Role of vancomycin in the treatment of bacteraemia and meningitis caused by Elizabethkingia meningoseptica

Shio Shin Jean, Tai Chin Hsieh, Yong Zhong Ning, Po Ren Hsueh

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Elizabethkingia meningoseptica, a Gram-negative pathogen once deemed clinically insignificant, tends to cause infections among low-birth-weight infants and immunocompromised patients. Previously, vancomycin was reported to cure several patients with bacteraemia caused by E. meningoseptica. Nevertheless, some laboratory investigations also showed considerable discordance between in vitro vancomycin susceptibility results obtained by the disk diffusion and broth microdilution methods against clinical E. meningoseptica isolates as determined using the criteria for staphylococci recommended by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI). In this review, the PubMed database (1960-2017) was searched for studies that reported mainly cases with E. meningoseptica bacteraemia or meningitis treated with vancomycin alone or with regimens that included vancomycin. In addition, the in vitro synergy between vancomycin and other agents against isolates of E. meningoseptica was reviewed. Elizabethkingia meningoseptica bacteraemia appears not to universally respond to intravenous (i.v.) vancomycin-only therapy, especially in patients who require haemodialysis. If i.v. vancomycin is the favoured therapy against E. meningoseptica meningitis, the addition of ciprofloxacin, linezolid or rifampicin might be an option to effectively treat this difficult-to-treat infection. Further clinical studies are needed to determine the clinical efficacy of these combination regimens for the treatment of E. meningoseptica meningitis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-511
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017


  • Bacteraemia
  • Combination therapy
  • Elizabethkingia meningoseptica
  • Meningitis
  • Treatment outcome
  • Vancomycin

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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