Microbiologic follow-up study in adult bronchiectasis

Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Monash Medical Centre, Clayton, Melbourne 3168, Australia.
Respiratory Medicine (Impact Factor: 3.09). 09/2007; 101(8):1633-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.rmed.2007.03.009
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There is minimal published longitudinal data about pathogenic microorganisms in adults with bronchiectasis. Therefore a study was undertaken to assess the microbiologic profile over time in bronchiectasis. A prospective study of clinical and microbiologic outcomes was performed. Subjects were assessed by a respiratory physician and sputum sample were collected for analysis. Subjects were followed up and had repeat assessment performed. Eighty-nine subjects were followed up for a period of 5.7+/-3.6 years. On initial assessment the two most common pathogens isolated were Haemophilus influenzae (47%) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (12%) whilst 21% had no pathogens isolated. On follow-up review results were similar (40% H. influenzae, 18% P. aeruginosa and 26% no pathogens). The prevalence of antibiotic resistance of isolates increased from 13% to 30%. Analysis of a series of H. influenzae isolates showed they were nearly all nontypeable and all were different subtypes. Subjects with no pathogens isolated from their sputum had the mildest disease, while subjects with P. aeruginosa had the most severe bronchiectasis. Many subjects with bronchiectasis are colonized with the same bacterium over an average follow-up of 5 years. Different pathogens are associated with different patterns of clinical disease.

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    • "Pseudomonas aeruginosa is frequently isolated in bronchiectasis patients, particularly CF patients (Vonberg et al., 2005). Nevertheless , several studies suggest that P. aeruginosa infection can be underdiagnosed particularly in patients with idiopathic bronchiectasis (King et al., 2007; Fuschillo et al., 2008). The occurrence of P. aeruginosa is associated with a decrease of pulmonary function and frequent exacerbations (Davies et al., 2006; O'Donnell 2008; Reid et al., 2013). "
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    • "The most commonly cultured pathogens associated with sputum of NCFBr are Haemophilus influenzae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa with many isolated strains showing significant antibiotic resistance [1,4]. In prior studies, individuals that were culture-negative for bacterial pathogens showed the mildest disease, whereas, those with P. aeruginosa had the most severe bronchiectasis [5]. Consequently, the presence and persistence of P. aeruginosa has been identified as a marker of bronchiectasis severity, although it remains unclear whether this is causal or associated with accelerated lung function decline [6]. "
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