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Cheon Tae Kim, Tae-Ok Kim, Hong-Joon Shin, Young Chun Ko, Yeong Hun Choe, Hak-Ryul Kim, Yong-Soo Kwon
Relatively little is known about the efficacy and safety of the programmatic use of bedaquiline and delamanid in multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) treatment. This study evaluated 61 patients with MDR-TB treated with bedaquiline (n=39), delamanid (n=11), or both, either sequentially (n=10) or in co-administration (n=1), for more than 1 month, combined with a World Health Organization-recommended regimen. Of these, 49 (80.3%) were men and 12 (19.7%) were women. The median age was 53 years (interquartile range [IQR]=38...
March 15, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Muhammad Saeed, Farhan Rasheed, Shagufta Iram, Shahida Hussain, Adeel Ahmad, Saba Riaz, Maqsood Ahmad
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the false negative results of Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) smear microscopy. STUDY DESIGN: Descriptive study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Mycobacteriology Laboratory, Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC) and Jinnah Hospital, Lahore (JHL), Pakistan, from February 2014 to August 2016. METHODOLOGY: A total of 3,951 (pulmonary 2,773 and extra-pulmonary 1,178) samples were collected from strong TB suspected patients attending JHL Lahore...
March 2018: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
Nicholas Agyepong, Usha Govinden, Alex Owusu-Ofori, Sabiha Yusuf Essack
Background: Multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria have emerged as major clinical and therapeutic dilemma in hospitals in Ghana.To describe the prevalence and profile of infections attributable to multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria among patients at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in the Ashanti region of Ghana. Methods: Bacterial cultures were randomly selected from the microbiology laboratory from February to August, 2015. Bacterial identification and minimum inhibitory concentrations were conducted using standard microbiological techniques and the Vitek-2 automated system...
2018: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Ye-Jin Lee, Sung Koo Han, Ju Hee Park, Jung Kyu Lee, Deog Keom Kim, Hee Soon Chung, Eun Young Heo
Background/Aims: Patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and tuberculosis (TB) have increased morbidity and a high risk of treatment failure or recurrence. It is important to manage both diseases simultaneously. Among anti-diabetic drugs, metformin inhibits intracellular growth of mycobacteria. Therefore, we examined the effects of metformin on TB treatment, especially in patients with DM. Methods: This retrospective cohort study included patients with culture-positive pulmonary TB diagnosed between 2011 and 2012...
March 16, 2018: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
Francles Blanco-Guillot, M Lucía Castañeda-Cediel, Pablo Cruz-Hervert, Leticia Ferreyra-Reyes, Guadalupe Delgado-Sánchez, Elizabeth Ferreira-Guerrero, Rogelio Montero-Campos, Miriam Bobadilla-Del-Valle, Rosa Areli Martínez-Gamboa, Pedro Torres-González, Norma Téllez-Vazquez, Sergio Canizales-Quintero, Mercedes Yanes-Lane, Norma Mongua-Rodríguez, Alfredo Ponce-de-León, José Sifuentes-Osornio, Lourdes García-García
BACKGROUND: Genotyping and georeferencing in tuberculosis (TB) have been used to characterize the distribution of the disease and occurrence of transmission within specific groups and communities. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that diabetes mellitus (DM) and pulmonary TB may occur in spatial and molecular aggregations. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of patients with pulmonary TB. The study area included 12 municipalities in the Sanitary Jurisdiction of Orizaba, Veracruz, México...
2018: PloS One
Chi Yang, Shaojun Zhang, Lan Yao, Lin Fan
Objective To investigate the diagnostic efficacy of an interferon-γ release assay, T-SPOT® . TB, for diagnosing active tuberculosis (TB) and to identify risk factors for false-negative results. Methods This retrospective study enrolled consecutive patients with active TB and with non-TB respiratory diseases to evaluate the risk factors for false-negative results when using the T-SPOT® . TB assay for the diagnosis of active TB. Patients with active TB were categorized as having confirmed pulmonary TB, clinically diagnosed pulmonary TB or extrapulmonary TB (EPTB)...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
Ray Y Chen, Laura E Via, Lori E Dodd, Gerhard Walzl, Stephanus T Malherbe, André G Loxton, Rodney Dawson, Robert J Wilkinson, Friedrich Thienemann, Michele Tameris, Mark Hatherill, Andreas H Diacon, Xin Liu, Jin Xing, Xiaowei Jin, Zhenya Ma, Shouguo Pan, Guolong Zhang, Qian Gao, Qi Jiang, Hong Zhu, Lili Liang, Hongfei Duan, Taeksun Song, David Alland, Michael Tartakovsky, Alex Rosenthal, Christopher Whalen, Michael Duvenhage, Ying Cai, Lisa C Goldfeder, Kriti Arora, Bronwyn Smith, Jill Winter, Clifton E Barry Iii
Background : By the early 1980s, tuberculosis treatment was shortened from 24 to 6 months, maintaining relapse rates of 1-2%. Subsequent trials attempting shorter durations have failed, with 4-month arms consistently having relapse rates of 15-20%. One trial shortened treatment only among those without baseline cavity on chest x-ray and whose month 2 sputum culture converted to negative. The 4-month arm relapse rate decreased to 7% but was still significantly worse than the 6-month arm (1.6%, P<0.01).  We hypothesize that PET/CT characteristics at baseline, PET/CT changes at one month, and markers of residual bacterial load will identify patients with tuberculosis who can be cured with 4 months (16 weeks) of standard treatment...
November 6, 2017: Gates Open Res
Mehmet Demirci, Suat Saribas, Nigar Ozer, Sezer Toprak, Emel Caglar, Gonenc Ortakoylu, Pelin Yuksel, Gulsel Ayaz, Hrisi Bahar Tokman, Omer Uysal, Harika Oyku Dinc, Tevhide Ziver, Bekir Kocazeybek
BACKGROUND: Several nucleic acid amplification techniques (IS6110, 16S rRNA, and 85B mRNA) were developed for the rapid, direct detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. We aimed to assess the diagnostic performance of 85B mRNA-based RT-qPCR by comparing with the real-time PCR COBAS TaqMan MTB Kit while using the BACTEC MGIT 960 method as the gold standard. METHODS: 60 patients with confirmed pulmonary TB and 60 individuals without TB were included as the study and control groups, respectively...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Ana C Blanchard, Ashley M Rooney, Yvonne Yau, Yu Zhang, Patrick J Stapleton, Eric Horton, Michelle Klingel, Sanja Stanojevic, Felix Ratjen, Bryan Coburn, Valerie Waters
BACKGROUND: Infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa (Pa) with a chronic phenotype is associated with antibiotic eradication therapy (AET) failure. Our objective was to determine whether higher levels of Pa (detected using qPCR) prior to culture positivity were associated with AET failure in pediatric CF patients. METHODS: Pa-specific qPCR was performed on stored sputa prior to culture positivity in pediatric CF patients with new-onset culture-positive Pa infections undergoing AET with a 28-day course of tobramycin-inhaled solution (TIS)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cystic Fibrosis: Official Journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society
Lisa A Carmody, Lindsay J Caverly, Bridget K Foster, Mary A M Rogers, Linda M Kalikin, Richard H Simon, Donald R VanDevanter, John J LiPuma
Bacteria that infect the airways of persons with cystic fibrosis (CF) include a group of well-described opportunistic pathogens as well as numerous, mainly obligate or facultative anaerobic species typically not reported by standard sputum culture. We sequenced the V3-V5 hypervariable region of the bacterial 16S rRNA gene in DNA derived from 631 sputum specimens collected from 111 CF patients over 10 years. We describe fluctuations in the relative abundances of typical CF pathogens, as well as anaerobic species, in relation to changes in patients' clinical state and lung disease stage...
2018: PloS One
Ji Soo Lee, Seung Hwan Lee, Kyeong Sik Kim, Eun Mi Gil, Gyu-Seoung Choi, Jong Man Kim, Kyong Ran Peck, Choon Hyuck David Kwon, Jae-Won Joh, Suk-Koo Lee
Purpose: Infection remains the main cause of morbidity and mortality in liver transplantation (LT) recipients; however infection is notoriously difficult to diagnose because its usual signs and symptoms of infection may be masked or absent. This study comprises an analysis of bacterial infections in the early period after LT. Methods: This is a study of 129 adults who underwent LT from January 2013 to December 2013, and it includes patients who were followed daily from the day of transplantation to 1-week posttransplantation using bacteriological cultures of blood, urine, sputum, and drained ascites...
March 2018: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
Giovana Rodrigues Pereira, Márcia Silva Barbosa, Natan José Dutra Dias, Carlos Podalirio Borges de Almeida, Denise Rossato Silva
BACKGROUND: Xpert MTB/RIF is increasingly used in many countries as the initial diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB). Few studies have evaluated the effect of Xpert on TB diagnosis under programmatic conditions in Brazil. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the impact of introduction of Xpert MTB/RIF on TB diagnosis in a city with high TB incidence in Brazil. METHODS: We included patients evaluated with conventional diagnostic tests during one year before Xpert introduction (pre-Xpert group) and patients evaluated using Xpert during one year after the test introduction (post-Xpert group)...
2018: PloS One
Takehiko Kobayashi, Kazunari Tsuyuguchi, Shiomi Yoshida, Yu Kurahara, Naoya Ikegami, Maiko Naito, Shoko Sonobe, Toshiya Maekura, Taisuke Tsuji, Shojiro Minomo, Yoshikazu Inoue, Katsuhiro Suzuki
Background: Among Mycobacterium abscessus complex infections, patients with M. abscessus subsp. abscessus (MAA) lung disease are difficult to treat and no standard therapy has been established. Few reports have investigated the drug susceptibility of these strains. We retrospectively investigated how in vitro drug susceptibility testing (DST) of MAA affects the induction of sputum conversion using pharmacotherapy. Methods: Patients with MAA lung disease diagnosed and treated between 2010 and 2014 at our hospital were enrolled and divided into Group A (sputum conversion without relapse within 1 year) and Group B (persistent positive cultured or negative conversion with relapse)...
January 2018: International Journal of Mycobacteriology
Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, Amrei von Braun, Mohammed Lamorde, Bruno Ledergerber, Allan Buzibye, Lars Henning, Joseph Musaazi, Ursula Gutteck, Paolo Denti, Miné de Kock, Alexander Jetter, Pauline Byakika-Kibwika, Nadia Eberhard, Joshua Matovu, Moses Joloba, Daniel Muller, Yukari C Manabe, Moses R Kamya, Natascia Corti, Andrew Kambugu, Barbara Castelnuovo, Jan S Fehr
Background: The relationship between concentrations of anti-tuberculosis (TB) drugs, sputum conversion and treatment outcome remains unclear. We sought to determine the association between anti-TB drug concentrations and sputum conversion among TB-HIV co-infected patients on first-line anti-TB drugs. Method: We enrolled HIV-infected Ugandans with pulmonary TB. Estimation of first-line anti-TB drug concentrations was performed 1, 2, and 4 hours after drug intake at 2, 8, and 24 weeks of TB treatment...
March 3, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Phan Vuong Khac Thai, Dang Thi Minh Ha, Nguyen Thi Hanh, Jeremy Day, Sarah Dunstan, Nguyen Thi Quynh Nhu, Vo Sy Kiet, Nguyen Huu Lan, Nguyen Huy Dung, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Lan, Nguyen Thuong Thuong, Nguyen Ngoc Lan, Phạm Thị Thúy Liễu, Nguyễn Thị Hồng, Đào Công Điệp, Nguyễn Thị Kim Thanh, Nguyễn Văn Hội, Nguyễn Văn Nghĩa, Trương Ngọc Đại, Hoàng Quang Minh, Nguyễn Văn Thơm, Jeremy Farrar, Maxine Caws
BACKGROUND: Drug resistant tuberculosis (TB) is increasing in prevalence worldwide. Treatment failure and relapse is known to be high for patients with isoniazid resistant TB treated with standard first line regimens. However, risk factors for unfavourable outcomes and the optimal treatment regimen for isoniazid resistant TB are unknown. This cohort study was conducted when Vietnam used the eight month first line treatment regimen and examined risk factors for failure/relapse among patients with isoniazid resistant TB...
March 6, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
Medard Beyanga, Benson R Kidenya, Lisa Gerwing-Adima, Eleanor Ochodo, Stephen E Mshana, Christa Kasang
BACKGROUND: Tuberculosis (TB) contact tracing is a key strategy for containing TB and provides addition to the passive case finding approach. However, this practice has not been implemented in Tanzania, where there is unacceptably high treatment gap of 62.1% between cases estimated and cases detected. Therefore calls for more aggressive case finding for TB to close this gap. We aimed to determine the magnitude and predictors of bacteriologically-confirmed pulmonary TB among household contacts of bacteriologically-confirmed pulmonary TB index cases in the city of Mwanza, Tanzania...
March 6, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
Qiao Liu, Peng Lu, Leonardo Martinez, Haitao Yang, Wei Lu, Xiaoyan Ding, Limei Zhu
BACKGROUND: Few prospective cohort studies, none in China, have investigated the relationship between treatment outcomes of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patients and sputum culture conversion. Factors affecting the time of the culture conversion throughout the whole course of the treatment have rarely been investigated. METHODS: This study was performed in four cities in Jiangsu province, China. MDR-TB patients were consecutively enrolled between December 2011 and March 2014...
March 6, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
Narendran Gopalan, Ramesh Kumar Santhanakrishnan, Alangudi Natarajan Palaniappan, Pradeep Aravindan Menon, Sekar Lakshman, Padmapriyadarsini Chandrasekaran, Gomathi Narayan Sivaramakrishnan, Devarajulu Reddy, Bhavani Perumal Kannabiran, Hemanth Kumar Kupparam Agiboth, Vijay Krishnamoorthy, Sridhar Rathinam, Chandrasekar Chockalingam, Tamizhselvan Manoharan, MahilMaran Ayyamperumal, Nalini Jayanthi, Kumar Satagopan, Ravichandran Narayanan, Raja Krishnaraja, Sekar Sathiyavelu, Bhanu Kesavamurthy, Chandra Suresh, Murugesan Selvachitiram, Gunasundari Arasan, Stella Susaimuthu, Prabhakaran Rathinam, Prabhakar Angamuthu, Lavanya Jayabal, Lakshmi Murali, Ranjani Ramachandran, Srikanth Prasad Tripathy, Soumya Swaminathan
Importance: The benefit of daily over thrice-weekly antituberculosis therapy among HIV-positive patients with pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) who are receiving antiretroviral therapy remains unproven. Objective: To compare the efficacy and safety of daily, part-daily, and intermittent antituberculosis therapy regimens in the treatment of HIV-associated pulmonary TB. Design, Setting, and Participants: This open-label, randomized clinical trial was conducted by the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, south India...
March 5, 2018: JAMA Internal Medicine
Navpreet K Dhillon, Joshua Tseng, Galinos Barmparas, Megan Y Harada, Ara Ko, Eric J T Smith, Gretchen M Thomsen, Eric J Ley
BACKGROUND: Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the United States, especially in the elderly, who have the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalizations and deaths among all age groups. Sepsis is one of many risk factors that is associated with higher mortality and longer length of hospital stay in this population partially due to the immunosuppressive effects of TBI. The significance of early indicators of infection, such as a positive blood, sputum, or urine culture, is not well described...
April 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
E Pavlenko, A Barbova, A Hovhannesyan, Z Tsenilova, A Slavuckij, B Shcherbak-Verlan, A Zhurilo, E Vitek, G Skenders, I Sela, A M Cabibbe, D M Cirillo, P de Colombani, M Dara, A Dean, M Zignol, A Dadu
SETTING: The true prevalence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Ukraine is not known. Available data are a decade old and limited to only one province. OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of MDR-TB among new and previously treated TB cases in Ukraine and explore the risk factors associated with drug resistance. METHODS: A total of 1550 sputum smear-positive pulmonary TB patients were recruited from 40 clusters throughout Ukraine...
February 1, 2018: International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
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