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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906539/a-programme-to-increase-appropriate-usage-of-benzathine-penicillin-for-management-of-streptococcal-pharyngitis-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-zambia
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Aidan Long, Joyce Chipili Lungu, Elizabeth Machila, Sherri Schwaninger, Jonathan Spector, Brigitta Tadmor, Mark Fishman, Bongani M Mayosi, John Musuku
Rheumatic heart disease is highly prevalent and associated with substantial morbidity and mortality in many resource-poor areas of the world, including sub-Saharan Africa. Primary and secondary prophylaxis with penicillin has been shown to significantly improve outcomes and is recognised to be the standard of care, with intra-muscular benzathine penicillin G recommended as the preferred agent by many technical experts. However, ensuring compliance with therapy has proven to be challenging. As part of a public-private partnership initiative in Zambia, we conducted an educational and access-to-medicine programme aimed at increasing appropriate use of benzathine penicillin for the prevention and management of rheumatic heart disease, according to national guidelines...
July 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890879/streptococcal-pharyngitis-in-children-with-painful-throat-missed-opportunities-for-rheumatic-heart-disease-prevention-in-endemic-area-of-africa
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EDITORIAL
Geoffrey Madeira, Daniel Chicavel, Alcides Munguambe, José Langa, Ana Mocumbi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881007/delayed-antibiotic-prescriptions-for-respiratory-infections
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REVIEW
Geoffrey Kp Spurling, Chris B Del Mar, Liz Dooley, Ruth Foxlee, Rebecca Farley
BACKGROUND: Concerns exist regarding antibiotic prescribing for respiratory tract infections (RTIs) owing to adverse reactions, cost, and antibacterial resistance. One proposed strategy to reduce antibiotic prescribing is to provide prescriptions, but to advise delay in antibiotic use with the expectation that symptoms will resolve first. This is an update of a Cochrane Review originally published in 2007, and updated in 2010 and 2013. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects on clinical outcomes, antibiotic use, antibiotic resistance, and patient satisfaction of advising a delayed prescription of antibiotics in respiratory tract infections...
September 7, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28869722/pain-relief-of-sore-throat-with-a-new-anti-inflammatory-throat-lozenge-ibuprofen-25%C3%A2-mg-a-randomised-double-blind-placebo-controlled-international-phase-iii-study
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Athmane Bouroubi, Yves Donazzolo, Franck Donath, Ron Eccles, Marc Russo, Nadine Harambillet, Stéphanie Gautier, Agnès Montagne
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of a new oromucosal ibuprofen form, ibuprofen 25 mg lozenge, in single and repeat dosing for up to 4 days, to the matched placebo, in the treatment of acute sore throat pain in adults. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, adult patients with non-streptococcal sore throat and signs of moderate-to-severe associated pain (≥5 on the objective Tonsillo-Pharyngitis Assessment 21-point scale and ≥60 mm on the subjective 0-100 mm visual analogue Sore Throat Pain Intensity Scale [STPIS]) were assigned ibuprofen 25 mg (n=194) or matching placebo (n=191) lozenge treatment...
September 4, 2017: International Journal of Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859019/age-specific-antibiotic-prescribing-and-adherence-to-guidelines-in-pediatric-patients-in-primary-care
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Verica Ivanovska, Karin Hek, Aukje K Mantel-Teeuwisse, Hubert G M Leufkens, Liset van Dijk
BACKGROUND: Most antibiotics in children are used to treat viral and self-limiting conditions. This study aims to compare physicians' adherence to guidelines on antibiotic prescribing in fever and in ear and respiratory infections to children in different age groups in the Netherlands. METHODS: Data were used from the NIVEL Primary Care Database. For all pediatric episodes of fever, acute otitis media (AOM), streptococcal pharyngitis (strep throat), sinusitis, acute tonsillitis, acute bronchitis/bronchiolitis and pneumonia in 2012, we determined whether national guidelines were followed in regard to whether an antibiotic was prescribed, and the type of antibiotic...
August 28, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814443/antibiotic-use-by-pediatric-residents-identifying-opportunities-and-strategies-for-antimicrobial-stewardship
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Prateek J Shukla, Maria Behnam-Terneus, Beatriz Cunill-De Sautu, Geovanny F Perez
OBJECTIVES: To determine the antibiotic prescribing practices of pediatric residents and assess how they acquire knowledge leading to prescribing behaviors. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional electronic survey of all pediatric residents at the Children's National Medical Center and Nicklaus Children's Hospital, assessing antibiotic prescribing patterns for common pediatric infections, use of antibiograms, and factors influencing antibiotic choice. RESULTS: Eighty-five surveys (45%) were returned complete and included in the analysis...
August 16, 2017: Hospital Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808160/incremental-contributions-of-fbaa-and-other-impetigo-associated-surface-proteins-to-fitness-and-virulence-of-a-classical-group-a-streptococcal-skin-strain
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Candace N Rouchon, Anhphan T Ly, John P Noto, Feng Luo, Sergio Lizano, Debra E Bessen
Group A streptococci (GAS) are highly prevalent human pathogens whose primary ecological niche is the superficial epithelial layers of the throat and/or skin. Many GAS strains having a strong tendency to cause pharyngitis are distinct from strains that tend to cause impetigo; thus, genetic differences between them may confer host tissue-specific virulence. In this study, the FbaA surface protein gene is found to be present in most skin specialist strains, but largely absent from a genetically-related subset of pharyngitis isolates...
August 14, 2017: Infection and Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28781106/-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-acute-pharyngitis-is-there-any-benefit-on-ten-day-course-of-antibiotics
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Catarina Oliveira Pereira, Daniela Ramos, Patrícia Mação, Gustavo Januário, Luís Januário
INTRODUCTION: In group A streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis a ten-day course of amoxicillin is recommended. However, short-course treatments seem to be equally effective. The aim of this study was to retrospectively evaluate and compare the outcome of patients treated with 7-day course and 10-day course of amoxicillin. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis of all GAS pharyngitis admitted to a paediatric emergency department in 2014. Demographic variables, the application and results of the rapid antigenic diagnostic test (RADT), treatment, complications and return in the next 30 days were analysed...
August 3, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769806/a-red-blood-cell-membrane-camouflaged-nanoparticle-counteracts-streptolysin-o-mediated-virulence-phenotypes-of-invasive-group-a-streptococcus
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Tamara Escajadillo, Joshua Olson, Brian T Luk, Liangfang Zhang, Victor Nizet
Group A Streptococcus (GAS), an important human-specific Gram-positive bacterial pathogen, is associated with a broad spectrum of disease, ranging from mild superficial infections such as pharyngitis and impetigo, to serious invasive infections including necrotizing fasciitis and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome. The GAS pore-forming streptolysin O (SLO) is a well characterized virulence factor produced by nearly all GAS clinical isolates. High level expression of SLO is epidemiologically linked to intercontinental dissemination of hypervirulent clonotypes and poor clinical outcomes...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730858/management-of-children-with-persistent-group-a-streptococcal-carriage
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Maria E Zacharioudaki, Emmanouil Galanakis
Chronic GAS carrier state is best defined as the prolonged presence of group A β-haemolytic Streptococcus (GAS) in the pharynx without evidence of infection or inflammation. Chronic GAS carriers have a low risk of immune mediated complications. Persistent pharyngeal carriage often raises management issues. In this study, we review the evidence on the management of persistent GAS carriage in children and propose a management algorithm. Areas covered: Chronic GAS pharyngeal carriage is quite common affecting 10-20% of school-aged children...
July 31, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28683722/epidemiology-of-pharyngitis-as-reported-by-zambian-school-children-and-their-families-implications-for-demand-side-interventions-to-prevent-rheumatic-heart-disease
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John Musuku, Joyce C Lungu, Elizabeth Machila, Catherine Jones, Laurence Colin, Sherri Schwaninger, Patrick Musonda, Brigitta Tadmor, Jonathan M Spector, Mark E Engel, Liesl J Zühlke
BACKGROUND: Prompt and appropriate treatment of streptococcal pharyngitis decreases the risk of acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (RHD). Understanding public perceptions and behaviors related to sore throat is fundamental to inform health programs aimed at eliminating new cases of RHD in endemic regions. We sought to describe the epidemiology of pediatric pharyngitis and its treatment, as reported by children and their parents or guardians in Lusaka, Zambia. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional investigation using interviews and written surveys, nested in a school-based RHD prevalence study...
July 6, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680500/treatment-challenges-of-group-a-beta-hemolytic-streptococcal-pharyngo-tonsillitis
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REVIEW
Itzhak Brook
Introduction  Despite its in vitro efficacy, penicillin often fails to eradicate Group A β-hemolytic streptococci (GABHS) from patients with acute and relapsing pharyngo-tonsillitis (PT). Objective  This review of the literature details the causes of penicillin failure to eradicate GABHS PT and the therapeutic modalities to reduce and overcome antimicrobial failure. Data Synthesis  The causes of penicillin failure in eradicating GABHS PT include the presence of β lactamase producing bacteria (BLPB) that "protect" GABHS from any penicillin; the absence of bacteria that interfere with the growth of GABHS; co-aggregation between GABHS and Moraxella catarrhalis; and the poor penetration of penicillin into the tonsillar tissues and the tonsillo-pharyngeal cells, which allows intracellular GABHS and Staphylococcus aureus to survive...
July 2017: International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680421/an-emm5-group-a-streptococcal-outbreak-among-workers-in-a-factory-manufacturing-telephone-accessories
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Mingliang Chen, Wenqing Wang, Lihong Tu, Yaxu Zheng, Hao Pan, Gangyi Wang, Yanxin Chen, Xi Zhang, Linying Zhu, Jian Chen, Min Chen
Ranked among the top10 infectious causes of death worldwide, group A Streptococcus (GAS) causes small- and large-scale outbreaks, depending on the trigger as transmission of a GAS strain or expansion of predominant clones. In China, GAS infections other than scarlet fever are not notifiable. In Shanghai, an epidemiological investigation was initiated after two successive severe pneumonia cases with one death in a digital factory, from where outbreaks are less widely reported. The investigation was performed using emm typing, pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) typing, superantigen profiling, and genome analysis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656020/group-a-streptococcal-bacteremia-following-streptococcal-pharyngitis-in-an-older-patient-with-diabetes-a-case-report%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%A2
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Mehida Alexandre, Ruth Wang'ondu, Leo M Cooney
Group A streptococcus (GAS) is responsible for a wide range of both invasive and noninvasive infections. Severe invasive group A streptococcal infection is associated with morbidity and mortality and has been linked to chronic medical conditions with skin and soft tissues involvement, and intravenous drug use (IVDU). Invasive diseases are, however, rare and have been recognized to affect the extremes of age (younger than 10 years of age and older than 74). We report a case of Group A streptococcus bacteremia following pharyngitis in a 76-year-old diabetic male with no history of IVDU...
June 2017: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652934/phytochemical-rich-medicinal-plant-extracts-suppress-bacterial-antigens-induced-inflammation-in-human-tonsil-epithelial-cells
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Niluni M Wijesundara, Satvir Sekhon-Loodu, Hp Vasantha Rupasinghe
BACKGROUND: Pharyngitis is an inflammatory condition of the pharynx and associated structures commonly caused by the Group A streptococci (GAS). There is a growing interest in discovering plant-based anti-inflammatory compounds as potential alternatives to conventional drugs. This study evaluated anti-inflammatory activity of phytochemical-rich extracts prepared from 12 herbal plants using human tonsil epithelial cells (HTonEpiC) in vitro. METHODS: The HTonEpiC were induced by a mixture of lipoteichoic acid (LTA) and peptidoglycan (PGN) (10 µg/mL; bacterial antigens) for 4 h and then exposed to ethanol extracts (EE) or aqueous extracts (AE) for 20 h...
2017: PeerJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617790/clinical-management-and-patient-persistence-with-antibiotic-course-in-suspected-group-a-streptococcal-pharyngitis-for-primary-prevention-of-rheumatic-fever-the-perspective-from-a-new-zealand-emergency-department
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Jeremy J Mathan, Jozsef Ekart, Anthony Houlding, Gary Payinda, Clair Mills
AIM: Rates of acute rheumatic fever in the Northland region are historically among the highest in New Zealand, impacting disproportionately on Māori children and youth. The primary aim of this study was to determine patient persistence to antibiotic treatment for group A streptococcus (GAS) pharyngitis in patients presenting with sore throat to the Whangarei Hospital Emergency Department. Secondarily, this study sought to determine prescriber adherence to the national antibiotic guideline for sore throat management...
June 16, 2017: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562462/the-challenge-of-patient-notification-and-the-work-of-follow-up-generated-by-a-2-step-testing-protocol-for-group-a-streptococcal-pharyngitis-in-the-pediatric-emergency-department
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Michael E Russo, Jennifer Kline, Preeti Jaggi, Amy L Leber, Daniel M Cohen
OBJECTIVE: Current guidelines recommend confirmatory testing for negative rapid antigen detection tests (RADTs) for group A streptococcal pharyngitis in children. We sought to describe the work of follow-up generated by this process and frequency of our inability to notify patients of positive results. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed laboratory and outreach nurse records of patients who had group A streptococcal pharyngitis testing performed in an academic pediatric emergency department during 2014...
May 30, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557742/viral-features-and-testing-for-streptococcal-pharyngitis
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Daniel J Shapiro, Christina E Lindgren, Mark I Neuman, Andrew M Fine
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The Infectious Diseases Society of America recommends that clinicians forego testing for group A Streptococcal (GAS) pharyngitis in patients with clinical features of viral illness. The prevalence of viral features in patients tested for GAS pharyngitis is not known. The objectives of this study were as follows: to describe the prevalence of viral features in pediatric patients for whom rapid antigen detection tests (RADTs) for GAS pharyngitis are performed; and to compare the prevalence of GAS and the sensitivity of the RADT in patients with and without viral features...
May 2017: Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28553774/observation-of-a-pharmacist-conducted-group-a-streptococcal-pharyngitis-point-of-care-test-a-time-and-motion-study
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Carolyn E Corn, Donald G Klepser, Allison M Dering-Anderson, Terrence G Brown, Michael E Klepser, Jaclyn K Smith
BACKGROUND: Acute pharyngitis is among the most common infectious diseases encountered in the United States, resulting in 13 million patient visits annually, with group A streptococcus (GAS) being a common causative pathogen. It is estimated that annual expenditures for the treatment of adult pharyngitis will exceed US$1.2 billion annually. This substantial projection reinforces the need to evaluate diagnosis and treatment of adult pharyngitis in nontraditional settings. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this research is to quantify the amount of pharmacist time required to complete a point-of-care (POC) test for a patient presenting with pharyngitis symptoms...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549960/mycotic-pseudoaneurysm-of-internal-carotid-artery-secondary-to-lemierre-s-syndrome-how-to-do-it
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Filippo Benedetto, David Barillà, Narayana Pipitò, Graziana Derone, Andrea Cutrupi, Chiara Barillà
We report the case of a patient with ICA mycotic pseudo-aneurysm secondary to Lemierre's syndrome, urgently treated. A 75 years old man presented to E.R. with a left swelling lesion of the neck and complaining left visions lost since that morning, fever, hypotension and dyspnoea. Since fifteen days before developing symptoms, he had sore throat and odynophagia treated with a broad coverage of antibiotic therapy for presumed streptococcal pharyngitis. Preoperative CTA images revealed a circular lesion, involving the common carotid artery, carotid bulb, and the proximal part of the internal and external carotid arteries...
May 23, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
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