Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus carriers are vulnerable to bloodstream infection after living donor liver transplantation

Yusuke Takemura, Taizo Hibi, Masahiro Shinoda, Hideaki Obara, Takuya Minagawa, Minoru Kitago, Hiroshi Yagi, Yuta Abe, Kentaro Matsubara, Go Oshima, Shutaro Hori, Ken Hoshino, Yohei Yamada, Osamu Itano, Yaoko Takano, Tatsuo Kuroda, Naoki Hasegawa, Yuko Kitagawa

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Background: Bloodstream infection (BSI) is a life-threatening complication after living donor liver transplantation (LDLT). We aimed to explore the incidence and predisposing factors of BSI at our institution. Methods: We conducted a retrospective cohort analysis on all consecutive adults with BSI within 6 months after LDLT performed between 2005 and 2016. For antimicrobial prophylaxis, ampicillin/sulbactam, cefotaxime, and micafungin were administered. From 2011, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriers were decolonized using mupirocin ointment and chlorhexidine gluconate soap. Risk factors for BSI were identified by uni- and multivariate logistic regression. Results: Of a total of 106 LDLTs, 42 recipients (40%) suffered BSI. The BSI group demonstrated significantly higher in-hospital mortality rates compared with the non-BSI group (24% vs. 7%, P =.01). We identified MRSA carrier (odds ratio [OR], 19.1; P <.001), ABO incompatibility (OR, 2.9; P =.03), and estimated glomerular filtration rate <30 mL/min/1.73m2 (OR, 15.8; P =.02) as independent risk factors for BSI. Decolonization treatment for MRSA carriers did not reduce the incidence of all-cause BSI but reduced the frequency of BSI caused by MRSA. Conclusion: To our knowledge, for the first time, MRSA carriers were revealed to be highly vulnerable to BSI after LDLT.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere13753
JournalClinical Transplantation
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec 1


  • MRSA carrier
  • bloodstream infection
  • living donor liver transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation


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