Ceftazidime-avibactam use for KPC-Kp infections: a retrospective observational multicenter study

Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Feb 22;ciab176. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciab176. Online ahead of print.


Background: A growing body of observational evidence supports the value of ceftazidime-avibactam (CAZ-AVI) in managing infections caused by carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE).

Methods: We retrospectively analyzed observational data on the use and outcomes of CAZ-AVI therapy for infections caused by KPC-producing K. pneumoniae (KPC-Kp) strains. Multivariate regression analysis was used to identify variables independently associated with 30-day mortality. Results were adjusted for propensity score for receipt of CAZ-AVI combination regimens vs. CAZ-AVI monotherapy.

Results: The cohort comprised 577 adults with bloodstream infections (BSIs) (n=391) or non-bacteremic infections (nBSIs) involving mainly the urinary tract, lower respiratory tract, intra-abdominal structures. All received treatment with CAZ-AVI alone (n=165) or with one or more other active antimicrobials (n=412). The all-cause mortality rate 30 days after infection onset was 25% (146/577). There was no statistically significant difference in mortality between patients managed with CAZ-AVI alone and those treated with combination regimens (26.1% vs. 25.0%, P=0.79). In multivariate analysis, mortality was positively associated with the presence at infection onset of septic shock (P=0.002), neutropenia (P <0.001), or an INCREMENT score >8 (P=0.01); with LRTI (P=0.04); and with CAZ-AVI dose adjustment for renal function (P=0.01). Mortality was negatively associated with CAZ-AVI administration by prolonged infusion (P=0.006). All associations remained significant after propensity score adjustment.

Conclusions: CAZ-AVI is an important option for treating serious KPC-Kp infections, even when used alone. Further study is needed to explore the drug's seemingly more limited efficacy in LRTIs and the potential survival benefits of prolonging CAZ-AVI infusions to 3 hours or more.

Keywords: KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae; carbapenemases; ceftazidime-avibactam.