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Etienne Paris, Tonio Piscopo, Karen Cassar
Actinomycosis is a relatively rare infection caused by Gram-positive bacteria. We present the case of a 54-year-old, previously healthy, male patient with a history of severe penicillin allergy who developed severe pneumonia and empyema caused by Actinomyces meyeri. Presenting symptoms included productive cough, right upper quadrant pain, and chills and rigors. He required drainage of the empyema via tube and prolonged antibiotic treatment with intravenous ceftriaxone for 2 weeks followed by oral doxycycline for 6 months...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
Nika Byrne, Jillian H Plonsker, Lee A Tan, Richard W Byrne, Lorenzo F Munoz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 14, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Kourtney J Davis, David Hinds, Stephen P Motsko, Earl Goehring, Judith K Jones
PURPOSE: Our objective was to highlight the importance of database selection in observational research and to determine the incidence of corticosteroid-related events in patients exposed to fluticasone propionate intranasal spray (FPNS) compared with other intranasal steroids (INS). METHODS: After a feasibility study using an electronic medical record database in the UK (1990-2002), a retrospective cohort study was conducted using a large administrative claims database in the USA from 1994 to 2002 comparing the incidence and rate ratios of steroid-related events among intermittent, sub-chronic, and chronic FPNS use and other INS use episodes...
March 2016: Drugs—Real World Outcomes
Laurence Ducharme-Crevier, Michele G Mills, Priya M Mehta, Craig M Smith, Mark S Wainwright
BACKGROUND: The primary objective of this study was to characterize changes in cerebral blood flow measured using transcranial Doppler in children with central nervous system infections. We hypothesized that children with central nervous system infections have abnormal cerebral blood flow, associated with a greater frequency of complications and poor neurological outcome. METHODS: We conducted a single-center, retrospective study of children admitted to the neonatal or pediatric intensive care unit with central nervous system infection and undergoing transcranial Doppler as part of routine care between March 2011 and July 2015...
September 4, 2016: Pediatric Neurology
Nancy Y Chen, Jeffrey M Bender, Jennifer Dien Bard, Margaret J Trost, Mark H Corden
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 14, 2016: Hospital Pediatrics
Anca Meda Georgescu, Leonard Azamfirei, Krisztina Szalman, Edit Szekely
BACKGROUND: Over the last decades Staphylococcus aureus (SA) has become the dominant etiology of native valve infective endocarditis, with the community-acquired methicillin-sensible Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MSSA) strains being the prevailing type. CASE: We report here a case of extremely severe CA-MSSA aortic valve acute endocarditis associated with persistent Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (SAB) in a previously healthy man and include a literature review.The patient developed severe and rare complications (purpura, purulent pericarditis, intracerebral hematoma, and rhabdomyolysis) through systemic embolism; they required drainage of pericardial empyema and cerebral hematoma, the latter eventually caused a fatal outcome...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Eleftheria Chaini, Nikolaos D Chainis, Anastasios Ioannidis, Maria Magana, Chryssoula Nikolaou, Joseph Papaparaskevas, Melina-Vassiliki Liakata, Panagiotis Katopodis, Leonidas Papastavrou, George P Tegos, Stylianos Chatzipanagiotou
Lactobacilli are human commensals found in the gastrointestinal and genitourinary tract. Although generally conceived as non-pathogenic microorganisms, the existence of several reports implicating them in certain severe pathological entities renders this species as opportunistic pathogens. The case of a 58-year-old woman with mixed Lactobacillus infection is described. The patient was admitted in an outpatient clinic with community acquired pneumonia, and on the third day of hospitalization she presented rapid pneumonia deterioration...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
Menglan Zhou, Peng Wang, Sharon Chen, Bin Du, Jinlong Du, Fengdan Wang, Meng Xiao, Fanrong Kong, Yingchun Xu
BACKGROUND: Mycoplasma hominis, a well known cause of neonatal infection, has been reported as a pathogen in urogenital infections in adults; however, central nervous system (CNS) infections are rare. We report here the first case of M. hominis meningitis in China, post neurosurgical treatment for an intracerebral haemorrhage in a 71-year-old male. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a 71-year-old man who developed M. hominis meningitis after neurosurgical treatment and was successfully treated with combined azithromycin and minocycline therapy of 2 weeks duration, despite delayed treatment because the Gram stain of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) yielded no visible organisms...
October 12, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Suresh Kumar B, R Balajinathan, A V Alagavenkatesan, Balamurugan, Gurunamasivayam
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Yoko Karube, Yoshiyuki Ito, Morimichi Nishihira, Takashi Inoue, Osamu Araki, Sumiko Maeda, Satoshi Kobayashi, Masayuki Chida
A 58-year-old male underwent right lung transplantation from a brain-dead donor, after which acute rejection developed that was resistant to steroid pulse therapy. Rabbit-derived anti-thymocyte globulin (rATG) therapy was successful for controlling the rejection. However, following that therapy, the patient was affected by an opportunistic infection and suffered from repeated empyema. It is important to pay attention to immunosuppressive agent levels in blood following treatment, because ATG is a potent immunosuppressive drug and its effects can continue for more than 6 months after administration...
October 2016: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
Paolo Cariati, Almudena Cabello-Serrano, Fernando Monsalve-Iglesias, Maria Roman-Ramos, Blas Garcia-Medina
Complication of dental infections might be various and heterogeneous. The most common complications are represented by maxilar celulitis, canine space celulitis, infratemporal space celulitis, temporal celulitis and bacteremia. Among rarest complications we found: sepsis, bacterial endocarditis, mediastinitis, intracranial complications, osteomyelitis, etc. Although dental infections are often considered trivial entities, sometimes they can reach an impressive gravity. In this regard, the present study describes a case of dental infection complicated by meningitis, subdural empiema and cerebral vasculitis...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry
Li Lian Foo, Sook Hui Chaw, Lucy Chan, Dharmendra Ganesan, Ravindran Karuppiah
Tension pneumocephalus is rare but has been well documented following trauma and neurosurgical procedures. It is a surgical emergency as it can lead to neurological deterioration, brainstem herniation and death. Unlike previous cases where tension pneumocephalus developed postoperatively, we describe a case of intraoperative tension pneumocephalus leading to sudden, massive open brain herniation out of the craniotomy site. The possible causative factors are outlined. It is imperative to rapidly identify possible causes of acute intraoperative brain herniation, including tension pneumocephalus, and institute appropriate measures to minimize neurological damage...
September 27, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Anestesiologia
Antoni Payeras, Maria Peñaranda, Antonio Iñigo, Margarita Garau, José Luis Pérez, Carmen Gallegos, Melchor Riera
OBJECTIVES: To study the characteristics and outcomes of pneumococcal infections in patients aged ≥65 years since the authorization of the 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV-13) in Spain. METHODS: All pneumococcal pneumonias, empyemas or primary bacteraemias treated at two hospitals in Majorca from 2010 to 2015 were included. Clinical variables, serotypes, and antibiotic susceptibility were collected. RESULTS: Two hundred and forty-nine pneumonias, 11 primary bacteraemias, and 2 empyemas in 243 patients were studied; 181 (69...
August 11, 2016: Infectious Diseases
Diana Sbiti-Rohr, Alexander Kutz, Mirjam Christ-Crain, Robert Thomann, Werner Zimmerli, Claus Hoess, Christoph Henzen, Beat Mueller, Philipp Schuetz
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the accuracy of the National Early Warning Score (NEWS) to predict mortality and adverse clinical outcomes for patients with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) compared to standard risk scores such as the pneumonia severity index (PSI) and CURB-65. DESIGN: Secondary analysis of patients included in a previous randomised-controlled trial with a median follow-up of 6.1 years. SETTINGS: Patients with CAP included on admission to the emergency departments (ED) of 6 tertiary care hospitals in Switzerland...
2016: BMJ Open
Jun Hirai, Daisuke Sakanashi, Shusaku Haranaga, Takeshi Kinjo, Mao Hagihara, Hideo Kato, Hiroyuki Suematsu, Yuka Yamagishi, Jiro Fujita, Hiroshige Mikamo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: In recent years, Streptococcus anginosus group (SAG) bacteria are becoming increasingly recognized as important pneumonia-causing pathogens. Although several small studies have been reported, the features of SAG pneumonia remain unclear, because the identification of SAG from sputum cultures is not routinely performed in most microbiology laboratories. The aim of this study was to elucidate the clinical characteristics of SAG pneumonia. PATIENT AND METHODS: This was a retrospective case-control study utilizing data obtained in our hospital between September 2009 and June 2016...
September 25, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Tomoyuki Ogata, Teruo Urata, Daisuke Nemoto, Shigemi Hitomi
We report a case of thoracic empyema caused by Campylobacter rectus, an organism considered as a periodontal pathogen but rarely recovered from extraoral specimens. The patient fully recovered through drainage of purulent pleural fluid and administration of antibiotics. The present case illustrates that C. rectus can be a cause of not only periodontal disease but also pulmonary infection.
September 25, 2016: Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy: Official Journal of the Japan Society of Chemotherapy
Rodrigo Barboza Nunes, Bruno Francisco Müller, Federico Enrique Garcia Cipriano, Pedro Soler Coltro, Jayme Adriano Farina
Treatment of bronchial fistula (BF) after pulmonary lobectomy is a challenge. Often, patients require long hospital stay, have recurrent empyema and pneumonia, are susceptible to sepsis, often need broad-spectrum antibiotics, as well as various surgical approaches. With the advent and growing evidence of the benefits of negative pressure therapy (NPT), its use in some patients with BF has been reported with encouraging results concerning its feasibility and cost-effectiveness. The aim of this study was to demonstrate the application of NPT as a resource for BF treatment and comparatively analyze the overall cost of treatment...
July 2016: Revista do Colégio Brasileiro de Cirurgiões
Fadil Gradica, Lutfi Lisha, Dhimitraq Argjri, Cani Alma, Fahri Kokici, Flora Gradica, Valbona Rexha, Sali Gradica, Donika Ahmati, Perlat Kapisyzi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Journal of Thoracic Oncology
Yasser Aljehani, Zahra Al-Matar, Samah Nawar
Vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) is gaining popularity in the management of many types of acute and chronic wounds. The use of VAC devices in thoracic surgery is limited, but it appears to be promising in complex cases of empyema thoraces. We report a case of empyema necessitans, in which VAC was used to achieve complete wound healing after open drainage which was communicating with the pleural space.
2016: Case Reports in Surgery
Akif Turna
Turkey with a population of 78 million is located between Asia and Europe geographically and culturally. There are 577 active pure thoracic surgeon and 37 thoracic surgery teaching units. Thoracic surgeons usually deal with lung cancer patients due to relatively higher rate of tobacco usage as well as inflammatory diseases such as pulmonary hydatid disease, bronchiectasis and empyema. Minimally invasive thoracic surgery has been a new approach which is being adapted by increasingly more surgeons. There are a number of reasons to predict that the number of thoracic surgical cases will be increased and new generation of thoracic surgeons will be operating more minimally invasive resectional surgeries for most lung cancer in future...
August 2016: Journal of Thoracic Disease
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