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Daptomycin + Meropenem Versus Ceftazidime in the Treatment of Nosocomial Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis

Information source: University of Padova
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Condition(s) targeted: Cirrhosis; Ascites; Nosocomial Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis

Intervention: Daptomycin + Meropenem (Drug); Ceftazidime (Drug)

Phase: Phase 2/Phase 3

Status: Terminated

Sponsored by: University of Padova

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Paolo Angeli, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Dept. of Clinical and Experimenatl Medicine, University of Padova, Italy


Nosocomial spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is frequently caused by multi drug resistant bacteria. Standard treatment of SBP could be ineffective. The aim of the study is to compare daptomycin + meropenem vs ceftazidime in the treatment of nosocomial SBP.

Clinical Details

Official title: Daptomycin + Meropenem Versus Ceftazidime in the Treatment of Nosocomial Spontaneous Bacterial Peritonitis: an Open, Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trial

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: The primary end-point of the study is the response to therapy

Secondary outcome:

Mortality during hospitalization

30 days mortality

90 days mortality

Detailed description: Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis (SBP) is a well known complication in patients with liver cirrhosis and ascites. Nosocomial SBP is defined as SBP that occurs after 48 hours of hospitalization. It has been shown that patients with nosocomial SBP have a worse prognosis than patients with community-acquired SBP. It has also been shown that nosocomial SBP is frequently caused by multi drug resistant bacteria such as extended-spectrum-beta-lactamase

(ESBL) producing enterobacteria or meticillin - resistant staphylococcus aureus. Currently

the empirical treatment of SBP is the use of third generation cephalosporins or amoxicillin/clavulanic acid. In patients affected by nosocomial SBP these treatment could be ineffective. Up to now an empirical approach with a broader spectrum strategy (such as an association between meropenem and daptomycin) has never been compared to standard therapy in the treatment of nosocomial SBP. Thus, the aim of the study is to compare daptomycin + meropenem vs ceftazidime in the treatment of nosocomial SBP in patients with cirrhosis.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 75 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Patients with liver cirrhosis and ascites

- Meets all criteria for nosocomial SBP as outlined below

- Ascitic fluid polymorphonuclear cells count >250/mm3

- Onset of signs and symptoms of infection after 72 hours of hospitalization

Exclusion Criteria:

- Hepatocellular carcinoma beyond the Milan criteria

- Abdominal surgery within 4 weeks

- Evidence of secondary peritonitis, pancreatitis or peritoneal carcinomatosis

- Significant heart or respiratory failure

- Allergy to ceftazidime, meropenem or daptomycin

Locations and Contacts

Dept. of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Padova, Padova, PD 35128, Italy
Additional Information

Related publications:

Rimola A, García-Tsao G, Navasa M, Piddock LJ, Planas R, Bernard B, Inadomi JM. Diagnosis, treatment and prophylaxis of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis: a consensus document. International Ascites Club. J Hepatol. 2000 Jan;32(1):142-53. Review.

Fasolato S, Angeli P, Dallagnese L, Maresio G, Zola E, Mazza E, Salinas F, Donà S, Fagiuoli S, Sticca A, Zanus G, Cillo U, Frasson I, Destro C, Gatta A. Renal failure and bacterial infections in patients with cirrhosis: epidemiology and clinical features. Hepatology. 2007 Jan;45(1):223-9.

Angeli P, Guarda S, Fasolato S, Miola E, Craighero R, Piccolo F, Antona C, Brollo L, Franchin M, Cillo U, Merkel C, Gatta A. Switch therapy with ciprofloxacin vs. intravenous ceftazidime in the treatment of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis in patients with cirrhosis: similar efficacy at lower cost. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2006 Jan 1;23(1):75-84.

Cheong HS, Kang CI, Lee JA, Moon SY, Joung MK, Chung DR, Koh KC, Lee NY, Song JH, Peck KR. Clinical significance and outcome of nosocomial acquisition of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis in patients with liver cirrhosis. Clin Infect Dis. 2009 May 1;48(9):1230-6. doi: 10.1086/597585.

Starting date: October 2010
Last updated: October 11, 2014

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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