Using antibiotics in suspected haemolytic-uraemic syndrome

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7501.1209 (Published 19 May 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:1209

Antibiotics should not be used in Escherichia coli O157:H7 infection

  1. Stephanie Dundas, consultant physician,
  2. W T Andrew Todd, consultant physician,
  3. Marguerite A Neill, associate professor of medicine,
  4. Phillip I Tarr (Tarr@kids.wustl.edu), professor of pediatrics and molecular microbiology
  1. Lanarkshire Area Infectious Diseases Unit, Monklands Hospital, Airdrie ML6 0JS
  2. Brown Medical School, Box G-MHRI, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912-G, USA
  3. Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8208, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St Louis, MO 63108, USA

    EDITOR—By uncritically quoting the meta-analysis of Safdar et al in their evidence based case report, Phillips et al perpetuate an error about antibiotic treatment of Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections.1 2

    Specifically, Safdar et al mischaracterised a study by Ikeda et al as showing that treatment of E coli O157:H7 infections with …

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