, Volume 1439, Issue 1, p 33
Date: 16 Feb 2013

Vancomycin

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A 54-year-old woman developed renal impairment while receiving vancomycin.

The woman, who was morbidly obese, presented with a rectus sheath haematoma, a temperature of 38°C, a serum creatinine level of 65 µmol/L and a CRP level of 200 mg/L. She was prescribed vancomycin 2g (15 mg/kg) twice daily for 7 days due to a history of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). When her temperature did not settle, vancomycin was continued for a total of 17 doses over 10 days, with three doses being omitted due to failure of IV access [route not clearly stated]. On days 9 and 10, serum creatinine concentration increased to greater than 50% over baseline.

Vancomycin was withdrawn on day 10. Serum creatinine peaked on day 15, then slowly decreased. At last follow-up, creatinine levels had not returned to baseline.

Author comment: "We believe the rise in serum creatinine is likely related to the high dose of vancomycin and the resulting renal impairment then reduced clearance resulting in the