What is K pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC)?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), which are sometimes known as K pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC) and New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM), are a family of bacteria that are difficult to treat because of their high levels of resistance to antibiotics. Some CRE bacteria have become resistant to most available antibiotics and cause mortality rates of up to 50%.

Hypervirulent K pneumoniae (hvKp), also termed as hypermucoviscous strains, have been reported globally with invasive infections and varying degrees of resistance and virulence patterns. [3, 4, 5, 6]

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