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What Is the Prognosis for a Person Infected With NDM-1 Producing Bacteria?

The prognosis (outcome) for a person infected with NDM-1 is related to the patient's overall condition at the time of diagnosis and appropriate treatment. In general, patients with antibiotic-resistant bacteria have more complications and increased hospital stays than those who have antibiotic-susceptible organisms. The quicker the bacteria are shown to contain NDM-1, the faster appropriate treatment can begin and the better the prognosis for the patient. If the NDM-1-producing bacteria are susceptible to colistin, the prognosis is usually good. However, patients on respirators, immunocompromised patients, and patients in intensive-care units have a more guarded prognosis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/28/2014

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