becomes even more apparent when one realizes that over 60 pages of the 1993 AHFS drug information text is dedicated to the cephalosporin class. Due to similarities in nomenclature and the proliferation of available agents, the clinician is constantly challenged by this confusing array of antimicrobials. The intent of this manuscript will be to distill the volumes of information available on cephalosporins into a more manageable format and close with a summary of the most clinically important cephalosporin antimicrobials.
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