Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus: is it a problem for nasal surgery?
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is becoming ever more prevalent in the UK, and the proportion of MRSA to methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) seems to be increasing. New strains of MRSA are ever developing resistance to antibiotic treatment, increasing morbidity and mortality of infection.
Staphylococcus aureus is part of the normal flora of the nose, and MRSA colonizes the nose in infection. However, nasal surgery is rarely complicated by staphylococcal infections, and MRSA infection following nasal surgery is rare.
The authors present a literature review of MRSA infection, its relation to the nasal cavity, and infection following nasal surgery.(Published Online October 11 2006)
(Accepted April 20 2006)
Key Words: Methicillin; Staphylococcus aureus; Nose; Infection; Complication.
c1 Address for correspondence: Mr A Sharma, Dept of ENT Surgery, West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk, IP33 2QZ, UK. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org