Escherichia coli


Routine Practices
Routine Practices

General Information

Pathogen information

Gram negative bacilli, of the Enterobacteriaceae family


Normal GI flora.

Most predominant Gram negative bacillus human pathogen.

Associated syndromes

Most common cause of Urinary Tract Infection.

Also common:

  • Intra-abdominal infection/abscess

  • Nosocomial pneumonia

  • Bacteremia

  • Prosthetic device infection

  • Gastroenteritis, ranging from travelers diarrhea to invasive infection with hemolytic-uremic syndrome

  • Myriad other manifestations

  • Note endocarditis is rare.

Additional Information

Treatment of choice for ESBL strains is a carbapenem.