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A Maleb, J Elmalki, O Bouayadi, Y Ben Lahlou, M Frikh, N Abdeljaouad, A Lemnouer, H Yacoubi, M Elouennass
Pasteurella multocida can cause serious infections after dog or cat bite. We report here a rare case of hand infection caused by P. multocida consecutive to an injury by a thorn of the prickly pear. It caused an amputation of the distal phalanx of the thumb in a trisomic patient. It is about a 27-year-old man who was admitted to the hospital with swelling and intense pain of the left hand. He reported a sting by a thorn of prickly pear 15 days before. The patient was admitted to proceed with operative irrigation and debridement...
February 2018: Trauma Case Reports
Alice L Milligan, Anna M Gruener, Iain D Milligan, Geraldine A O'Hara, Miles R Stanford
Purpose: To report the case of an immunocompetent adult presenting with endogenous Fusarium endophthalmitis. Observations: A woman in her thirties presented with symptoms and signs of a unilateral anterior uveitis. After initial improvement with topical corticosteroids, she continued to develop a panuveitis with an associated drop in vision to counting fingers. A vitreous biopsy confirmed Fusarium solani by 18S rRNA fungal gene detection and PCR sequencing. Despite treatment with pars plana vitrectomy, intravitreal amphotericin B and systemic voriconazole her visual outcome was poor...
June 2017: American Journal of Ophthalmology Case Reports
R Sivakumar, Prahalad Kumar Singhi, M Chidambaram, V Somashekar, Vinoth Thangamani
INTRODUCTION: Sub-acute septic arthritis of knee following a thorn prick injury to patella is an uncommon condition and seen in active playful children. The child may be afraid to narrate the incident to their parents or examining doctor, so a high index of suspicion is must. The delayed presentation is inevitable. Early synovitis due to the organic biological foreign body may progress to septic arthritis, if untreated may result in knee stiffness or chronic osteomyelitis of patella. CASE REPORT: We report a case of thorn prick injury to the left patella in an 8-years-old boy who neglected the incident of thorn prick while playing with his peer group 10 days ago and presented with features of sub-acute septic arthritis...
November 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
Rahul Mohan, T S Gopakumar
Scedosporium apiospermum is frequently found as a saprophyte in soil, sewage and contaminated water. Its manifestations in immunocompetent patients are usually localised and in immunodeficient patients, it causes invasive systemic diseases. We are reporting the case of a 40-year-old male, who presented with pain, oedema and multiple discharging sinuses over the lateral aspect of the left foot with history of thorn prick. On examination, there were multiple active sinuses with tenderness and local rise in temperature...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma
Eduard E Zijlstra, Wendy W J van de Sande, Oliverio Welsh, El Sheikh Mahgoub, Michael Goodfellow, Ahmed H Fahal
Mycetoma can be caused by bacteria (actinomycetoma) or fungi (eumycetoma) and typically affects poor communities in remote areas. It is an infection of subcutaneous tissues resulting in mass and sinus formation and a discharge that contains grains. The lesion is usually on the foot but all parts of the body can be affected. The causative microorganisms probably enter the body by a thorn prick or other lesions of the skin. Mycetoma has a worldwide distribution but is restricted to specific climate zones. Microbiological diagnosis and characterisation of the exact organism causing mycetoma is difficult; no reliable serological test exists but molecular techniques to identify relevant antigens have shown promise...
January 2016: Lancet Infectious Diseases
Shreekant Tiwari, Siba Shankar Beriha
INTRODUCTION: Pantoea agglomerans is a plant pathogen which very rarely causes an opportunistic infection. Human beings are usually infected by thorn prick injuries or by contaminated parenteral fluids. Pantoea agglomerans has been reported as a cause of neonatal sepsis very rarely and to the best of our knowledge this is the first reported case from India. CASE PRESENTATION: A 4-day-old Asian baby boy from the rural area of Odisha, India, was admitted to our neonatal intensive care unit when he presented with fever, tachypnea and chest retraction...
2015: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Abdallah M Samy, Wendy W J van de Sande, Ahmed Hassan Fahal, A Townsend Peterson
In 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized mycetoma as one of the neglected tropical conditions due to the efforts of the mycetoma consortium. This same consortium formulated knowledge gaps that require further research. One of these gaps was that very few data are available on the epidemiology and transmission cycle of the causative agents. Previous work suggested a soil-borne or Acacia thorn-prick-mediated origin of mycetoma infections, but no studies have investigated effects of soil type and Acacia geographic distribution on mycetoma case distributions...
October 2014: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Chidananda Ps Rao, Parameshwar Shivappa, Veeresh R Mothi
BACKGROUND: India is a thickly populated country; apart from having biodiversity among people, climate does change from place to place. Western Ghats of South India harbors variety of plantations and diverse creatures. Agriculture is the primary occupation of the people and some tribes living in these regions. Here majority are callous/ ignorant in employing neither advanced farming techniques nor safety precautions, hence are exposed to bites and stings by animals. Of these, snake bites cause significant mortality and morbidity...
March 25, 2013: Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
Mohammed Madhar, Younes Sammous, Jamal Bouslous, Tarik Messaoudi, Rachid Chafik, Hanane Elhaoury, Halim Saidi, Tarik Fikry
The palms are frequent in the region of eastern Morocco. An insidious onset of a lytic lesion in the base of the fourth metatarsal caused by a date palm thorn in a 20-year-old patient is presented. An untreated embedded thorn can cause late complications, including periostitis or osteomyelitis. In most cases, removal of the foreign body is easy, and no surgical care is needed. If detected, these injuries can be treated without complications. In children, however, the diagnosis can be very easily missed, especially if the child has aphasia and deafness, which was present in our patient...
January 2013: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Sarika Jain, Ishwar Bohra, Rakesh Mahajan, Sonal Jain, T D Chugh
Pantoea agglomerans infections in humans are uncommon. Most common infections reported are septic arthritis or synovitis. We report the case of a 25-year-old, healthy male, who presented with indurated swelling over the posterolateral aspect of his right thigh, associated with pain for one month. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed muscle edema with cystic areas in the posterior-most part of the vastus lateralis of the right thigh. The condition was clinically diagnosed as a right-sided benign tumor of the vastus lateralis muscle...
July 2012: Indian Journal of Pathology & Microbiology
Hira-L Nag, Ramprasad Kancherla, Aftab Malpura
Thorn prick injuries are generally conceded frivolous and rarely demand medical attention. Howbeit deep seated injuries are well described in the literature. We presented a case of thorn prick injury to the knee that manifested as Brodie's abscess of the medial distal femoral condyle and synovitis. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasonography could only construe the affliction but not spot the thorn. Arthrotomy was undertaken for exploration and debridement. Empirical therapy with initial systemic Cefotaxime and subsequent Ofloxacin worked well after the surgery...
2012: Chinese Journal of Traumatology, Zhonghua Chuang Shang za Zhi
Sharat Agarwal, Mohammad Nasim Akhtar, Jerryson Bareh
Brodie's abscess of the tarsal cuboid is a rare presentation of a common disease. In the present report, we describe the case of Brodie's abscess of the tarsal cuboid after a thorn prick in the foot of a 10-year-old boy. The patient was asymptomatic in the acute phase of the injury, and on presentation, no evidence was found of an open cutaneous wound. The foot radiographs showed a cavitary osteolytic lesion in the cuboid bone. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a classic penumbra sign and an abscess in the plantar intrinsic musculature...
March 2012: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Madhavan Manoharan, Natarajan Shanmugam, Saveetha Veeriyan
Phaeohyphomycosis consists of a heterogeneous group of fungal infections caused by more than 80 genera and species. Subcutaneous infection usually follows traumatic implantation of a fungus by a wooden splinter that the fungus inh abits as a saprophyte. The growth of the fungus forms verrucous plaques or a painless subcutaneous abscess. We report a subcutaneous cyst (phaeomycotic cyst) in the leg of a 60-year-old woman that developed after a thorn prick at that site. With the provisional diagnosis of an epidermoid cyst, she was treated with a simple excision of the cyst...
April 2011: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
Ganapathy Kalaiselvan, Amol R Dongre, T Mahalakshmy
BACKGROUND: To find out the prevalence of "all" injuries, its nature, outcome and sources of treatment among rural population of Pondicherry. METHODS: It was a triangulated study of quantitative (survey) and qualitative (Focus Group Discussion, FGD) methods. The trained second year medical undergraduate students paid house visits to all houses in five feasibly selected villages of our field practice area. The students interviewed the housewife and obtained information for all injuries for each family member in last one year and its sources of treatment...
July 2011: Journal of Injury & Violence Research
Saeedur Rahman, Fatima Humera Abdullah, Jamshaid Ali Khan
BACKGROUND: Old World Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (OWCL) is a preventable skin infection that leads to morbidity and social isolation. It is spreading rapidly. The sore of OWCL may be a non-ulcerative red papule, nodule or a large mutilating ulcer. The ulcer is typically painless and can leave a disfiguring scar. METHODS: This was a descriptive study. The diagnosis of OWCL was established by finding LD bodies in skin smear preparation. RESULTS: This study identified 1680 cutaneous leishmaniasis in 1767 skin ulcers...
July 2009: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
Kristine M Lalas, Daniel Erichsen
Pantoea agglomerans is a plant pathogen and an unusual cause of human disease typically associated with thorn prick injuries or contaminated parenteral fluids. In the neonate, P. agglomerans has been reported to cause bacteremia or sepsis 17 times previously. In most of these cases, the source of infection has been contaminated parenteral nutrition or has been associated with indwelling catheters. We present a rare case of P. agglomerans bacteremia in a 35-week-female born via vaginal delivery complicated by prolonged rupture of membranes and chorioamnionitis...
July 2010: Japanese Journal of Infectious Diseases
Stephen McGillion, Andrew Foggitt
We describe an unusual case of Achilles tenosynovitis caused by a prick from an acacia thorn. The clinical sequelae are presented as well as a review of the literature.
June 2010: Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Journal of the European Society of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Ajanta Sharma, Naba K Hazarika, Deepak Gupta
Chromoblastomycosis is a chronic fungal infection caused by several pigmented fungi commonly seen in tropical and sub-tropical climate. We report here two cases of chromoblastomycosis from the tea gardens of Assam, a state in the north-eastern region of India having a subtropical climate. Of the two patients, one presented with extensive lesions covering a large area of the body and gave a past history of thorn prick in his right foot. The laboratory diagnosis was done by direct microscopy and culture of skin scraping and biopsy tissue and the isolate was identified as Cladophialophora carrionii...
May 2010: Mycopathologia
Simcha Lev-Yadun
Müllerian mimicry is common in aposematic animals but till recently, like other aspects of plant aposematism was almost unknown. Many thorny, spiny and prickly plants are considered aposematic because their sharp defensive structures are colorful and conspicuous. Many of these spiny plant species (e.g., cacti and Agave in North American deserts; Aloe, Euphorbia and acacias with white thorns in Africa; spiny plants in Ohio; and spiny members of the Asteraceae in the Mediterranean basin) have overlapping territories, and also similar patterns of conspicuous coloration, and suffer from the evolutionary pressure of grazing by the same large herbivores...
June 2009: Plant Signaling & Behavior
Atif Sitwat Hayat, Abdul Haque Khan, Tariq Zaffar Shaikh, Rafi Ahmed Ghouri, Naila Shaikh
BACKGROUND: Envenoming resulting from snakebites is an important public health hazard in many regions. It is common in rural areas not to delay access to life saving anti-venom. The objectives of this study were to know about common types of snakes in local areas, clinical features in snakebite victims, complications in snakebite case, and mortality rate in snakebite victims in rural Sindh. METHODS: This descriptive study was conducted at 4 medical wards of Liaquat University Hospital Hyderabad/Jamshoro, Sindh from 1st January 2006 to December 2006...
July 2008: Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad: JAMC
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