Chapter 11. Biofilms in Medicine

  1. Simone Dürr2 and
  2. Jeremy C. Thomason3
  1. David A. Spratt,
  2. Derren Ready and
  3. Jonathan Pratten

Published Online: 29 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444315462.ch11



How to Cite

Spratt, D. A., Ready, D. and Pratten, J. (2009) Biofilms in Medicine, in Biofouling (eds S. Dürr and J. C. Thomason), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444315462.ch11

Editor Information

  1. 2

    School of Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University, Byrom Street, Liverpool, L3 3AF, UK

  2. 3

    School of Biology, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 7RU, UK

Author Information

  1. Microbial Diseases, UCL Eastman Dental Institute, 256 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LD, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 JAN 2010
  2. Published Print: 18 DEC 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405169264

Online ISBN: 9781444315462



  • biofilms in medicine;
  • biofilms in airways of patients with cystic fibrosis - chronic lung infections;
  • Staphylococci - frequent cause, responsible for all infections;
  • otitis media (OM);
  • scanning electron microscopy - for presence of Haemophilus influenzae biofilms;
  • infection of cornea leading to corneal ulceration - microbial keratitis in contact lens wear;
  • chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) - disease poorly controlled with antibiotic therapy;
  • dental caries (Plate IV F) - localised demineralisation of tooth tissue by acids;
  • periodontitis - group of advanced and related diseases of periodontal diseases;
  • cystic fibrosis (CF) - infectious disease because of basic pathophysiology


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Infection of the Head and Neck

  • Respiratory Tract

  • Gastrointestinal

  • Genitourinary

  • Surgical and Nosocomial Infections

  • Skin and Soft Tissues

  • Conclusions

  • References