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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184338/rapid-clinical-score-for-the-diagnosis-of-tuberculous-meningitis-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Raluca Jipa, Ioana D Olaru, Eliza Manea, Simona Merisor, Adriana Hristea
Objective: The aim of our study was to retrospectively validate a previously described rapid clinical score (RCS) in distinguishing tuberculous meningitis (TBM) from viral meningitis (VM) in people who are at increased risk of tuberculosis, as well as from cryptococcal meningitis (CM) in HIV-infected patients. Methods: We performed a retrospective study of patients admitted with a diagnosis of aseptic meningitis between January 2012 and December 2015, to a referral hospital for infectious diseases...
October 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29170349/52%C3%A2-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-pcr-lamp-for-the-rapid-identification-of-invasive-meningococcal-disease-in-the-emergency-department
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Thomas Waterfield, Bethany Patenall, James McKenna, Derek Fairley
BACKGROUND: Despite successful vaccination programmes meningococcal disease (MD) remains the leading infectious cause of septicaemia and death in children in the UK and Ireland.(1,2) The early diagnosis of MD significantly improves outcomes with reduced morbidity and mortality.(1,2) The early stages of MD are often indistinguishable from a simple viral illness making an early positive diagnosis of MD difficult.(1) Hibergene have developed a commercially available bedside Loop-mediated isothermal AMPlification PCR (LAMP-MD) test that is a highly sensitive 0...
December 2017: Emergency Medicine Journal: EMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164043/antiviral-activity-of-itraconazole-against-echovirus-30-infection-in-vitro
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Jae-Sug Lee, Hwa-Jung Choi, Jae-Hyoung Song, Hyun-Jeong Ko, Kyungah Yoon, Jeong-Min Seong
Objectives: Echovirus 30 is a major cause of meningitis in children and adults. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the antifungal drug itraconazole could exhibit antiviral activity against echovirus 30. Methods: The cytopathic effect and viral RNA levels were assessed in RD cells as indicators of viral replication. The effects of itraconazole were compared to those of two known antiviral drugs, rupintrivir and pleconaril. The time course and time-of-addition assays were used to approximate the time at which itraconazole exerts its activity in the viral cycle...
October 2017: Osong Public Health and Research Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163992/cd56-negative-aggressive-nk-cell-leukemia-relapsing-as-multiple-cranial-nerve-palsies-case-report-and-literature-review
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M Guerreiro, F Príncipe, M J Teles, S Fonseca, A H Santos, E Fonseca, P Gomes, C Marques, M Lima
Background: Aggressive natural killer cell leukemia (ANKL) is extremely rare and habitually manifests as a systemic disease with multiorgan failure that rapidly evolves to death. The neoplastic natural killer (NK) cells usually harbor the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) with a latent viral infection pattern type II; they often have a cytoplasmic CD3ε(+) and surface CD3(-), CD2(+), and CD56(+) immunophenotype, and they show complex genetic abnormalities affecting multiple tumor suppressor genes and oncogenes...
2017: Case Reports in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156511/molecular-epidemiology-and-prevalence-of-echovirus-30-in-zhejiang-province-china-from-2002-to-2015
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Yin Chen, Yi Sun, Juying Yan, Ziping Miao, Changping Xu, Yanjun Zhang, Haiyan Mao, Liming Gong
Echovirus 30 serotype (ECHO30) has been responsible for several, recent, worldwide outbreaks of viral meningitis. In Zhejiang Province, China, ECHO30 has been one of the main causes of viral meningitis for years. This study, using phylogenetic analysis on VP1 gene, was performed to investigate the general molecular epidemiology and genetic patterns of ECHO30 circulating in Zhejiang Province between the years 2002 and 2015. The nucleotide sequences of ECHO30 VP1 showed that they were 64.8% identical with the prototype strain, Bastianni, while the amino acids were 84...
November 21, 2017: Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142539/values-of-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-cerebrospinal-fluid-analysis-in-the-diagnosis-of-central-nervous-system-associated-infectious-diseases
#6
Dongfeng Zhang
Objective: To discuss the roles of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and cerebrospinal fluid analysis in the identification of central nervous system associated infection and provide a reference for the diagnosis and treatment of central nervous system associated infectious diseases. Methods: Seventy-six patients who developed central nervous system infection and were admitted into the Henan People's Hospital between June 2014 and October 2015 were randomly selected as an observation group...
September 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119851/clinical-characteristics-of-children-infected-with-enterovirus-d68-in-an-outpatient-clinic-and-the-association-with-bronchial-asthma
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Tsutomu Itagaki, Yoko Aoki, Yohei Matoba, Shizuka Tanaka, Tatsuya Ikeda, Katsumi Mizuta, Yoko Matsuzaki
BACKGROUND: All reports of increases in severe respiratory disease associated with human enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) are from hospital settings. However, there are few reports describing clinical characteristics in less severely affected populations. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational study from January 2010 to December 2015 in Yamagata, Japan. Using regional passive surveillance, 5794 respiratory specimens were collected from children who initially presented to an outpatient clinic with acute respiratory symptoms...
November 9, 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092659/cost-justification-of-the-biofire-filmarray-meningitis-encephalitis-panel-versus-standard-of-care-for-diagnosing-meningitis-in-a-community-hospital
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Dana K Soucek, Lisa E Dumkow, Kali M VanLangen, Andrew P Jameson
BACKGROUND: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) Gram stain and culture along with CSF viral polymerase chain reaction (PCR) are the current standard of care (SOC) to diagnose meningitis. Unfortunately, these tests take up to 72 hours to provide results and are not always sensitive to detect a pathogen. BioFire FilmArray (FA) meningitis/encephalitis (ME) panel uses PCR to provide quick, accurate identification of the causative organism. For community hospitals, the cost of this technology may be prohibitive...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049097/low-serum-uric-acid-levels-in-patients-with-acute-central-nervous-system-viral-infections
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Xiang Li, Qiaowen Tong, Dewei Xie, Zhibo Chen, Sipei Pan, Xu Zhang, Wanli Dong
Most acute central nervous system (CNS) viral infections lead to either encephalitis or meningitis. Many neurotropic viruses may cause CNS dysfunctions through various mechanisms including oxidative stress. Serum uric acid (SUA) levels, which are associated with oxidative stress and antioxidant status, are reduced in patients with various neurological disorders, including multiple sclerosis. We investigated the possible correlation between SUA levels and clinical disease status in patients with acute CNS viral infections...
December 13, 2017: Neuroreport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049009/seroepidemiology-of-coxsackievirus-b5-in-infants-and-children-in-jiangsu-province-china
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Fan Gao, Lianlian Bian, Xiaotian Hao, Yalin Hu, Xin Yao, Shiyang Sun, Pan Chen, Ce Yang, Ruixiao Du, Jingxin Li, Fengcai Zhu, Qunying Mao, Zhenglun Liang
Coxsackievirus B5 (CV-B5) is associated with various human diseases such as viral encephalitis, aseptic meningitis, paralysis, herpangina, and hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). However, there is currently no effective vaccine against CV-B5.The seroepidemiologic characteristics of CV-B5 remained unknown. A cohort study was carried out in 176 participants aged 6-35 months from January 2012 to January 2014. The serum samples were collected and tested for CV-B5 neutralizing antibodies (NtAbs) four times during these two years...
October 19, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042917/viral-infections-neonatal-mortality-and-the-mystery-of-the-athenian-agora-an-interview-with-professor-of-anthropology-maria-liston
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Ioannis N Mammas, Demetrios A Spandidos
Although excavated almost 80 years ago, the infants' 'bone well' of the Athenian Agora in Athens, Greece and its contents were never thoroughly evaluated and published, until only recently, when a re-analysis of the whole excavation findings was performed. The well dates back to the third quarter of the 2nd century BC and contained at least 449 infants. The project, which explored the causes of neonatal mortality, found that one-third of infants' deaths were attributed to neonatal meningitis, based on the presence of bone disposition on the endocranial surface of the studied skulls...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29033632/review-of-viral-encephalitis-cases-seen-at-a-tertiary-care-center-in-turkey-focus-on-herpes-simplex-type-1
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Beyza Çiftçi Kavaklioğlu, Eda Çoban, Aysu Şen, Elif Söylemezoğlu, Mehmet Ali Aldan, Dilek Atakli, Aysun Soysal
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to determine the incidence of herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE), known as the most common, potentially mortal, and treatable cause of sporadic encephalitis, in a sample Turkish population. METHODS: The demographic, clinical, laboratory, imaging, electrophysiology, and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) DNA results of patients examined with a pre-diagnosis of encephalitis were retrospectively examined. RESULTS: A total of 68 patients were included in the study...
September 2017: Noro Psikiyatri Arsivi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987194/overview-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-cytology
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Jasmin Rahimi, Adelheid Woehrer
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) cytology, i.e., the cytologic evaluation of its cellular composition, forms an integral part of the neurologist's armamentarium. Total and differential cell counts provide important first information across a spectrum of pathologic conditions involving the central nervous system and its coverings. CSF samples require immediate processing, ideally within 1 hour from collection. Upon centrifugation cytology is commonly assessed on May-Grunwald-Giemsa stains. Several additional stains are available for the identification of infectious agents such as bacteria or fungi, or the further specification of neoplastic cells by immunocytochemistry...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987172/acute-and-chronic-viral-infections
#14
Nikolaus Deigendesch, Werner Stenzel
A large number of viruses belonging to various families are able to cause central nervous system (CNS) infections and contribute significantly to burden of disease in humans globally. Most viral CNS infections are benign and self-limiting, and most remain undiagnosed. However, some viruses can cause severe inflammation, leading to morbidity and mortality, and result in severe long-term residual damage and neurologic dysfunction in patients. The potential of viruses to cause CNS inflammation greatly varies depending on host factors, such as age, sex, and genetic background, as well as viral factors...
2017: Handbook of Clinical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982020/streptococcus-phocae-in-marine-mammals-of-northeastern-pacific-and-arctic-canada-a-retrospective-analysis-of-85-postmortem-investigations
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Nicole D Taurisano, Brian P Butler, Diana Stone, Harry Hariharan, Paul J Fields, Hugh W Ferguson, Martin Haulena, Paul Cotrell, Ole Nielsen, Stephen Raverty
Streptococcus phocae is a pathogen of marine mammals, although its pathogenicity remains poorly understood. Recovery of this bacterium from asymptomatic carriers suggests that it is an opportunistic pathogen. We investigated the role of S. phocae in naturally occurring disease and its significance as a pathogen based on postmortem investigations. Between 2007 and 2012, 1,696 whole carcasses, tissue samples, or both were submitted from the northeastern Pacific and Arctic Canada for diagnostic testing. Streptococcus phocae was cultured from phocids (n=66), otariids (n=12), harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena; n=5), and sea otters (Enhydra lutris; n=2)...
October 5, 2017: Journal of Wildlife Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975967/application-value-of-procalcitonin-in-patients-with-central-nervous-system-infection
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X-F Zhang, X-Q Zhang, C-C Wu, H-W Wu, D Wei
OBJECTIVE: To study the application value of procalcitonin (PCT) in patients with central nervous system (CNS) infection. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 66 patients, including 24 patients with suppurative meningitis, 20 patients with viral meningitis and 22 patients with tuberculous meningitis, were enrolled. 20 patients admitted to the hospital due to epilepsy or headache without infection in the same period were enrolled as the control group. PCT, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (Hs-CRP), high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (Hs-CRP), protein quantification, chloride and glucose in serum and cerebrospinal fluid, were collected...
October 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973047/tlr3-is-required-for-survival-following-coxsackievirus-b3-infection-by-driving-t-lymphocyte-activation-and-polarization-the-role-of-dendritic-cells
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Renata Sesti-Costa, Marcela Cristina Santiago Françozo, Grace Kelly Silva, José Luiz Proenca-Modena, João Santana Silva
Type B coxsackievirus (CVB) is a common cause of acute and chronic myocarditis, meningitis and pancreatitis, often leading to heart failure and pancreatic deficiency. The polarization of CD4+ T lymphocytes and their cytokine milieu are key factors in the outcome of CVB-induced diseases. Thus, sensing the virus and driving the adaptive immune response are essential for the establishment of a protective immune response. TLR3 is a crucial virus recognition receptor that confers the host with resistance to CVB infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954265/differential-detection-of-enterovirus-and-herpes-simplex-virus-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-by-real-time-rt-pcr
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Brenda Sarquiz-Martínez, César R González-Bonilla, Clara Esperanza Santacruz-Tinoco, José E Muñoz-Medina, Héctor D Pardavé-Alejandre, Elizabeth Barbosa-Cabrera, José Ernesto Ramírez-González, José Alberto Díaz-Quiñonez
BACKGROUND: Enterovirus (EV) and herpes simplex virus 1 and 2 (HSV1 and HSV2) are the main etiologic agents of central nervous system infections. Early laboratory confirmation of these infections is performed by viral culture of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), or the detection of specific antibodies in serum (e.g., HSV). The sensitivity of viral culture ranges from 65 to 75%, with a recovery time varying from 3 to 10 days. Serological tests are faster and easy to carry out, but they exhibit cross-reactivity between HSV1 and HSV2...
September 28, 2017: Intervirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935665/evaluating-the-impact-of-implementing-a-clinical-practice-guideline-for-febrile-infants-with-positive-respiratory-syncytial-virus-or-enterovirus-testing
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Adrienne DePorre, David D Williams, Jennifer Schuster, Jason Newland, Jacqueline Bartlett, Rangaraj Selvarangan, Keith Mann, Russell McCulloh
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate clinical practice patterns and patient outcomes among febrile low-risk infants with respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) infection or enterovirus (EV) meningitis after implementing a clinical practice guideline (CPG) that provides recommendations for managing febrile infants with RSV infection and EV meningitis. METHODS: Our institution implemented a CPG for febrile infants, which gives explicit recommendations for managing both RSV-positive and EV-positive infants in 2011...
October 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929964/-investigation-of-bacterial-and-viral-etiology-in-community-acquired-central-nervous-system-infections-with-molecular-methods
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Hasip Kahraman, Alper Tünger, Şebnem Şenol, Hörü Gazi, Meltem Avcı, Bahar Örmen, Nesrin Türker, Sabri Atalay, Şükran Köse, Sercan Ulusoy, Meltem Işıkgöz Taşbakan, Oğuz Reşat Sipahi, Tansu Yamazhan, Zeynep Gülay, Sema Alp Çavuş, Hüsnü Pullukçu
In this multicenter prospective cohort study, it was aimed to evaluate the bacterial and viral etiology in community-acquired central nervous system infections by standart bacteriological culture and multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) methods. Patients hospitalized with central nervous system infections between April 2012 and February 2014 were enrolled in the study. Demographic and clinical information of the patients were collected prospectively. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples of the patients were examined by standart bacteriological culture methods, bacterial multiplex PCR (Seeplex meningitis-B ACE Detection (Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis, Haemophilus influenzae, Listeria monocytogenes, Group B streptococci) and viral multiplex PCR (Seeplex meningitis-V1 ACE Detection kits herpes simplex virus-1 (HSV1), herpes simplex virus-2 (HSV2), varicella zoster virus (VZV), cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein Barr virus (EBV) and human herpes virus 6 (HHV6)) (Seeplex meningitis-V2 ACE Detection kit (enteroviruses))...
July 2017: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
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