The Role of Bacterial Biofilms in Infections of Catheters and Shunts

  • Trine Rolighed Thomsen
  • Luanne Hall-Stoodley
  • Claus Moser
  • Paul Stoodley
Chapter

Abstract

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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Trine Rolighed Thomsen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Luanne Hall-Stoodley
    • 3
  • Claus Moser
    • 4
  • Paul Stoodley
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology, Chemistry, and Environmental EngineeringAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Life Science divisionThe Danish Technological InstituteÅrhus CDenmark
  3. 3.Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility, U Southampton Faculty of Medicine, Southampton NIHR Respiratory BRU, Division of Infection, Inflammation and ImmunitySouthampton University Hospitals NHS Trust, University of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK
  4. 4.Department for Clinical MicrobiologyH:S RigshospitaletCopenhagen ØDenmark
  5. 5.National Centre for Advanced Tribology at Southampton (nCATS), School of Engineering SciencesUniversity of Southampton, HighfieldSouthamptonUK

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