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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606185/non-malarial-infectious-diseases-of-antenatal-care-in-pregnant-women-in-franceville-gabon
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Irene Pegha Moukandja, Edgard Brice Ngoungou, Guy Joseph Lemamy, Ulrick Bisvigou, Antoine Gessain, Fousseyni S Toure Ndouo, Mirdad Kazanji, Jean Bernard Lekana-Douki
BACKGROUND: In sub-tropical countries, infectious diseases remain one of the main causes of mortality. Because of their lack of active immunity, pregnant women and their unborn children represent the most susceptible people. In Gabon, data on infectious diseases of pregnant women such as syphilis and rubella are either scarce or very old. Few studies have assessed T. gondii infection during pregnancy in the country. Here, we evaluate seroprevalence of HIV, HTVL-1, syphilis and T. gondii and rubella infection during antenatal care among women living in Franceville, Gabon...
June 12, 2017: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525592/neurosyphilis-increases-hiv-associated-central-nervous-system-inflammation-but-does-not-explain-cognitive-impairment-in-hiv-infected-individuals-with-syphilis
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Emily L Ho, Clare L Maxwell, Shelia B Dunaway, Sharon K Sahi, Lauren C Tantalo, Sheila A Lukehart, Christina M Marra
Background: HIV-infected individuals with previous syphilis have cognitive impairment. We tested the hypothesis that neurosyphilis causes cognitive impairment in HIV by amplifying HIV-related CNS inflammation. Methods: 132 HIV-infected participants enrolled in a study of CSF abnormalities in syphilis underwent the mental alternation test (MAT), venipuncture and lumbar puncture. CSF concentrations of chemokine (C-X-C motif) ligand 10 (CXCL10), chemokine (C-C motif) ligand 2 (CCL2) and neurofilament light (NFL) were determined by commercial assays...
May 19, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523053/seroprevalence-of-transfusion-transmitted-infections-among-different-blood-group-donors-at-blood-bank-lumhs-hyderabad
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Faheem Ahmed Memon, Ikram Din Ujjan, Amir Iqbal Memon, Abdul Rehman Shaikh, Ali Raza Rao, Arshi Naz
OBJECTIVES: To study the prevalence of HBsAg, Anti-HCV, HIV, Syphilis and Malaria in blood donors. METHODS: This is a cross sectional descriptive study, conducted at Blood bank and Transfusion center at Liaquat University of Medical & Health Sciences (LUMHS) Hyderabad, during the period from January, 2014 to June, 2015. A total of 4683 blood donors were screened for HBsAg, Anti-HCV and HIV on Architect 20001 (manufactured by Abbott), employing chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay (CMIA)...
March 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414665/a-case-of-early-neurosyphilis
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M Walker, R Wisler, J Simmons, A Johnson
INTRODUCTION: Neurosyphilis is an infection of the central nervous system by Treponema pallidum, which can occur after the initial syphilis infection. Although commonly associated with late stage disease, patients with early neurosyphilis may present with acute syphilitic meningitis, meningovascular syphilis, or uveitis. CASE: A 28 year old man with a past medical history of HIV (CD4 364);, and recent diagnosis of uveitis presented to the Emergency Department with a positive RPR result...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381602/cerebrospinal-fluid-treponema-pallidum-particle-agglutination-assay-for-neurosyphilis-diagnosis
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Christina M Marra, Clare L Maxwell, Shelia B Dunaway, Sharon K Sahi, Lauren C Tantalo
Limited data suggest that the cerebrospinal fluid Treponema pallidum particle agglutination assay (CSF-TPPA) is sensitive and a CSF Treponema pallidum hemagglutination assay (CSF-TPHA) titer of ≥1:640 is specific for neurosyphilis diagnosis. CSF-TPPA reactivity and titer were determined for a convenience sample of 191 CSF samples from individuals enrolled in a study of CSF abnormalities in syphilis (training data set). The sensitivity of a reactive test and the specificity for reactivity at serial higher CSF dilutions were determined...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230309/evaluation-of-positive-and-false-positive-results-in-syphilis-screening-of-blood-donors-in-rio-de-janeiro-brazil
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V S Sandes, S G C Silva, I J F Motta, L G C Velarde, S R de Castilho
OBJECTIVES: We propose to analyse the positive and false-positive results of treponemal and nontreponemal tests in blood donors from Brazil and to evaluate possible factors associated with the results of treponemal tests. BACKGROUND: Treponemal tests have been used widely for syphilis screening in blood banks. The introduction of these tests in donor screening has caused an impact and a loss of donors who need to be assessed. METHODS: This was a retrospective cross-sectional study of syphilis screening and confirmatory test results of blood donors that were obtained before and after adopting a chemiluminescent immunoassay (CLIA)...
February 23, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918574/quantitative-laser-biospeckle-method-for-the-evaluation-of-the-activity-of-trypanosoma-cruzi-using-vdrl-plates-and-digital-analysis
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Hilda Cristina Grassi, Lisbette C García, María Lorena Lobo-Sulbarán, Ana Velásquez, Francisco A Andrades-Grassi, Humberto Cabrera, Jesús E Andrades-Grassi, Efrén D J Andrades
In this paper we report a quantitative laser Biospeckle method using VDRL plates to monitor the activity of Trypanosoma cruzi and the calibration conditions including three image processing algorithms and three programs (ImageJ and two programs designed in this work). Benznidazole was used as a test drug. Variable volume (constant density) and variable density (constant volume) were used for the quantitative evaluation of parasite activity in calibrated wells of the VDRL plate. The desiccation process within the well was monitored as a function of volume and of the activity of the Biospeckle pattern of the parasites as well as the quantitative effect of the surface parasite quantity (proportion of the object's plane)...
December 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856515/very-high-incidence-of-syphilis-in-hiv-infected-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-buenos-aires-city-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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E Bissio, V Cisneros, G D Lopardo, L I Cassetti
BACKGROUND: The incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs), particularly syphilis, is high and continues to rise among some populations, especially among men who have sex with men (MSM). Furthermore, a higher incidence of STIs has been reported in HIV-positive than in HIV-negative MSM. OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of syphilis in a cohort of men with HIV in Buenos Aires city. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study. We examined the records and visits made by men with HIV aged >18 years in our institution during a 1-year period...
November 17, 2016: Sexually Transmitted Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27833516/utility-of-laboratory-diagnosis-for-confirmation-of-the-syndromic-case-management-in-married-indian-women-with-vaginal-discharge
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Prabhav Aggarwal, Sonali Bhattar, Satyendra Kumar Sahani, Preena Bhalla
OBJECTIVE: WHO and NACO recommend treatment of STIs/RTIs on the basis syndromic case management (SCM), even without laboratory confirmation, which may lead to over-treatment. Thus, this study was conducted to evaluate the utility of laboratory diagnosis for confirmation of patients with vaginal discharge diagnosed on the basis of SCM. METHODOLOGY: 234 married women in reproductive age group, diagnosed as having vaginal discharge syndrome were included. Normal saline wet-mount slide preparations were made for detection of motile trichomonads...
October 2016: International Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818966/sexually-transmitted-infections-among-hospitalized-patients-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-and-acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome-hiv-aids-in-zahedan-southeastern-iran
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Seyed Mohammad Hashemi-Shahri, Batool Sharifi-Mood, Hamid-Reza Kouhpayeh, Javad Moazen, Mohsen Farrokhian, Masoud Salehi
BACKGROUND: Studies show that nearly 40 million people are living with human immunodeficiency virus infection and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) around the world and since the beginning of the epidemic, about 35 million have died from AIDS. Heterosexual intercourse is the most common route for transmission of HIV infection (85%). People with a sexually transmitted infection (STI), such as syphilis, genital herpes, chancroid, or bacterial vaginosis, are more likely to obtain HIV infection during sex...
September 2016: International Journal of High Risk Behaviors & Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27779299/-neurosyphilis-in-the-21st-century-a-descriptive-study-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-madrid
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R N Villar-Quiles, J Porta-Etessam
INTRODUCTION: Neurosyphilis can occur at any time following infection by Treponema pallidum and its incidence has increased over recent years. The epidemiological and clinical pattern has undergone a substantial change in the post-antibiotic era. AIMS: To describe and analyse the population of patients diagnosed with neurosyphilis at a tertiary hospital in Madrid from January to May 2015. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the following data was performed: demographic, clinical, complementary tests -serology, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), neuroimaging- and progression of 28 patients diagnosed between 2008 and 2015...
November 1, 2016: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751728/macrophage-migration-inhibitory-factor-as-a-novel-cerebrospinal-fluid-marker-for-neurosyphilis-among-hiv-negative-patients
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Li-Rong Lin, Dan-Hong Lin, Man-Li Tong, Li-Li Liu, Jin-Yi Fan, Xiao-Zhen Zhu, Kun Gao, Mei-Jun Chen, Wei-Hong Zheng, Hui-Lin Zhang, Shu-Lian Li, Hui-Ling Lin, Zhi-Feng Lin, Jian-Jun Niu, Tian-Ci Yang
BACKGROUND: Neurosyphilis (NS) is difficult to diagnose, especially in syphilis patients with negative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rapid plasma reagin (RPR) or Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) tests. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study and an analysis of macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) in syphilitic patients to identify a novel marker for the diagnosis of NS, with a focus on probable NS (NS with negative VDRL/RPR tests). For this purpose, CSF and serum MIF concentrations were determined in 43 NS and 43 syphilis/non-NS (N-NS) patients at the Zhongshan Hospital of the Medical College of Xiamen University from July 2014 to June 2015...
December 1, 2016: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27650493/cxcl13-cxcl10-and-cxcl8-as-potential-biomarkers-for-the-diagnosis-of-neurosyphilis-patients
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Cuini Wang, Kaiqi Wu, Qian Yu, Sufang Zhang, Zixiao Gao, Yudan Liu, Liyan Ni, Yuanyuan Cheng, Zhifang Guan, Mei Shi, Haikong Lu, Yongliang Lou, Pingyu Zhou
At present, diagnosis for neurosyphilis remains a major clinical challenge. Venereal Disease Research Laboratory (VDRL) titer of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is suboptimally sensitive to diagnose neurosyphilis, which can be negative in neurosyphilis patients, especially in asymptomatic neurosyphilis patients. In the search for biomarkers of neurosyphilis, we investigated the chemokine profile in CSF of neurosyphilis patients and found that the concentrations of CXCL13, CXCL10 and CXCL8 were selectively elevated in neurosyphilis patients and correlated with CSF protein concentration and CSF-VDRL titer...
2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27646571/-skin-and-mucosal-erosions-revealing-secondary-syphilis-with-otologic-and-eye-disorders
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D Guedes de Carvalho, J Bouleau, M Pichenot, S Dive, L Duthoit, E Auxenfants, O Carpentier
BACKGROUND: The clinical polymorphism of syphilis leads to diagnostic issues. We report a case of secondary syphilis revealed by skin and mucosal erosions, and responsible for sensorineural hearing loss and asymptomatic papillitis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 55-year-old man presented oral and peri-anal erosions as the initial symptoms of secondary syphilis. He reported hypoacusis and a pure-tone audiogram revealed bilateral sensorineural hearing loss. Ophthalmological investigation revealed isolated right papillitis and superior temporal scotoma with blind-spot enlargement...
November 2016: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27625961/severe-acute-syphilitic-posterior-placoid-chorioretinitis-with-complete-spontaneous-resolution-the-natural-course
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Mónica Franco, Vanda Nogueira
PURPOSE: We report on a case of unilateral acute syphilitic posterior placoid chorioretinitis (ASPPC) with spontaneous resolution of the lesions, and discuss the role of an altered versus adequate immune response as the major pathogenic factor. METHODS: We describe a case of acute loss of visual acuity (VA) in the left eye (LE) in a 55-year-old healthy man. RESULTS: The patient presented with VA of 20/20 in the right eye (RE) and hand movements in the LE...
2016: GMS Ophthalmology Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27622443/characterization-and-six-month-follow-up-on-a-cohort-of-newborns-with-congenital-syphilis
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Cristian Vallejo, Yolanda Cifuentes
INTRODUCTION: Congenital syphilis is a preventable disease. However, the incidence in Colombia has increased and reached the figure of 3.28 cases per 1,000 live births in 2011.  OBJECTIVE: To characterize newborns with congenital syphilis and describe follow-up over 6 months following their diagnosis and treatment.  MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between August, 2011, and February, 2012, in Hospital La Victoria, sede Instituto Materno Infantil, newborns with congenital syphilis were identified and treated...
March 3, 2016: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27617616/les%C3%A3%C2%B5es-vesiculares-e-prurido-intenso-em-paciente-com-s%C3%A3-filis-secund%C3%A3-ria-manifesta%C3%A3-%C3%A3-o-cl%C3%A3-nica-at%C3%A3-pica
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Roberta Duarte Bezerra Pinto, Thiago Rubim Bellott Batista Nascimento, Jhéssica Pacheco Bicalho de Andrade, Fernanda Policarpo, Rogério Ribeiro Estrella, Enoi Guedes Vilar
Syphilis is an infectious disease with mucocutaneous lesions that are characteristic of their stage (primary, secondary, or tertiary). These are not always typical and may have other morphologies and unusual symptoms, making diagnosis difficult. The report herein is of a healthy woman with vesicular lesions associated with intense itching.  The diagnosis of secondary syphilis was confirmed with VDRL 1/512 and FTA Abs positive.  Histopathology showed spongiosis in the epidermis and infiltrated lymphocytes and plasma cell in the dermis...
June 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27585981/clinical-and-biological-characteristics-of-40-patients-with-neurosyphilis-and-evaluation-of-treponema-pallidum-nested-polymerase-chain-reaction-in-cerebrospinal-fluid-samples
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Clélia Vanhaecke, Philippe Grange, Nadjet Benhaddou, Philippe Blanche, Dominique Salmon, Perrine Parize, Olivier Lortholary, Eric Caumes, Isabelle Pelloux, Olivier Epaulard, Jérôme Guinard, Nicolas Dupin
BACKGROUND:  Syphilis remains a significant public health problem. We conducted a prospective study to define more precisely the clinical and biological characteristics of patients with neurosyphilis (NS), and we assessed the diagnostic value of nested polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for Treponema pallidum in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples. METHODS:  From 2001 to 2013, we included 40 patients (90% men; 45% infected with human immunodeficiency virus) with NS, defined as syphilis with neurological and/or ophthalmological symptoms and CSF abnormalities...
November 1, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27567281/-the-role-of-reflectance-confocal-microscopy-in-the-diagnosis-of-secondary-syphilis-of-the-vulva-and-anus-a-first-case-report
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A Leclercq, E Cinotti, B Labeille, B Cribier, A C Biron, C Vermersch, J Montlouis, F Cambazard, J L Perrot
PATIENTS AND METHODS: Herein we report the case of an 18-year-old pregnant patient presenting with plantar and ano-genital lesions of syphilis, pharyngitis, erythematosus and scalynasolabial intertrigo and angular cheilitis. REFLECTANCE CONFOCAL MICROSCOPY: In vivo reflectance confocal microscopy examination (Vivascope 3000(®); Caliber Inc, Rochester, NY, USA, distributed in France by Mavig, Munich) of ano-genital lesions enabled us to identify hyper-reflective elongated rods in the papillary dermis suggesting spirochetes...
November 2016: Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27525404/-transverse-myelitis-associated-with-toxocariasis-and-the-importance-of-locally-produced-antibodies-for-diagnosis
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Serap Ural, Behiye Özer, Fazıl Gelal, Derya Dirim Erdoğan, Nurbanu Sezak, Recep Balık, Tuna Demirdal, Metin Korkmaz
Toxocariasis caused by Toxocara canis or less frequently by T.catis is a common parasitic infection worldwide. Clinical spectrum in humans can vary from asymptomatic infection to serious organ disfunction depending on the load of parasite, migration target of the larva and the inflammatory response of the host. Transverse myelitis (TM) due to toxocariasis is an uncommon illness identified mainly as case reports in literature. In this report, a case of TM who was diagnosed as neurotoxocariasis by serological findings has been presented...
July 2016: Mikrobiyoloji Bülteni
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