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The impact of intraperitoneal antibiotic administration in patients with peritoneal dialysis-related peritonitis: systematic review and meta-analysis
Renal Replacement Therapy volume 6, Article number: 19 (2020)
Peritonitis is a common and clinically important complication in patients receiving peritoneal dialysis (PD). Antibiotic administration is essential for PD-related peritonitis, but routes of administration have not been established enough. Here, we performed a systematic review to assess the efficacy and safety of intraperitoneal (IP) antibiotic administration compared to intravenous (IV) antibiotic administration in patients with PD-related peritonitis.
Cochrane CENTRAL, MEDLINE, and Ichushi-Web were searched in June 2017. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines were followed, and articles were screened by four independent reviewers.
Two randomized controlled trials (113 patients) were identified. IP antibiotic administration was more effective than IV antibiotic administration. The pooled risk difference between IP and IV was 0.13 (95% CI − 0.17 to 0.43). Safety assessment indicated less frequency of side effects in patients receiving IP antibiotic administration. The pooled risk ratios of IV to IP regarding adverse drug reaction-related and administration route-related side effects were 5.13 (0.63 to 41.59) and 3.00 (0.14 to 65.90), respectively.
The systematic review and meta-analysis suggested that IP antibiotic administration is more effective and safer in patients with PD-related peritonitis compared to IV antibiotic administration.
Peritoneal dialysis (PD) is a well-established modality of renal replacement therapy for patients with end-stage renal disease. The utilization and popularization of PD are rapidly growing, particularly in developing countries, where the number of patients receiving PD has increased more than 2-fold during the last decade . Although technical improvements and innovations of PD-related clinical practice have significantly decreased PD-associated infectious complications including PD-related peritonitis and exit-site/tunnel infection, they are still one of the major barriers which adversely affects both technical and patient survival in PD patients [2, 3].
The International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis (ISPD) published guidelines and recommendations about PD-related peritonitis in 1983, which were revised in 1993, 1996, 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2016 [3,4,5,6,7,8]. The most recent recommendations published in 2016 are organized into the following five sections: (1) peritonitis rate, (2) prevention of peritonitis, (3) initial presentation and management of peritonitis, (4) subsequent management of peritonitis, and (5) future research. In practical cases of PD-related peritonitis, proper initial management consists of diagnosis, subsequent appropriate microbiological culture sampling, and prompt empirical antibiotic therapy, followed by antibiotic de-escalation in certain cases. Treatment intent of antibiotic administration is a rapid resolution of inflammation to protect the peritoneal membrane. As an empirical regimen, a proportional meta-analysis revealed that the combination of a glycopeptide (vancomycin or teicoplanin) and ceftazidime is considered to be superior to other regimens .
In terms of antibiotic administration, intraperitoneal (IP) administration is preferred (GRADE 1B) in the most recent ISPD recommendations, without cases presenting systemic sepsis . In general, IP administration is considered to bring about higher peritoneal drug concentration than intravenous (IV) administration . Moreover, IP administration is available without vascular puncture. Several clinical studies comparing IP administration with IV administration for PD-related peritonitis revealed controversial results [10, 11], and the clinical advantage of the recommended IP administration has not been established enough. Here, we performed a systematic review to assess the efficacy and safety of IP administration compared to IV administration in patients with PD-related peritonitis.
Compliance with reporting guidelines
We conducted a systematic review of the relevant literature in agreement with the recommendations listed in the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (PRISMA) guidelines . Exemption from the review was granted by the Ethics Committee because this study did not involve patient intervention and confidential personal data collection.
Research question and eligibility criteria
The research question of this review was: “Is IP antibiotic administration superior in efficacy and safety to IV administration in patients with PD-related peritonitis?” We included published randomized controlled trials (RCTs) comparing IP administration with IV, of any race and gender, in any language, and from any country. We excluded observational studies, case reports, and case series.
Outcomes of interest
The outcomes were treatment success (cure of peritonitis after antibiotic administration) and complication.
Search strategy and study selection
We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE via PubMed, and NPO Japan Medical Abstracts Society (JMAS) databases. The search was performed in June 2017 (Cochrane CENTRAL and PubMed) and in April 2017 (JMAS) using the following suitable search terms: peritoneal dialysis, peritonitis, intraperitoneal injection/administration, intravenous injection/administration. Four reviewers (KM, HT, NW, and TK) independently screened the title and abstract of each study to select candidate studies, and the reviewers performed a full-text review to evaluate the eligibility of each candidate study.
Assessment of risk of bias in included studies
The selected studies were independently assessed by four authors (KM, HT, NW, and TK) using the risk of bias assessment tool, as previously described (Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions Version 5.1.0; available at www.cochrane-handbook.org), and discrepancies were resolved by consultation with HY and YT: random sequence generation (selection bias), allocation concealment (selection bias), blinding of participants and personnel (performance and detection bias), incomplete outcome data (attention bias), selective reporting (reporting bias), and other potential biases.
Measurement of treatment effect
Data from each trial was analyzed using the risk ratio with 95% confidence intervals (CI) for binary outcomes and using the mean difference for continuous outcomes.
Analysis and data synthesis
All analyses were conducted using Review Manager (RevMan) Version 5.3 (Copenhagen: The Nordic Cochrane Centre, The Cochrane Collaboration).
Assessment of the certainty of evidence
We prepared a summary of findings table including an overall grading of evidence certainty for the outcomes, which was evaluated using the Grading of Recommendation Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) approach [13, 14].
The recommendations follow the Grading of Recommendation Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) system for the classification of the level of evidence and grade of recommendations in clinical guideline reports . With each recommendation, the strength of the recommendation is indicated as level 1 (we recommend), level 2 (we suggest), or not graded, and the quality of the supporting evidence is shown as A (high quality), B (moderate quality), C (low quality), or D (very low quality).
The described electronic search of the databases identified 171 candidate studies via the Cochrane CENTRAL, 1094 via PubMed, and 463 via JMAS databases. After the removal of duplicates and the selection by the reviewers, we identified two articles of RCT met the eligibility criteria (Table 1).
The characteristics of the included studies are shown in Table 2. A total of 113 patients from the two RCTs published in 1987 and 1990 were included [16, 17]. Bailie et al. compared IP with IV as the initial antibiotic administration (vancomycin 1 g/body as a loading dose) for PD-related peritonitis. The patients in both groups were treated with maintenance IP antibiotic administration . Bennett-Jones et al. compared IP (vancomycin 20 mg/L + tobramycin 4 mg/L in dialysate) with IV (vancomycin 0.5–1.0 g/body + tobramycin 1.0 mg/kg body weight) as the initial and maintenance antibiotic administration  (Table 1).
Risk of bias
The assessment of risk of bias of the included studies is shown in Table 2. In terms of “success in therapy,” “drug-related complication,” and “route-related complication,” the risk of bias domains of randomization, allocation concealment, blinding of outcome assessors, and other sources in the two studies and of incomplete outcome data in one study were considered “unclear” because we could not find enough information to assess the domains. Blinding of participants was considered “high risk” because blinding was limited in the two studies. Reporting bias was also considered “high risk.” In one RCT, incomplete outcome data was considered “low risk” because all participants were traced during the study.
Effect and complication of interventions
We conducted a meta-analysis with the identified and included two RCTs (113 patients). IP antibiotic administration was more effective than IV administration. The pooled risk difference between IP and IV was 0.13 (95% CI − 0.17 to 0.43). Safety assessment indicated less frequency of side effects in patients receiving IP administration. The pooled risk ratios of IV to IP regarding adverse drug reaction-related and administration route-related side effects were 5.13 (0.63 to 41.59) and 3.00 (0.14 to 65.90), respectively (Fig. 1).
PD-related peritonitis is a major complication of PD and is one of the leading causes of technical failure and mortality in patients receiving PD. To prevent serious clinical outcomes, proper management of peritonitis, including prompt diagnosis and empirical antibiotic therapy followed by subsequent management, is important. ISPD recommends empirical antibiotic therapy with a center-specific regimen covering both Gram-positive and Gram-negative microorganisms, immediately after appropriate microbiological sampling . The current recommendations of antibiotics are vancomycin or first-generation cephalosporin for Gram-positive organism coverage, and third-generation cephalosporin or aminoglycoside for Gram-negative organism coverage . In terms of antibiotic administration route, IP is preferred in ISPD recommendations, unless there are clinical presentations of systemic sepsis or a foreseeable delay (e.g., combination of catheter obstruction) in IP administration [3, 18].
While IP is a less common route than IV, oral or topic use of antibiotic administration in general clinical situations of infectious diseases, IP is regarded as a common and established antibiotic administration route in patients with PD-related patients. The usability of PD catheter as peritoneal access and the relative easiness of drug administration in outpatient clinics would contribute to the uniqueness. Oral antibiotic administration is also compatible with outpatient medical service, but it would be difficult to cover possible causative pathogens enough only with oral antibiotics. In addition, antibiotic treatment should aim for rapid resolution of inflammation to preserve the peritoneal membrane function, but oral administration generally requires additional time in drug absorption and intracorporeal drug delivery compared to IP and IV [19, 20]. IP antibiotic administration is an effective and practicable therapeutic approach to PD-related peritonitis. Efficacy and practical dosage of IP antibiotic administrations are recommended with published clinical experiences rather than pharmacokinetic studies, closely described in the current ISPD recommendations .
This study aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of IP antibiotic administration compared to IV administration in patients presenting PD-related peritonitis. We selected only two RCTs based on the eligibility criteria, and the efficacy of IV was not statistically significant compared to IP (Fig. 1). Safety was mainly affected by administration route-related complications. In addition, it should be noted that IP antibiotic administration is not covered by insurance at this time in Japan. In conclusion, the systematic review and meta-analysis suggested that IP antibiotic administration is more effective and safer in patients with PD-related peritonitis compared to IV antibiotic administration (GRADE 2C).
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Morimoto, K., Terawaki, H., Washida, N. et al. The impact of intraperitoneal antibiotic administration in patients with peritoneal dialysis-related peritonitis: systematic review and meta-analysis. Ren Replace Ther 6, 19 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s41100-020-00270-3
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