|LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 7 | Page : 1046-1048
5% cefuroxime as an alternative to 5% cefazolin in the treatment of Gram-positive bacterial keratitis
Samrat Chatterjee, Deepshikha Agrawal
Cornea & Anterior Segment Services, MGM Eye Institute, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
|Date of Web Publication||25-Jun-2018|
MGM Eye Institute, 5th Mile Vidhan Sabha Road, PO Mandhar, Raipur - 493 111, Chhattisgarh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Chatterjee S, Agrawal D. 5% cefuroxime as an alternative to 5% cefazolin in the treatment of Gram-positive bacterial keratitis. Indian J Ophthalmol 2018;66:1046-8
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Chatterjee S, Agrawal D. 5% cefuroxime as an alternative to 5% cefazolin in the treatment of Gram-positive bacterial keratitis. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2020 May 30];66:1046-8. Available from: http://www.ijo.in/text.asp?2018/66/7/1046/234979
5% cefazolin recommended for treating Gram-positive bacterial keratitis (GPBK) has been the mainstay of therapy for decades. In 2017, cefazolin sodium injection, from which the topical preparation was constituted, became unavailable in India. This inconvenienced treating GPBK, as a recent study  had reported an increase in fluoroquinolone resistance in Gram-positive bacteria in India, which meant that fourth-generation fluoroquinolones were less effective. While fluoroquinolone monotherapy is popular among ophthalmologists, cornea specialists still prefer fortified antibiotic combination to treat severe infections. Left with little choice, we began using 5% cefuroxime, a second-generation cephalosporin. Cefuroxime-gentamicin has been reported to be equivalent to cefazolin-tobramycin or moxifloxacin in treating bacterial keratitis in one study  and ofloxacin in another study. However, topical cefuroxime is not widely used in India like cefazolin.
We retrospectively reviewed medical records of 21 consecutive patients with GPBK treated with 5% cefuroxime from November 2017 to January 2018 and compared the outcome with another cohort of 54 consecutive patients with GPBK treated with 5% cefazolin from April to August 2017. The Institute Ethics Committee approval was taken for the study.
Both groups exhibited similar baseline characteristics [Table 1], except for the higher proportion of males in the cefazolin-treated group (P = 0.04). There was no statistically significant difference in outcome, resolution time, or posttreatment visual acuity between the two groups [Table 2]. 5% cefuroxime topical preparation remained stable for 5–7 days in room temperature, and no ocular toxicity was seen.
|Table 1: Comparison between patients with bacterial keratitis treated with 5% cefuroxime* (Group A) and 5% cefazolin† (Group B)|
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|Table 2: Outcome in patients with bacterial keratitis treated with 5% cefuroxime (Group A) and 5% cefazolin (Group B)|
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There are limitations in our study. This is not a randomized control trial, with a head-to-head comparison of cefuroxime and cefazolin, but a comparison with a historical cohort of patients treated with cefazolin. While such a trial would be desirable, in this case, the unavailability of cefazolin makes it impossible to carry out such a study. This study's intention is only to inform ophthalmologists of the potential of cefuroxime to be a viable and safe alternative to cefazolin, and drugs like vancomycin can be held in reserve. Larger controlled trials comparing cefuroxime to vancomycin or fourth-generation fluoroquinolones are required to support our findings. As these trials take considerably more time and resources, we believe that in the interim, our findings should provide useful direction in treating GPBK in India.
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