Vancomycin-resistant enterococci: mechanisms and clinical observations.

  title={Vancomycin-resistant enterococci: mechanisms and clinical observations.},
  author={Howard S. Gold},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  volume={33 2},
  • Howard S. Gold
  • Published 2001 in
    Clinical infectious diseases : an official…
Enterococci are not generally regarded as highly virulent bacterial pathogens. However, resistance to many antimicrobial drugs complicates treatment of enterococcal infections. Acquired resistance to high concentrations of glycopeptide antibiotics, specifically vancomycin, has exacerbated this problem. This article seeks to concisely review the mechanisms of that resistance and its effects on clinical management of enterococcal infections, as well as clinical microbiology and infection control.