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Travis E Wright, K Keely Boyle, Thomas R Duquin, John K Crane
BACKGROUND: Many studies have noted an increase in the number of recognized cases of invasive infections due to Propionibacterium acnes, especially after shoulder replacement surgery. The increase in the number of recognized cases of P. acnes, a nonspore-forming, anaerobic, Gram-positive organism, appears due to both an increase in the number of shoulder operations being performed and more specimens being sent for anaerobic cultures. Nevertheless, the optimal surgical and antibiotic management of P...
2016: Infectious Diseases
Fabrizio Anniballi, Silvia Fillo, Francesco Giordani, Bruna Auricchio, Domenico Azarnia Tehran, Enrica di Stefano, Giuseppina Mandarino, Dario De Medici, Florigio Lista
Clostridium botulinum is the bacterial agent of botulism, a rare but severe neuro-paralytic disease. Because of its high impact, in Italy botulism is monitored by an ad hoc surveillance system. The National Reference Centre for Botulism, as part of this system, collects and analyzes all demographic, epidemiologic, microbiological, and molecular data recovered during cases and/or outbreaks occurred in Italy. A panel of 312 C. botulinum strains belonging to group I were submitted to MLVA sub-typing. Strains, isolated from clinical specimens, food and environmental samples collected during the surveillance activities, were representative of all forms of botulism from all Italian regions...
October 19, 2016: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
P V Surase, G Nataraj, K Pattamadai, P R Mehta, A R Pazare, M C Agarwal, R N Nanavati
AIMS: Comparison of conventional blood culture with BACTEC 9050 for rate and time to detection of microorganisms. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A prospective study was carried out in a multispecialty tertiary care teaching hospital. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 835 paired specimens (797 blood and 38 nonblood specimens) were collected and processed according to standard microbiological procedures by both conventional method as well as by BACTEC 9050 automated culture system...
October 2016: Journal of Postgraduate Medicine
Tiemei Zhao, Liang-An Chen, Ping Wang, Guizhen Tian, Feng Ye, Huili Zhu, Bei He, Baiying Zhang, Changzhou Shao, Zhijun Jie, Xiwen Gao, Dongxia Wang, Weidong Song, Zhijie Pan, Jin Chen, Xingyi Zhang, Zhancheng Gao, Ping Chen, Youning Liu
BACKGROUND: To compare 5-day regimen of levofloxacin 750 mg IV daily with 7-14-day conventional regimen of levofloxacin 500 mg intravenous to oral (IV/PO) daily for treatment of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in Chinese population. METHODS: This was a non-inferiority study to assess the difference of clinical efficacy at the end of treatment (EOT) between two regimens. Adult CAP patients with CURB-65 score 0-2 were enrolled from 17 hospitals in China from November 2012 to July 2014...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
M Mulet, M Gomila, A Ramírez, S Cardew, E R B Moore, J Lalucat, E García-Valdés
Fifty-two Pseudomonas strains that were difficult to identify at the species level in the phenotypic routine characterizations employed by clinical microbiology laboratories were selected for genotypic-based analysis. Species level identifications were done initially by partial sequencing of the DNA dependent RNA polymerase sub-unit D gene (rpoD). Two other gene sequences, for the small sub-unit ribosonal RNA (16S rRNA) and for DNA gyrase sub-unit B (gyrB) were added in a multilocus sequence analysis (MLSA) study to confirm the species identifications...
October 15, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Emilio Bouza, José Martínez-Alarcón, Emilio Maseda, Mercedes Palomar, Rafael Zaragoza, María Jesús Pérez-Granda, Patricia Muñoz, Almudena Burillo
INTRODUCTION: Current guidelines for the microbiological diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) are imprecise. Based on data provided by intensive care specialists (ICS) and microbiologists, this study defines the clinical practices and microbiological techniques currently used for an aetiological diagnosis of VAP and pinpoints deficiencies. METHODS: Eighty hospitals in the national health network with intensive care and microbiology departments were sent two questionnaires, one for each department, in order to collect data on VAP diagnosis for the previous year...
October 13, 2016: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
Katalin Kristóf, Júlia Pongrácz
The proper use and interpretation of blood microbiology results may be one of the most challenging and one of the most important functions of clinical microbiology laboratories. Effective implementation of this function requires careful consideration of specimen collection and processing, pathogen detection techniques, and prompt and precise reporting of identification and susceptibility results. The responsibility of the treating physician is proper formulation of the analytical request and to provide the laboratory with complete and precise patient information, which are inevitable prerequisites of a proper testing and interpretation...
April 2016: EJIFCC
S Heytens, J Boelens, G Claeys, A DeSutter, T Christiaens
Treatment of cystitis in primary care is usually empirical, guided by the prior probability of causal pathogens and their susceptibility. To re-evaluate empirical treatment guidelines, the actual distribution and susceptibility of uropathogens was examined and compared with two previous surveys in Belgium over the past 20 years. Because of the alarming increase in carriage of extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)- and carbapenemase-producing Escherichia coli, this specific resistance was explored. From May 2014 to December 2015, 120 general practitioners collected midstream urine specimens from adult pre- and postmenopausal female patients with suspected cystitis...
September 17, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
Chia-Yi Lee, Yi-Ju Ho, Chi-Chin Sun, Hsin-Chiung Lin, Ching-Hsi Hsiao, David Hui-Kang Ma, Chi-Chun Lai, Hung-Chi Chen
Aspergillus species produces a wide spectrum of fungal diseases like endophthalmitis and fungal keratitis ophthalmologically, but there has been no report about blepharitis caused by Aspergilus flavus to date. Herein, we report a 61-year-old ethnic Han Taiwanese male who had suffered from pain with burning and foreign body sensation after an insect bite on his left eye. Specimens from bilateral eyelids suggested infection of A. flavus, whereas corneal scraping showed the presence of Gram-negative bacteria. He was admitted for treatment of infectious keratitis with topical antibiotic and antifungal eye drops...
September 12, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Antonio Osculati, Silvia Damiana Visonà, Francesco Ventura, Francesca Castelli, Luisa Andrello
BACKGROUND: Generally, rheumatic heart disease is, today, sporadic in developed countries, even though it continues to be a major health hazard in the developing ones. It is also a very rare cause of sudden unexpected death. We report a case of a 15-year-old boy who suddenly died at home. Since 3 days he had presented fever and chest pain. The family physician had diagnosed bronchitis and treated the boy with amoxicillin. METHODS: Seven hours after death, a forensic autopsy were performed ...
August 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
S Masse, L Minodier, G Heuze, T Blanchon, L Capai, A Falchi
BACKGROUND: To study the molecular epidemiology of the influenza outbreaks in nursing homes (NHs) to determine whether multiple influenza strains were involved. METHODS: From September to December 2014, NHs in Corsica were invited to participate in an ongoing daily epidemiological and microbiological surveillance for influenza-like illness (ILI) among residents and health care workers (HCWs). RESULTS: The study involved 12 NHs. Respiratory illness meeting the ILI case definition was observed among 44 residents from whom 22 specimens were collected...
2016: SpringerPlus
Guenter Russmueller, Rudolf Seemann, Kathrin Weiss, Victoria Stadler, Manuel Speiss, Christos Perisanidis, Thorsten Fuereder, Birgit Willinger, Irene Sulzbacher, Christoph Steininger
Medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) represents a complication of bisphosphonate treatment that responds poorly to standard treatment. In a retrospective cohort study we investigated a possible role of Actinomyces spp. in the pathogenesis of MRONJ. Deep biopsies of necrotic bone were collected during surgical treatment of MRONJ and evaluated by histology and microbiology for the presence of Actinomyces spp. Microbiological, demographic and clinicpathological data were analyzed for risk of Actinomyces-associated MRONJ...
2016: Scientific Reports
Daiichi Morii, Takayuki Yokozawa, Naoki Ichinose, Toshimi Oda
The blood culture contamination rate is often used to validate specimen-collection procedures. CUMITECH has set its optimal target to be 2% to 3%. However, the term "contamination rate" has been defined in many ways, limiting its generalizability. The definitions used in earlier studies can be divided into two categories; definitions based on clinical judgements, and those based on preset rules. According to each principle, the equation must be composed of a defined numerator and denominator. The problem with clinical definitions is that the decision is inevitably subjective, and the process is too cumbersome...
May 2016: Kansenshōgaku Zasshi. the Journal of the Japanese Association for Infectious Diseases
Yanan Zhao, Cécile Garnaud, Marie-Pierre Brenier-Pinchart, Anne Thiébaut-Bertrand, Christel Saint-Raymond, Boubou Camara, Rebecca Hamidfar, Odile Cognet, Danièle Maubon, Muriel Cornet, David S Perlin
BACKGROUND: Microbiological diagnosis of aspergillosis and triazole resistance is limited by poor culture yield. To better estimate this shortcoming, we compared culture and molecular detection of A. fumigatus in respiratory samples from French patients at risk for aspergillosis. METHODS: A total of 97 respiratory samples including bronchoalveolar lavages (BAL), bronchial aspirates (BA), tracheal aspirates, sputa, pleural fluids, and lung biopsy were collected from 33 patients having invasive aspergillosis (n = 12), chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (n = 3), allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (n = 7), or colonization (n = 11) and 28 controls...
2016: Frontiers in Microbiology
Benjamin A Lipsky, Matthew Dryden, Finn Gottrup, Dilip Nathwani, Ronald Andrew Seaton, Jan Stryja
BACKGROUND: With the growing global problem of antibiotic resistance it is crucial that clinicians use antibiotics wisely, which largely means following the principles of antimicrobial stewardship (AMS). Treatment of various types of wounds is one of the more common reasons for prescribing antibiotics. OBJECTIVES: This guidance document is aimed at providing clinicians an understanding of: the basic principles of why AMS is important in caring for patients with infected wounds; who should be involved in AMS; and how to conduct AMS for patients with infected wounds...
July 25, 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Jill L Campbell, Fiona M Coyer, Alison M Mudge, Ivan M Robertson, Sonya R Osborne
Candida albicans is the most prevalent human fungal commensal organism and is reported to be the most frequent aetiological organism responsible for infection associated with incontinence-associated dermatitis. However, it remains unclear whether incontinence predisposes a patient to increased Candida colonisation or whether incontinence acts as a trigger for Candida infection in those already colonised. The purpose of this observational cross-sectional study was to estimate colonisation rates of C. albicans in continent, compared to incontinent patients, and patients with incontinence-associated dermatitis...
August 1, 2016: International Wound Journal
Manuela Avolio, Shamanta Grosso, Graziano Bruschetta, Alessandro Camporese
We compared, in terms of microorganisms recovery, the discard of specimen collection swab, after swirling into its medium, directly at point of care, with its placing into the medium and vortexing on arrival in the laboratory. Our results show that these two procedures are overlapped in terms of bacterial recovery.
October 2016: Journal of Microbiological Methods
J B Sherchan, P Gurung, P Karkee, N Ranabhat, N Shrestha, H Ohara
BACKGROUND: Treatment of patients infected by multidrug resistant bacteria is a major challenge. Immunocompromised status, prolonged hospital stay, malignancy, diabetes are some of the risk factors for emergence of multidrug resistance. Our study focused on microbiological and clinical profile of multidrug resistant uropathogenic Escherichia coli. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study conducted between June 2014-May 2015 in Kathmandu University Hospital. Urine sample from outpatients and inpatients from which Escherichia coli isolated was included...
January 2016: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
I Shrestha, M Pokharel, A Dhakal, R Cm Amatya, S Madhup, J B Sherchan
Background Nasal packs are utilized nearly by otorhinolaryngologists for controlling epistaxis and post nasal procedures. Complications have been reported due to them; therefore the use of antibiotics is a common practice among otorhinolaryngologists. Objective To detect microbiological flora associated with nasal packing and find evidence to support the benefit of systemic antibiotics with it. Method A prospective, analytical study was conducted on 51 patients presenting to the Department of ENT, KUSMS from June to September 2015 who required nasal packing...
October 2015: Kathmandu University Medical Journal (KUMJ)
Albert E Jergens, Michael D Willard, Karin Allenspach
Flexible endoscopy has become a valuable tool for the diagnosis of many small animal gastrointestinal (GI) diseases, but the techniques must be performed carefully so that the results are meaningful. This article reviews the current diagnostic utility of flexible endoscopy, including practical/technical considerations for endoscopic biopsy, optimal instrumentation for mucosal specimen collection, the correlation of endoscopic indices to clinical activity and to histopathologic findings, and new developments in the endoscopic diagnosis of GI disease...
August 2016: Veterinary Journal
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