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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776170/viridans-group-streptococci-bloodstream-infections-in-neutropenic-adult-patients-with-hematologic-malignancy-single-center-experience
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J Radocha, P Paterová, A Zavřelová, B Víšek, F Gabalec, H Žemličková, P Žák
Viridans group streptococci bloodstream infections (VGS BSI) remain a significant cause of mortality and morbidity in patients with severe neutropenia. The goal of our study was to evaluate clinical course and microbiological susceptibility of VGS BSI at our center. Retrospective analysis of all microbiologically documented bloodstream infections caused by VGS during the 9-year time period (from January 2006 until December 2014) was carried out. Only patients with severe neutropenia (< 500/μL) were included in the study...
August 3, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756939/bacteriology-of-peritonsillar-abscess-the-changing-trend-and-predisposing-factors
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Yi-Wen Tsai, Yu-Hsi Liu, Hsing-Hao Su
INTRODUCTION: Peritonsillar abscess (PTA) is the most common deep neck infection. The infectious microorganism may be different according to clinical factors. OBJECTIVE: To identify the major causative pathogen of peritonsillar abscess and investigate the relationship between the causative pathogen, host clinical factors, and hospitalization duration. METHODS: This retrospective study included 415 hospitalized patients diagnosed with peritonsillar abscess who were admitted to a tertiary medical center from June 1990 to June 2013...
July 17, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737874/-brain-abscess-in-children-ten-years-of-experience-in-a-third-level-pediatric-hospital
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Martín Brizuela, Guadalupe Pérez, Soledad Martiren, Ana N Varela Baino, Carola Cedillo, Silvina Ruvinsky, Carolina Epelbaum, Adela Isasmendi, Mirta Litterio, José L Pinheiro, Rosa Bologna
Brain abscess is a focal infection that occurs with a frequency of 0.3-1.3 cases per 100,000 people/year. We describe the epidemiology, clinical and microbiology characteristics of 38 children diagnosed with brain abscess hospitalized between 4/1/2005 and 12/31/2015 at Hospital de Pediatría "Prof. Dr. Juan P. Garrahan" in Buenos Aires City. Twenty-four patients were male. The median age was 132 months. Predisposing factors were detected in 25 children. The median evolution from onset of symptoms to the visit was 7 days...
August 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727951/in-vitro-activity-of-telavancin-against-clinically-important-gram-positive-pathogens-from-69-u-s-medical-centers-2015-potency-analysis-by-u-s-census-divisions
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Michael A Pfaller, Helio S Sader, Robert K Flamm, Mariana Castanheira, Jennifer I Smart, Rodrigo E Mendes
A total of 8,072 gram-positive isolates collected from 69 medical centers among all 9 U.S. Census Divisions during the 2015 SENTRY Antimicrobial Surveillance Program were included. Telavancin had minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC)50 and MIC90 values of 0.03/0.06 μg/mL, respectively, against methicillin-susceptible (MSSA) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Similar activity was also observed among coagulase-negative staphylococci (MIC50/90, 0.03/0.06 μg/ml; 100.0% inhibited by ≤0...
July 20, 2017: Microbial Drug Resistance: MDR: Mechanisms, Epidemiology, and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681536/mycotic-aneurysm-of-the-root-of-left-subclavian-artery-associated-with-aortic-coarctation-discovered-by-echocardiography
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Ming-Dan Deng, Xin Wei, Wen Zhang, Hong Tang
A 16-year-old girl was admitted with a 7-month history of recurrent fever, weight loss of 5 kg, and general poor health status. Blood culture was positive with Streptococcus viridans. Transthoracic echocardiography established an aneurysm of the root of left subclavian artery, associated with an aortic coarctation just before the origin of the left subclavian artery with a velocity of 4.8 cm/s. Three-dimensional echocardiography demonstrated the entire inner structure of the aneurysm. Computed tomography reconstruction confirmed the presence of aortic coarctation and mycotic aneurysm, it also revealed an aberrant right subclavian artery...
July 6, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681361/top-down-lesa-mass-spectrometry-protein-analysis-of-gram-positive-and-gram-negative-bacteria
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Klaudia I Kocurek, Leanne Stones, Josephine Bunch, Robin C May, Helen J Cooper
We have previously shown that liquid extraction surface analysis (LESA) mass spectrometry (MS) is a technique suitable for the top-down analysis of proteins directly from intact colonies of the Gram-negative bacterium Escherichia coli K-12. Here we extend the application of LESA MS to Gram-negative Pseudomonas aeruginosa PS1054 and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus MSSA476, as well as two strains of E. coli (K-12 and BL21 mCherry) and an unknown species of Staphylococcus. Moreover, we demonstrate the discrimination between three species of Gram-positive Streptococcus (Streptococcus pneumoniae D39, and the viridans group Streptococcus oralis ATCC 35037 and Streptococcus gordonii ATCC35105), a recognized challenge for matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight MS...
July 5, 2017: Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640003/infections-associated-with-streptococcus-constellatus-in-children
#7
Howard Faden, Mustafa Mohmand
Streptococcus constellatus is a viridans Streptococcus belonging to the Anginosus group. It was associated with abscesses in 37 children, 80% of whom had acute appendicitis with perforation and abscess formation in 50%. None of the children was younger than 3 years of age.
June 20, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546690/update-on-the-epidemiology-and-antibiotic-resistance-of-ocular-infections
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Darlene Miller
PURPOSE: The purpose of this review is to provide an update on the epidemiology and current antibiotic-resistant threats in ophthalmology. METHODS: Trends in frequency and antibiotic-nonsusceptible profiles during an 11 year-period (2005-2015) were evaluated and compared with the 5-year Antibiotic Resistance Monitoring in Ocular Microorganism (ARMOR) study. RESULTS: Trends in the current review confirmed the continued high rates of fluoroquinolone nonsusceptbility circulating among ocular methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus, methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus epidermidis, methicillin-resistant S...
January 2017: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542458/a-pilot-study-using-metagenomic-sequencing-of-the-sputum-microbiome-suggests-potential-bacterial-biomarkers-for-lung-cancer
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Simon J S Cameron, Keir E Lewis, Sharon A Huws, Matthew J Hegarty, Paul D Lewis, Justin A Pachebat, Luis A J Mur
Lung cancer (LC) is the most prevalent cancer worldwide, and responsible for over 1.3 million deaths each year. Currently, LC has a low five year survival rates relative to other cancers, and thus, novel methods to screen for and diagnose malignancies are necessary to improve patient outcomes. Here, we report on a pilot-sized study to evaluate the potential of the sputum microbiome as a source of non-invasive bacterial biomarkers for lung cancer status and stage. Spontaneous sputum samples were collected from ten patients referred with possible LC, of which four were eventually diagnosed with LC (LC+), and six had no LC after one year (LC-)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509506/anti-inflammatory-and-regenerative-effects-of-albanian-propolis-in-experimental-vital-amputations
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Aida Meto, Agron Meto, Bora Bimbari, Kastriot Shytaj, Mutlu Özcan
This study evaluated the effects of Albanian propolis on the inflamed pulpal tissue after pulpotomy in piglets. In five piglets, two teeth each were infected using special pathogenic microbial flora that was prepared in advance in order to cause inflammation of the pulp. Pulpotomy was performed in the maxillary and mandibular central and lateral incisors. Microbial flora pathogenesis prepared from the section of infected teeth, containing Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus viridans, Enterococcus faecalis, Staphylococcus albus and mixed flora were used to cause artificial pulpitis...
September 2016: European Journal of Prosthodontics and Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482820/the-changing-epidemiology-and-clinical-features-of-infective-endocarditis-a-retrospective-study-of-196-episodes-in-a-teaching-hospital-in-china
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Wan Zhu, Qian Zhang, Jingping Zhang
BACKGROUND: Infective endocarditis is an uncommon but life-threatening infectious disease. To our knowledge, current investigations of the characteristics of infective endocarditis in our region are scarce. In this study, we aimed to investigate the changes in the epidemiology and clinical features of infective endocarditis. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of clinical data was performed using 196 infective endocarditis cases diagnosed between June 2004 and December 2012 at The First Affiliated Hospital of China Medical University...
May 8, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475731/evaluation-of-daptomycin-combinations-with-cephalosporins-or-gentamicin-against-streptococcus-mitis-group-strains-in-an-in-vitro-model-of-simulated-endocardial-vegetations-sevs
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Juwon Yim, Jordan R Smith, Nivedita B Singh, Seth Rice, Kyle Stamper, Cristina Garcia de la Maria, Arnold S Bayer, Nagendra N Mishra, José M Miró, Truc T Tran, Cesar A Arias, Paul Sullam, Michael J Rybak
Objectives: Among viridans group streptococcal infective endocarditis (IE), the Streptococcus mitis group is the most common aetiological organism. Treatment of IE caused by the S. mitis group is challenging due to the high frequency of β-lactam resistance, drug allergy and intolerability of mainstay antimicrobial agents such as vancomycin or gentamicin. Daptomycin has been suggested as an alternative therapeutic option in these scenarios based on its excellent susceptibility profile against S...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439602/antibiogram-profile-of-septic-meningitis-among-children-in-duhok-iraq
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Abdulrahman T Saadi, Nadir A Garjees, Aveen H Rasool
  To determine the prevalence of bacteria in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and the antibiogram profile in pediatric patients with suspected meningitis. Methods: This descriptive study was conducted between January 2014 and January 2016 in the Hevi Paediatric Teaching Hospital in Duhok, Iraq. The CSF samples were withdrawn from 432 pediatric patients suspected of meningitis. The samples were cultured, and antibiotic sensitivity tests were performed.  Results: There were 33 (7.6%) culture positive cases among 432 CSF samples...
May 2017: Saudi Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427348/comparative-genomics-and-evolution-of-the-amylase-binding-proteins-of-oral-streptococci
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Elaine M Haase, Yurong Kou, Amarpreet Sabharwal, Yu-Chieh Liao, Tianying Lan, Charlotte Lindqvist, Frank A Scannapieco
BACKGROUND: Successful commensal bacteria have evolved to maintain colonization in challenging environments. The oral viridans streptococci are pioneer colonizers of dental plaque biofilm. Some of these bacteria have adapted to life in the oral cavity by binding salivary α-amylase, which hydrolyzes dietary starch, thus providing a source of nutrition. Oral streptococcal species bind α-amylase by expressing a variety of amylase-binding proteins (ABPs). Here we determine the genotypic basis of amylase binding where proteins of diverse size and function share a common phenotype...
April 20, 2017: BMC Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411005/bacterial-and-histopathological-findings-in-deep-head-and-neck-infections-a-retrospective-analysis
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Robert Cordesmeyer, Philipp Kauffmann, Tröltzsch Markus, Christian Sömmer, Helmut Eiffert, Felix Bremmer, Rainer Laskawi
OBJECTIVES: Deep neck infections are among the most dangerous acute diseases in the head and neck region. This analysis gives an overview of the bacterial and histopathologic findings of deep neck infections. STUDY DESIGN: From January 2002 to December 2012, 63 patients were diagnosed with and treated for deep neck infections at the University Medical Center Göttingen. Bacterial and histopathologic examinations were made, and the occurrence of bacterial pathogens and histopathologic findings were analyzed...
February 20, 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387901/endocarditis-sustained-by-streptococcus-viridans-with-normal-levels-of-procalcitonin-an-unexpected-finding
#16
G Merra, D Marsiliani, S Di Giambenedetto, F Franceschi
OBJECTIVE: Procalcytonin is a useful marker of bacterial infections. Several studies have reported elevated serum levels of PCT in patients with infective endocarditis (IE) and/or other infections sustained by cocci. We report a rare case of IE attributed to Streptococcus viridans in whom levels of PCT were normal. CASE REPORT: A 67 years-old male was admitted to the Emergency Department for a 25-day history of recurring night fever. Upon admission, patient underwent blood test, including PCT, showing normal levels, except for a slight increased creatinine concentration (1...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331804/infected-ascites-distinguishing-secondary-peritonitis-from-spontaneous-bacterial-peritonitis-in-a-cirrhotic-patient-with-classic-symptoms
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Marvin Louis Roy Lu, Akanksha Agarwal, Josh Sloan, Aaron Kosmin
INTRODUCTION: Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis can be differentiated from secondary bacterial peritonitis by the absence of a surgically treatable intra-abdominal source of infection. However, oftentimes this is unapparent and other clinical clues need to be sought after to make the right diagnosis. CASE: A 64-year-old woman was admitted because of three days of worsening diffuse abdominal pain and distention. She was morbidly obese and had a history of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) cirrhosis...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28279319/infective-endocarditis-risk-after-percutaneous-pulmonary-valve-implantation-with-the-melody-and%C3%A2-sapien%C3%A2-valves
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Sebastien Hascoet, Lucia Mauri, Caroline Claude, Emmanuelle Fournier, Julie Lourtet, Jean-Yves Riou, Philippe Brenot, Jérôme Petit
OBJECTIVES: This study compared the risk of infective endocarditis (IE) after percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation (PPVI) with the Sapien and Melody valves. BACKGROUND: The incidence of IE after PPVI is estimated at 3% per year with the Melody valve. The Sapien valve is a more recently marketed valve used for PPVI. METHODS: We retrospectively included consecutive patients who underwent PPVI at a single center between 2008 and 2016. IE was diagnosed using the modified DUKE criteria...
March 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264848/impact-of-high-level-daptomycin-resistance-in-the-streptococcus-mitis-group-on-virulence-and-survivability-during-daptomycin-treatment-in-experimental-infective-endocarditis
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C Garcia-de-la-Maria, Y Q Xiong, J M Pericas, Y Armero, A Moreno, N N Mishra, M J Rybak, T T Tran, C A Arias, P M Sullam, A S Bayer, J M Miro
Among the viridans group streptococci, the Streptococcus mitis group is the most common cause of infective endocarditis. These bacteria have a propensity to be β-lactam resistant, as well as to rapidly develop high-level and durable resistance to daptomycin (DAP). We compared a parental, daptomycin-susceptible (DAP(s)) S. mitis/S. oralis strain and its daptomycin-resistant (DAP(r)) variant in a model of experimental endocarditis in terms of (i) their relative fitness in multiple target organs in this model (vegetations, kidneys, spleen) when animals were challenged individually and in a coinfection strategy and (ii) their survivability during therapy with daptomycin-gentamicin (an in vitro combination synergistic against the parental strain)...
May 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257904/in-vitro-activity-of-ceftaroline-and-comparator-agents-against-gram-positive-and-gram-negative-clinical-isolates-from-cancer-patients
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Kenneth V I Rolston, Mohamed A Jamal, Lior Nesher, Samuel A Shelburne, Issam Raad, Randall A Prince
Bacterial infections are common in cancer patients. Ceftaroline (CFT) is a broad-spectrum cephalosporin with activity against most Gram-positive organisms (GPOs) and many Gram-negative organisms. In this study, the in vitro activity of CFT was compared with vancomycin (VAN), daptomycin (DAP), linezolid (LZD), trimethoprim/sulphamethoxazole (SXT) and tigecycline (TIG) against bacteria (predominantly blood culture isolates) isolated from cancer patients in 2014 and 2015. CFT was active against methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA), methicillin-resistant S...
April 2017: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
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