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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730697/impact-of-simultaneous-glutamate-dehydrogenase-gdh-and-toxin-a-b-rapid-immunoassay-on-clostridium-difficile-diagnosis-and-treatment-in-hospitalized-patients-with-antibiotic-associated-diarrhea-in-a-university-hospital-of-brazil
#1
Guilherme Grossi Lopes Cançado, Rodrigo Otávio Silveira Silva, Amanda Pontes Nader, Francisco Carlos Faria Lobato, Eduardo Garcia Vilela
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile is a major cause of health care-associated infection, but disagreement between diagnostic tests is an ongoing barrier to clinical decision making. Conventional enzyme immunoassay (EIA) for toxin detection is currently the most frequently used technique for CDI diagnosis, but its low sensitivity makes the development of an alternative strategy necessary for improving the diagnosis in developing countries. METHODS: Between years 2011 and 2015, 154 stool samples from patients with antibiotic-associated diarrhea were examined by toxigenic culture (TC) and EIA for the diagnosis of CDI...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730660/bezlotoxumab-a-novel-agent-for-the-prevention-of-recurrent-clostridium-difficile-infection
#2
Wesley D Kufel, Aaron S Devanathan, Ashley H Marx, David J Weber, Lindsay M Daniels
Over the last decade, the incidence and severity of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) have significantly increased, leading to a rise in CDI-associated hospitalizations, health care costs, and mortality. Although treatment options exist for CDI, recurrence is frequent following treatment. Furthermore, patients with at least one CDI recurrence are at an increased risk of developing additional recurrences. A novel approach to the prevention of recurrent CDI is the use of monoclonal antibodies directed against the toxins responsible for CDI as an adjunct to antibiotic treatment...
July 21, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730135/clinical-characteristics-and-ultrasonographic-findings-of-acute-bacterial-enterocolitis-in-children
#3
Peter Chun, Taek Jin Lim, Eun Ha Hwang, Sang Wook Mun, Yeoun Joo Lee, Jae Hong Park
PURPOSE: This study clarified the bacterial pathogens currently causing acute infectious enterocolitis (AIE) in children and evaluated the clinical characteristics and ultrasonographic findings according to the different pathogens. METHODS: Medical records regarding age, sex, clinical symptoms, laboratory data, identified enteropathogens, ultrasonographic findings, treatment, and outcome of 34 patients who were diagnosed with AIE via stool examination using multiplex polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or culture, were retrospectively reviewed...
June 2017: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28729205/antimicrobial-susceptibility-of-clostridium-difficile-isolates-in-israel
#4
Linda Tkhawkho, Orna Nitzan, Nina Pastukh, Diana Brodsky, Karen Jackson, Avi Peretz
OBJECTIVES: An increase of Clostridium difficile isolates with reduced susceptibility to various antimicrobial agents has been observed, including isolates that are non-susceptible to antibiotics that are routinely used for treatment of C. difficile, such as vancomycin and metronidazole. We determined the susceptibility rates of C. difficile isolates from hospitals in northern Israel to various antibiotics including tigecycline, which was not previously reported from Israel. METHODS: A total of 81 stool samples were collected from three hospitals in northern Israel from patients with C...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728905/perceptions-of-clostridium-difficile-infections-among-infection-control-professionals-in-taiwan
#5
Yuan-Pin Hung, Jen-Chieh Lee, Hsiao-Ju Lin, Chun-Wei Chiu, Jia-Ling Wu, Hsiao-Chieh Liu, I-Hsiu Huang, Pei-Jane Tsai, Wen-Chien Ko
BACKGROUND: High Clostridium difficile colonization and infection rates among hospitalized patients had been noted in Taiwan. Nevertheless, the cognition about clinical diagnosis and management of CDI among infection control professionals in Taiwan is not clear. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A 24-item survey questionnaire about the diagnosis, therapy, or infection control policies toward CDI was distributed in the annual meeting of the Infectious Disease Society of Taiwan (IDST) in October 2015 and Infectious Control Society of Taiwan (ICST) in April 2016...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721981/detection-of-clostridium-difficile-antigen-and-toxin-in-stool-specimens-comparison-of-the-c-difficile-quik-chek-complete-enzyme-immunoassay-and-genexpert-c-difficile-polymerase-chain-reaction-assay
#6
Abiola C Senok, Kamel M Aldosari, Rayan A Alowaisheq, Othman A Abid, Khalid A Alsuhaibani, Mohammad A Khan, Ali M Somily
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Accurate and rapid laboratory diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infections (CDI) remains a significant challenge. A two-step algorithm for detection of toxigenic C. difficile in stool based on initial screening for glutamate dehydrogenase assay followed by confirmation by toxin A+B detection using an enzyme immunoassay (EIA) or molecular assay has been proposed. We aimed to evaluate the C. difficile Quik Chek Complete® (QCC-EIA) versus the GeneXpert® C. difficile polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay in this two-step algorithm...
July 2017: Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology: Official Journal of the Saudi Gastroenterology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712548/excess-mortality-between-2007-and-2014-among-patients-with-clostridium-difficile-infection-a-french-health-insurance-database-analysis
#7
F Barbut, S Bouée, L Longepierre, M Goldberg, C Bensoussan, L Levy-Bachelot
BACKGROUND: The impact of CDI (Clostridium difficile infections) on mortality is controversial. AIM: To assess excess mortality due to CDI in France. METHOD: Two cohorts of patients with CDI and a cohort of matched controls were extracted from a 1% representative sample of subjects covered by the general health insurance system in France (EGB database, 660,000 patients). The CDI patients were hospitalized with CDI as a principal diagnosis (PD) or an associated diagnosis (AD) between 2007 and 2014, but not in 2006...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708379/chemical-genomics-structure-elucidation-and-in-vivo-studies-of-the-marine-derived-anticlostridial-ecteinamycin
#8
Thomas P Wyche, René F Ramos Alvarenga, Jeff S Piotrowski, Megan N Duster, Simone R Warrack, Gabriel Cornilescu, Travis J De Wolfe, Yanpeng Hou, Doug R Braun, Gregory A Ellis, Scott W Simpkins, Justin Nelson, Chad L Myers, James Steele, Hirotada Mori, Nasia Safdar, John L Markley, Scott Raymond Rajski, Tim S Bugni
A polyether antibiotic, ecteinamycin (1) was isolated from a marine Actinomadura sp., cultivated from the ascidian Ectein-ascidia turbinata. 13C-enrichment, high resolution NMR spectroscopy and molecular modeling enabled elucidation of the structure of 1 which was validated on the basis of comparisons with its recently reported crystal structure. Importantly, ec-teinamycin demonstrated potent activity against the toxigenic strain of Clostridium difficile NAP1/B1/027 (MIC = 59 ng/μL), as well as other toxigenic and non-toxigenic C...
July 14, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707191/clostridium-difficile-colitis-and-colonoscopy-pediatric-perspective
#9
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Randolph McConnie, Arthur Kastl
PURPOSE OF THE REVIEW: Review tests available for detection of Clostridium difficile (C. Diff) induced disease, including when such tests should be done in children and how they should be interpreted. RECENT FINDINGS: Multiple tests are available for detecting disease due to C. diff. These include colonoscopy and stool analysis. Colonoscopy with biopsy is the most sensitive test for detecting the presence of colitis. The toxins produced by the C. diff. (toxin A, toxin B, and binary toxin) are the agents that cause injury and disease...
August 2017: Current Gastroenterology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705932/use-of-a-neutralizing-antibody-helps-identify-structural-features-critical-for-binding-of-clostridium-difficile-toxin-tcda-to-the-host-cell-surface
#10
Heather K Kroh, Ramyavardhanee Chandrasekaran, Kim Rosenthal, Rob Woods, Xiaofang Jin, Melanie D Ohi, Andrew C Nyborg, G Jonah Rainey, Paul Warrener, Benjamin W Spiller, D Borden Lacy
Clostridium difficile is a clinically significant pathogen that causes mild-to-severe (and often recurrent) colon infections. Disease symptoms stem from the activities of two large, multi-domain toxins known as TcdA and TcdB. The toxins can bind, enter, and perturb host cell function through a multi-step mechanism of receptor binding, endocytosis, pore formation, autoproteolysis, and glucosyltransferase-mediated modification of host substrates. Monoclonal antibodies that neutralize toxin activity provide a survival benefit in preclinical animal models and prevent recurrent infections in human clinical trials...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705583/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-colonization-by-clostridium-difficile-and-extended-spectrum-%C3%AE-lactamase-producing-enterobacteriaceae-in-rehabilitation-clinics-in-germany
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Mardjan Arvand, Claudia Ruscher, Gudrun Bettge-Weller, Markus Goltz, Yvonne Pfeifer
BACKGROUND: Rehabilitation clinics may vary widely in terms of type of care provided, duration of hospital stay, and case severity. Only few data are available on prevalence of Clostridium difficile or extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (ESBL-E) colonization in rehabilitation clinics in Germany. AIM: This study investigated the frequency of intestinal colonization by these pathogens among patients in rehabilitation clinics of different specialization...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704538/intestinal-calcium-and-bile-salts-facilitate-germination-of-clostridium-difficile-spores
#12
Travis J Kochan, Madeline J Somers, Alyssa M Kaiser, Michelle S Shoshiev, Ada K Hagan, Jessica L Hastie, Nicole P Giordano, Ashley D Smith, Alyxandria M Schubert, Paul E Carlson, Philip C Hanna
Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) is an anaerobic gram-positive pathogen that is the leading cause of nosocomial bacterial infection globally. C. difficile infection (CDI) typically occurs after ingestion of infectious spores by a patient that has been treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics. While CDI is a toxin-mediated disease, transmission and pathogenesis are dependent on the ability to produce viable spores. These spores must become metabolically active (germinate) in order to cause disease. C. difficile spore germination occurs when spores encounter bile salts and other co-germinants within the small intestine, however, the germination signaling cascade is unclear...
July 2017: PLoS Pathogens
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693926/high-in%C3%A2-vitro-activity-of-fidaxomicin-against-clostridium-difficile-isolates-from-a-university-teaching-hospital-in-china
#13
Jing-Wei Cheng, Qi-Wen Yang, Meng Xiao, Shu-Ying Yu, Meng-Lan Zhou, Timothy Kudinha, Fanrong Kong, Jian-Wei Liao, Ying-Chun Xu
BACKGROUND: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in both the acute care setting and the wider healthcare system. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the in vitro activity of fidaxomicin against C.difficile isolates from a university teaching hospital in China. METHODS: One hundred and one C.difficile isolates were collected and analyzed for toxin genes by multiplex PCR. The toxin gene positive strains were also typed by multilocus sequence typing (MLST) and PCR-ribotyping...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693636/acquisition-of-clostridium-difficile-colonization-and-infection-after-transfer-from-a-veterans-affairs-hospital-to-an-affiliated-long-term-care-facility
#14
Suresh Ponnada, Dubert M Guerrero, Lucy A Jury, Michelle M Nerandzic, Jennifer L Cadnum, M Jahangir Alam, Curtis J Donskey
BACKGROUND Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) and asymptomatic carriage of toxigenic C. difficile are common in long-term care facilities (LTCFs). However, whether C. difficile is frequently acquired in the LTCF versus during acute-care admissions remains unknown. OBJECTIVE To test the hypothesis that LTCF residents often acquire C. difficile colonization and infection in the LTCF DESIGN This 5-month cohort study was conducted to determine the incidence of acquisition of C. difficile colonization and infection in asymptomatic patients transferred from a Veterans Affairs hospital to an affiliated LTCF...
July 11, 2017: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691996/fecal-microbiota-therapy-with-a-focus-on-c-difficile-infection
#15
Lawrence J Brandt
There has been a paradigm shift in our view of bacteria away from their role as just pathogens. We now have a deepening appreciation of their critical influences in our health maintenance, including energy harvest, metabolism, intestinal development, cell proliferation, nervous system and immune function, as well as their role to protect against intestinal and other infections. A perturbed intestinal microbiome has been associated with an increasing number of gastrointestinal (GI) and non-GI diseases but particularly with C...
July 7, 2017: Psychosomatic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689671/detection-of-toxigenic-clostridium-difficile-in-paediatric-patients
#16
Iker Falces-Romero, Paloma Troyano-Hernáez, Silvia García-Bujalance, Fernando Baquero-Artigao, María José Mellado-Peña, Julio García-Rodríguez
INTRODUCTION: Our main objective was a revision of clinical, microbiological and epidemiological results of Clostridium difficile-associated infection in paediatric patients (2010-2015). We compared the diagnoses performed by detection of toxins in feces and those performed by real-time PCR. METHODS: This retrospective study included 82 paediatric patients. Detection of toxigenic C. difficile was performed sequentially, in diarrheal feces and under clinical request...
July 6, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689506/description-and-validation-of-a-new-automated-surveillance-system-for-clostridium-difficile-in-denmark
#17
M Chaine, S Gubbels, M Voldstedlund, B Kristensen, J Nielsen, L P Andersen, S Ellermann-Eriksen, J Engberg, A Holm, B Olesen, H C Schønheyder, C Østergaard, S Ethelberg, K Mølbak
The surveillance of Clostridium difficile (CD) in Denmark consists of laboratory based data from Departments of Clinical Microbiology (DCMs) sent to the National Registry of Enteric Pathogens (NREP). We validated a new surveillance system for CD based on the Danish Microbiology Database (MiBa). MiBa automatically collects microbiological test results from all Danish DCMs. We built an algorithm to identify positive test results for CD recorded in MiBa. A CD case was defined as a person with a positive culture for CD or PCR detection of toxin A and/or B and/or binary toxin...
July 10, 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687280/prevalence-and-characteristics-of-clostridium-perfringens-and-clostridium-difficile-in-dogs-and-cats-attended-in-diverse-veterinary-clinics-from-the-madrid-region
#18
Sergio Álvarez-Pérez, José L Blanco, Celine Harmanus, Ed J Kuijper, Marta E García
Despite extensive research on the epidemiology of pathogenic clostridia in dogs and cats, most published studies focus on a selected animal population and/or a single veterinary medical centre. We assessed the burden of Clostridium perfringens and C. difficile shedding by small animals in 17 veterinary clinics located within the Madrid region (Spain) and differing in size, number and features of animals attended and other relevant characteristics. In addition, we studied the genetic diversity and antibiotic susceptibility of recovered isolates...
July 5, 2017: Anaerobe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686001/recreational-sandboxes-for-children-and-dogs-can-be-a-source-of-epidemic-ribotypes-of-clostridium-difficile
#19
Cristina Orden, Carlos Neila, José L Blanco, Sergio Álvarez-Pérez, Celine Harmanus, Ed J Kuijper, Marta E García
Different studies have suggested that the sand of public playgrounds could have a role in the transmission of infections, particularly in children. Furthermore, free access of pets and other animals to the playgrounds might increase such a risk. We studied the presence of Clostridium difficile in 20 pairs of sandboxes for children and dogs located in different playgrounds within the Madrid region (Spain). Clostridium difficile isolation was performed by enrichment and selective culture procedures. The genetic (ribotype and amplified fragment length polymorphism [AFLP]) diversity and antibiotic susceptibility of isolates was also studied...
July 7, 2017: Zoonoses and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684034/present-and-past-perspectives-on-clostridium-difficile-infection
#20
D A Álvarez-Hernández, A M González-Chávez, D González-Hermosillo-Cornejo, G A Franyuti-Kelly, A Díaz-Girón-Gidi, R Vázquez-López
Clostridium difficile is a Gram-positive bacillus that has become one of the main hospital-acquired human gastrointestinal infections in recent years. Its incidence is on the rise, involving more virulent strains, affecting new and previously uncontemplated groups of patients, and producing changes in clinical presentation and treatment response that influence disease outcome. Early diagnosis and disease stratification based on the severity of C.difficile infection are essential for therapeutic management and the implementation of containment measures...
July 3, 2017: Revista de Gastroenterología de México
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