Biofilm Infections

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The Role of Bacterial Biofilms in Infections of Catheters and Shunts

  • Trine Rolighed ThomsenAffiliated withDepartment of Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Environmental Engineering, Aalborg UniversityLife Science division, The Danish Technological Institute Email author 
  • , Luanne Hall-StoodleyAffiliated withWellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, U Southampton Faculty of Medicine, Southampton NIHR Respiratory BRU, Division of Infection, Inflammation and Immunity, Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, University of Southampton
  • , Claus MoserAffiliated withDepartment for Clinical Microbiology, H:S Rigshospitalet
  • , Paul StoodleyAffiliated withNational Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS), School of Engineering Sciences, University of Southampton, Highfield

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Catheters and shunts are tubes which are used to manage the flow of fluids into, within, and out of the body. Intravascular catheters deliver fluids and medications directly into the bloodstream, while urinary catheters drain waste fluids. In some cases devices such as cerebral ventricular shunts drain fluid from the brain, to another part of the body, such as the heart or stomach where the fluids are processed internally.