Colonization-Resistant Antimicrobial-Coated Peritoneal Dialysis Catheters: Evaluation in a Newly Developed Rat Model of Persistent Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Peritonitis Academic Article uri icon

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  • Objective Development of a rat model of persistent peritonitis and evaluation of the ability of liposomal ciprofloxacin hydrogel-coated silicone to resist colonization. Design A newly developed model of persistent Pseudomonas aeruginosa peritonitis to compare the ability of liposomal ciprofloxacin hydrogel (LCH)-coated silicone versus plain silicone for resistance to bacterial colonization. Animals Male Sprague–Dawley rats. Results Inoculating the peritoneum of rats with 1 mL 0.5% agar containing 106 colony-forming units (cfu)/mL P. aeruginosa in the presence of a plain silicone coupon resulted in persistent peritonitis for at least 7 days. Plain silicone coupons in all 40 rats were colonized (median 2.54 × 103 cfu/cm2; range 5.0 × 101 – 1.0 × 106 cfu/cm2) and peritoneal washings were consistently culture-positive. In contrast, the LCH coupons removed after 7 days from the 40 test rats were sterile, as were the peritoneal washings, and there was no evidence of peritonitis. Blood cultures were negative in both groups. Conclusions Liposomal ciprofloxacin hydrogel-coated silicone resists colonization in this rat model of persistent P. aeruginosa peritonitis.


  • Finelli, Anthony
  • Burrows, Lori
  • DiCosmo, Frank A
  • DiTizio, Valerio
  • Sinnadurai, Selva
  • Oreopoulos, Dimitrios G
  • Khoury, Antoine E

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  • January 2002