Brand-Ad-30-6
 IADVL
Indexed with PubMed and Science Citation Index (E) 
 
Users online: 2641 
     Home | Feedback | Login 
About Current Issue Archive Ahead of print Search Instructions Online Submission Subscribe What's New Contact  
  Navigate here 
  Search
 
  
 Resource links
   Similar in PUBMED
    Search Pubmed for
    Search in Google Scholar for
   Article in PDF (356 KB)
   Citation Manager
   Access Statistics
   Reader Comments
   Email Alert *
   Add to My List *
* Registration required (free)  

 
  In this article
  Acknowledgements
   References
   Article Tables

 Article Access Statistics
    Viewed1922    
    Printed43    
    Emailed1    
    PDF Downloaded123    
    Comments [Add]    
    Cited by others 1    

Recommend this journal

 


 
 Table of Contents    
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 80  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 539-540

Clinical spectrum and antimicrobial resistance pattern of skin and soft tissue infections caused by community acquired-methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus


1 Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
3 Departments of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication7-Nov-2014

Correspondence Address:
K Gopalkrishna Bhat
Department of Microbiology, Kasturba Medical College, PB No - 53, Light House Hill Road, Hampanakatta, Mangalore - 575 001, Karnataka
India
Login to access the Email id

Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.144178

Rights and Permissions



How to cite this article:
Emilda JV, Shenoy SM, Chakrapani M, Kumar P, Bhat K G. Clinical spectrum and antimicrobial resistance pattern of skin and soft tissue infections caused by community acquired-methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus . Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol 2014;80:539-40

How to cite this URL:
Emilda JV, Shenoy SM, Chakrapani M, Kumar P, Bhat K G. Clinical spectrum and antimicrobial resistance pattern of skin and soft tissue infections caused by community acquired-methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus . Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol [serial online] 2014 [cited 2020 Aug 11];80:539-40. Available from: http://www.ijdvl.com/text.asp?2014/80/6/539/144178


Sir,

Community-acquired methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) has emerged as a significant human pathogen during the last two decades. [1] It usually causes skin and soft tissue infections in young and previously healthy individuals. [1],[2] Baseline MRSA carriage has been identified as a significant risk factor for infections caused by it. [3] Poor living conditions, damaged skin surfaces and sharing of contaminated materials can increase the risk of community-acquired MRSA infections. [3] Our report profiles the clinical spectrum and antimicrobial resistance pattern of skin and soft tissue infections caused by community-acquired MRSA.

This cross-sectional study was conducted during November 2012 - December 2013. Subjects were recruited from a tertiary care hospital in coastal Karnataka, from the dermatology outpatient department as well as from the inpatient wards. The study was approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee and informed consent was obtained from each patient. Pyoderma was diagnosed on the basis of clinical examination and investigations. The infection was considered to be community-acquired as per the CDC case definition, which includes any MRSA infection diagnosed in the out-patient setting or within 48 h of admission to the hospital, in the absence of the following: hemodialysis, surgery, hospitalization or admission to a skilled nursing facility during the previous year, the presence of indwelling medical devices, or previous isolation of MRSA from the patient.

In every patient, pus/exudate and swabs from anterior nares were sent for microscopic examination and culture. Standard bacteriological methods were used for the isolation and identification of MRSA. Methicillin resistance was confirmed by cefoxitin (30 μg) disk diffusion method, inducible clindamycin resistance was detected by the D-test and antibiotic susceptibility testing was done using Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method. Interpretation of the results was done as per CLSI 2013 guidelines.

Out of 224 patients with community acquired skin and soft tissue infections, 59 (26.3%) were diagnosed with pyoderma caused by community-acquired MRSA which included 37 (62.7%) male and 22 (37.3%) female patients. These infections were most common in patients of age groups 11-20 years (11/59, 18.6%) and 31-40 years (11/59, 18.6%). The clinical types of primary and secondary pyoderma in these 59 patients are shown in [Table 1]. Nasal carriage of community-acquired MRSA was seen among 18 (8%) of 224 patients. Out of these 18 nasal carriers, 8 had pyoderma caused by CA-MRSA. The antibiotic susceptibility profile of community-acquired MRSA isolated from pus and nasal swabs is shown in [Table 2]. Inducible clindamycin resistance was detected in 10 (16.9%) of 59 clinical isolates and 6 (33.3%) of 18 nasal isolates by D-test.
Table 1: Types of pyoderma caused by CA-MRSA

Click here to view
Table 2: Comparison of antibiotic susceptibility pattern of community-acquired MRSA isolated from pus and nasal swabs

Click here to view


The present study shows that community-acquired MRSA is an important causative agent of pyoderma. The significance of this pathogen in community acquired skin and soft tissue infections has been highlighted in previous studies as well. [2],[4],[5] The present study showed that primary pyoderma is more common (42/59) compared to secondary pyoderma (17/59). A recent prospective multi-centric study has shown that skin and skin structure infections among adult patients without any health-care contact are commonly caused by community-acquired MRSA. [5] Basal nasal carriage was observed in 8% of patients and this could be one of the risk factors for pyoderma. All the isolates were susceptible to vancomycin and linezolid. Inducible clindamycin resistance was detected in 16.9% of the clinical isolates and 33.3% of the nasal isolates by the D-test. Community-acquired MRSA strains exhibiting inducible clindamycin resistance appear susceptible to clindamycin on routine antibiotic susceptibility testing by the Kirby-Bauer disk diffusion method. If clindamycin is used for treatment in these cases, it will result in treatment failure. Therefore, it is important to perform the D-test to detect inducible clindamycin resistance in all isolates of MRSA that appear susceptible to clindamycin in the routine test. The virulence factors of community-acquired MRSA influence the pathogenesis of infections caused by this organism and further studies on their molecular properties are warranted.


  Acknowledgements Top


Authors are thankful to Manipal University for providing scholarship to VEJK. The authors express sincere gratitude to Dr. Kashinath Nayak, Assistant Professor and Dr. Sudarshan, Postgraduate at the Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore for their immense support in collecting clinical specimens from patients.

 
  References Top

1.
Song JH, Hsueh PR, Chung DR, Ko KS, Kang CI, Peck KR, et al.; ANSORP study group. Spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus between the community and the hospitals in Asian countries: An ANSORP study. J AntimicrobChemother 2011;66:1061-9.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Shenoy MS, Bhat GK, Kishore A, Hassan MK. Significance of MRSA strains in community associatedskin and soft tissue infections.Indian J Med Microbiol 2010;28:152-4.  Back to cited text no. 2
[PUBMED]  Medknow Journal  
3.
Fritz SA, Epplin EK, Garbutt J, Storch GA. Skin infection in children colonized with community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. J Infect 2009;59:394-401.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.
Nagaraju U, Bhat G, Kuruvila M, Pai GS, Jayalakshmi, Babu RP. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in community-acquired pyoderma. Int J Dermatol 2004;43:412-4.  Back to cited text no. 4
    
5.
López Furst MJ, de Vedia L, Fernández S, Gardella N, Ganaha MC, Prieto S, et al.; Grupo de Estudio de Infecciones de Piel y Estructuras Relacionadaspor Staphy lococcus aureus meticilino-resistente de la Comunidad, Sociedad Argentina de Infectología. Prospective multicentre study ofcommunity-associated skin and skin structure infections due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Buenos Aires, Argentina. PLoS One 2013;8:e78303.  Back to cited text no. 5
    



 
 
    Tables

  [Table 1], [Table 2]

This article has been cited by
1 Molecular characterization ofStaphylococcus aureusisolates from skin and soft tissue infections samples and healthy carriers in the Central Slovenia region
Natasa Svent-Kucina,Mateja Pirs,Romina Kofol,Rok Blagus,Dragica Maja Smrke,Marjan Bilban,Katja Seme
APMIS. 2016; : n/a
[Pubmed] | [DOI]



 

Top
Print this article  Email this article

    

Online since 15th March '04
Published by Wolters Kluwer - Medknow