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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Short-term prophylaxis with cefotaxime in prostatic surgery.

During a 20 month period 167 patients undergoing transurethral resection of prostate were divided into two groups: a control group without prophylactic antibiotics and a treated group who received cefotaxime 3 g intravenously perioperatively. In the first seven post-operative days 50 patients in the control group had a urinary tract infection (greater than 10(5) cfu/ml) compared with 14 patients in the treated group (P less than 0.0001). Two blood cultures were positive, both in the controls. A full course of antibiotics was administered to 55 in the control group and 14 in the treated group. On the thirtieth post-operative day 24 patients had urinary infection in the control group compared with 5 in the treated group (P less than 0.0001). We conclude that this short-term prophylaxis with cefotaxime significantly reduced the rate of urinary infection after transurethral prostatectomy.[1]


  1. Short-term prophylaxis with cefotaxime in prostatic surgery. Botto, H., Richard, F., Mathieu, F., Perreau, A.M., Camey, M. J. Antimicrob. Chemother. (1984) [Pubmed]
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