Table 3

Foreign body related infections due to small colony variants (SCV) Staphylococcus aureus

Foreign bodyNumber of patientsMSSA/MRSAIsolation locationAntimicrobial treatmentComplete removal of foreign bodyOutcomeReference
Aortic valve prosthesis1MSSABloodNot describedNot describedNot describedQuie 196922
Synthetic mesh1MSSARemoved meshFlucloxacillin + rifampicinYesRecoveredGöring et al, 200118
Pacemaker1MSSABloodFlucloxacillinYesRecoveredSeifert et al, 200319
Ventriculo-peritoneal shunt1MRSAPus from insertion site and cerebro-spinal fluidVancomycin+ciprofloxacin+rifampicinYesRecoveredSpanu et al 200520
Hip prosthetic joint infection5MSSAJoint punctureFlucloxacilin+ rifampicinYesCuredSendi et al, 200621
BiopsiesLevofloxacin+ rifampicinYesProbably cured
BiopsiesLevofloxacin+ rifampicin FlucloxacilinYesCured
Joint puncturePenicillin and levofloxacinYesCured
Joint puncture YesProbably cured
  • MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; MSSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.