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Sepsis and infections

Andrew N Claxton, Paul M Dark
Sepsis is a medical emergency, which requires the initiation of broad-spectrum antimicrobial agents as early as possible. In the absence of positive microbiological cultures providing targeted antimicrobial advice, broad-spectrum antibiotics are commonly continued until there is clinical evidence of infection resolution. With an absence of robust evidence to inform when it is safe to stop antimicrobial agents in sepsis, the duration of antimicrobial courses may be longer than is required. Prolonged courses of potent broad-spectrum antimicrobials increase the risk of adverse drug events and contribute to the growing emergence of multidrug resistant pathogens, which is a global public health emergency...
March 2, 2018: British Journal of Hospital Medicine
Jin Won Huh, Kyuyoung Song, Hwa Jung Kim, Jung Sun Yum, Sang Bum Hong, Chae Man Lim, Younsuck Koh
BACKGROUND: Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) deficiency leads to increased susceptibility to infection. We investigated whether serial changes in MBL levels are associated with the prognosis of patients diagnosed with septic shock, and correlated with cytokine levels. METHODS: We enrolled 131 patients with septic shock in the study. We analyzed the serum samples for MBL and cytokine levels at baseline and 7 days later. Samples on day 7 were available in 73 patients...
March 7, 2018: Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Marc R Matthews, Asia N Quan, Alexandra S Weir, Kevin N Foster, Daniel M Caruso
Introduction: Leaving the abdominal cavity open is a well-described and frequently utilized technique in the treatment of severe intra-abdominal sepsis. Irrigation through a negative pressure wound therapy device is a technique employed to assist in the closure of wounds as well as the reduction of bacterial contamination. Furthermore, hypochlorous acid has been found to be safe and effective in microorganismal elimination from extremity wounds. There is no literature regarding the infusion of hypochlorous solution into the abdominal cavity for intra-abdominal sepsis or mucopurulent abscesses or biofilm...
2018: Eplasty
Tokiko Suzuki, Mari Sakai, Shigeyuki Yamashita, Kengo Tomita, Yuichi Hattori
Sepsis is the leading cause of death in critically ill patients, and its incidence continues to rise. Sepsis was defined as a systemic inflammatory response syndrome with an identifiable focus of infection, but therapeutic strategies aimed at eliminating the inflammatory response have only modest clinical benefit. The development of a failure of one or more organs poses a major threat to the survival of patients with sepsis, and mortality in sepsis is most often attributed to multiple organ dysfunction. Accordingly, sepsis has been recently redefined as life-threatening organ dysfunction due to a dysregulated host response to infection...
2018: Nihon Yakurigaku Zasshi. Folia Pharmacologica Japonica
Asher M Siddiqui, Jitendra A Sattigeri, Kalim Javed, Syed Shafi, M Shamim, Smita Singhal, Zubbair M Malik
Gram-positive bacteria are among the most common human pathogens associated with clinical infections which range from mild skin infections to sepsis. Resistance towards existing class of drugs by Gram-positive bacteria including methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Staphylococcus epidermidis (MRSE) and vancomycin resistant enterococci (VRE) is a growing concern. There is an urgent need to discover new antibiotics which are active against resistant strains of Gram positive bacteria. We report herein a novel class of spiropyrimidinetrione oxazolidinone derivatives as novel antibacterial agents...
March 6, 2018: Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters
Gianfranco Donatelli, Ludovica Guerriero, Fabrizio Cereatti, Kostantinos Arapis, Carmelisa Dammaro, Jean-Loup Dumont, David Fuks, Silvana Perretta
INTRODUCTION: Proximal gastric leak is one of the most common complications after laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG). Endoscopy is the gold standard treatment for acute staple-line leaks. Surgery is the most effective treatment modality in case of chronic fistula. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A 55-year- old man presented an acute leak after LSG. The leak was treated with metal stent deployment with temporary closure. After 6 months, he presented leak recurrence with general sepsis, perigastric-infected collection, and gastro-jejunal fistula...
March 9, 2018: Obesity Surgery
Michitaka Funayama, Taketo Takata, Akihiro Koreki, Satoyuki Ogino, Masaru Mimura
OBJECTIVE: Although catatonia can occur secondary to a general medical condition, catatonia itself has been known to lead to various medical compolications. Although case reports on the association of catatonia with subsequent medical complications have been documented, no comprehensive large-scale study has been performed. To investigate specific medical complications following catatonia, we conducted a retrospective cohort study of specific medical complications of schizophrenia patients with catatonia...
March 8, 2018: Psychosomatic Medicine
K H Lee, L Cavanaugh, H Leung, F Yan, Z Ahmadi, B H Chong, F Passam
INTRODUCTION: Neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs) are networks of extracellular fibres produced from neutrophil DNA with a pathogenic role in infection, thrombosis and other conditions. Reliable assays for measuring NETs are desirable as novel treatments targeting NETs are being explored for the treatment of these conditions. We compare a whole blood flow cytometry method with serum assays to measure NETs-associated markers in patients with sepsis and thrombosis. METHODS: Patients with deep venous thrombosis (n = 25), sepsis (n = 21) and healthy controls (n = 23) were included in the study...
March 9, 2018: International Journal of Laboratory Hematology
Manju Ohri, Smriti Parashar, Venkatesh S Pai, Sujata Ghosh, Anuradha Chakraborti
Group B streptococcus (GBS) or Streptococcus agalactiae, is an opportunistic pathogen causing a wide range of infections like pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis in newborn, pregnant women and adults. While this bacterium has adapted well to asymptomatic colonization of adult humans, it still remains a potentially devastating pathogen to susceptible infants. Advances in molecular techniques and refinement of in vitro and in vivo model systems have elucidated key elements of the pathogenic process, from initial attachment to the maternal vaginal epithelium to penetration of the newborn blood-brain barrier...
March 8, 2018: World Journal of Microbiology & Biotechnology
Jose Miguel Sequi Canet, Carlos Miguel Angelats Romero, Jose Miguel Sequi Sabater, Ana Miralles Torres, Miguel Boronat Garcia, Marta Gomez Delgado
INTRODUCTION: The National Commission for the Early Detection of Hearing Loss (CODEPEH) recommends the re-evaluation of hearing in children who have suffered any potentially harmful event, such as the prescription of ototoxic antibiotics such as gentamicin. The evoked otoacoustic emissions (EOAE) are a good method for assessing the integrity of cochlear functionality. MATERIAL AND METHOD: A prospective study is presented, including 92 children who were treated with intravenous gentamicin for septic risk/sepsis or urinary tract infection...
March 5, 2018: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
I M Markusse, S P van Mens, P J de Vries
A 40-year-old woman with a history of liver cirrhosis presented with septic shock caused by an Anaerobiospirillum succiniciproducens bacteraemia after a cat bite. A. succiniciproducens sepsis can develop after a cat or dog bite, especially in immunocompromised hosts, or might occur after translocation from the gut flora. It is a potentially lethal infection.
March 2018: Netherlands Journal of Medicine
Fabrizio Poletti, Claudio Coccino, Davide Monolo, Paolo Crespi, Giorgio Ciccioli, Giuseppe Cordio, Giovanni Seveso, Stefano De Servi
PURPOSE: Patients admitted to cardiac intensive care unit need administration of drugs intravenously often in concomitance of therapeutic techniques such as non-invasive ventilation, continuous renal replacement therapy and intra-aortic balloon counterpulsation. Therefore, the insertion of central venous catheters provides a reliable access for delivering medications, laboratory testing and hemodynamic monitoring, but it is associated with the risk of important complications. In our study, we tested the efficacy and safety of peripherally inserted central catheters to manage cardiac intensive care...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Vascular Access
Naveen Gupta, Roland Liu, Stephanie Shin, Ranjeet Sinha, Joseph Pogliano, Kit Pogliano, John H Griffin, Victor Nizet, Ross Corriden
Objectives: The role of protease-activated receptor 1 (PAR1) in the pathogenesis of pneumonia and sepsis is ambiguous given the existing literature. As PAR1 is classically activated by the coagulation-based protease thrombin and leads to vascular leakage, our hypothesis was that PAR1 blockade with SCH79797 would be therapeutically beneficial in an experimental model of murine Gram-negative pneumonia. Methods: In this study, we administered SCH79797 via the intrapulmonary route 6 h after the establishment of Escherichia coli pneumonia and observed a significant improvement in survival, lung injury, bacterial clearance and inflammation...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Michal Hulman, Panagiotis Artemiou, Matej Ondrusek, Vladan Hudec, Ivo Gasparovic, Martin Bena, Ivan Glonek
OBJECTIVES: Primary graft dysfunction (PGD) is a devastating complication and the most common cause of early death following a heart transplant. The goal of this study was to report our experience of using mechanical circulatory support to manage severe PGD. METHODS: Following 208 heart transplants performed between January 2007 and May 2017, 14 (6.7%) patients presented with severe PGD. We provided haemodynamic support using the following approaches: a venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation device, left ventricular assist device, right ventricular assist device and biventricular assist device...
March 5, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Rowena L McMullan, Adrienne Gordon
BACKGROUND: Late-onset sepsis is associated with increased rates of mortality and morbidity in newborn infants, in addition to poorer long-term developmental outcomes and increased length of stay and hospital costs. Central line-associated blood stream infection (CLABSI) is the most common cause of late-onset sepsis in hospitalised infants, and prevention of CLABSI is a key objective in neonatal care. Increased frequency of CLABSI around the time of removal of central venous catheters (CVCs) has been reported, and use of antibiotics at the time of removal may reduce the incidence and impact of late-onset sepsis in vulnerable newborn infants...
March 7, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Yin Li, Fengxia Zhang, Yan Cong, Yun Zhao
Sepsis is a type of systemic inflammatory response syndrome caused by infection. The present study aimed to examine key genes and microRNAs (miRNAs) involved in the pathogenesis of sepsis. The GSE13205 microarray dataset, downloaded from the Gene Expression Omnibus was analyzed using bioinformatics tools, and included muscle biopsy specimens of 13 patients with sepsis and eight healthy controls. The differentially expressed genes (DEGs) in samples from patients with sepsis were identified using the Linear Models for Microarray package in R language...
March 1, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
Nusrat Shafiq, Vikas Gautam, Avaneesh Kumar Pandey, Navjot Kaur, Shubha Garg, Harish Negi, Sharonjeet Kaur, Pallab Ray, Samir Malhotra
Background & objectives: Development of antibacterial resistance and its association with antibiotic overuse makes it necessary to identify a specific and sensitive biomarker for the diagnosis of bacterial infection and guiding antibiotic therapy. Procalcitonin (PCT), as a sepsis biomarker, may play a role in guiding antibiotics treatment in hospital settings. The aim of the current meta-analysis was to analyze the utility of PCT on various outcomes of interest in inpatients. Methods: Different databases were searched for randomized controlled trials comparing PCT-guided therapy with standard therapy in admitted patients with bacterial infections...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
Elita Jauneikaite, Georgia Kapatai, Frances Davies, Ioana Gozar, Juliana Coelho, Kathleen B Bamford, Benedetto Simone, Lipi Begum, Shannon Katiyo, Bharat Patel, Peter Hoffman, Theresa Lamagni, Eimear T Brannigan, Alison Holmes, Tokozani Kadhani, Tracey Galletly, Kate Martin, Hermione Lyall, Yimmy Chow, Sunit Godambe, Victoria Chalker, Shiranee Sriskandan
Background: Invasive Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a major cause of serious neonatal infection. Current strategies to reduce early onset GBS disease have no impact on late onset disease (LOD). Although GBS is a normal part of the enteric microbiota in healthy term infants, LOD cases arising in the neonatal intensive care unit setting raise questions about mode of acquisition. Methods: Enhanced surveillance for any case of late onset GBS sepsis admitted to a level 3, 24-bed neonatal intensive care unit over a 2 year period was instituted following a cluster of four cases...
March 2, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Justin B Belsky, Emanuel P Rivers, Michael R Filbin, Patty J Lee, Daniel C Morris
Sepsis is the dysregulated host response to an infection resulting in life-threatening organ damage. Thymosin Beta 4 is an actin binding protein that inhibits the polymerization of G-actin into F-actin and improves mortality when administered intravenously to septic rats. Thymosin Beta 4 decreases inflammatory mediators, lowers reactive oxygen species, up-regulates anti-oxidative enzymes, anti-inflammatory genes, and anti-apoptotic enzymes making it an interesting protein to study in sepsis. Areas covered: The authors summarize the current knowledge of actin and Thymosin Beta 4 as it relates to sepsis via a comprehensive literature search...
March 6, 2018: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
Chunhong Peng, Jin Han, Xianwei Ye, Xiangyan Zhang
Interleukin (IL)-33 treatment has been reported to reduce mortality in a rat model of sepsis, and the present study aimed to determine whether this effect of IL-33 is achieved through a reduction in the systemic inflammatory response in Acinetobacter baumannii pneumonia. After induction of pneumonia, rats were treated with normal saline or IL-33, and mortality over 5 days was recorded. Inflammation within lung tissues was evaluated by hematoxylin and eosin staining as well as measurement of the concentrations of IL-8 and tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α) in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) and plasma by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
March 5, 2018: Inflammation
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