A total of 535 evaluable febrile episodes in neutropenic patients were randomly assigned to treatment with ticarcillin-clavulanate plus vancomycin (TV), ceftazidime plus vancomycin (CV), or all three antibiotics (TCV). The TCV regimen was significantly more effective than TV, considering all evaluable episodes, documented infections, gram-negative infections, and infections in patients with persistent severe neutropenia (< 100 neutrophils/mm3). The results with CV were intermediate between TV and TCV. The toxicities were similar with all three regimens and consisted primarily of skin rashes. The TCV regimen is effective for empiric therapy of fever in neutropenic patients and probably should be utilized in preference to CV or TV, although its superiority over CV in this study was inconclusive.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1990|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research