Spectrum of Bacterial Infection and Antibiotic Susceptibility Profile among Clinical Samples of Febrile Pediatric Cancer Patients under Chemotherapy

1Dalal Abbas Hadi*, Amani Abd Al-Ridha Al-Abdullah and Hussam Mahmood Salih


Bacterial infection is one of the most frequent complications in malignant patients. Among them, those caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria that increase mortality and morbidity mainly because of limited therapeutic options. The study material comprised of 155 febrile episodes occurring in 101 children aged less than 18 years with various malignancies from May 2018–April 2019 at at Basrah children's specialty hospital. All the episodes were worked up in detail including physical examination, history and relevant investigations. Bacterial isolated from different sites were identified to the species level and tested for their susceptibility to a variety of antimicrobial agents Total of 61 bacteria were cultured in 155 febrile episodes. Gram-negative bacteria were more prevalent 53(86.9%) as a cause of infection in febrile pediatric cancer patients at our institution. Escherichia coli showed the highest isolation rate 64.1% (34/53) followed by Klebsiellapneumonia 13.2%(7/53) and Proteus mirabilis 11.3% (6/53). The rate of MDR in Gram negative isolates were 90.5% (48/53). Gram positive consist 8(13.1%) with prevalence of Staph aureus 37.5% (3/8) and the rate of MDR 75%(6/8). The antibiotic susceptibility results showed meropenem, imipenem and amikacin the most effective antibiotics for Gram negative bacteria. Overall, urinary tract infections were the most common sites of infection (23.2%). The results of the analysis of the sequencing 16SrDNA of selected 43 isolates showed compatible 100% to genus and species level with results of VITEK 2. Ten isolates were registered as a new strain in Gene Bank. Gram-negative bacteria with high MDR were more prevalent cause of infection in febrile pediatric cancer patients. Escherichia coli being the most common pathogen. The changing pattern of infectious agents in cancer patients with significant distribution of MDR suggests the need for further studies to give physicians a more recent view of bacterial isolates and antibiotic resistance pattern for appropriate therapeutic approaches.


Febrile Pediatric Cancer, Chemotherapy, Antibiotic Resistance, E. Coli, PCR.

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