Burkholderia cepacia Treatment & Management

Updated: Oct 27, 2015
  • Author: Burke A Cunha, MD; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Medical Care

Patient-to-patient spread of B cepacia may be minimized and/or prevented with effective infection-control measures.

Use Foley catheters only as long as necessary. If possible, avoid their use in compromised hosts predisposed to urinary tract infections (eg, patients with diabetes, SLE, multiple myeloma).

Preventing B cepacia colonization of respiratory secretions in intubated patients who are in ICUs and on broad-spectrum antibiotics is difficult.



Consultation with an infectious disease specialist helps to differentiate B cepacia colonization from infection.