Sudheendra Ramesh Kulkarni1, Basavaraj V Peerapur2, Kumar Sai Sailesh3
1Department of Microbiology, Shri B.M Patil Medical College and research centre, BLDE University, Vijayapura, India.
2Department of Microbiology, Raichur Institute of Medical Sciences, Raichur, Karnataka, India.
3Department of Physiology, Little Flower Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Angamaly, Kerala, India.
Introduction: Clinical management of the urinary tract infections (UTI) is influenced by the antimicrobial vulnerability patterns. Objective: The study aimed to analyse the resistance pattern of the Escherichia coli (E. coli) causing UTI in patients over a period of 4 years from 2012 to 2015. Materials and Methods: 1000 samples from patients suspected of having urinary tract infections were collected and processed for culture and antimicrobial drug susceptibility as per the routine microbiological techniques. Results: Of the total 1000 samples, 395 cases were culture-positive for E. coli. These isolates were tested for antibiotic susceptibility by disk diffusion method. Of the total 395 E. coli isolates, 170 (43%) were multi drug resistant (MDR). The isolates showed high level of resistance to Ampicillin (82.53%), Cefuroxime (72.41%), Amoxycillin-clavulinic acid (71.90%), Ceftriaxone (66.58%), Ciprofloxacin (65.82%) and Cefepime (57.47%). The isolates were sensitive to Imipenem (96.71%), Nitrfurantion (92.41%), Amikacin (90.89%), Chloramphenicol (85.82%), Piperacillin-tazobactum (80.76%), Gentamicin (59.24%), Azetreonam (54.43%) and Norfloxacin (53.67%). Conclusion: We conclude that a significant number of the urinary tract infections in our study subjects were caused by multiple drug resistant E. coli. The sensitivity pattern showed a continued decline from 2012 to 2015, with Imipenem being currently the most effective antibiotic.
Keywords: Escherichia coli, multidrug resistant, therapy, urinary tract infection.