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June 1999

Antibiotic Sensitivity of Propionibacterium acnes Isolates Studied in a Skin Clinic in Singapore

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Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(6):723. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-6-dlt0699

In Southeast Asia, there have been few studies on the emergence of antibiotic-resistant strains of Propionibacterium acnes. This preliminary study describes the effects of short courses of antibiotics on minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of P acnes.

We compared the MICs of P acnes with some commonly used antibiotics in 2 groups of patients with acne vulgaris: one (group A) that had received no prior antibiotic treatment and the second (group B) that had received a course of systemic antibiotics, ranging from 6 to 18 weeks during the past 6 months.

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