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Clostridium difficile AND PCR

Maja Rupnik, Arjana Tambic Andrasevic, Elena Trajkovska Dokic, Ivanka Matas, Milica Jovanovic, Selma Pasic, Aleksander Kocuvan, Sandra Janezic
While Clostridium difficile epidemiology is well documented in many European countries, data are largely missing for South Eastern European region. Here we report the PCR ribotype distribution of 249 C. difficile isolates received for typing from six hospital settings from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Macedonia and Serbia in time period from 2008 to 2015. Twenty-four PCR ribotypes were detected. The majority of strains from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia belonged to PCR ribotype 027 (65...
October 15, 2016: Anaerobe
Karen Michael, David No, Jennifer Dankoff, Kyoyi Lee, Elisabeth Lara-Crawford, Marilyn C Roberts
Clostridium difficile is both a hospital and community acquired pathogen. The current study determined if C. difficile could be cultured from clinical laundry facility surfaces. A total of 240 surface samples were collected from dirty areas (n = 120), which handle soiled clinical linens, and from clean areas (n = 120), which process and fold the clean linens, within the University of Washington Consolidated Laundry facility in 2015. Sampling was done four times over the course of one year. The dirty area was significantly more contaminated than the clean area (21% vs 2%, p<0...
October 14, 2016: FEMS Microbiology Letters
Abrar K Thabit, M Jahangir Alam, Carey-Ann D Burnham, David P Nicolau
Molecular typing of Clostridium difficile is performed to assess strain relatedness or place strains within an epidemiological context. Different C. difficile ribotyping systems are available. However, a common strain library does not exist. We aimed to compare ribotyping results of 29 clinical C. difficile isolates by two methods: semiautomated PCR-ribotyping and fluorescent PCR-ribotyping. For certain ribotypes (n = 16/29; 55.2 %), the inter-laboratory reproducibility was consistent among multiple samples from individual subjects, while 54...
October 11, 2016: Archives of Microbiology
Fabrizio Barbanti, Patrizia Spigaglia
Recent surveys indicate that the majority of toxigenic Clostridium difficile strains isolated in European hospitals belonged to PCR-ribotypes (RTs) different from RT 027 or RT 078. Among these types, RT 018 has been reported in Italy and, more recently, in Korea and Japan. In Italy, strains RT 018 have become predominant in the early 2000s, whereas the majority of strains isolated before were RT 126, a type belonging to the same lineage as the RT 078. In this study, we have found that Italian strains RT 018 are resistant to erythromycin, clindamycin, moxifloxacin and rifampicin...
October 7, 2016: Anaerobe
Cristina Rodriguez, Bernard Taminiau, Nicolas Korsak, Véronique Avesani, Johan Van Broeck, Philippe Brach, Michel Delmée, Georges Daube
BACKGROUND: Increasing age, several co-morbidities, environmental contamination, antibiotic exposure and other intestinal perturbations appear to be the greatest risk factors for C. difficile infection (CDI). Therefore, elderly care home residents are considered particularly vulnerable to the infection. The main objective of this study was to evaluate and follow the prevalence of C. difficile in 23 elderly care home residents weekly during a 4-month period. A C. difficile microbiological detection scheme was performed along with an overall microbial biodiversity study of the faeces content by 16S rRNA gene analysis...
October 1, 2016: BMC Microbiology
Nurver Ulger Toprak, Gulcin Balkose, Deniz Durak, Ender Dulundu, Tolga Demirbaş, Cumhur Yegen, Guner Soyletir
Extra-intestinal infections due to Clostridium difficile have been reported rarely. Herein we report a case of pyogenic liver abscess from toxigenic C. difficile in an 80-year-old non-hospitalized woman with diabetes mellitus, cerebrovascular and cardiovascular diseases. The patient was admitted to the emergency department with fever and abdominal pain. There was no history of diarrhea or use of antibiotics. Laboratory parameters revealed signs of inflammation and elevated AST and ALT levels. Abdominal ultrasound and computer tomography showed multiple focal lesions in the bilateral liver lobes and hydropic gallbladder with stones...
September 28, 2016: Anaerobe
Lifang Wang, Ju Cao, Congya Li, Liping Zhang
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the leading cause of antibiotic- and healthcare-associated diarrhea. CXCL13 is a well-known CXC chemokine involved in inflammation, but its role in CDI remains unknown. In this study, serum and fecal samplings were collected from 51 CDI patients, 50 diarrhea patients without CDI and 50 healthy control subjects to determine the CXCL13 levels by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Besides, a mouse model of C. difficile infection was established, and murine serum and colon tissues were collected for detection of CXCL13 expression using quantitative real-time RT-PCR, ELISA, Western blot, or immunohistochemistry...
December 2016: Cytokine
Karin Johansson, Hanna Karlsson, Torbjörn Norén
Diagnostic testing for Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has, in recent years, seen the introduction of rapid dual-EIA (enzyme immunoassay) tests combining species-specific glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) with toxin A/B. In a prospective study, we compared the C. DIFF Quik Chek Complete test to a combination of selective culture (SC) and loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) of the toxin A gene. Of 419 specimens, 68 were positive in SC including 62 positive in LAMP (14.7%). The combined EIA yielded 82 GDH positives of which 47 were confirmed toxin A/B positive (11%) corresponding to a sensitivity and specificity of 94% for GDH EIA compared to SC and for toxin A/B EIA a sensitivity of 71% and a specificity of 99% compared to LAMP...
November 2016: APMIS: Acta Pathologica, Microbiologica, et Immunologica Scandinavica
Saara M Kotila, Silja Mentula, Jukka Ollgren, Anni Virolainen-Julkunen, Outi Lyytikäinen
We evaluated incidence, case-fatality rate, and trends of community-associated (CA) and healthcare-associated (HA) Clostridium difficile infections (CDIs) in Finland during 2008-2013. CDIs were identified in the National Infectious Disease Register, deaths in the National Population Information System, hospitalizations to classify infections as CA or HA in the National Hospital Discharge Register, and genotypes in a reference laboratory. A total of 32,991 CDIs were identified: 10,643 (32.3%) were CA (32.9 cases/100,000 population) and 22,348 (67...
October 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
Tamar Miller-Roll, Wasef Na'amnih, Dani Cohen, Yehuda Carmeli, Amos Adler
The aims of this prospective study were to examine the correlation between the molecular types and the antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of Clostridium difficile isolates with the source of acquisition and the occurrence of C. difficile infections (CDI) in a tertiary center in Israel. All available isolates from community-acquired (CA) CDI episodes (n=43) and matching numbers of isolates from community-onset, hospital acquired (CO-HA, n=67) and HA-CDI (n=56) and 32 cases of recurrent CDI were typed and tested for susceptibility to vancomycin and metronidazole...
August 26, 2016: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Major Gooyit, Kim D Janda
Prolonged use of broad-spectrum antibiotics disrupts the indigenous gut microbiota, which consequently enables toxigenic Clostridium difficile species to proliferate and cause infection. The burden of C. difficile infections was exacerbated with the outbreak of hypervirulent strains that produce copious amounts of enterotoxins and spores. In recent past, membrane-active agents have generated a surge of interest due to their bactericidal property with a low propensity for resistance. In this study, we capitalized on the antimicrobial property and low oral bioavailability of salicylanilide anthelmintics (closantel, rafoxanide, niclosamide, oxyclozanide) to target the gut pathogen...
2016: Scientific Reports
Hae-Sun Chung, Miae Lee
Rapid and accurate diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is crucial for patient care, infection control, and efficient surveillance. We evaluated C. DIFF QUIK CHEK COMPLETE (QCC; TechLab), which detects glutamate dehydrogenase (GDH) antigen (QCC-Ag) and toxin A/B (QCC-Tox) simultaneously, and compared it to the laboratory diagnostics for CDI currently in use in a tertiary hospital setting with a high prevalence of CDI. QCC, RIDASCREEN C. difficile toxin A/B assay (Toxin EIA; R-Biopharm AG), chromID C...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
C Rodriguez, J Fernandez, J Van Broeck, B Taminiau, V Avesani, J A Boga, F Vazquez, M Delmée, G Daube
Clostridium difficile is recognised worldwide as the main cause of infectious bacterial antibiotic-associated diarrhoea in hospitals and other healthcare settings. The aim of this study was to first survey C. difficile prevalence during the summer of 2014 at the Central University Hospital of Asturias (Spain). By typing the isolates obtained, it was then possible to compare the ribotype distribution at the Spanish hospital with results from the St Luc University Hospital in Belgium over the same period. The prevalence of positive cases reported in Spain and Belgium was 12...
September 9, 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Mohammad N Mhaissen, Alicia Rodriguez, Zhengming Gu, Haiqing Zhu, Li Tang, Yilun Sun, Stacey T Schultz-Cherry, Randall T Hayden, Elisabeth E Adderson
BACKGROUND: Diarrhea is common in children with cancer, but this has not been systematically studied to date. METHODS: Remnant stool samples collected between January 2010 and June 2011 from pediatric oncology patients with diarrhea were tested for bacterial, viral, and parasitic enteropathogens using a combination of standard-of-care (SOC) diagnostic tests, including broad-range, real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays for adenoviruses, astroviruses, and sapoviruses and 2 commercially available multiplexed PCR assays...
August 30, 2016: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
David M Faleck, Hojjat Salmasian, E Yoko Furuya, Elaine L Larson, Julian A Abrams, Daniel E Freedberg
OBJECTIVES: Patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) frequently receive proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and have high rates of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI). PPIs have been associated with CDI in hospitalized patients, but ICU patients differ fundamentally from non-ICU patients and few studies have focused on PPI use exclusively in the critical care setting. We performed a retrospective cohort study to determine the associations between PPIs and health-care facility-onset CDI in the ICU...
August 30, 2016: American Journal of Gastroenterology
Carrie A Cowardin, Erica L Buonomo, Mahmoud M Saleh, Madeline G Wilson, Stacey L Burgess, Sarah A Kuehne, Carsten Schwan, Anna M Eichhoff, Friedrich Koch-Nolte, Dena Lyras, Klaus Aktories, Nigel P Minton, William A Petri
Clostridium difficile is the most common hospital acquired pathogen in the USA, and infection is, in many cases, fatal. Toxins A and B are its major virulence factors, but expression of a third toxin, known as C. difficile transferase (CDT), is increasingly common. An adenosine diphosphate (ADP)-ribosyltransferase that causes actin cytoskeletal disruption, CDT is typically produced by the major, hypervirulent strains and has been associated with more severe disease. Here, we show that CDT enhances the virulence of two PCR-ribotype 027 strains in mice...
2016: Nature Microbiology
Emma C Stevenson, Giles A Major, Robin C Spiller, Sarah A Kuehne, Nigel P Minton
Clostridium difficile (Peptoclostridium difficile) is a common health care associated infection with a disproportionately high incidence in elderly patients. Disease symptoms range from mild diarrhoea through to life threatening pseudomembranous colitis. Around 20% of patients may suffer recurrent disease which often requires re-hospitalisation of patients.C. difficile was isolated from stool samples from a patient with two recurrent C. difficile infections. PCR-ribotyping, whole genome sequencing and phenotypic assays were used to characterise these isolates...
August 24, 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Hee-Won Moon, Hyeong Nyeon Kim, Ji-Young Kim, Mina Hur, Heejung Kim, Yeo-Min Yun
OBJECTIVES: Nucleic acid amplification tests are commonly used for the direct detection of toxigenic Clostridium difficile. We evaluated the diagnostic performance of newly launched, artus C. difficile QS-RGQ Kit (artus C. difficile, QIAGEN, Hilden, Germany), in comparison with toxigenic culture (TC) and Xpert C. difficile (Cepheid, Sunnyvale, CA, USA). DESIGN AND METHODS: In prospectively collected 261 diarrheal specimens, the artus C. difficile and the Xpert C...
August 21, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Yanal M Murad, Justo Perez, Gustavo Ybazeta, Sarah Mavin, Sebastien Lefebvre, J Scott Weese, Joyce Rousseau, Francisco Diaz-Mitoma, Reza Nokhbeh
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is paramount for patient management. The wrong diagnosis places patients at risk, delays treatment, and/ or contributes to transmission of infection in the healthcare setting. Although amplification of the toxin B gene by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a sensitive method for detecting toxigenic C. difficile, false negative results still occur and could impact the diagnosis and treatment of this infection. METHODS: This study investigated 48 patients that tested negative for toxigenic C...
2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Judith Tóth, Edith Urbán, Hilda Osztie, Márta Benczik, Alexander Indra, Elisabeth Nagy, Franz Allerberger
Following the first description of a Clostridium difficile case caused by ribotype 027 in Hungary in 2007, the rapid spread of C. difficile infection in different hospitals within the country was observed. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the distribution of different PCR-ribotypes among inpatient and outpatient isolates obtained in two geographically different parts of Hungary. One hundred and ninety-two toxigenic C. difficile isolates collected between 1st October and 1st December, 2014 were PCR-ribotyped using capillary gel electrophoresis and the database of WEBRIBO (http://webribo...
August 17, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
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