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November 1985

Cefuroxime Therapy for Bacteremic Soft-Tissue Infections in Children

Author Affiliations

From the Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Children's Hospital, Columbus (Drs Barson, Brady, Pacini, and Powell and Ms Miller), and the Section of Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Children's Hospital, and Department of Pathology, The Ohio State University College of Medicine (Dr Marcon and Ms Hribar).

Am J Dis Child. 1985;139(11):1141-1144. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1985.02140130079033

• Although it is used extensively in Europe, there is a limited amount of published data concerning pediatric clinical experience with cefuroxime in the United States. Thirty-six children, ranging from 3.5 to 57 months of age, received intravenous cefuroxime (75 mg/kg/day in three divided doses) for soft-tissue infections of the face or epiglottis. infections treated included preseptal (19 patients) and buccal (13 patients) cellulitis and epiglottitis (four patients). Blood cultures were positive in 22 patients, yielding Haemophilus influenzae type b in 17 (four were βlactamase—positive), Streptococcus pneumoniae in four; and βlactamase—positive, nontypable H influenzae in one. An additional five patients with buccal cellulitis had negative blood cultures but H influenzae type b antigenuria. A satisfactory clinical response was noted in all patients, and repeated blood cultures performed in initially bacteremic patients were sterile. Cefuroxime therapy was well tolerated, and abnormal laboratory results were infrequent, except for absolute granulocytopenia (granulocytes, 1,500/cu mm), which occurred in six patients but could not be ascribed to a drug effect because of the uncontrolled design of our study. Treatment with cefuroxime appears to be a safe and effective therapy for pediatric soft-tissue infections due to H influenzae and S pneumoniae.

(AJDC 1985;139:1141-1144)