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Ping-Feng Wu, Yi-Tsung Lin, Fu-Der Wang, Tsuey-Ching Yang, Chang-Phone Fung
PURPOSE: Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteraemia is associated with high mortality, and most monotherapies are beta-lactam-based. We aimed to investigate clinical outcomes of definitive fluoroquinolone monotherapy versus beta-lactam monotherapy for P. aeruginosa bacteraemia. METHODS: This retrospective study enrolled adult patients receiving definitive monotherapy with beta-lactam or fluoroquinolone between November 2013 and November 2014 at Taipei Veterans General Hospital...
March 20, 2018: Infection
Anthony J Mannion, Heather R Martin, Zeli Shen, Ellen M Buckley, JoAnn L Dzink-Fox, Alexis Garcia, Robert P Marini, Mary M Patterson, James G Fox
Non-human primates (NHPs) for biomedical research are commonly infected with Shigella spp. that can cause acute dysentery or chronic episodic diarrhea. These animals are often prophylactically and clinically treated with quinolone antibiotics to eradicate these possible infections. However, chromosomally- and plasmid-mediated antibiotic resistance has become an emerging concern for species in the family Enterobacteriaceae . In this study, five individual isolates of multi-drug resistant Shigella flexneri were isolated from the feces of three macaques...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
Qusay Abdoh, Lubna Kharraz, Khubaib Ayoub, Jana Khraim, Wafaa Awad, Aysha Sbeah, Safaa Turman
BACKGROUND: Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is considered the most important determinant of treatment failure. Monitoring the evolution of antimicrobial resistance to common antibiotics is therefore of special importance for clinicians. The frequency of resistance to antibiotics in Helicobacter pylori isolates is increasing. The aim of this study was to determine the pattern of H pylori antibiotic resistance at the An-Najah National University Hospital. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, we recruited patients older than 18 year who were admitted to the An-Najah National University Hospital...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Jing Li, Wei-Song Kong, Xin Liu, Yong-Qin Geng, Jin Wang, Yong Xu, Xue-Mei Li, Guang-Yu Yang, Min Zhou, Qiu-Fen Hu, Tao Li, Ci-Qing Jiang
A new isoflavone derivative was isolated from Rosa damascena by using various chromatographic techniques including silica gel, Sephadex LH-20, and preparative RP-HPLC separation. Its structure was identified as 4'-hydroxy-7-(3-hydroxypropanoyl)-6-methoxy-isoflavone using combined examinations of their UV, IR, MS, and NMR spectroscopic data. Biological activity test showed that this compound showed prominent antibacterial activity with MIC₉₀ value of (46±4) mg·L⁻¹ for methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) strain...
January 2018: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
Jin Yang Baek, Cheol-In Kang, So Hyun Kim, Kwan Soo Ko, Doo Ryeon Chung, Kyong Ran Peck, Nam Yong Lee, Jae-Hoon Song
The use of fluoroquinolones to treat respiratory tract infections and pneumonia due to Streptococcus pneumoniae has affected the emergence of resistance to this class of drugs. Increasing pneumococcal resistance to levofloxacin has become a major public health concern. We investigated the prevalence and genetic characteristics of levofloxacin-nonsusceptible S. pneumoniae (LNSP) clinical isolates in Korea. A total of 43 LNSP isolates collected from a national surveillance study at 13 tertiary hospitals between 2008 and 2014 were analyzed for serotype and antimicrobial susceptibilities to 19 antimicrobial agents as well as the quinolone resistance-determining region mutation...
February 16, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Jennifer Kranz, Stefanie Schmidt, Cordula Lebert, Laila Schneidewind, Falitsa Mandraka, Mirjam Kunze, Sina Helbig, Winfried Vahlensieck, Kurt Naber, Guido Schmiemann, Florian M Wagenlehner
BACKGROUND: We aimed to update the 2010 evidence- and consensus-based national clinical guideline on the diagnosis and management of uncomplicated urinary tract infections (UTIs) in adult patients. Results are published in 2 parts. Part 1 covers methods, the definition of patient groups, and diagnostics. This second publication focuses on treatment of acute episodes of cystitis and pyelonephritis as well as on prophylaxis of recurrent UTIs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An interdisciplinary group consisting of 17 representatives of 12 medical societies and a patient representative was formed...
March 14, 2018: Urologia Internationalis
L Gatta, C Scarpignato, G Fiorini, J Belsey, I M Saracino, C Ricci, D Vaira
BACKGROUND: The increasing prevalence of strains resistant to antimicrobial agents is a critical issue in the management of Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection. AIMS: (1) To evaluate the prevalence of primary resistance to clarithromycin, metronidazole and levofloxacin (2) to assess the effectiveness of sequential therapy on resistant strains (3) to identify the minimum number of subjects to enrol for evaluating the effectiveness of an eradication regimen in patients harbouring resistant strains...
March 14, 2018: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Kinh Van Nguyen, Trung Vu Nguyen, Hang Thi Thuy Nguyen, Duyet Van Le
Introduction: Pseudomonas aeruginosa has many mechanisms of resistance to fluoroquinolones. The main mechanism is to change the effect of two enzymes that open the DNA helix - the enzyme DNA gyrase ( gyrA ) and the topoisomerase IV ( parC ). In addition, mutations that render the MexAB-oprM pump ( mexR ) dysfunctional, leading to its overexpression, also enhance resistance to fluoroquinolones. In this study, we aim to detect point mutations of gyrA , parC , and mexR genes that are predicted to be associated with fluoroquinolone resistance in 141 fluoroquinolone-resistant clinical isolates of P...
2018: Infection and Drug Resistance
Mohd Rizwan, Mohd Akhtar, Abul Kalam Najmi, Kuldeep Singh
AIM: This study was carried out to record the sensitivity/resistance pattern of Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae towards antimicrobial drugs prescribed to urinary tract infection (UTI) patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 68 bacteriologically proven simple UTI patients were included in the study, based on inclusion and exclusion criteria. Subjects demographics, antibiotics prescribed, sensitivity pattern of antibiotics towards the urinary pathogens were recorded in drug utilization and documentation form...
March 12, 2018: Drug Research
Xiaoli Shu, Guofeng Yin, Mingnan Liu, Kerong Peng, Hong Zhao, Mizu Jiang
BACKGROUND: The decreasing eradication rate of Helicobacter pylori is mainly because of the progressive increase in its resistance to antibiotics. Studies on antimicrobial susceptibility of H. pylori in children are limited. This study aimed to investigate the resistance rates and patterns of H. pylori strains isolated from children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Gastric mucosa biopsy samples obtained from children who had undergone upper gastrointestinal endoscopy were cultured for H...
March 12, 2018: Helicobacter
Francesca Re, Ilenia Manfra, Filomena Russo, Caterina Plenteda, Angelica Spolzino, Elena Follini, Maria Gullo, Claudia Romano, Maria Cristina Baroni, Franco Aversa
Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is a rare, life-threatening blood disorder characterized by intravascular hemolysis, thrombosis and bone marrow failure. Acute kidney injury, including acute renal failure, have been reported in patients with PNH. We report the case of a 36-year-old male patient with PNH who developed acute kidney injury following an infection of undetermined diagnosis. Although hemolysis was initially controlled and renal function stabilized following packed red blood cell transfusion and empirical levofloxacin and prednisone, he later experienced recurrent episodes of hemolysis and hematuria requiring monthly red blood cell support...
March 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Michael Schloss, Daniel Becak, Sebastian T Tosto, Arash Velayati
BACKGROUND Levofloxacin covers a broad spectrum of pathogens and is readily prescribed by clinicians. Hepatotoxicity is a known but unusual complication of levofloxacin use. Here, we present a case of severe transaminitis caused by levofloxacin. CASE REPORT A young man in his thirties with a history of asthma, chronic alcoholism, methamphetamine intravenous drug abuse (IVDA), and non-compliant insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) presented to an emergency department with suicidal ideation. Vital signs were stable and the patient was noted to have cellulitis of the right forearm, for which cultures were drawn, and he received IV clindamycin...
March 10, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Katarzyna Talaga, Dalma Odrowąż-Konduracka, Beata Paradowska, Barbara Jagiencarz-Starzec, Zdzisław Wolak, Małgorzata Bulanda, Anna Szczypta
BACKGROUND: In the Małopolska province, the first case of vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE) occurrence was an outbreak in 2001 caused by strains of the genus E. faecium carrying the vanA operon. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study is to determine the antimicrobial resistance and the occurrence of virulence determinants among Enterococcus spp. in patients hospitalized in the Małopolska region in 2015. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Antimicrobial susceptibility was determined by disc diffusion and the E test...
January 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Bojan Tepes, Marko Kastelic, Miroslav Vujasinovic, Polona Lampic, Maja Seruga, Natasa Brglez Jurecic, Olga P Nyssen, Maria G Donday, Colm O'Morain, Francis Megraud, Adrian G McNicholl, Javier P Gisbert
Background: Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is the most common chronic bacterial infection in the world affecting over 50% of the world's population. H. pylori is a grade I carcinogen, responsible for the development of 89 % of noncardia gastric cancers. In the present study we analyzed the data for H. pylori eradication treatments in Slovenia. Patients and methods: Slovenia is a part of the European Registry on Helicobacter pylori Management from the beginning...
March 2018: Radiology and Oncology
Bartosz Urbaniak, Bartlomiej Milanowski, Janina Lulek, Zenon J Kokot
The commercially available coated tablets containing either racemic form of ofloxacin (Tarivid 200 mg, OfloHexal 200 mg and Ofloxacin-Ratiopharm 200 mg) or only levofloxacin S-(-)-isomer (Tavanic 250 mg) were examined. The aim of our study was to establish the kinetics of dissolution rate process of ofloxacin optical isomers (S-(-) and R-(+)-ofloxacin) from solid oral dosage forms using flow-through cell method (USP 4 method). The concentrations of analytes (racemic ofloxacin and its enantiomers) in the samples of tablet extracts as well as in dissolution media (0...
May 2017: Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica
Douglas Challener, Omar Abu Saleh
A 51-year-old woman from Wisconsin with past medical history of kidney transplantation from her sibling 8 weeks prior, presented with symptoms of shortness of breath, cough and a new skin rash over a 2-week period. She has just finished a 10-day course of levofloxacin for pneumonia without improvement. On presentation she was afebrile and her exam was remarkable for few discrete pustular lesions over the face, back and the soles (Figure 1). This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 7, 2018: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Leonel J F Estofan, Stanislav Naydin, Gediminas Gliebus
We present a case report of a 20-year-old male with diabetes mellitus type 1, who developed severe painful peripheral neuropathy while on the second of a 10-day course with levofloxacin for the treatment of epididymitis. The intensity of the pain rapidly reached scores of 10/10 in a numeric scale 0/10, and the patient was transferred to an inpatient pain unit where he was treated aggressively with minimal improvement. A skin biopsy revealed small fiber neuropathy. Then the patient was treated with intravenous immunoglobulin, which improved the pain...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Alexandra S Maia, Maria Elizabeth Tiritan, Paula M L Castro
Fluoroquinolones are a class of antibiotics widely prescribed in both human and veterinary medicine of high environmental concern and characterized as environmental micropollutants due to their ecotoxicity and persistence and antibacterial resistance potential. Ofloxacin and levofloxacin are chiral fluoroquinolones commercialized as racemate and in enantiomerically pure form, respectively. Since the pharmacological properties and toxicity of the enantiomers may be very different, understanding the stereochemistry of these compounds should be a priority in environmental monitoring...
March 3, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Chuanzhong Ye, Megan Ninneman, Judd S Christian, Fanglin Zhang, Dominique Musselman
Venlafaxine is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor commonly used for the treatment of depression. Although listed as an adverse reaction, seizure activity associated with a therapeutic dose of venlafaxine has rarely been documented. A review of the literature reveals only 2 cases of venlafaxine-induced seizures, both of which were generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients on doses at the higher end of the therapeutic range. We report the case of a 44-year-old woman undergoing antituberculosis therapy who suffered complex partial seizures after ingestion of a low therapeutic dose of venlafaxine extended release (ER)...
March 2018: Journal of Psychiatric Practice
Vasilios Papastergiou, Nicoletta Mathou, Sophia Licousi, Aikaterini Evgenidi, Konstantina D Paraskeva, Athanasios Giannakopoulos, Pinelopi-Zoi Stavrou, Evangelia Platsouka, John A Karagiannis
Background: The efficacy and applicability of molecular testing to guide the selection of antibiotics in triple Helicobacter pylori ( H. pylori) eradication regimens have not been reported. We tested a 7-day, genotypic resistance-guided triple H. pylori eradication therapy in a high-resistance setting. Methods: Consecutive dyspeptic patients with H. pylori infection were prospectively enrolled. Genotypic resistances to clarithromycin ( 23SrRNA mutations) and fluoroquinolones ( gyrA mutations) were determined from gastric biopsy specimens using a commercially available molecular assay (GenoTypeâ HelicoDR)...
March 2018: Annals of Gastroenterology: Quarterly Publication of the Hellenic Society of Gastroenterology
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