Special Issue: microbial biofilms in healthcare: formation, prevention and treatment

Karen Vickery*

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    Biofilms are a structured community of microorganisms that are attached to a surface. Individual bacteria are embedded in a bacterial-secreted matrix. Biofilms have significantly increased tolerance to removal by cleaning agents and killing by disinfectants and antibiotics. This special issue is devoted to diagnosis and treatment of biofilm-related diseases in man. It highlights the differences between the biofilm and planktonic (single cell) lifestyles and the diseases biofilms cause from periodontitis to breast implant capsular contracture. Biofilm-specific treatment options are detailed in experimental and review manuscripts.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number2001
    Pages (from-to)1-3
    Number of pages3
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2019

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    • Antibiotic
    • Antimicrobial peptides
    • Biofilms
    • Breast implants
    • Calcium sulphate
    • Candida auris
    • Dry surface biofilms
    • Periodontitis
    • Topical negative pressure wound therapy


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