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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438133/evaluation-of-the-enhanced-meningitis-surveillance-system-yendi-municipality-northern-ghana-2010-2015
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Basil Benduri Kaburi, Chrysantus Kubio, Ernest Kenu, Kofi Mensah Nyarko, Jacob Yakubu Mahama, Samuel Oko Sackey, Edwin Andrew Afari
BACKGROUND: Meningitis is the inflammation of the meninges of the brain and or spinal cord. Global mortality rates vary from 2% to 30%. Epidemic meningitis remains a public health concern along the meningitis belt of Africa. Despite the operation of an enhanced meningitis surveillance system in Ghana, institutional mortality rates are estimated to range from 36% to 50%. In 2014, Yendi recorded 83 confirmed cases; with focal epidemics in some sub-municipals. We evaluated the system over a five-year period to find out whether it was achieving its objectives of systematic collection and analyses of data for the prevention or early detection of meningitis epidemics...
April 24, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429866/successful-multiple-organ-donation-after-donor-brain-death-due-to-actinomyces-israelii-meningitis
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Leonel Lagunes, Oscar Len, Alberto Sandiumenge, Elena Martínez-Saez, Tomás Pumarola, Marta Bodro, Antonio Macías, Jose T Silva, F Xavier Nuvials, Ramon Charco, Francesc Moreso, Teresa Pont
The increasing gap between availability of solid organs for transplantation and the demand has led to the inclusion of donors which according to current guidelines may be discarded, some of them because of the possibility for transmission of infection to their recipients. We present the first report, to the best of our knowledge, of a case of a brain-dead donor with a localized and treated Actinomyces israelii central nervous system infection who, after a thorough evaluation, led to successful transplant procedures in four recipients...
April 21, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417331/use-of-high-dose-oral-valacyclovir-during-an-intravenous-acyclovir-shortage-a-retrospective-analysis-of-tolerability-and-drug-shortage-management
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Milena M McLaughlin, Sarah H Sutton, Ashley O Jensen, John S Esterly
INTRODUCTION: In late 2011, a shortage of IV acyclovir led to the need to empirically substitute high-dose oral valacyclovir (HDVA) to conserve IV acyclovir for patients with confirmed herpes simplex virus (HSV) meningitis or encephalitis. This report describes the management of the most recent national IV acyclovir shortage by the Antimicrobial Stewardship Program (ASP) at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), Chicago, IL, USA, and the use of HDVA. Secondarily, we assessed the safety and tolerability of HDVA as an alternate to IV acyclovir during this shortage...
April 17, 2017: Infectious Diseases and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387984/practical-issues-in-using-eculizumab-for-children-with-atypical-hemolytic-uremic-syndrome-in-the-acute-phase-a-review-of-4-patients
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Chikako Terano, Kenji Ishikura, Riku Hamada, Yasuhiro Yoshida, Wataru Kubota, Yusuke Okuda, Shunsuke Shinozuka, Ryoko Harada, Sunao Iyoda, Yoshihiro Fujimura, Yuko Hamasaki, Hiroshi Hataya, Masataka Honda
AIM: Recently eculizumab, a monoclonal antibody to C5, was found to improve the disease course of atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS) and has been recommended as the first line treatment by an international consensus guideline. However, several practical issues in the use of eculizumab for the acute phase of aHUS have yet to be resolved. METHODS: Children who received eculizumab with diagnosis of aHUS between March 2010 and December 2015 at Tokyo Metropolitan Children's Medical Center were enrolled...
April 7, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369295/cranial-imaging-before-lumbar-puncture-in-adults-with-community-acquired-meningitis-clinical-utility-and-adherence-to-the-infectious-diseases-society-of-america-guidelines
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Lucrecia Salazar, Rodrigo Hasbun
Background: The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) guidelines delineate criteria for the use of computed tomography (CT) scan of the head before lumbar puncture (LP) in adults with community-acquired meningitis (CAM). There is limited data documenting adherence to these guidelines and assessing the clinical utility of brain imaging. Methods: A retrospective analysis from January, 2005 to January, 2010 in Houston, Texas. Results: Among 614 adults with CAM, 407 patients (66...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28351439/-revision-of-the-dutch-college-of-general-practitioners-practice-guideline-children-with-fever
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W E Eizenga, W Opstelten
- Fever in children is usually caused by benign viral infection.- Approximately 1-10% of children with fever has or develops a serious infection such as pneumonia, meningitis or pyelonephritis.- It is more important to timely recognize symptoms that may indicate a potentially serious disease course than to make an exact diagnosis.- Children < 3 months are at greater risk for a serious disease course.- During follow-up it is important to provide parents with proper advice on the expected disease course and who they should contact, and when, in cases of deterioration or concern...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279491/proposal-for-shorter-antibiotic-therapies
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C Wintenberger, B Guery, E Bonnet, B Castan, R Cohen, S Diamantis, P Lesprit, L Maulin, Y Péan, E Peju, L Piroth, J P Stahl, C Strady, E Varon, F Vuotto, R Gauzit
OBJECTIVES: Reducing antibiotic consumption has now become a major public health priority. Reducing treatment duration is one of the means to achieve this objective. Guidelines on the therapeutic management of the most frequent infections recommend ranges of treatment duration in the ratio of one to two. The Recommendation Group of the French Infectious Diseases Society (SPILF) was asked to collect literature data to then recommend the shortest treatment durations possible for various infections...
March 6, 2017: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266699/rapidly-progressive-and-almost-lethal-pneumonia
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Juancarlo Martínez-González, Carlos Robles-Arias, William Rodríguez-Cintrón
We herein describe the case of a 65-year-old male patient who presented with Osler's triad, which is the combination of endocarditis, pneumonia, and meningitis. This report is even more unusual since the pathogen isolated was the invasive and virulent strain of Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 3. The clinical entity described is also called Austrian syndrome. Even though rare in this antibiotic era, the syndrome remains one of high morbidity and mortality. This particular case is of paramount importance for the clinician reader...
March 2017: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264021/antimicrobial-use-in-paediatric-patients-in-a-teaching-hospital-in-ethiopia
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Hafte Kahsay Kebede, Hailay Abrha Gesesew, Tewodros Eyob Woldehaimanot, Kabaye Kumela Goro
BACKGROUND: Antibiotics use in in children are different from adults due to a lack of data on pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, efficacy and safety of drugs, different physiological spectrum, pediatrics populations being vulnerable to the majority of the illnesses, and the adverse effect of their irrational use is more serious. However, antibiotic use is not explored much in a paediatric population. The current study focused on antibiotic use among pediatric population using data from a tertiary hospital in Ethiopia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255529/calcified-middle-cranial-fossa-mass
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James Botros, Kimmo Hatanpaa, Brandon Isaacson, Samuel L Barnett
A 21-year-old male presented for evaluation of transient loss of consciousness and was found to have a hyperdense mass in the left middle fossa. He underwent craniotomy for tumor resection. Intra- and extradural invasion was noted. Gross total resection was achieved. Pathology demonstrated a densely cellular neoplasm with predominately spindle cell morphology in a collagen-containing stroma, areas of vascular proliferation, focal mineralization, and regions of cartilage formation. High mitotic index and regions of necrosis were seen...
January 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242865/metronomic-capecitabine-effectively-blocks-leptomeningeal-carcinomatosis-from-breast-cancer-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Michela Maur, Claudia Omarini, Federico Piacentini, Annalisa Fontana, Elisa Pettorelli, Stefano Cascinu
BACKGROUND Meningeal carcinomatosis is a rare complication in breast cancer patients. At present, there are no defined guidelines for its management. The efficacy of systemic treatment seems to depend on its ability to cross the blood-brain-barrier and its interaction with tumor vasculature. Metronomic chemotherapy is a known modality of drug administration able to inhibit tumor angiogenesis. CASE REPORT We present a case of symptomatic leptomeningeal carcinomatosis from breast cancer successfully treated with capecitabine...
February 28, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241253/a-quantitative-risk-based-approach-to-the-management-of-neonatal-early-onset-sepsis
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Michael W Kuzniewicz, Karen M Puopolo, Allen Fischer, Eileen M Walsh, Sherian Li, Thomas B Newman, Patricia Kipnis, Gabriel J Escobar
Importance: Current algorithms for management of neonatal early-onset sepsis (EOS) result in medical intervention for large numbers of uninfected infants. We developed multivariable prediction models for estimating the risk of EOS among late preterm and term infants based on objective data available at birth and the newborn's clinical status. Objectives: To examine the effect of neonatal EOS risk prediction models on sepsis evaluations and antibiotic use and assess their safety in a large integrated health care system...
April 1, 2017: JAMA Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207768/prevalence-of-mdr-pathogens-of-bacterial-meningitis-in-egypt-and-new-synergistic-antibiotic-combinations
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Mona M Abdelkader, Khaled M Aboshanab, Marwa A El-Ashry, Mohammad M Aboulwafa
The aim of this study was identifying bacterial pathogens involved in meningitis, studying their antibiotic resistance profiles, investigating the antibiotic resistance genes as well as evaluating the use of various antibiotic combinations. Antibiotic susceptibility tests were evaluated according to CLSI guidelines. Antibiotic combinations were evaluated by calculating the Fractional Inhibitory Concentration (FIC) index. A total of 71 bacterial isolates were recovered from 68 culture positive CSF specimens...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203777/2017-infectious-diseases-society-of-america-s-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-healthcare-associated-ventriculitis-and-meningitis
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Allan R Tunkel, Rodrigo Hasbun, Adarsh Bhimraj, Karin Byers, Sheldon L Kaplan, W Michael Scheld, Diederik van de Beek, Thomas P Bleck, Hugh J L Garton, Joseph R Zunt
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 14, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166254/establishing-a-cost-per-result-of-laboratory-based-reflex-cryptococcal-antigenaemia-screening-crag-in-hiv-patients-with-cd4-counts-less-than-100-cells-%C3%AE-l-using-a-lateral-flow-assay-lfa-at-a-typical-busy-cd4-laboratory-in-south-africa
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Naseem Cassim, Kathryn Schnippel, Lindi Marie Coetzee, Deborah Kim Glencross
INTRODUCTION: Cryptococcal meningitis is a major cause of mortality and morbidity in countries with high HIV prevalence, primarily affecting patients whose CD4 are < = 100 cells/μl. Routine Cryptococcal Antigen (CrAg) screening is thus recommended in the South African HIV treatment guidelines for all patients with CD4 counts < = 100 cells/μl, followed by pre-emptive anti-fungal therapy where CrAg results are positive. A laboratory-based reflexed CrAg screening approach, using a Lateral Flow Assay (LFA) on remnant EDTA CD4 blood samples, was piloted at three CD4 laboratories...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28162204/-evidence-based-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-the-treatment-of-dural-tears-and-the-consequent-cerebrospinal-fluid-leak-during-spine-surgery
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Dural tears (DT) and the consequent cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) leak are not rare in spine surgeries. CSF leak can be troublesome, leading to pseudomeningocele, cutaneous CSF fistula, and meningitis. Revision surgery is unavoidable in some cases. The reported incidences of DT and CSF leak are different according to the various pathologies. Ossification of the posterior longitudinal ligament, revision spine surgery and multi-segment laminectomy have higher risks for DT. Various techniques have been described to manage this complication, such as bed rest, repair with dural substitutes, fibrin glue, gelatin sponge, lumbar drain, muscle flap, etc...
February 1, 2017: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154539/temporal-association-of-certain-neuropsychiatric-disorders-following-vaccination-of-children-and-adolescents-a-pilot-case-control-study
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Douglas L Leslie, Robert A Kobre, Brian J Richmand, Selin Aktan Guloksuz, James F Leckman
BACKGROUND: Although the association of the measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine with autism spectrum disorder has been convincingly disproven, the onset of certain brain-related autoimmune and inflammatory disorders has been found to be temporally associated with the antecedent administration of various vaccines. This study examines whether antecedent vaccinations are associated with increased incidence of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anorexia nervosa (AN), anxiety disorder, chronic tic disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, major depressive disorder, and bipolar disorder in a national sample of privately insured children...
2017: Frontiers in Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153282/utilizing-online-dual-spe-lc-with-hrms-for-the-simultaneous-quantification-of-amphotericin-b-fluconazole-and-fluorocytosine-in-human-plasma-and-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Lihua Qu, Jing Qian, Ping Ma, Zheng Yin
Amphotericin B (AMB), fluconazole (FZ), and fluorocytosine (FC) are recommended for HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis (CM) patients as preferred antibiotics. This study presents a fast and automated online-dual-solid phase extraction (SPE)-LC coupled with high resolution mass spectrometer (HRMS) method to simultaneously measure the concentrations of AMB, FZ, and FC in human plasma and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Automated sample clean-up was performed on the human plasma and CSF samples with stop-flow heart-cutting two dimensional (2D) separation using a online-dual-SPE system, allowing retention and accumulation of AMB, FZ, and carbamazepine (CBZ, Internal standard (IS)) by the Oasis(®)HLB cartridge, and retention and accumulation of FC and 5-methylcytosine hydrochloride (MC, IS) by the HyperSep Hypercarb cartridge respectively...
April 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067181/pediatric-information-seeking-behaviour-information-needs-and-information-preferences-of-health-care-professionals-in-general-emergency-departments-results-from-the-translating-emergency-knowledge-for-kids-trekk-needs-assessment
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Shannon D Scott, Lauren Albrecht, Lisa M Given, Lisa Hartling, David W Johnson, Mona Jabbour, Terry P Klassen
The majority of children requiring emergency care are treated in general emergency departments (EDs) with variable levels of pediatric care expertise. The goal of the Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids (TREKK) initiative is to implement the latest research in pediatric emergency medicine in general EDs to reduce clinical variation. OBJECTIVES: To determine national pediatric information needs, seeking behaviours, and preferences of health care professionals working in general EDs...
January 9, 2017: CJEM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049382/use-of-intracranial-pressure-monitoring-in-bacterial-meningitis-a-10-year-follow-up-on-outcome-and-intracranial-pressure-versus-head-ct-scans
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Lykke Larsen, Frantz R Poulsen, Troels H Nielsen, Carl-Henrik Nordström, Mette K Schulz, Åse B Andersen
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcome of patients with severe bacterial meningitis where intracranial pressure (ICP) monitoring has been performed. METHODS: A retrospective observational study including patients admitted 1st(.) January 2005 to 31st(.) December 2014. Thirty nine patients age 18-89 years were included. All the patients received intensive care with mechanical ventilation, ICP monitoring, sedation, antibiotics and corticosteroids according to current guidelines...
May 2017: Infectious Diseases
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