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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817744/predictors-of-corneal-perforation-or-need-for-therapeutic-keratoplasty-in-severe-fungal-keratitis-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-mycotic-ulcer-treatment-trial-ii
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N Venkatesh Prajna, Tiruvengada Krishnan, Revathi Rajaraman, Sushila Patel, Ranjeet Shah, Muthiah Srinivasan, Manoranjan Das, Kathryn J Ray, Catherine E Oldenburg, Stephen D McLeod, Michael E Zegans, Nisha R Acharya, Thomas M Lietman, Jennifer Rose-Nussbaumer
Importance: Identifying patients with infectious keratitis who are at risk of experiencing a poor outcome may be useful to allocate resources toward high- risk patients, particularly in resource-poor settings. Objective: To determine baseline patient and ulcer characteristics that predict a high risk of developing corneal perforation and/or the need to undergo therapeutic penetrating keratoplasty (TPK). Design, Setting, and Participants: This is a secondary analysis of Mycotic Ulcer Treatment Trial II, a multicenter, double-masked, placebo-controlled randomized clinical trial that enrolled 240 patients with smear-positive filamentous fungal corneal ulcers who enrolled between May 2010 and August 2015...
August 17, 2017: JAMA Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810564/clinical-efficacy-of-conjunctival-flap-surgery-in-the-treatment-of-refractory-fungal-keratitis
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Honorine Nizeyimana, Dan-Dan Zhou, Xiu-Fen Liu, Xiao-Tao Pan, Cong Liu, Cheng-Wei Lu, Ji-Long Hao
The aim of the present study was to investigate the use and effectiveness of a selective, partial, pedunculated (tongue-shaped) conjunctival flap (CF) for the treatment of refractory fungal keratitis (FK) with or without perforation. A total of 31 cases of corneal diseases treated by CF surgery between April 2014 and October 2015 were evaluated. Among the 31 cases, 16 cases (male:female, 11:5) with FK were selected. Logistic regression analysis was used to investigate factors associated with complications of CF surgery...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802816/safety-and-efficacy-of-an-8-week-regimen-of-grazoprevir-plus-ruzasvir-plus-uprifosbuvir-compared-with-grazoprevir-plus-elbasvir-plus-uprifosbuvir-in-participants-without-cirrhosis-infected-with-hepatitis-c-virus-genotypes-1-2-or-3-c-crest-1-and-c-crest-2-part
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Edward J Gane, Stephen Pianko, Stuart K Roberts, Alexander J Thompson, Stefan Zeuzem, Eli Zuckerman, Ziv Ben-Ari, Graham R Foster, Kosh Agarwal, Alex L Laursen, Jan Gerstoft, Wei Gao, Hsueh-Cheng Huang, Brian Fitzgerald, Doreen Fernsler, Jerry J Li, Anjana Grandhi, Hong Liu, Feng-Hsiu Su, Shuyan Wan, Zhen Zeng, Huei-Ling Chen, Frank J Dutko, Bach-Yen T Nguyen, Janice Wahl, Michael N Robertson, Eliav Barr, Wendy W Yeh, Rebeca M Plank, Joan R Butterton, Rafael Esteban
BACKGROUND: New hepatitis C virus (HCV) therapies with pan-genotypic efficacy are needed. The goals of part A of C-CREST-1 and C-CREST-2 were to compare the efficacies of two doses (300 mg or 450 mg once daily) of uprifosbuvir (MK-3682; NS5B inhibitor) in an 8-week regimen combined with grazoprevir (NS3/4A inhibitor; 100 mg once daily) and an NS5A inhibitor, either elbasvir (50 mg once daily) or ruzasvir (MK-8408; 60 mg once daily), and to evaluate the safety and tolerability of these combination regimens in individuals infected with genotypes 1, 2, or 3...
August 9, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791060/outcome-of-single-piece-intraocular-lens-sulcus-implantation-following-posterior-capsular-rupture-during-phacoemulsification
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Masomeh Mohebbi, Seyed Ali Bashiri, Seyed Farzad Mohammadi, Behnaz Samet, Fariba Ghassemi, Elham Ashrafi, Fatemeh Bazvand
PURPOSE: To assess the safety and outcome of single-piece posterior chamber intraocular lens (PC-IOL) implantation in the ciliary sulcus following posterior capsular rupture during cataract surgery. METHODS: Patients with posterior capsular rupture during cataract surgery with a single-piece acrylic IOL implanted into the ciliary sulcus were studied. Complete ocular examinations were performed after 6 months postoperatively. RESULTS: Twenty-four eyes were included...
July 2017: Journal of Ophthalmic & Vision Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770882/visual-outcome-in-patients-of-keratomycosis-at-a-tertiary-care-centre-in-larkana-pakistan
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Syed Imtiaz Ali Shah, Shujaat Ali Shah, Partab Rai, Naeem Akhtar Katpar, Safdar Ali Abbasi, Akbar Ali Soomro
OBJECTIVE: To study the post-treatment visual outcome of fungal keratitis. METHODS: This prospective study was carried out at Chandka Medical College and Hospital, Larkana, Pakistan, from March 2005 to March 2016. Patients with clinical features of fungal keratitis, with positive corneal scrapings for fungi, and those who followed up for a minimum period of three months after recovery from infection were included.Other causes of infectious keratitis were excluded...
July 2017: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28758436/-diagnostics-and-treatment-of-infectious-keratitis
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Nóra Szentmáry, László Módis, László Imre, Ágnes Füst, Loay Daas, Lenke Laurik, Berthold Seitz, Zoltán Zsolt Nagy
We summarize up-to-date diagnostic and treatment of infectious keratitis using literature data and some clinical examples. In the clinical practice, most commonly bacterial, herpetic, mycotic and acanthamoeba keratitis occur. Beside slitlamp examination, for diagnostic purpose, we analyse corneal sensitivity, perform in vivo confocal microscopy, polymerase-chain-reaction (PCR), in vitro culture and histological examination of the corneal sample. As conservative treatment we use primarily topical moxifloxacin or cephasolin with fortified tobramycin or gentamycin in bacterial, topical antiviral gel (in some cases in combination with systemic antiviral treatment) in part in combination with topical corticosteroids in herpetic, voriconasole or amphotericin-B in mycotic, and topical-triple-therapy (diamidine, biguanid and antibiotics) in acanthamoeba keratitis...
August 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755026/sensitivity-of-enzymatic-toxins-from-corneal-isolate-of-acanthamoeba-protozoan-to-physicochemical-parameters
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Viviane P Sant'Ana, Annette S Foronda, Denise de Freitas, Linda C Carrijo-Carvalho, Fábio Ramos de Souza Carvalho
Acanthamoeba is a free-living amoeba that causes severe corneal infection (Acanthamoeba keratitis) and produces a variety of extracellular enzymes, called exoproteome. Since physicochemical characters are suggested being associated with therapeutic profile and clinical severity of the infection, we investigated the physicochemical properties of proteolysis mediated by amoebic exoproteome. Corneal scraping was collected from a patient who showed typical symptoms of acute Acanthamoeba keratitis. Axenic amoeba was phylogenetically identified by 18S rDNA sequencing analysis...
July 28, 2017: Current Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754142/development-and-validation-of-a-real-time-pcr-assay-for-the-detection-of-clinical-acanthamoebae
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Nessika Karsenti, Rachel Lau, Andrew Purssell, Ann Chong-Kit, Marlou Cunanan, Jason Gasgas, Jinfang Tian, Amanda Wang, Filip Ralevski, Andrea K Boggild
BACKGROUND: Suboptimal agreement between molecular assays for the detection of Acanthamoeba spp. in clinical specimens has been demonstrated, and poor assay sensitivity directly imperils the vision of those affected by amoebic keratitis (AK) through delayed diagnosis. We sought to develop and validate a single Taqman real time PCR assay targeting the Acanthamoeba 18S rRNA gene that could be used to enhance sensitivity and specificity when paired with reference assays. METHODS: Biobanked DNA from surplus delinked AK clinical specimens and 10 ATCC strains of Acanthamoeba was extracted...
July 28, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28750792/heat-shock-proteins-70kda-eosinophil-cationic-protein-and-nitric-oxide-during-chronic-superficial-keratitis-in-dogs
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Renata Urban-Chmiel, Ireneusz Balicki, Andrzej Wernicki
The objective of the study is to determine the levels of eosinophil cationic protein (ECP), heat shock proteins 70, and nitric oxide ions measured as nitrite ions (Griess reaction) in dogs with chronic superficial keratitis (CSK). The study was conducted on 24 dogs with CSK. Blood sera from the animals were tested for concentrations of heat shock proteins 70, ECP, and nitrite ions before treatment and again 5 weeks and 6 months after treatment. Dogs with CSK were treated for 6 months with various regimes involving the use of ophthalmic drops containing dexamethasone, dimethyl sulfoxide, and cyclosporine...
March 2017: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28747368/fusarium-keratitis-in-germany
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Grit Walther, Serena Stasch, Kerstin Kaerger, Axel Hamprecht, Mathias Roth, Oliver A Cornely, Gerd Geerling, Colin R Mackenzie, Oliver Kurzai, Marie von Lilienfeld-Toal
Fusarium keratitis is a destructive eye infection that is difficult to treat and which results in poor outcome. In the tropical and subtropical areas the infection is relatively common and associated with trauma or chronic eye diseases. However, in recent years, an increased incidence has been reported in temperate climate regions. At the German National Reference Center, we observed a steady increase in case numbers since 2014. Here, we present the first German case series of eye infections with Fusarium spp...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739646/koh-mount-as-an-aid-in-the-management-of-infectious-keratitis-at-secondary-eye-care-centre
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Varsha M Rathi, Monica Thakur, Savitri Sharma, Rohit Khanna, Prashant Garg
AIMS: To report the clinical outcome of infectious keratitis managed after doing 10% KOH mount of corneal smears and reporting done by an ophthalmologist in the secondary eye care centre in South India. METHODS: 103 consecutive cases of microbial keratitis were studied. Inclusion criteria were presence of corneal infiltrate on slit lamp biomicroscopy. An ophthalmologist carried out microbiological evaluation of 10% KOH mount of corneal scrapings. No cultures were done at secondary centres...
July 24, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709990/in-vitro-development-of-an-effective-treatment-for-acanthamoeba-keratitis
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Á Ortillés, J Belloc, E Rubio, M T Fernández, M Benito, J Á Cristóbal, B Calvo, P Goñi
The aim of this study was to develop an in-vitro topical treatment for Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) effective against cysts and trophozoites. Qualitative assays were performed with voriconazole, chlorhexidine, propamidine, cellulase, tobramycin, ciprofloxacin and paromomycin as monotherapy and various combinations. Riboflavin with ultraviolet-A (R + UV-A) as monotherapy or combined with voriconazole and moxifloxacin was also tested. Quantitative assays to assess cyst viability after treatment were performed for the chemicals that showed the highest activity in the qualitative assays...
July 12, 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708218/microbial-characteristics-of-posttraumatic-infective-keratitis
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Blanche X Lim, Victor T C Koh, Manotosh Ray
PURPOSE: To determine the demographics, risk factors, clinical and microbiological characteristics, and treatment outcome of posttraumatic infective keratitis. METHODS: Consecutive patients with posttraumatic infective keratitis presenting to the Ophthalmology Department of a tertiary referral hospital in Singapore between March 2012 and March 2016 were prospectively identified. A standardized data collection form was used to document patient demographics, microbiological diagnosis, antibiotic sensitivity, and pretreatment and posttreatment ocular characteristics...
July 8, 2017: European Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704121/evaluation-of-in-vitro-antiamoebic-activity-of-antimicrobial-agents-against-clinical-acanthamoeba-isolates
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Hidemasa Nakaminami, Kentaro Tanuma, Kiichi Enomoto, Yukihiko Yoshimura, Tomoyo Onuki, Shin Nihonyanagi, Yukihiro Hamada, Norihisa Noguchi
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to elucidate in vitro antiamoebic activity of antimicrobial agents at short exposure times similar to those used for actual treatment against Acanthamoeba strains isolated from patients with keratitis. METHODS: The 5 clinical Acanthamoeba isolated in Japan were used in this study. Identification of genotypes for the Acanthamoeba isolates was performed using partial 18S ribosomal DNA (rDNA), including the ASA.S1 region sequences...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702317/fungal-keratitis-caused-by-metarhizium-anisopliae-complex
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Mahmood J Showail, Julianne V Kus, George Kar Tsui, Hall F Chew
PURPOSE: To report a case of fungal keratitis caused by Metarhizium anisopliae complex. METHODS: Case report. RESULTS: Our patient presented with a central corneal infiltrate. Fungal culture yielded a Metarhizium species. She was started on antifungal agents with no significant improvement. A therapeutic corneal transplant was performed after perforation. At two years follow up, she was free of infection. CONCLUSION: Metarhizium anisopliae is a very rare cause of keratitis...
September 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691942/rose-bengal-photodynamic-antimicrobial-therapy-a-novel-treatment-for-resistant-fusarium-keratitis
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Guillermo Amescua, Alejandro Arboleda, Neda Nikpoor, Heather Durkee, Nidhi Relhan, Mariela C Aguilar, Harry W Flynn, Darlene Miller, Jean-Marie Parel
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy of rose bengal PDAT for the management of a patient with multidrug-resistant Fusarium keratoplasticum keratitis unresponsive to standard clinical treatment. METHODS: This case report presents a clinical case of F. keratoplasticum keratitis not responsive to standard medical care. In vitro studies from patients culture isolated responded to rose bengal PDAT. Patient received two treatments with rose bengal 0.1% and exposure to green light with a total energy of 2...
September 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687682/bilateral-interstitial-keratitis-with-anterior-stromal-infiltrates-associated-with-reactive-arthritis
#17
Yi Eve Hsing, James Walker
A previously healthy 48-year-old man presented with a 1-week history of migrating polyarthropathy preceded by a viral illness, dysuria and bilateral red eyes. Ocular examination revealed anterior and interstitial stromal keratitis. He was systemically well but had raised erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C reactive protein and was positive for human leucocyte antigen B27 on extensive infective, rheumatological and autoimmune investigations. Although the exact triggering pathogen was not identified, clinical findings were consistent with reactive arthritis...
July 6, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677399/super-cationic-carbon-quantum-dots-synthesized-from-spermidine-as-an-eye-drop-formulation-for-topical-treatment-of-bacterial-keratitis
#18
Hong-Jyuan Jian, Ren-Siang Wu, Tzu-Yu Lin, Yu-Jia Li, Han-Jia Lin, Scott G Harroun, Jui-Yang Lai, Chih-Ching Huang
We have developed a one-step method to synthesize carbon quantum dots (CQDPAs) from biogenic polyamines (PAs) as an antibacterial agent for topical treatment of bacterial keratitis (BK). CQDs synthesized by direct pyrolysis of spermidine (Spd) powder through a simple dry heating treatment exhibit a solubility and yield much higher than those from putrescine and spermine. We demonstrate that CQDs obtained from Spds (CQDSpds) possess effective antibacterial activities against non-multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis bacteria and also against the multidrug-resistant bacteria, methicillin-resistant S...
July 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28676340/molecular-and-morphological-characterization-of-acanthamoeba-isolated-from-corneal-scrapes-and-contact-lens-wearers-in-argentina
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Rodolfo D Casero, Florencia Mongi, Laura Laconte, Fernando Rivero, Dario Sastre, Aníbal Teherán, Giovanny Herrera, Juan David Ramírez
In this study, we describe the frequency of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) in patients that assisted in the Ophthalmology Department and determine the species/genotypes of free living amoebas (FLA) isolates. FLA from Corneal scrapes (CS) and contact lens (CL) wearers were studied by morphological and molecular characterization. A database was constructed with sociodemographic, clinical findings and history of use of CL variables. During January 2000 and September 2016 patients with corneal pathology admitted to the Ophthalmology Service of the University Hospital in Córdoba city, Argentina were included in the study...
July 1, 2017: Infection, Genetics and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28664704/human-infections-caused-by-free-living-amoebae
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Katarzyna Król-Turmińska, Alina Olender
[b]Abstract Introduction[/b]. Among free-living amoebae that are widely distributed in nature only four genera/species are known as agents of human infections:[i] Acanthamoeba spp., Naegleriafowleri, Balamuthia mandrillaris[/i] and[i] Sappiniapedata[/i]. These amoebae are not well adapted to parasitism, and could exist in the human environment without the need for a host. Infections due to these amoebae, despite low morbidity, are characterized by relatively high mortality rate and pose serious clinical problems...
May 11, 2017: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
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