Hepatic disease and the risk of mortality of Vibrio vulnificus necrotizing skin and soft tissue infections: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Autoři: Po-Yao Chuang aff001;  Tien-Yu Yang aff001;  Tsan-Wen Huang aff001;  Yao-Hung Tsai aff001;  Kuo-Chin Huang aff001;  Hsu-Huei Weng aff002
Působiště autorů: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chiayi Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi, Taiwan aff001;  Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Taoyuan, Taiwan aff002;  Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Chiayi Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Chiayi, Taiwan aff003
Vyšlo v časopise: PLoS ONE 14(10)
Kategorie: Research Article
doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0223513



Vibrio vulnificus necrotizing skin and soft tissue infections (VNSSTIs) are associated with a high mortality rate that varies remarkably with host susceptibility. Hepatic disease (HD) is considered the key risk factor for high VNSSTIs incidence and mortality; however, there is limited evidence in the literature to support this observation.


We examined all reported cases of VNSSTIs and associated mortality rates between 1966 and mid-2018. The PubMed, Medline and Cochrane Library databases were systematically searched for observational studies on patients with VNSSTIs. Twelve studies with 1157 total patients with VNSSTIs were included in the analysis. From the pooled dataset, nearly half (46.8%) of the patients with VNSSTIs had HD. The mortality rate in HD patients with VNSSTIs was 53.9% (n = 292/542), which was considerably higher than the mortality rate of 16.1% (n = 99/615) in non-HD patients. Patients with HD contracted VNSSTIs were found to be two or more times (RR = 2.61, 95% CI = 2.14–3.19) as likely to die compared with those without HD. Besides, liver cirrhosis (LC), the end-stage HD, was confirmed to be a significant risk factor, with risk ratios of 1.84 (95% CI 1.21–2.79) and 2.00 (95% CI 1.41–2.85) when compared to non-LC and non-HD, respectively.


HD with or without LC can be associated with infections and complications from V. vulnificus. Clinicians should aggressively approach care and management of acutely and/or critically ill patients with VNSSTIs.

Klíčová slova:

Death rates – Medical risk factors – Metaanalysis – Skin infections – Skin tissue – Systematic reviews – Vibrio vulnificus – Soft tissue infections


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