Daptomycin for the successful treatment of postoperative methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus empyema: a case report

J Chemother. 2021 Mar 1:1-4. doi: 10.1080/1120009X.2021.1888029. Online ahead of print.


Empyema is typically treated using pleural space drainage and systemic treatment with antimicrobials, and specific antimicrobial agents in the case of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections. A 57-year-old man underwent segmental resection of the left lung owing to multiple lung metastases and developed MRSA-related empyema postoperatively. Although the patient received chest drainage and linezolid, the inflammation caused by the infection persisted. Consequently, linezolid was replaced by daptomycin, and his empyema was accordingly resolved. Our findings indicate that daptomycin could be an effective treatment for postoperative MRSA-related empyema.

PMID:33645466 | DOI:10.1080/1120009X.2021.1888029