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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28777208/survey-of-pediatric-infectious-diseases-society-members-about-congenital-chagas-disease
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Morven S Edwards, Francisca A Abanyie, Susan P Montgomery
Participants in a survey about congenital Chagas disease, distributed electronically to Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society members, perceived having limited knowledge about congenital Trypanosoma cruzi infection. Most rarely or never consider the diagnosis in infants born to parents from Latin America. Improved awareness of congenital Chagas disease and assessment of at-risk infants is needed.
August 1, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761583/challenges-of-empirical-antibiotic-therapy-for-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-children
#2
REVIEW
Charlene M C Rodrigues
BACKGROUND: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality globally, responsible for more than 14% of deaths in children younger than 5 years of age. Due to difficulties with pathogen identification and diagnostics of CAP in children, targeted antimicrobial therapy is not possible, hence the widespread use of empirical antibiotics, in particular penicillins, cephalosporin, and macrolides. OBJECTIVES: This review aimed to address medical, societal, and political issues associated with the widespread use of empirical antibiotics for CAP in the United Kingdom, India, and Nigeria...
2017: Current Therapeutic Research, Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736121/potential-of-circulatory-procalcitonin-as-a-biomarker-reflecting-inflammation-among-south-indian-diabetic-foot-ulcers
#3
Dhamodharan Umapathy, Sireesh Dornadula, Arvind Rajagopalan, Narayana Murthy, Vairamani Mariappanadar, Rajesh Kesavan, Ramkumar Kunka Mohanram
OBJECTIVE: Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU), the major complication associated with diabetes mellitus, has been shown to precede amputation in up to 90% of cases. Recent data reveal that procalcitonin (PCT) is a valid marker for the diagnosis of bacterial infections compared with traditional markers like white blood cell count, C-reactive protein levels, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate in DFU patients. Furthermore, cytokines are proposed to act as modulators and mediators for the expression and release of PCT into the circulation...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730159/antibiotic-prescribing-for-adults-hospitalized-in-the-etiology-of-pneumonia-in-the-community-study
#4
Sara Tomczyk, Seema Jain, Anna M Bramley, Wesley H Self, Evan J Anderson, Chris Trabue, D Mark Courtney, Carlos G Grijalva, Grant W Waterer, Kathryn M Edwards, Richard G Wunderink, Lauri A Hicks
BACKGROUND: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) 2007 guidelines from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)/American Thoracic Society (ATS) recommend a respiratory fluoroquinolone or beta-lactam plus macrolide as first-line antibiotics for adults hospitalized with CAP. Few studies have assessed guideline-concordant antibiotic use for patients hospitalized with CAP after the 2007 IDSA/ATS guidelines. We examine antibiotics prescribed and associated factors in adults hospitalized with CAP...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714050/superiority-of-the-sonication-method-against-conventional-periprosthetic-tissue-cultures-for-diagnosis-of-prosthetic-joint-infections
#5
Sofia Tani, Panagiotis Lepetsos, Antonios Stylianakis, John Vlamis, Konstantinos Birbas, Ioannis Kaklamanos
INTRODUCTION: Diagnosis of periprosthetic infections is challenging. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of conventional periprosthetic tissue culture and culture of sonication fluid of the explanted prostheses. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 114 patients undergoing revision hip or knee arthroplasty because of loosening of the prostheses, at our institution, between July 2012 and July 2016. Patients' medical history and demographic characteristics were recorded...
July 17, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697267/back-to-the-basics-community-acquired-pneumonia-in-children
#6
Kathleen Boyd
Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a common childhood infection and often a reason for inpatient admission, especially when a child is hypoxic or in respiratory distress. Despite advances in technology and diagnostics, it remains difficult to accurately differentiate bacterial CAP from a viral process. Most of the laboratory tests routinely done in inpatient medicine, such as complete blood counts and acute phase reactants, do little to differentiate a viral pneumonia from a bacterial pneumonia. Clinicians must rely heavily on the clinical presentation and decide whether to treat empirically with antibiotics...
July 1, 2017: Pediatric Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678546/mortality-prediction-using-serum-biomarkers-and-various-clinical-risk-scales-in-community-acquired-pneumonia
#7
Min Woo Kim, Jee Yong Lim, Sang Hoon Oh
We evaluated the predictive value of serum biomarkers and various clinical risk scales for the 28-day mortality of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP). Serum biomarkers including procalcitonin (PCT) and C-reactive protein (CRP) were evaluated in the emergency department. Scores for the pneumonia severity index (PSI); CURB65 (confusion, urea, respiration, blood pressure; age >65 years); Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) and American Thoracic Society (ATS) guidelines for severe CAP; Acute Physiology, Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II; Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA); and quick SOFA (qSOFA) were calculated...
July 5, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Clinical and Laboratory Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674308/improved-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-positive-blood-culture-by-proactive-intervention-of-antimicrobial-use-impact-of-antimicrobial-stewardship-program-implementation-on-clinical-practice
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Takehiro Yamada, Keisuke Kagami, Shungo Imai, Koji Akizawa, Sumio Iwasaki, Tatsuya Fukumoto, Nobuhisa Ishiguro, Ken Iseki
 Bacteremia is one of the most serious infectious illness resulting from nosocomial infection. Therefore, appropriate antimicrobial chemotherapy should be provided as soon as possible to patients exhibiting symptoms of infectious disease and having positive blood culture results. Antimicrobial stewardship (AS) guidelines were recently released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. The guidelines recommend "proactive intervention and feedback" as one of the core strategies for implementing optimal antimicrobial drug use to improve patient outcomes in clinical settings...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666551/european-organization-for-research-and-treatment-of-cancer-eortc-recommendations-for-planning-and-delivery-of-high-dose-high-precision-radiotherapy-for-lung-cancer
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Dirk De Ruysscher, Corinne Faivre-Finn, Ditte Moeller, Ursula Nestle, Coen W Hurkmans, Cécile Le Péchoux, José Belderbos, Matthias Guckenberger, Suresh Senan
PURPOSE: To update literature-based recommendations for techniques used in high-precision thoracic radiotherapy for lung cancer, in both routine practice and clinical trials. METHODS: A literature search was performed to identify published articles that were considered clinically relevant and practical to use. Recommendations were categorised under the following headings: patient positioning and immobilisation, Tumour and nodal changes, CT and FDG-PET imaging, target volumes definition, radiotherapy treatment planning and treatment delivery...
June 27, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657261/rare-case-of-non-tuberculous-mycobacterium-a-diagnostic-dilemma
#10
N Marathe, B Canavan
Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) infections occur in HIV-negative patients with or without underlying lung disease. It is generally felt that these organisms are acquired from the environment. Unlike tuberculosis, there are no convincing data demonstrating human-to-human OR animal-to-human transmission of NTM. We report a case of NTM infection in a 38 year old patient with underlying emphysematous lung disease. The case highlights the diagnostic dilemma which occurs when persistent sputum Acid- Fast Bacilli (AFB) smears are positive, but Nucleic acid amplification test is negative...
February 10, 2017: Irish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625166/impact-of-gram-stain-results-on-initial-treatment-selection-in-patients-with-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-a-retrospective-analysis-of-two-treatment-algorithms
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Jumpei Yoshimura, Takahiro Kinoshita, Kazuma Yamakawa, Asako Matsushima, Naoki Nakamoto, Toshimitsu Hamasaki, Satoshi Fujimi
BACKGROUND: Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is a common and serious problem in intensive care units (ICUs). Several studies have suggested that the Gram stain of endotracheal aspirates is a useful method for accurately diagnosing VAP. However, the usefulness of the Gram stain in predicting which microorganisms cause VAP has not been established. The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether a Gram stain of endotracheal aspirates could be used to determine appropriate initial antimicrobial therapy for VAP...
June 19, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589426/clinical-condition-and-comorbidity-as-determinants-for-blood-culture-positivity-in-patients-with-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections
#12
F V van Daalen, M C Kallen, C M A van den Bosch, M E J L Hulscher, S E Geerlings, J M Prins
The utility of performing blood cultures in patients with a suspected skin infection is debated. We investigated the association between blood culture positivity rates and patients' clinical condition, including acute disease severity and comorbidity. We performed a retrospective study, including patients with cellulitis and wound infection who had been enrolled in three Dutch multicenter studies between 2011 and 2015. Patients' acute clinical condition was assessed using the Modified Early Warning Score (MEWS; severe: MEWS ≥2) and comorbidity with the Charlson Comorbidity Index (CCI; severe: CCI ≥2)...
June 7, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578710/compliance-with-clostridium-difficile-treatment-guidelines-effect-on-patient-outcomes
#13
K T Crowell, K G Julian, M Katzman, A S Berg, A Tinsley, E D Williams, W A Koltun, E Messaris
Guidelines for the severity classification and treatment of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) were published by Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)/Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) in 2010; however, compliance and efficacy of these guidelines has not been widely investigated. This present study assessed compliance with guidelines and its effect on CDI patient outcomes as compared with before these recommendations. A retrospective study included all adult inpatients with an initial episode of CDI treated in a single academic center from January 2009 to August 2014...
August 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569572/erratum-new-guidelines-for-the-treatment-of-drug-susceptible-tuberculosis-from-the-american-thoracic-society-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-and-the-infectious-diseases-society-of-america-now-comes-the-hard-part
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June 1, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562556/low-utility-of-blood-culture-in-pediatric-community-acquired-pneumonia-an-observational-study-on-2705-patients-admitted-to-the-emergency-department
#15
Jae Hyun Kwon, Jung Heon Kim, Jeong-Yong Lee, Youn-Jung Kim, Chang Hwan Sohn, Kyoung Soo Lim, Won Young Kim
To investigate the utility of blood cultures performed on previously healthy children and adolescents with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) at a tertiary care hospital emergency department (ED).We reviewed 3235 patients with CAP aged 6 months to 18 years who underwent blood cultures at the ED from 2009 through 2016. CAP was defined according to the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision codes for pneumonia and the requirement of antibiotic treatment plus any of the following: radiologically confirmed, hospitalized, or moderate to severe disease...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557742/viral-features-and-testing-for-streptococcal-pharyngitis
#16
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/28555419/assessing-guideline-concordant-prescribing-for-community-acquired-pneumonia
#17
Kaci Thiessen, Ann E Lloyd, Michael J Miller, Juell Homco, Brooke Gildon, Katherine S O'Neal
Background Current reports of outpatient antimicrobial prescribing practices may overestimate guideline concordance since they address only drug selection. Appropriate stewardship should consider all prescribing criteria (i.e., dose, frequency, duration, and route of administration) to fully assess guideline concordance. Objective Using a community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) example, the aims of this pilot study were to estimate guideline concordance in adult patients 18 years or older when all prescribing criteria are considered, and provide recommendations to optimize treatment...
August 2017: International Journal of Clinical Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28480249/a-proposed-new-classification-of-skin-and-soft-tissue-infections-modeled-on-the-subset-of-diabetic-foot-infection
#18
REVIEW
Benjamin A Lipsky, Michael H Silverman, Warren S Joseph
Schemes for classifying skin and soft tissue infections (SSTIs) pose limitations for clinicians and regulatory agencies. Diabetic foot infections (DFIs) are a subset of SSTIs. We developed and are proposing a classification to harmonize current schemes for SSTIs and DFIs. Existing schemes for classifying SSTIs are limited in both their usefulness to clinicians and to regulatory agencies. The guidelines on SSTI from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration do not adequately address many types of wound infections...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475768/white-paper-developing-antimicrobial-drugs-for-resistant-pathogens-narrow-spectrum-indications-and-unmet-needs
#19
Helen W Boucher, Paul G Ambrose, H F Chambers, Richard H Ebright, Amanda Jezek, Barbara E Murray, Jason G Newland, Belinda Ostrowsky, John H Rex
Despite progress in antimicrobial drug development, a critical need persists for new, feasible pathways to develop antibacterial agents to treat people infected with drug-resistant bacteria. Infections due to resistant Gram-negative bacilli continue to cause unacceptable morbidity and mortality. Antibacterial agents have been traditionally studied in non-inferiority clinical trials that focus on one site of infection (eg, complicated urinary tract infections, intra-abdominal infections), yet these designs may not be optimal, and often are not feasible, for study of infections caused by drug-resistant bacteria...
May 5, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28465823/uk-clinical-practice-guidelines-for-the-management-of-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumours-gist
#20
Ian Judson, Ramesh Bulusu, Beatrice Seddon, Adam Dangoor, Newton Wong, Satvinder Mudan
BACKGROUND: Soft tissue sarcomas (STS) are rare tumours arising in mesenchymal tissues. Gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST) is the commonest STS and arises within the wall of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. While most GISTs occur in the stomach they do occur in all parts of the GI tract. As with other STS, it is important that GISTs are managed by expert teams, to ensure consistent and optimal treatment, as well as recruitment to clinical trials, and the ongoing accumulation of further knowledge of the disease...
2017: Clinical Sarcoma Research
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