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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914127/impact-of-initial-vancomycin-trough-concentration-on-clinical-and-microbiological-outcomes-of-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia-in-children
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Ree Nar Yoo, Seo Hee Kim, Jina Lee
It is important to use vancomycin in a proper manner to ensure optimal drug exposure. Despite extensive use of vancomycin in children, studies on its optimal trough concentration (Ctrough) in the pediatric population remained rare. This retrospective study included children < 18 years old with culture-confirmed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteremia who were hospitalized in our institute from January 2010 to April 2014. Clinical characteristics, initial vancomycin dose, Ctrough and clinical/microbiological outcomes were retrospectively collected from medical records...
January 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910139/characterization-of-patients-with-chronic-pulmonary-aspergillosis-according-to-the-new-escmid-ers-ecmm-and-idsa-guidelines
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Helmut J F Salzer, Jan Heyckendorf, Barbara Kalsdorf, Thierry Rolling, Christoph Lange
Recently, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) in cooperation with the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM) published guidelines for the diagnosis of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). Both guidelines, however, carry significant differences. We retrospectively applied the diagnostic recommendations on a patient cohort of 71 previously diagnosed CPA patients in order to compare both guidelines...
December 1, 2016: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907197/clinical-experience-of-patients-receiving-doripenem-containing-regimens-for-the-treatment-of-healthcare-associated-infections
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Chien-Ming Chao, Chi-Chung Chen, Hui-Ling Huang, Yin-Ching Chuang, Chih-Cheng Lai, Hung-Jen Tang
In this study, we retrospectively reviewed the clinical experience of patients receiving doripenem-containing regimens for the treatment of healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) in a tertiary care center and assessed the clinical usefulness of doripenem therapy in this clinical setting. In this retrospective study, the medical records of all adult patients who had ever received doripenem-containing therapy for the treatment of HCAIs were reviewed between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2014, and the following data were extracted: age, gender, type of infection, disease severity, underlying comorbidities or conditions, and laboratory results...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899019/antibiotic-resistance-in-severe-orofacial-infections
#4
Min Kyoung Kim, Sung-Kiang Chuang, Meredith August
PURPOSE: This study assessed the antibiotic resistance profile in patients with severe orofacial infections treated at a single institution from 2009 through 2014. Factors contributing to resistance were studied. The resistance profile was compared with that of a cohort of similar patients treated a decade previously to identify changes in antibiotic resistance. In addition, the effect of antibiotic resistance on in-hospital course was studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a 5-year retrospective cohort study...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895000/severe-acute-otitis-media-and-acute-mastoiditis-in-adults
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Anu Laulajainen Hongisto, Jussi Jero, Antti Markkola, Riste Saat, Antti A Aarnisalo
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate and compare clinical and microbiological findings in adults hospitalized for acute otitis media (AOM) or mastoid infections (acute or latent). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of all adults (≥17 years old) hospitalized (between 2003 and 2012) at a tertiary referral center for acute mastoid infections or AOM not responding to outpatient medical treatment. RESULTS: Of the 160 patients in the study sample, 19% had an infection caused by S...
November 28, 2016: Journal of International Advanced Otology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894388/-analysis-of-distribution-and-drug-resistance-of-pathogens-isolated-from-541-hospitalized-children-with-burn-infection
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J X Dai, L Li, L Xu, Z H Chen, X Y Li, M Liu, Y Q Wen, X D Chen
Objective: To investigate the distribution and drug resistance of pathogens isolated from hospitalized children with burn infection. Methods: Totally 541 patients were hospitalized in Fujian Medical University Union Hospital, the 180th Hospital of Chinese People's Liberation Army(PLA), the 92th Hospital of PLA, and Longyan First Hospital from January 2013 to December 2015. Totally 848 clinical specimens (blood, catheter tip attachments, wound exudate, etc.) were collected for pathogen detection. After being identified by an automatic microbiological identification system, drug resistance of pathogens to 41 commonly-used antibiotics in clinic including gentamicin, aztreonam, erythromycin, clindamycin, etc...
November 20, 2016: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893743/trends-of-bacterial-keratitis-culture-isolates-in-jerusalem-a-13-years-analysis
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Michael Politis, Denise Wajnsztajn, Boris Rosin, Colin Block, Abraham Solomon
PURPOSE: To describe the trends in pathogens and antibacterial resistance of corneal culture isolates in infectious keratitis during a period of 13 years at Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center. METHODS: A Retrospective analysis of bacterial corneal isolates was performed during the months of January 2002 to December 2014 at Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center. Demographics, microbiological data and antibiotic resistance and sensitivity were collected...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891372/experience-with-splenic-abscess-from-southern-india
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Mallikarjuna Shetty, Swaroopa Deme, Knkj Mohan, Krishna Prasad Adiraju, Nageswar Rao Modugu, Naval Chandra, Amvr Narendra, Sathyanarayana Raju Yadati
INTRODUCTION: Splenic abscess is a rare entity with potentially life threatening complications. Sparse recent published data are available documenting the aetiological profile and management of patients with splenic abscess from India. AIM: To study the clinical profile of splenic abscess. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively collected data from case records of admitted patients with splenic abscesses, to Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital which is a multispecialty, tertiary care referral hospital over a period of 15 months (from March 2014 to May 2015) and parameters studied were age, sex, symptoms, signs, risk factors, investigations like Ultrasound, CT scan, blood & microbiological culture, treatment and outcome...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891339/bacteriological-profile-of-isolates-from-urine-samples-in-patients-of-benign-prostatic-hyperplasia-and-or-prostatitis-showing-lower-urinary-tract-symptoms
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Prem Prakash Mishra, Ved Prakash, Kashmir Singh, H Mog, Sumit Agarwal
INTRODUCTION: The incidence of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) or Prostatitis is increasing considerably worldwide. The Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) due to bacterial aetiology are one of the common factors for the complications among the patients. AIM: To determine the bacterial agents and their antibiotic sensitivity pattern from the urine samples of patients of BPH or Prostatitis showing symptoms of LUTS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The cross-sectional study was carried out in the Department of Microbiology of Rohilkhand Medical College and Hospital of Northern India from June 2014 to May 2015...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891338/non-o157-h7-shiga-toxin-producing-diarrhoeagenic-escherichia-coli-stec-in-southern-india-a-tinderbox-for-starting-epidemic
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Shashank Purwar, Subrana Roy, Sharada Metgud
INTRODUCTION: Outbreaks due to non-O157:H7 Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) resulting in Haemolytic Uraemic Syndrome (HUS) have garnered much attention because of associated mortality transcending across continents and also because diarrhoea due to E.coli itself is rare in developed countries. The actual incidence of non-O157:H7 STEC in sporadic acute diarrhoea is not fully elucidated, both in developing as well as in developed countries. Due to larger extent of faecal-oral transmission in developing countries it is prudent to look for non-O157: H7 STEC in such epidemiological settings because of very high potential to spread across larger geographical regions and cause life threatening illness...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890724/clinical-characteristics-and-antimicrobial-susceptibilities-of-anaerobic-bacteremia-in-an-acute-care-hospital
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Thean Yen Tan, Lily Siew Yong Ng, Lee Ling Kwang, Suma Rao, Li Ching Eng
: This study investigated the clinical features of anaerobic bacteraemia in an acute-care hospital, and evaluated the antimicrobial susceptibility of these isolates to commonly available antibiotics. MATERIALS & METHODS: Microbiological and epidemiological data from 2009-2011were extracted from the laboratory information system and electronic medical records. One hundred and eleven unique patient episodes consisting of 116 anaerobic isolates were selected for clinical review and antibiotic susceptibility testing...
November 24, 2016: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887598/comparison-of-the-most-common-isolates-of-postoperative-endophthalmitis-in-south-korea-enterococcus-species-vs-coagulase-negative-staphylococci
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Ki Yup Nam, Hyun Wong Kim, Woo Jin Jeung, Jung Min Park, Jong Moon Park, In Young Chung, Yong Seop Han, Bu Sup Oum, Ji Eun Lee, Ik Soo Byon, Il Han Yun, Joo Eun Lee, Hee Sung Yoon, Dong Park, Byeng Chul Yu, Sang Joon Lee
BACKGROUND: To compare the related factors or manifestations of the two most common isolates of post-operative endophthalmitis, which were Enterococcus spp. and coagulase-negative staphylococci (CNS) in South Korea. METHODS: Medical records were reviewed for cases of post-operative endophthalmitis caused by Enterococcus spp. and CNS at eight institutions between January 2004 and July 2010. Various factors including age, sex, residence, systemic diseases, smoking and drinking history, and best corrected visual acuity, and length of time between causative intraocular surgery and symptom development were compared between the two groups...
November 25, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885153/karl-otto-landsteiner-1868-1943-physician-biochemist-immunologist
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Armond S Goldman, Frank C Schmalsteig
Karl Landsteiner applied the sciences of biochemistry, pathology, microbiology, and immunology in medical research to great success during the first half of the 20th century. Although he is principally known for elucidating the major blood group antigens A and B and their isoantibodies for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, Landsteiner made many other important medical discoveries. In that respect, he ascertained that paralytic poliomyelitis was due to a virus, the pancreas was damaged in cystic fibrosis, simple chemicals called haptens were able to combine with antibodies, and the Rh antigen that was later found to be the principal cause of hemolytic anemia of the newborn was found in most humans...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Medical Biography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882040/a-new-model-of-master-of-philosophy-in-physiological-sciences
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H R Ahmad, F M Arain, N A Khan
The objectives of Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Physiological Sciences are: 1) to describe the new ways in which anatomy, biochemistry and physiology on one hand, and microbiology, pathology and pharmacology on other hand meet their functional requirements through multidisciplinary integrated concepts; 2) to elucidate relationships between cell biology, molecular biology and molecular genetics by connecting dots of how cell functions are driven by molecules and being controlled by genes. This forms the basis of cell, molecular and genetics [CMG] module upon which 7 multidisciplinary modules of Physiological Sciences follow; 3) these 24 credit hours provide the physiological basis for PhD studies as well as faculty development to enhance learning abilities of medical student; 4) the modules constitute Cardio- Respiratory Physiological Sciences, GI and Renal Physiological Sciences, Neurosciences, Endo-Reproductive Physiological Sciences...
September 2016: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866468/intratubular-disinfection-with-tri-antibiotic-and-calcium-hydroxide-pastes
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Thais Cristina Pereira, Layla Reginna Silva Munhoz De Vasconcelos, Marcia Sirlene Zardin Graeff, Marco Antonio Hungaro Duarte, Clóvis Monteiro Bramante, Flaviana Bombarda De Andrade
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the in vitro intradentinal antimicrobial ability of the calcium hydroxide and tri-antibiotic pastes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Standard bovine dentin tubes were sterilized and then infected with Enterococcus faecalis by a new contamination protocol of great depths of dentin. The specimens were filled with the medications, divided into two test-groups: calcium hydroxide (Group 1) and tri-antibiotic (Group 2) pastes. After 15 days, the teeth were evaluated by microbiological culture and confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM) with viability dye assay LIVE/DEAD inside dentinal tubules...
November 21, 2016: Acta Odontologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863959/transmission-of-staphylococcus-aureus-between-health-care-workers-the-environment-and-patients-in-an-intensive-care-unit-a-longitudinal-cohort-study-based-on-whole-genome-sequencing
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James R Price, Kevin Cole, Andrew Bexley, Vasiliki Kostiou, David W Eyre, Tanya Golubchik, Daniel J Wilson, Derrick W Crook, A Sarah Walker, Timothy E A Peto, Martin J Llewelyn, John Paul
BACKGROUND: Health-care workers have been implicated in nosocomial outbreaks of Staphylococcus aureus, but the dearth of evidence from non-outbreak situations means that routine health-care worker screening and S aureus eradication are controversial. We aimed to determine how often S aureus is transmitted from health-care workers or the environment to patients in an intensive care unit (ICU) and a high-dependency unit (HDU) where standard infection control measures were in place. METHODS: In this longitudinal cohort study, we systematically sampled health-care workers, the environment, and patients over 14 months at the ICU and HDU of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, England...
November 15, 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859688/normalized-resistance-interpretation-the-nri-method-review-of-nri-disc-test-applications-and-guide-to-calculations
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REVIEW
Göran Kronvall, Peter Smith
The normalized resistance interpretation (NRI) method was developed in response to a call for a method to calibrate disc diffusion test results making inter-laboratory comparisons possible. The main use of NRI so far has been in individual laboratories, in medical and veterinary medicine and in the field of marine microbiology. The applications of NRI for disc diffusion tests are reviewed and, in addition, a detailed description of the calculation procedure is presented. NRI provides a fully objective method for ECOFF calculations of disc diffusion antimicrobial susceptibility test results...
December 2016: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858553/cross-sectional-evaluation-of-periodontal-status-microbiological-and-rheumatoid-parameters-in-a-large-cohort-of-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Jan Schmickler, Annegret Rupprecht, Susann Patschan, Daniel Patschan, Gerhard A Müller, Rainer Haak, Rainer F Mausberg, Gerhard Schmalz, Tanja Kottmann, Dirk Ziebolz
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates periodontal conditions and microbiological findings and their influence on rheumatological disease parameters in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: 168 RA-patients were included. A healthy control group (HC, n=168) was composed according to age, gender and smoking habits. Rheumatological data (duration of illness, DAS28, RF, aCCP, medications) were extracted from patients' records. Dental examination included: dental findings (DMF-T), gingival inflammation (PBI), periodontal status (probing depth [PD], attachment loss [AL])...
November 18, 2016: Journal of Periodontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856701/40-years-of-medical-mycology-at-jac
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REVIEW
Luis Ostrosky-Zeichner
In the past 40 years, medical mycology has gone from a curiosity in the basements of medical schools to a mainstream branch of clinical microbiology and infectious diseases. Long gone are the days of carefully curated collections of organisms identified purely based on morphology and skill, the lack of therapeutic interventions beyond amphotericin B and the occasional strange case in the ward of a diabetic patient with mucormycosis. We highlight advances in medical mycology as reflected in the past 40 years of JAC...
December 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27855612/99mtc-labeled-white-blood-cell-scan-as-a-guide-to-open-biopsy-in-the-management-of-hip-and-knee-prosthesis-infection-preliminary-results
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Mauro Liberatore, Giuseppe Gentile, Giulia Anna Follacchio, Viviana Frantellizzi, Giuseppe De Vincentis, Francesco Monteleone, Christos Anagnostou, Francesco Maria Drudi, Vittorio Calvisi
The aim of the present prospective study was to evaluate the usefulness of labeled leukocyte scan as a guide to open biopsy for the management of hip and knee prosthesis infection in patients without loosening of orthopedic device. Twenty-six patients with suspected hip (24) and knee (2) prosthesis infection underwent routine analysis of blood, plain radiography and 99m Tc-HMPAO labelled leukocyte scan (WBCS). On these basis, patients were subdivided in the following groups: bone infection without loosening (n°=14), septic loosening (n°=8), superficial infection (n°=2), no infection (n°=2)...
November 17, 2016: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
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