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Complication of radiation therapy among patients with positive culture from genital tract

Zefiryn Cybulski, Iwona Urbaniak, Andrzej Roszak, Alicja Grabiec, Zofia Talaga, Piotr Klimczak
DOI: 10.1016/j.rpor.2012.03.012
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Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2012;17(4):207-210.

open access

Vol 17, No 4 (2012)
Original research articles
Published online: 2012-07-01
Submitted: 2012-03-19

Abstract

Aim

The main goal of this investigation was to evaluate the influence of positive Staphylococcus aureus culture from the genital tract on patients receiving radiation therapy, suffering from carcinoma of the uterus. The other aim was to observe radiation therapy complications.

Background

Radiation therapy of patients suffering from cervical cancer can be connected with inflammation of the genitourinary tract.

Materials and methods

In years 2006–2010 vaginal swabs from 452 patients were examined. 39 women with positive S. aureus cultures were analysed.

Results

Complications and interruptions during radiation therapy were observed in 7 (18.9%) of 37 patients with positive vaginal S. aureus culture. One of them, a 46-year-old woman developed pelvic inflammatory disease. None of the six patients who received palliative radiotherapy showed interruption in this treatment. Isolated S. aureus strains were classified into 13 sensitivity patterns, of which 8 were represented by 1 strain, two by 2 strains and three by 13, 8 and 6 strains. One strain was diagnosed as methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA).

Conclusions

The results of the present study show that S. aureus may generally be isolated from the genital tract of female patients with neoplastic disease of uterus but is not often observed as inflammation factor of this tract. Comparison of species’ resistance patterns may be used in epidemiological studies in order to discover the source of infections and therefore be of profound significance in the prevention of nosocomial infections.

Abstract

Aim

The main goal of this investigation was to evaluate the influence of positive Staphylococcus aureus culture from the genital tract on patients receiving radiation therapy, suffering from carcinoma of the uterus. The other aim was to observe radiation therapy complications.

Background

Radiation therapy of patients suffering from cervical cancer can be connected with inflammation of the genitourinary tract.

Materials and methods

In years 2006–2010 vaginal swabs from 452 patients were examined. 39 women with positive S. aureus cultures were analysed.

Results

Complications and interruptions during radiation therapy were observed in 7 (18.9%) of 37 patients with positive vaginal S. aureus culture. One of them, a 46-year-old woman developed pelvic inflammatory disease. None of the six patients who received palliative radiotherapy showed interruption in this treatment. Isolated S. aureus strains were classified into 13 sensitivity patterns, of which 8 were represented by 1 strain, two by 2 strains and three by 13, 8 and 6 strains. One strain was diagnosed as methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA).

Conclusions

The results of the present study show that S. aureus may generally be isolated from the genital tract of female patients with neoplastic disease of uterus but is not often observed as inflammation factor of this tract. Comparison of species’ resistance patterns may be used in epidemiological studies in order to discover the source of infections and therefore be of profound significance in the prevention of nosocomial infections.

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Keywords

Radiation therapy; Genital tract carcinoma; MRSA

About this article
Title

Complication of radiation therapy among patients with positive culture from genital tract

Journal

Reports of Practical Oncology and Radiotherapy

Issue

Vol 17, No 4 (2012)

Pages

207-210

Published online

2012-07-01

DOI

10.1016/j.rpor.2012.03.012

Bibliographic record

Rep Pract Oncol Radiother 2012;17(4):207-210.

Keywords

Radiation therapy
Genital tract carcinoma
MRSA

Authors

Zefiryn Cybulski
Iwona Urbaniak
Andrzej Roszak
Alicja Grabiec
Zofia Talaga
Piotr Klimczak

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