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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822107/successful-treatment-and-fdg-pet-ct-monitoring-of-hhv-6-encephalitis-in-a-non-neutropenic-patient-case-report-and-literature-review
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Elda Righi, Alessia Carnelutti, Daniele Muser, Francesco Zaja, Elisa Lucchini, Federico Pea, Fernando Di Gregorio, Abass Alavi, Matteo Bassetti
Human herpesvirus (HHV)-6 reactivation is associated with severe forms of encephalitis among patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Cases in non-neutropenic patients are uncommon. The efficacy of ganciclovir and other compounds that are used for the treatment of HHV-6 encephalitis remains suboptimal and linked to toxicity. Valganciclovir, the oral prodrug of ganciclovir, could be practical to treat outpatients, but it is not commonly used for severe cases. We report a case of HHV-6 encephalitis in a non-neutropenic patient successfully treated with valganciclovir and undergoing therapeutic drug monitoring in plasma and in the cerebrospinal fluid...
August 18, 2017: Journal of Neurovirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772275/deep-brain-stimulation-for-tremor-is-there-a-common-structure
#2
Michael Fiechter, Andreas Nowacki, Markus F Oertel, Jens Fichtner, Ines Debove, M Lenard Lachenmayer, Roland Wiest, Claudio L Bassetti, Andreas Raabe, Alain Kaelin-Lang, Michael W Schüpbach, Claudio Pollo
BACKGROUND: Subthalamic nucleus (STN) stimulation has been recognized to control resting tremor in Parkinson disease. Similarly, thalamic stimulation (ventral intermediate nucleus; VIM) has shown tremor control in Parkinson disease, essential, and intention tremors. Recently, stimulation of the posterior subthalamic area (PSA) has been associated with excellent tremor control. Thus, the optimal site of stimulation may be located in the surrounding white matter. AIMS: The objective of this work was to investigate the area of stimulation by determining the contact location correlated with the best tremor control in STN/VIM patients...
August 4, 2017: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760900/population-pharmacokinetics-of-high-dose-continuous-infusion-meropenem-and-considerations-for-the-use-in-the-treatment-of-infections-due-to-kpc-producing-klebsiella-pneumoniae
#3
Piergiorgio Cojutti, Assunta Sartor, Elda Righi, Claudio Scarparo, Matteo Bassetti, Federico Pea
We assessed the population pharmacokinetics of high-dose continuous infusion (HDCI) meropenem in a cohort of patients with KPC-producing Klebsiella pneumoniae (KPC-Kp) infections. Monte Carlo simulations were used to define the permissible HDCI meropenem regimens that could be safely considered for the treatment of KPC-Kp infections due to meropenem-resistant strains. Permissible doses were arbitrarily defined as those associated with ≤10-15% likelihood of meropenem steady-state concentrations (Css) >100 mg/L...
July 31, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733718/antimicrobial-resistance-in-the-next-30%C3%A2-years-humankind-bugs-and-drugs-a-visionary-approach
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REVIEW
Matteo Bassetti, Garyphallia Poulakou, Etienne Ruppe, Emilio Bouza, Sebastian J Van Hal, Adrian Brink
PURPOSE: To describe the current standards of care and major recent advances with regard to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and to give a prospective overview for the next 30 years in this field. METHODS: Review of medical literature and expert opinion were used in the development of this review. RESULTS: There is undoubtedly a large clinical and public health burden associated with AMR in ICU, but it is challenging to quantify the associated excess morbidity and mortality...
July 21, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720127/parasomnia-overlap-disorder-parkinson-s-disease-and-subthalamic-deep-brain-stimulation-three-case-reports
#5
Panagiotis Bargiotas, Julia Muellner, W M Michael Schuepbach, Claudio L Bassetti
BACKGROUND: Parasomnia overlap disorder (POD) is a distinct parasomnia and characterized by concomitant manifestation of rapid-eye-movement (REM)- and non-REM (NREM)-parasomnias. Although not uncommon among patients with Parkinson's disease, POD is often under-investigated. CASE PRESENTATION: This is the first report of patients with PD and features of POD that underwent deep brain stimulation. Our patients exhibited different outcomes of POD features after subthalamic deep brain stimulation...
July 18, 2017: BMC Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28666965/individualizing-duration-of-antibiotic-therapy-in-community-acquired-pneumonia
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Stefano Aliberti, Julio Ramirez, Fabio Giuliani, Timothy Wiemken, Giovanni Sotgiu, Sara Tedeschi, Manuela Carugati, Vincenzo Valenti, Marco Marchioni, Marco Camera, Roberto Piro, Manuela Del Forno, Giuseppe Milani, Paola Faverio, Luca Richeldi, Martina Deotto, Massimiliano Villani, Antonio Voza, Eleonora Tobaldini, Mauro Bernardi, Andrea Bellone, Matteo Bassetti, Francesco Blasi
International experts suggest tailoring antibiotic duration in community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) according to patients' characteristics. We aimed to assess the effectiveness of an individualized approach to antibiotic duration based on time in which CAP patients reach clinical stability during hospitalization. In a multicenter, non-inferiority, randomized, controlled trial hospitalized adult patients with CAP reaching clinical stability within 5 days after hospitalization were randomized to a standard vs. individualized antibiotic duration...
August 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28652216/fungemia-and-necrotic-lymph-node-infection-with-sporopachydermia-cereana-in-a-patient-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia
#7
Craig Kingston, Michael Medinger, Florian Banderet-Uglioni, Stefano Bassetti, Mario Bargetzi, Sebastian Haubitz, Christoph A Fux, Veronika Bättig, Daniel Goldenberger, Jakob Passweg, Marc Heizmann
Sporopachydermia cereana is a rare yeast found in necrotic cactus tissue, predominantly in the Americas. Infection in humans with clinical data has only been reported in four patients so far, all of whom died, either directly from the pathogen or from other complications of immunosuppression. Treatment of the yeast is complicated by difficulties in identification of the pathogen with conventional diagnostic techniques and by intrinsic resistance to echinocandins. The first patient to survive a disseminated infection with S...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634967/sleep-disordered-breathing-clinical-features-pathophysiology-and-diagnosis
#8
Sebastian Robert Ott, Lyudmila Korostovtseva, Markus Schmidt, Thomas Horvath, Anne-Kathrin Brill, Claudio L Bassetti
In recent decades, the association between sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and cardio- and cerebrovascular diseases (including hypertension, coronary heart disease and stroke) has been the focus of interest of both clinicians and researchers. A growing concern is the increasing prevalence of SDB in the general population, which can be partly explained by the rise in obesity prevalence and population aging, as well as by the development of enhanced diagnostic tools and approaches. Because of evidence of adverse long-term effects of SDB on cardiovascular morbidity and overall mortality, systematic screening for SDB should be considered for populations at risk...
June 21, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597967/anidulafungin-for-the-treatment-of-candidaemia-caused-by-candida-parapsilosis-analysis-of-pooled-data-from-six-prospective-clinical-studies
#9
Dimitrios P Kontoyiannis, Matteo Bassetti, Marcio Nucci, Maria Rita Capparella, Jean L Yan, Jalal Aram, Patricia A Hogan
Concerns with echinocandin use for infections caused by Candida parapsilosis complex species have driven the need for data to support echinocandin clinical efficacy in such patients. Data from six prospective studies were pooled to assess efficacy and safety of anidulafungin in patients with candidaemia caused by C. parapsilosis. Patient-level data were pooled from patients with microbiologically confirmed candidaemia due to C. parapsilosis treated with anidulafungin. Patients received a 200 mg intravenous (IV) loading dose of anidulafungin (day 1) and 100 mg daily thereafter...
June 9, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582324/sleep-related-movement-disorders-and-disturbances-of-motor-control
#10
Panagiotis Bargiotas, Claudio L Bassetti
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Review of the literature pertaining to clinical presentation, classification, epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of sleep-related movement disorders and disturbances of motor control. RECENT FINDINGS: Sleep-related movement disorders and disturbances of motor control are typically characterized by positive motor symptoms and are often associated with sleep disturbances and consequent daytime symptoms (e.g. fatigue, sleepiness)...
August 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28578554/how-should-we-treat-hap-vap-caused-by-carbapenemase-producing-enterobacteriaceae
#11
Matteo Bassetti, Maddalena Peghin, Alessia Carnelutti, Elda Righi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 2017: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573191/invasive-candida-infections-in-liver-transplant-recipients-clinical-features-and-risk-factors-for-mortality
#12
Matteo Bassetti, Maddalena Peghin, Alessia Carnelutti, Elda Righi, Maria Merelli, Filippo Ansaldi, Cecilia Trucchi, Cristiano Alicino, Assunta Sartor, Joost Wauters, Katrien Lagrou, Carlo Tascini, Francesco Menichetti, Alessio Mesini, Francesco G De Rosa, Leonel Lagunes, Jordi Rello, Arnaldo L Colombo, Antonio Vena, Patricia Munoz, Mario Tumbarello, Gabriele Sganga, Ignacio Martin-Loeches, Claudio Viscoli
BACKGROUND: Invasive fungal infections remain a leading cause of morbidity and mortality among liver transplant recipients (LTRs). In this patient population, invasive Candida infections (ICIs) account for the large majority of cases. To date, only small studies and case-series analysing clinical presentation and risk factors for mortality in LTRs with ICIs are available. METHODS: We performed a retrospective multicenter multinational study in 10 centers in Europe and Brazil...
May 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554339/intersectoral-action-for-health-preventing-psittacosis-spread-after-one-reported-case
#13
V L Ferreira, M V Silva, B R Bassetti, A C G Pellini, T F Raso
Zoonotic diseases are a significant health threat for humans and animals. To better understand the epidemiology, etiology, and pathology of infectious agents affecting humans and animals combined approaches are needed. Here we describe an epidemiological investigation conducted by physicians and veterinarians after a reported case of psittacosis. Upon admission suffering from respiratory distress syndrome in a hospital and with a history of bird contact, a female patient was serologically diagnosed with psittacosis...
August 2017: Epidemiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510764/periodic-limb-movements-during-sleep-and-white-matter-mri-hyperintensity-in-minor-stroke-or-tia
#14
Mauro Manconi, Claudio L Bassetti, Raffaele Ferri
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28504532/orthography-affects-second-language-speech-double-letters-and-geminate-production-in-english
#15
Bene Bassetti
Second languages (L2s) are often learned through spoken and written input, and L2 orthographic forms (spellings) can lead to non-native-like pronunciation. The present study investigated whether orthography can lead experienced learners of EnglishL2 to make a phonological contrast in their speech production that does not exist in English. Double consonants represent geminate (long) consonants in Italian but not in English. In Experiment 1, native English speakers and EnglishL2 speakers (Italians) were asked to read aloud English words spelled with a single or double target consonant letter, and consonant duration was compared...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory, and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495526/multidrug-resistant-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-skin-and-soft-tissue-infection-successfully-treated-with-ceftolozane-tazobactam
#16
Nadia Castaldo, Filippo Givone, Maddalena Peghin, Elda Righi, Assunta Sartor, Matteo Bassetti
Ceftolozane/tazobactam (C/T) is a novel β-lactam/β-lactamase inhibitor combination antibiotic approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of complicated intra-abdominal and urinary tract infections due to Gram-negative bacteria, particularly extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae and multidrug-resistant (MDR) Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains. Here we report a case of MDR P. aeruginosa skin and soft-tissue infection successfully treated with C/T.
June 2017: Journal of Global Antimicrobial Resistance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28492295/elderly-versus-non-elderly-patients-with-intra-abdominal-candidiasis-in-the-icu
#17
George Dimopoulos, Dimitrios K Matthaiou, Elda Righi, Maria Merelli, Matteo Bassetti
BACKGROUND: Intra-abdominal candidiasis (IAC) has a considerable cost in terms of mortality and morbidity. We sought to study the epidemiology, characteristics and outcome of elderly (>75 years old) versus non-elderly patients with IAC and risk factors for mortality in elderly patients. METHODS: Post-hoc analysis of a retrospective multinational cohort study over a 3- year period (2011-2013). RESULTS: Of 482 patients, 124 (25.7%) were elderly and 358 (74...
May 11, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466105/-headache-in-the-emergency-department
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REVIEW
C J Schankin, A Straube, C L Bassetti, U Fischer
Headache is one of the most frequent symptoms leading to visits at the emergency department. Here, we aim at presenting a pragmatic algorithm for headache patients at the emergency department. The basic principle is taking a detailed history of the current headache with a focus on dynamics, phenotype and trigger factors as well as a possible preexisting headache. "Red flags" should be interrogated specifically. Hypotheses of the etiology of the headache should be generated in combination with the clinical examination (vital signs, neurological exam, otorhinolaryngological and ophthalmological exams) and should be tested appropriately with imaging, laboratory, cerebral spinal fluid studies and ultrasound...
May 2, 2017: Der Nervenarzt
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443381/pharmacological-management-of-narcolepsy-with-and-without-cataplexy
#19
Ulf Kallweit, Claudio L Bassetti
Narcolepsy is an orphan neurological disease and presents with sleep-wake, motoric, neuropsychiatric and metabolic symptoms. Narcolepsy with cataplexy is most commonly caused by an immune-mediated process including genetic and environmental factors, resulting in the selective loss of hypocretin-producing neurons. Narcolepsy has a major impact on workableness and quality of life. Areas covered: This review provides an overview of the temporal available treatment options for narcolepsy (type 1 and 2) in adults, including authorization status by regulatory agencies...
June 2017: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412382/use-of-nebulized-antimicrobials-for-the-treatment-of-respiratory-infections-in-invasively-mechanically-ventilated-adults-a-position-paper-from-the-european-society-of-clinical-microbiology-and-infectious-diseases
#20
J Rello, C Solé-Lleonart, J-J Rouby, J Chastre, S Blot, G Poulakou, C-E Luyt, J Riera, L B Palmer, J M Pereira, T Felton, J Dhanani, M Bassetti, T Welte, J A Roberts
With an established role in cystic fibrosis and bronchiectasis, nebulized antibiotics are increasingly being used to treat respiratory infections in critically ill invasively mechanically ventilated adult patients. Although there is limited evidence describing their efficacy and safety, in an era when there is a need for new strategies to enhance antibiotic effectiveness because of a shortage of new agents and increases in antibiotic resistance, the potential of nebulization of antibiotics to optimize therapy is considered of high interest, particularly in patients infected with multidrug-resistant pathogens...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
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