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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3276120, 6 pages
Research Article

Appendectomy as a Risk Factor for Bacteremic Biliary Tract Infection Caused by Antibiotic-Resistant Pathogens

1Department of Gastroenterology, Wakayama Rosai Hospital, 93-1 Kinomoto, Wakayama City, Wakayama 640-8505, Japan
2Second Department of Internal Medicine, Wakayama Medical University, 811 Kimiidera, Wakayama City, Wakayama 641-0012, Japan

Correspondence should be addressed to Koki Kawanishi;

Received 28 March 2017; Accepted 20 April 2017; Published 15 May 2017

Academic Editor: Heather F. Smith

Copyright © 2017 Koki Kawanishi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background/Aims. Recent evidence has suggested that appendix plays a pivotal role in the development and preservation of intestinal immune system. The aim of this study is to examine whether prior appendectomy is associated with an increased risk for the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in bacteremia from biliary tract infection (BTI). Methods. Charts from 174 consecutive cases of bacteremia derived from BTI were retrospectively reviewed. Using multivariate analysis, independent risk factors for development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria were identified among the clinical parameters, including a history of appendectomy. Results. In total, 221 bacteria strains were identified from 174 BTI events. Of those, 42 antibiotic-resistant bacteria were identified in 34 patients. Multivariate analysis revealed that prior appendectomy (Odds ratio (OR), 3.02; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.15–7.87; ), antibiotic use within the preceding three months (OR, 3.06; 95% CI, 1.26–7.64; ), and bilioenteric anastomosis or sphincterotomy (OR, 3.77; 95% CI, 1.51–9.66; ) were independent risk factors for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Conclusions. Prior appendectomy was an independent risk factor for the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in bacteremia from BTI.