Which surgical procedures are used in the treatment of enterococcal infections?

Updated: Jun 10, 2021
  • Author: Susan L Fraser, MD; Chief Editor: John L Brusch, MD, FACP  more...
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Surgical incision and drainage of skin or soft-tissue abscesses or radiology-guided aspiration of abscess material may be required in certain enterococcal infections. In many cases, removal of prosthetic devices, such as vascular catheters, shunts, and prosthetic cardiac valves or orthopedic devices, is necessary to facilitate cure of the infection. Some vascular catheters may be exchanged over a wire and antibiotic lock therapy can be attempted, but the device should be permanently removed if failure occurs.


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