What are the treatment options for Klebsiella infections?

Updated: Jun 10, 2019
  • Author: Shahab Qureshi, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Klebsiella organisms are resistant to multiple antibiotics. This is thought to be a plasmid-mediated property. Length of hospital stay and performance of invasive procedures are risk factors for acquisition of these strains.

Treatment depends on the organ system involved. In general, initial therapy of patients with possible bacteremia is empirical. The choice of a specific antimicrobial agent depends on local susceptibility patterns. Once bacteremia is confirmed, treatment may be modified.


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