Biofilm: The microbial "bunker" for intravascular catheter-related infection

Manuel Morales, Sebastián Méndez-Alvarez, Juana Victoria Martín-López, Carmen Marrero, César O. Freytes

Resultado de la investigación: Review articlerevisión exhaustiva

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Catheter-related infection in cancer patients remains an important health-care problem with major financial implications. During the last few years a better understanding of the pathogenesis of catheter-related infections and the interaction between microorganisms and catheter surfaces has emerged. Recently the influence of biofilm formation in catheter-related infections has been established. The development of biofilm by the colonizing microbes permits attachment of the organisms to the vascular access device and confers resistance to antibiotics and host defense mechanisms. Strategies to overcome the development of biofilm are being developed to prevent catheter- and other medical device-related infections.

Idioma originalEnglish (US)
Páginas (desde-hasta)701-707
Número de páginas7
PublicaciónSupportive Care in Cancer
EstadoPublished - oct. 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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