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Intravesical colistin irrigation to treat multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii urinary tract infection: a case report

Patricia Volkow-Fernández, Cecilia Franco Rodríguez and Patricia Cornejo-Juárez*

Author Affiliations

Department of Infectious Diseases, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, Avenida San Fernando No. 22, Colonia Sección XVI, Tlalpan, 14080, México, DF, Mexico

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Journal of Medical Case Reports 2012, 6:426  doi:10.1186/1752-1947-6-426

Published: 28 December 2012



Acinetobacter baumannii is a Gram-negative bacteria and a significant nosocomial pathogen in hospitals. Multidrug-resistant A. baumannii have emerged as a cause of nosocomial infections in critically ill patients. This microorganism has the ability to produce biofilms on different surfaces, which could explain their ability to persist in clinical environments and their role in device-related infections.

Case presentation

We present the case of a 33-year-old Hispanic man with local invasive retroperitoneal leiomyosarcoma and right kidney exclusion along with femoral venous thrombosis, who was admitted for tumor resection. He had been receiving multiple nephrotoxic antibiotics for a long time (including tigecycline and colistimethate sodium) and had a persistent urinary infection related to multidrug-resistant A. baumannii (with susceptibility to colistimethate). Colistimethate was administered through a three-lumen urinary device for continuous urinary irrigation over seven days. Our patient did not refer to any adverse effects. A urine culture control taken at the end of the irrigation and another taken 10 days later were negative.


Colistimethate sodium and other antimicrobials infused by urinary irrigation can be a good option in patients in whom parenteral administration could be toxic.