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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342095/-advances-in-diagnostic-microbiology-opportunities-and-limitations
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F P Maurer, M Hentschke, H Rohde
In the light of ever increasing problems related to the emergence of multidrug-resistant bacteria, rapid microbiological diagnostics are of growing importance. Timely pathogen detection and availability of susceptibility data are essential for optimal treatment, but are even more crucial for de-escalation of broad spectrum empiric therapies. Medical microbiology is, thus, an integral part of antimicrobial stewardship programs. Traditional microbiological techniques for species identification and susceptibility testing rely on bacterial growth and are, thus, characterized by inherent slowness...
March 24, 2017: Medizinische Klinik, Intensivmedizin und Notfallmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340568/chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-skin-infiltration-mimicking-an-icd-pocket-infection-a-case-report
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M Snorek, A Bulava, I Vonke
BACKGROUND: We are presenting a case report on an unreported and unusual cutaneous manifestation of chronic lymphocytic leukemia in a patient with an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD). CASE PRESENTATION: A 65-year-old man with a history of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), previously treated with chlorambucil, was referred in October 2013 for extraction of a single chamber ICD due to a suspected device-related infection in the pulse generator area (left-hand side of Fig...
March 24, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338249/epidemiology-species-distribution-clinical-characteristics-and-mortality-of-candidaemia-in-a-tertiary-care-university-hospital-in-turkey-2007-2014
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Ayşegül Yeşilkaya, Özlem Azap, Mehtap Aydın, Mehtap Akçil Ok
Candidaemia still continues to be a serious medical concern and the epidemiology of candidaemia varies according to geographical areas. We aim to determine the incidence, local epidemiology, Candida species distribution and crude mortality rates of candidaemia. We retrospectively evaluated candidaemia episodes in between January 2007 and August 2014. We compared demographic, clinical, microbiological findings and mortality rates of episodes caused by Candida albicans and non-albicans Candida species. Overall the candidaemia incidences were 1...
March 24, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336165/suspicious-outbreak-of-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-caused-by-burkholderia-cepacia-in-a-surgical-intensive-care-unit
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LiPing Guo, Gang Li, Jian Wang, Xia Zhao, Shupeng Wang, Li Zhai, Hongbin Jia, Bin Cao
BACKGROUND: We reviewed Burkholderia cepacia infections in a hospital from 2013-2016 to report a suspicious outbreak that occurred in a surgical intensive care unit in 2015, and to outline the infection control measures adopted thereafter. METHODS: Review of the health care-associated infection data regarding B cepacia via the surveillance system, hospital information system, electronic medical records, and laboratory information system together with the outbreak investigation was managed by the health care-associated infection control team...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326064/contribution-of-ultra-deep-sequencing-in-the-clinical-diagnosis-of-a-new-fungal-pathogen-species-basidiobolus-meristosporus
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Emilie Sitterlé, Christophe Rodriguez, Roman Mounier, Julien Calderaro, Françoise Foulet, Michel Develoux, Jean-Michel Pawlotsky, Françoise Botterel
Some cases of fungal infection remained undiagnosed, especially when the pathogens are uncommon, require specific conditions for in vitro growth, or when several microbial species are present in the specimen. Ultra-Deep Sequencing (UDS) could be considered as a precise tool in the identification of involved pathogens in order to upgrade patient treatment. In this study, we report the implementation of UDS technology in medical laboratory during the follow-up of an atypical fungal infection case. Thanks to UDS technology, we document the first case of gastro-intestinal basidiobolomycosis (GIB) due to Basidiobolus meristosporus...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323727/experience-with-the-use-of-single-use-disposable-bronchoscope-in-the-icu-in-a-tertiary-referral-center-of-singapore
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Dominic C Marshall, Rucha S Dagaonkar, Chan Yeow, Anura T Peters, Siew Kin Tan, Dessmon Y H Tai, Soon Keng Gohs, Albert Y H Lim, Benjamin Ho, Sennen J W Lew, John Abisheganaden, Akash Verma
BACKGROUND: Flexible bronchoscopy is performed frequently in intensive care units (ICUs) for various indications using the reusable conventional bronchoscope (CB). Recently, "single-use disposable bronchoscope" (SB) was introduced into the health care industry. The purpose of this study was to compare the utility of SB with CB in ICU. METHODS: A retrospective review of medical records of patients undergoing flexible bronchoscopy in the ICUs in the year 2015. RESULTS: Ninety-three patients undergoing flexible bronchoscopy in the ICU were studied...
April 2017: Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323243/proteomics-of-facs-sorted-heterogeneous-corynebacterium-glutamicum-populations
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Andreas Harst, Stefan P Albaum, Tanja Bojarzyn, Christian Trötschel, Ansgar Poetsch
The metabolic status of individual cells in microbial cultures can differ, being relevant for biotechnology, environmental and medical microbiology. However, it is hardly understood in molecular detail due to limitations of current analytical tools. Here, we demonstrate that FACS in combination with proteomics can be used to sort and analyze cell populations based on their metabolic state. A previously established GFP reporter system was used to detect and sort single Corynebacterium glutamicum cells based on the concentration of branched chain amino acids (BCAA) using FACS...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317567/oral-mucosal-infections-insights-into-specimen-collection-and-medication-management
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REVIEW
Arvind Babu Rajendra Santosh, Baddam Venkat Ramana Reddy
Oral mucosal infections appear as localized or generalized lesions. Symptoms range from almost unnoticeable lesions to severe pain. Systemic disease, age, immunocompromised condition, and medication use are common causes. Local causes include dentures, poor oral hygiene, traumatized epithelium, ulcerations, dentures, implants, oral piercing, and reduced salivary secretion. Oral mucosal infections are underdiagnosed and microbiological diagnosis should be more frequently used. Candidiasis is most frequently diagnosed...
April 2017: Dental Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314997/clinical-and-microbiological-outcomes-in-haematogenous-spondylodiscitis-treated-conservatively
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Tiziana Ascione, Giovanni Balato, Sigismondo Luca Di Donato, Pasquale Pagliano, Francesco Granata, Gianluca Colella, Carlo Ruosi
INTRODUCTION: Spondylodiscitis refers to infections of the intervertebral disc and the adjacent vertebral body. Although it is still considered a rare condition, its rate is projected to increase. Mortality rate is considered to be low, but an estimated one third of the survivors experience residual disabilities. Literature shows that uncomplicated spondylodiscitis can be adequately treated by early antibiotic therapy and immobilization. The aim of the study is to evaluate the outcome of conservative treatment in patients with haematogenous spondylodiscitis...
March 17, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314783/umbilical-infections-in-foals-microbiological-investigation-and-management
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E Rampacci, F Passamonti, M Bottinelli, V Stefanetti, M Cercone, S Nannarone, R Gialletti, F Beccati, M Coletti, M Pepe
This study aims to investigate the bacteria involved in equine omphalitis and their susceptibility to antimicrobial drugs, and consequently to provide guidelines concerning the most suitable treatment protocol in accordance with the clinical, ultrasound and laboratory findings. Forty foals aged between one and 30 days were evaluated in the course of this investigation. An ultrasound examination of all umbilical remnants was carried out carefully in all foals; umbilical swabs were collected for bacteriological examination, and blood samples were collected for blood culture from 19 foals with fever and abnormal blood values...
March 17, 2017: Veterinary Record
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303810/emerging-challenges-and-opportunities-in-medical-microbiology
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EDITORIAL
Rajesh Bhatia
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298837/a-study-of-acute-muscle-dysfunction-with-particular-reference-to-dengue-myopathy
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Rajesh Verma, Vikram V Holla, Vijay Kumar, Amita Jain, Nuzhat Husain, Kiran Preet Malhotra, Ravindra Kumar Garg, Hardeep Singh Malhotra, Praveen Kumar Sharma, Neeraj Kumar
BACKGROUND: Acute myopathy is a common cause of acute motor quadriparesis which has various etiologies with different courses of illness and prognosis depending on the cause. Understanding this diversity helps us in proper approach toward diagnosis, predicting the prognosis, and possible complications and in improving the treatments that are being provided. This study was planned to study the clinical, electrophysiological, and etiological profile of patients presenting with acute myopathy...
January 2017: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298316/paediatric-infectious-keratitis-a-case-series-of-107-children-presenting-to-a-tertiary-referral-centre
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Julia Dutra Rossetto, Kara M Cavuoto, Carla J Osigian, Ta Chen Peter Chang, Darlene Miller, Hilda Capo, Oriel Spierer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Corneal ulcers can result in severe visual impairment in children. The recent trends of paediatric microbial ulcerative keratitis in the USA are unknown. The purpose of this study is to report the risk factors, microbiological profile and treatment outcomes of paediatric microbial keratitis in South Florida. METHODS: A university-based tertiary eye care centre retrospective case series between 1992 and 2015. Medical records of 107 paediatric patients (age <18 years) with the diagnosis of microbial ulcerative keratitis were analysed...
March 15, 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295235/cutaneous-manifestations-of-subcutaneous-and-systemic-fungal-infections-in-tropical-regions-a-retrospective-study-from-a-referral-center-in-southern-taiwan
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Wen-Chien Tsai, Chih-Hung Lee, Wei-Min Wu, Shang-Hung Lin, Yi-Chien Yang, Yu-Wen Cheng, Ji-Chen Ho, Kwei-Lan Liu
BACKGROUND: Deep cutaneous fungal infections, including subcutaneous mycoses and systemic fungal infection with cutaneous involvement, cause significant morbidity and mortality in light of increasing immunocompromised patients and global warming. Although a few studies reviewed deep fungal infections in temperate regions, a relevant study in tropical regions is lacking. We evaluated features of deep cutaneous fungal infections in southern Taiwan among the tropical regions. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all histopathological specimens with deep cutaneous fungal infections in a single referral center from 2001 to 2014 and successfully identified 23 cases...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289460/the-evaluation-of-mrsa-surveillance-cultures-by-the-number-and-combinations-of-anatomical-sites
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Irena Grmek Kosnik, Alenka Storman, Ziva Petrovic, Slavica Robnik, Urska Dermota, Tjasa Zohar Cretnik
INTRODUCTION: The identification of patients infected and/or colonised by methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is necessary for the timely introduction of measures for infection control. We compared the diagnostic efficacy of combinations of MRSA surveillance swabs routinely taken by health institutions in the country. METHODS: All surveillance samples, which were sent for a microbiological analysis to detect MRSA with the culture method in 2014, in the three departments for medical microbiology of the National Laboratory for Health, Environment and Food, were included in this study...
March 1, 2017: Zdravstveno Varstvo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284111/characteristics-and-predictors-of-outcome-of-spontaneous-spinal-epidural-abscesses-treated-conservatively-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-a-referral-center
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Nikolaos Spernovasilis, Stelios Demetriou, Maria Bachlitzanaki, Ioannis Gialamas, Kalliopi Alpantaki, Georgios Hamilos, Apostolos Karantanas, Achilleas Gikas
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have shown that in carefully selected patients, conservative treatment alone can be an option in the management of spinal epidural abscess (SEA). The aim of this study was to identify prognostic factors of outcome in patients with spontaneous SEA treated conservatively. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of all patients with spontaneous SEA treated with antibiotics alone from January 2012 to December 2015 was conducted in a 1200-bed tertiary referral center...
February 27, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283829/the-efficacy-of-the-direct-clinical-intervention-for-infectious-diseases-by-a-pediatric-infectious-disease-specialist-in-the-pediatric-ward-of-a-tertiary-medical-facility-without-a-pediatric-antimicrobial-stewardship-program
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T Hoshina, N Yamamoto, M Ogawa, T Nakamoto, K Kusuhara
Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs) have been introduced in most hospital complexes; however, they are not always useful for pediatric patients. The aim of this study is to investigate the efficacy of direct clinical intervention for infectious diseases by a pediatric infectious disease specialist in a tertiary medical facility without pediatric ASP. This retrospective study included 1,821 patients who were hospitalized in the pediatric ward of a large metropolitan hospital from 2010 to 2015. The clinical course, the use of intravenous antimicrobial agents and the results of a microbiological analysis were compared between the period after the beginning of direct intervention by the specialist (post-intervention period) and the previous period (pre-intervention period)...
March 10, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274127/-development-and-evaluation-of-a-new-selective-culture-medium-kbm-anaero-rs-gnr-for-detection-of-anaerobic-gram-negative-rods
#18
Taeko Narita, Kyohei Kato, Hiroki Hanaiwa, Tetsuhiro Harada, Yumiko Funashima, Makoto Akiwa, Jun-Ichiro Sekiguchi, Zenzo Nagasawa, Tsukuru Umemura
The laboratory culture methods for isolating drug-resistant pathogens has been the gold standard in medical microbiology, and play pivotal roles in the overall management of infectious diseases. Recently, several reports have emphasized the development of antibiotics-resistance among anaerobic gram-negative rods, especially Genus Bacteroides and Prevotella. Therefore, a selective culture method to detect these pathogens is needed. We developed here the new selective culture medium, termed "KBM Anaero RS-GNR," for detecting anaerobic Gram-negative rods...
March 22, 2017: JARMAM: Journal of the Association for Rapid Method and Automation in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271567/the-welsh-blood-service-70-years-of-continuous-change
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REVIEW
G D Poole
The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) in England and Wales was established as a single entity in 1946 and operated as such for almost half a century. During those 50 years, the blood service in Wales, as in the rest of the UK, saw many technological and operational changes. The automation of donation testing, the introduction of successive layers of microbiological screening, the creation of the Tissue Typing Laboratory (later renamed the Welsh Transplantation and Immunogenetics Laboratory) and the development of information technology brought - over a relatively long period - highly significant improvements to an organisation that had begun life as an Emergency Medical Service...
March 8, 2017: Transfusion Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268230/multiple-causes-of-hyponatremia-a-case-report
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Tijana Icin, Milica Medic-Stojanoska, Tatjana Ilic, Vladimir Kuzmanovic, Bojan Vukovic, Ivanka Percic, Branka Kovacev-Zavisic
OBJECTIVE: To present a case with four potential different causes of hyponatremia. CLINICAL PRESENTATION AND INTERVENTION: The patient presented with the following symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and dark urine after taking large amounts of fluids that included alcohol and caffeine. Performed laboratory, microbiological and morphological examination revealed the existence of severe hyponatremia and acute post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis. The patient developed acute symptomatic seizures and coma...
March 7, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
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