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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320145/vision-loss-in-tuberculous-meningitis
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REVIEW
Ravindra Kumar Garg, Hardeep Singh Malhotra, Neeraj Kumar, Ravi Uniyal
Vision loss is a disabling complication of tuberculous meningitis. Approximately, 15% of survivors are either completely or partially blind. All structures of the visual pathway may be affected in tuberculous meningitis. Optic nerve and optic chiasma are most frequently and dominantly affected. Thick-gelatinous exudates lying over the base of brain, are the pathological hallmark of tuberculous meningitis and are responsible for almost all of its major complications, including vision loss. Strangulation of optic nerves and optic chiasma by the exudates, compression over optic chiasma by the dilated third ventricle, raised intracranial pressure, endarteritis, shunt failure, bacterial invasion of optic nerves and drug-induced optic nerve damage are important reasons that are considered responsible for vision loss...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320113/alzheimer-s-disease-elevated-pigment-epithelium-derived-factor-in-the-cerebrospinal-fluid-is-mostly-of-systemic-origin
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Veronika Lang, Marietta Zille, Carmen Infante-Duarte, Sven Jarius, Holger Jahn, Friedemann Paul, Klemens Ruprecht, Ana Luisa Pina
Pigment-epithelium derived factor (PEDF) is a neurotrophic factor with neuroprotective, anti-tumorigenic, and anti-angiogenic effects. Elevated levels of PEDF have previously been proposed as a cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarker for Alzheimer's disease. However, the origin of PEDF in CSF, i.e. whether it is derived from the brain or from the systemic circulation, and the specificity of this finding hitherto remained unclear. Here, we analyzed levels of PEDF in paired CSF and serum samples by ELISA in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD, n=12), frontotemporal dementia (FTD, n=6), vascular dementia (n=4), bacterial meningitis (n=8), multiple sclerosis (n=32), pseudotumor cerebri (n=36), and diverse non-inflammatory neurological diseases (n=19)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317491/predictive-value-of-the-leukocyte-esterase-test-for-the-detection-of-pleocytosis-in-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Shervin Shokouhi, Ilad Alavi Darazam, Mehdi Karamipour, HasanAli Ahmadi, Mohammad M Sajadi
BACKGROUND: Rapid and accurate diagnostic tests for patients with suspected bacterial meningitis is crucial to prevent subsequent mortality and morbidity. We carried out this study to determine diagnostic value of the rapid leukocyte esterase (LE) strip test to identify PMN pleocytosis in cerebral spinal fluid. METHODS: A total of 126 patients with suspected meningitis were enrolled in this prospective study. Microscopic examination (cell count and differential) and leukocyte esterase (LE) rapid strip test was performed on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples...
March 17, 2017: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314560/the-epidemiology-of-invasive-meningococcal-disease-in-eu-eea-countries-2004-2014
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Robert Whittaker, Joana Gomes Dias, Miriam Ramliden, Csaba Ködmön, Assimoula Economopoulou, Netta Beer, Lucia Pastore Celentano
BACKGROUND: Invasive meningococcal disease (IMD) is a major cause of bacterial meningitis and septicaemia although infection by some serogroups may be prevented through vaccination. We aimed to describe the epidemiology of IMD in EU/EEA countries during 2004-2014 to monitor serogroup- and age-specific trends, and compare country trends by the period of meningococcal C conjugate (MCC) vaccine introduction. METHODS: We analysed IMD surveillance data by age, gender, serogroup, country and outcome...
March 14, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303609/pathological-analysis-of-children-with-childhood-central-nervous-system-infection-based-on-changes-in-chemokines-and-interleukin-17-family-cytokines-in-cerebrospinal-fluid
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Shinichiro Morichi, Tomomi Urabe, Natsumi Morishita, Mika Takeshita, Yu Ishida, Shingo Oana, Gaku Yamanaka, Yasuyo Kashiwagi, Hisashi Kawashima
BACKGROUND: In this study, the pathologies of acute meningitis and encephalopathy were investigated, and biomarkers useful as prognostic indices were searched for. METHODS: The subjects were 31 children with meningitis, 30 with encephalopathy, and 12 with convulsions following gastroenteritis. Control group consisted of 24 children with non-central nervous system infection. Cerebrospinal fluid cytokine analysis was performed. RESULTS: Chemokines significantly increased in the bacterial meningitis group compared with those in viral meningitis and encephalopathy groups...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301990/risk-factors-for-community-acquired-bacterial-meningitis
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Lene Fogt Lundbo, Thomas Benfield
BACKGROUND: Bacterial meningitis is a significant burden of disease and mortality in all age groups worldwide despite the development of effective conjugated vaccines. The pathogenesis of bacterial meningitis is based on complex and incompletely understood host-pathogen interactions. Some of these are pathogen-specific, while some are shared between different bacteria. METHODS: We searched the database PubMed to identify host risk factors for bacterial meningitis caused by the pathogens Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis and Haemophilus influenzae type b, because they are three most common causative bacteria beyond the neonatal period...
June 2017: Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301230/three-cases-of-escherichia-coli-meningitis-in-chicks-imported-to-japan
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Kazufumi Kasuya, Natsumi Shimokubo, Chieko Kosuge, Kou Takayama, Eiji Yoshida, Hiroyuki Osaka
Three outbreaks of colibacillosis have occurred in chicks during the quarantine period after importation to Japan. All three were derived from three different countries without epidemiologic relevance. Some birds from each infected flock were examined pathologically and bacteriologically. The characteristic histologic finding common to all three cases was severe bacterial meningitis in the central nervous system. Pericarditis, perihepatitis, and omphalitis with bacterial colonies were also observed. The bacterial colonies observed histologically were immunohistochemically positive for Escherichia coli antigens...
March 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298206/burden-and-spectrum-of-bacterial-infections-among-sickle-cell-disease-children-living-in-cameroon
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Anastasie Nicole Alima Yanda, Jobert Richie N Nansseu, Hubert Désiré Mbassi Awa, Sandra A Tatah, Judith Seungue, Charlotte Eposse, Paul Olivier N Koki
BACKGROUND: Although sickle cell disease (SCD) children are highly susceptible to bacterial infections (BIs), there is a dreadful lack of data related to the burden and spectrum of BIs in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the highest affected region with SCD. This study aimed to determine the burden and spectrum of BIs among SCD children hospitalized in a pediatric reference hospital in Cameroon, a SSA country. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of records of children hospitalized from November 2012 to August 2015 in the SCD unit of the Mother and Child Centre of the Chantal Biya Foundation, Cameroon...
March 15, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296723/surgical-treatment-for-bacterial-meningitis-after-spinal-surgery-a-case-report
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Li-Min Zhang, Liang Ren, Zhen-Qi Zhao, Yan-Rui Zhao, Yin-Feng Zheng, Jun-Lin Zhou
RATIONALE: Bacterial meningitis (BM) has been recognized as a rare complication of spinal surgery. However, there are few reports on the management of postoperative BM in patients who have undergone spinal surgery. The initial approach to the treatment of patients suspected with acute BM depends on the stage at which the syndrome is recognized, the speed of the diagnostic evaluation, and the need for antimicrobial and adjunctive therapy. PATIENT CONCERNS: Here, we report the case of a patient with lumbar spinal stenosis and underwent a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion at L4-L5...
March 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288168/a-novel-flow-cytometry-based-assay-for-the-quantification-of-antibody-dependent-pneumococcal-agglutination
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Marrit N Habets, Saskia van Selm, Christa E van der Gaast-de Jongh, Dimitri A Diavatopoulos, Marien I de Jonge
The respiratory pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae is a major cause of diseases such as otitis media, pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis. The first step towards infection is colonization of the nasopharynx. Recently, it was shown that agglutinating antibodies play an important role in the prevention of mucosal colonization with S. pneumoniae. Here, we present a novel method to quantify antibody-dependent pneumococcal agglutination in a high-throughput manner using flow cytometry. We found that the concentration of agglutinating antibodies against pneumococcal capsule are directly correlated with changes in the size and complexity of bacterial aggregates, as measured by flow cytometry and confirmed by light microscopy...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287269/a-critical-review-of-analytical-methods-for-quantification-of-cefotaxime
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Lívia Paganini Consortti, Hérida Regina Nunes Salgado
Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is a growing phenomenon in the world. Considering the relevance of antimicrobials for population and the reduction in the registration of new antimicrobials by regulatory, proper quality control is required in order to minimize the spread of bacterial resistance and ensure the effectiveness of a treatment, as well as safety for the patient. Among the antimicrobials is cefotaxime, a drug belonging to third-generation cephalosporins, which is highly active against Gram-negative bactéria and is used to treat central nervous system infections such as meningitis and septicemia...
March 13, 2017: Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279491/proposal-for-shorter-antibiotic-therapies
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C Wintenberger, B Guery, E Bonnet, B Castan, R Cohen, S Diamantis, P Lesprit, L Maulin, Y Péan, E Peju, L Piroth, J P Stahl, C Strady, E Varon, F Vuotto, R Gauzit
OBJECTIVES: Reducing antibiotic consumption has now become a major public health priority. Reducing treatment duration is one of the means to achieve this objective. Guidelines on the therapeutic management of the most frequent infections recommend ranges of treatment duration in the ratio of one to two. The Recommendation Group of the French Infectious Diseases Society (SPILF) was asked to collect literature data to then recommend the shortest treatment durations possible for various infections...
March 6, 2017: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275563/neonatal-cranial-sonography-ultrasound-findings-in-neonatal-meningitis-a-pictorial-review
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REVIEW
Nishant Gupta, Hemal Grover, Itisha Bansal, Kusum Hooda, Joshua M Sapire, Rama Anand, Yogesh Kumar
Neonatal bacterial meningitis is a common manifestation of late onset neonatal sepsis. Cranial sonography (CRS) has a crucial role in assessment of infants with clinical suspicion of bacterial meningitis as well as follows up of its complications. CRS is performed with high frequency transducer through anterior fontanelle in both coronal and sagittal planes. Various sonographic findings range from echogenic and widened sulci, ventriculomegaly, ventriculitis, hydrocephalus, extra-axial fluid collections, cerebritis and brain abscess...
February 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28272793/processing-and-secretion-of-guanylate-binding-protein-1-depend-on-inflammatory-caspase-activity
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Elisabeth Naschberger, Walter Geißdörfer, Christian Bogdan, Philipp Tripal, Elisabeth Kremmer, Michael Stürzl, Nathalie Britzen-Laurent
Human guanylate binding protein-1 (GBP-1) belongs to the family of large GTPases. The expression of GBP-1 is inducible by inflammatory cytokines, and the protein is involved in inflammatory processes and host defence against cellular pathogens. GBP-1 is the first GTPase which was described to be secreted by eukaryotic cells. Here, we report that precipitation of GBP-1 with GMP-agarose from cell culture supernatants co-purified a 47-kD fragment of GBP-1 (p47-GBP-1) in addition to the 67-kD full-length form. MALDI-TOF sequencing revealed that p47-GBP-1 corresponds to the C-terminal helical part of GBP-1 and lacks most of the globular GTPase domain...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263245/the-treatment-of-possible-severe-infection-in-infants-an-open-randomized-safety-trial-of-parenteral-benzylpenicillin-and-gentamicin-versus-ceftriaxone-in-infants-60-days-of-age-in-malawi
#15
Elizabeth M Molyneux, Queen Dube, Francis Banda, Msandeni Chiume, Isaac Singini, Macpherson Mallewa, Edward C Schwalbe, Robert S Heyderman
BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization recommends benzylpenicillin and gentamicin as antimicrobial treatment of infants with sepsis in low income settings (LICs), and ceftriaxone or cefotaxime as an alternative. In a meta-analysis from 13 LICs, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella spp. and E.coli accounted for 55% of infants with sepsis. In a review of bacterial meningitis, resistance to third generation cephalosporins was >50% of all isolates, and 44% of Gram-negative isolates were gentamicin resistant...
February 28, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28259480/do-all-children-who-present-with-a-complex-febrile-seizure-need-a-lumbar-puncture
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Romain Guedj, Hélène Chappuy, Luigi Titomanlio, Loic De Pontual, Sandra Biscardi, Gisèle Nissack-Obiketeki, Béatrice Pellegrino, Oussama Charara, François Angoulvant, Julien Denis, Corinne Levy, Robert Cohen, Solène Loschi, Pierre Louis Leger, Ricardo Carbajal
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We assess the prevalences of bacterial meningitis and herpes simplex virus meningoencephalitis (HSV-ME) in children with a complex febrile seizure and determine these prevalences in the subgroup of children with a clinical examination result not suggestive of meningitis or encephalitis. METHODS: This multicenter retrospective study was conducted in 7 pediatric emergency departments (EDs) in the region of Paris, France. Visits of patients aged 6 months to 5 years for a complex febrile seizure from January 2007 to December 2011 were analyzed...
March 1, 2017: Annals of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248678/mean-platelet-volume-in-the-differential-diagnosis-of-tuberculous-and-bacterial-meningitis
#17
Carlos Rodrigo Camara-Lemarroy, Guillermo Delgado-Garcia, Juan Gilberto De la Cruz-Gonzalez, Hector Jorge Villareal-Velazquez, Fernando Gongora-Rivera
INTRODUCTION: Mean platelet volume (MPV) has been shown to reflect the inflammatory burden in different inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Our objective was to analyze the MPV in patients with tuberculous (TBM) and bacterial meningitis (BM). METHODOLOGY: The demographic and clinical data of 73 consecutive patients that presented with either BM (n = 35) or TBM (n = 38) were retrospectively analyzed, as well as that of 28 age- and sex-matched controls. RESULTS: MPV was 8...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247153/group-b-streptococcal-pcr-testing-in-comparison-to-culture-for-diagnosis-of-late-onset-bacteraemia-and-meningitis-in-infants-aged-7-90-days-a-multi-centre-diagnostic-accuracy-study
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S M Morrissey, M Nielsen, L Ryan, H Al Dhanhani, M Meehan, S McDermott, N O'Sullivan, M Doyle, P Gavin, N O'Sullivan, R Cunney, R J Drew
The aim of this study was to compare an in-house real-time PCR assay, with bacterial culture as the reference, for the diagnosis of late onset group B Streptococcal (GBS) disease. This was a retrospective review. All children aged 7-90 days presenting to four paediatric centres that had a blood or CSF sample tested by GBS PCR were included. Of 7,686 blood and 2,495 cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples from patients of all ages received for PCR testing, 893 and 859 samples were eligible for the study, respectively...
March 1, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28246454/molecular-identification-and-histopathological-study-of-natural-streptococcus-agalactiae-infection-in-hybrid-tilapia-oreochromis-niloticus
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A A Laith, Mohd Azmi Ambak, Marina Hassan, Shahreza Md Sheriff, Musa Nadirah, Ahmad Shuhaimi Draman, Wahidah Wahab, Wan Nurhafizah Wan Ibrahim, Alia Syafiqah Aznan, Amina Jabar, Musa Najiah
AIM: The main objective of this study was to emphasize on histopathological examinations and molecular identification of Streptococcus agalactiae isolated from natural infections in hybrid tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) in Temerloh Pahang, Malaysia, as well as to determine the susceptibility of the pathogen strains to various currently available antimicrobial agents. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The diseased fishes were observed for variable clinical signs including fin hemorrhages, alterations in behavior associated with erratic swimming, exophthalmia, and mortality...
January 2017: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28241707/-the-analysis-of-pathogens-distribution-and-drug-resistance-of-bacteria-in-sputum-samples-of-pneumoconiosis-patients-combined-with-lower-respiratory-tract-infection
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Y Xin, N Zhang
Objective: To guide the rational use of antibiotic drugs in clinical practice for doctors by the analysis of pathogens distribution, transition and drug resistance of bacteria in sputum samples of pneumoconiosis patients combined with lower respiratory tract infection. Methods: 2 199 qualified sputum samples from 214 pneumoconiosis patients collected from January 2008 to December 2012 were examined by bacterium or fungus education. BioMerieux API and Eastern Cowin application software were used to do bacterial identification, and K-B method recommended by the NCCLS was used to take drug sensitivity tests...
January 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
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