Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia in immunosuppressed patients: a multicenter, retrospective cohort study
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- Sasson, G., Bai, A.D., Showler, A. et al. Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis (2017). doi:10.1007/s10096-017-2914-y
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Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) causes significant morbidity and mortality. We assessed the disease severity and clinical outcomes of SAB in patients with pre-existing immunosuppression, compared with immunocompetent patients. A retrospective cohort investigation studied consecutive patients with SAB hospitalized across six hospitals in Toronto, Canada from 2007 to 2010. Patients were divided into immunosuppressed (IS) and immunocompetent (IC) cohorts; the IS cohort was subdivided into presence of one and two or more immunosuppressive conditions. Clinical parameters were compared between cohorts and between IS subgroups. A competing risk model compared in-hospital mortality and time to discharge. A total of 907 patients were included, 716 (79%) were IC and 191 (21%) were IS. Within the IS cohort, 111 (58%) had one immunosuppressive condition and 80 (42%) had two or more conditions. The overall in-hospital mortality was 29%, with no differences between groups (IS 32%, IC 28%, p = 0.4211). There were no differences in in-hospital mortality (sub-distribution hazard ratio [sHR] 1.17, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.88–1.56, p = 0.2827) or time to discharge (sHR 0.94, 95% CI 0.78–1.15, p = 0.5570). Independent mortality predictors for both cohorts included hypotension at 72 h (IS: p < 0.0001, IC: p < 0.0001) and early embolic stroke (IS: p < 0.0001, IC: p = 0.0272). Congestive heart failure was a mortality predictor in the IS cohort (p = 0.0089). Fever within 24 h (p = 0.0092) and early skin and soft tissue infections (p < 0.0001) were survival predictors in the IS cohort. SAB causes significant mortality regardless of pre-existing immune status, but immunosuppressed patients do not have an elevated risk of mortality relative to immunocompetent patients.