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By Elvis Amao Internal Medicine , Cardiology and infectious diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28084205/tuberculous-lymphadenitis-and-parotitis
#1
Juan Carlos Cataño, Jaime Robledo
Tuberculous lymphadenitis is the most common extrapulmonary manifestation of disseminated tuberculosis (TB). It is considered to be the local manifestation of the systemic disease that has disseminated to local lymph nodes, but a high index of suspicion is needed for the diagnosis, because there are several infectious and noninfectious diseases that can mimic the same clinical picture. In recent years, different diagnostic methods have been introduced, including fine-needle aspiration cytology, which has emerged as a simple outpatient diagnostic procedure that replaced the complete excisional node biopsy, and a number of molecular methods which have greatly improved diagnostic accuracy...
December 2016: Microbiology Spectrum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28084986/postexposure-management-of-infectious-diseases
#2
REVIEW
Mazen S Bader, Annie Brooks, Deborah V Kelly, Jocelyn A Srigley
Anyone exposed to an infectious disease--whether a healthcare provider, patient, or contact of a patient--should be evaluated promptly and the source of the infection identified. A systematic response entails postexposure prophylactic therapy if available and indicated, infection control measures to prevent further transmission, counseling and educating those involved, and assessing those who may require work restriction or modification.
January 2017: Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28076993/evaluation-of-clinical-and-serological-findings-for-diagnosis-of-cutaneous-anthrax-infection-after-an-outbreak
#3
Duygu Gulseren, Serap Süzük-Yıldız, Bekir Çelebi, Selçuk Kılıç
PURPOSE: Anthrax, caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis, is one of the oldest documented infectious diseases in both livestock and humans.We aimed to evaluate clinical findings and risk factors of patients with cutaneous anthrax infection and report anti-lethal factor (LF) IgG and anti-protective antigene (PA) IgG titers in the serologic diagnosis of disease. METHODS: In this study, serum samples of 18 cutaneous anthrax patients were collected and anti-LF IgG and anti-PA IgG titers were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)...
January 11, 2017: Cutaneous and Ocular Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077673/outpatient-parenteral-antibiotic-therapy-opat-in-asia-missing-an-opportunity
#4
Dale Fisher, Jessica Michaels, Ryota Hase, Jing Zhang, Sushila Kataria, Benedict Sim, Joseph Kay-Yan Tsang, James Pollard, Monica Chan, Subramanian Swaminathan
OBJECTIVES: Healthcare facilities internationally have grown outpatient parenteral antibiotic administration services for the last few decades. The literature contains publications from dozens of countries describing systematized processes with specialist oversight and their levels of service provision and outcomes. Such descriptions are absent in the majority of Asian countries. We sought to elucidate the extent and nature of outpatient parenteral antibiotic therapy (OPAT) in Asia and to consider the ramifications and opportunities for improvement METHODS: Utilizing colleagues and their personal networks, we surveyed healthcare facilities across 17 countries in Asia to ascertain the current means (if any) of providing OPAT...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28079630/18f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-and-infectious-diseases-current-applications-and-future-perspectives
#5
Matteo Bassetti, Alessia Carnelutti, Daniele Muser, Elda Righi, Nicola Petrosillo, Fernando Di Gregorio, Thomas J Werner, Abass Alavi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: 18F-Fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography is a well-established technique for diagnosis and management of a number of neoplastic conditions. However, in recent years the body of literature regarding its potential role in infectious diseases has progressively increased, with promising results. RECENT FINDINGS: So far 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography has a well-established role and is recommended by guidelines only in a few settings, such as prosthetic valve endocarditis, vascular device infections, and chronic osteomyelitis...
January 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073804/hemodynamic-support-with-a-micro-axial-percutaneous-left-ventricular-assist-device-impella%C3%A2-protects-against-acute-kidney-injury-in-patients-undergoing-high-risk-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#6
Michael P Flaherty, Sadip Pant, Samir V Patel, Tyler Kilgore, Sujith Dassanayaka, John Loughran, Wasiq Rawasia, Buddhadeb Dawn, Allen Cheng, Carlo R Bartoli
RATIONALE: Acute kidney injury (AKI) is common during high-risk percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) particularly in those with severely reduced left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF). The impact of partial hemodynamic support with a micro-axial percutaneous LV assist device (pLVAD) on renal function following high-risk PCI remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: We tested the hypothesis that partial hemodynamic support with the Impella 2.5 micro-axial pLVAD during high-risk PCI protected against AKI...
January 10, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034888/ultra-short-course-antibiotics-for-patients-with-suspected-ventilator-associated-pneumonia-but-minimal-and-stable-ventilator-settings
#7
Michael Klompas, Lingling Li, John T Menchaca, Susan Gruber
PURPOSE: Many patients started on antibiotics for possible ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) do not have pneumonia. Patients with minimal and stable ventilator settings may be suitable candidates for early antibiotic discontinuation. We compared outcomes amongst patients with suspected VAP but minimal and stable ventilator settings treated with 1-3 versus >3 days of antibiotics. METHODS: We identified consecutive adult patients started on antibiotics for possible VAP with daily minimum PEEPs ≤5cm H2O and FiO2s ≤40% for at least 3 days within a large tertiary care hospital between 2006-2014...
December 29, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886201/cryptococcal-meningitis-epidemiology-immunology-diagnosis-and-therapy
#8
REVIEW
Peter R Williamson, Joseph N Jarvis, Anil A Panackal, Matthew C Fisher, Síle F Molloy, Angela Loyse, Thomas S Harrison
HIV-associated cryptococcal meningitis is by far the most common cause of adult meningitis in many areas of the world that have high HIV seroprevalence. In most areas in Sub-Saharan Africa, the incidence of cryptococcal meningitis is not decreasing despite availability of antiretroviral therapy, because of issues of adherence and retention in HIV care. In addition, cryptococcal meningitis in HIV-seronegative individuals is a substantial problem: the risk of cryptococcal infection is increased in transplant recipients and other individuals with defects in cell-mediated immunity, and cryptococcosis is also reported in the apparently immunocompetent...
January 2017: Nature Reviews. Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28066999/transplant-infectious-diseases-a-review-of-the-scientific-registry-of-transplant-recipients-published-data
#9
Camille N Kotton, Shirish Huprikar, Deepali Kumar
The Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients (SRTR) serves to collect data on organ transplants done in the United States. Although the infectious diseases data are limited and include mostly pretransplant serologies and other non-specific infection related outcomes, such multicenter data collection allows for insightful national data and the ability to monitor trends over time. We reviewed the published concise reports for each organ type in SRTR reports containing data from 2005-2014, and summarized our findings with respect to cytomegalovirus (CMV), Epstein-Barr virus, posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD), hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), human immunodefiency virus (HIV), general infection, and prophylaxis...
January 9, 2017: American Journal of Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067258/a-new-method-for-assessing-the-risk-of-infectious-disease-outbreak
#10
Yilan Liao, Bing Xu, Jinfeng Wang, Xiaochi Liu
Over the past few years, emergent threats posed by infectious diseases and bioterrorism have become public health concerns that have increased the need for prompt disease outbreak warnings. In most of the existing disease surveillance systems, disease outbreak risk is assessed by the detection of disease outbreaks. However, this is a retrospective approach that impacts the timeliness of the warning. Some disease surveillance systems can predict the probabilities of infectious disease outbreaks in advance by determining the relationship between a disease outbreak and the risk factors...
January 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067676/severe-community-acquired-pneumonia-optimal-management
#11
Davide Leoni, Jordi Rello
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is the leading cause of mortality among infectious diseases. Several efforts have been implemented to achieve better outcomes, but an important proportion of patients continue dying. This review focuses on the newest research on prognostic factors and diagnostics, opening new perspectives in the management of CAP. RECENT FINDINGS: CAP survival improved in recent years despite an increasing incidence of severe presentations...
January 6, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993382/syphilis
#12
REVIEW
Edward W Hook
Syphilis is a chronic bacterial infection caused by Treponema pallidum that is endemic in low-income countries and and occurs at lower rates in middle-income and high-income countries. The disease is of both individual and public health importance and, in addition to its direct morbidity, increases risk of HIV infection and can cause lifelong morbidity in children born to infected mothers. Without treatment the disease can progress over years through a series of clinical stages and lead to irreversible neurological or cardiovascular complications...
December 16, 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932390/official-american-thoracic-society-infectious-diseases-society-of-america-centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention-clinical-practice-guidelines-diagnosis-of-tuberculosis-in-adults-and-children
#13
David M Lewinsohn, Michael K Leonard, Philip A LoBue, David L Cohn, Charles L Daley, Ed Desmond, Joseph Keane, Deborah A Lewinsohn, Ann M Loeffler, Gerald H Mazurek, Richard J O'Brien, Madhukar Pai, Luca Richeldi, Max Salfinger, Thomas M Shinnick, Timothy R Sterling, David M Warshauer, Gail L Woods
BACKGROUND: Individuals infected with Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) may develop symptoms and signs of disease (tuberculosis disease) or may have no clinical evidence of disease (latent tuberculosis infection [LTBI]). Tuberculosis disease is a leading cause of infectious disease morbidity and mortality worldwide, yet many questions related to its diagnosis remain. METHODS: A task force supported by the American Thoracic Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Infectious Diseases Society of America searched, selected, and synthesized relevant evidence...
December 8, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920183/chikungunya-in-the-americas-recommendations-and-conclusions
#14
Barney S Graham, Patricia M Repik, Sergio Yactayo
Discovered in 1953, chikungunya virus (CHIKV) circulated in Africa and Southeast Asia, with periodic outbreaks, for many years. Highly efficient transmission following a genetic mutation of the virus in 2005 caused its global spread. Associated with significant morbidity, CHIKV creates a large public health burden, and despite various efforts, there are currently no licensed vaccines nor specific treatments. To garner a better understanding of the virus, identify gaps in knowledge, and guide the development of more-effective interventions, the World Health Organization and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases assembled global experts for discussion and review...
December 15, 2016: Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921318/meningococcal-vaccination-in-men-who-have-sex-with-men
#15
Christopher W Blackwell
Recent outbreaks of meningitis in men who have sex with men (MSM) in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, and other locations across the United States have heightened public health concerns regarding the increasing incidence of meningococcal infections in this vulnerable population. MSM have unique risk factors that result in greater threat from certain infectious diseases, including meningococcal infection. Men who have sex with men who are infected with HIV are at even higher risk. This article explores the increased risks among MSM in contracting and communicating meningococcal infection, use of vaccination as primary prevention, and outreach strategies that may help address this issue and lessen the disease burden associated with meningococcal infection in these sexual minorities...
December 5, 2016: Public Health Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922168/update-of-the-swiss-guidelines-on-post-treatment-lyme-disease-syndrome
#16
Johannes Nemeth, Enos Bernasconi, Ulrich Heininger, Mohamed Abbas, David Nadal, Carol Strahm, Stefan Erb, Stefan Zimmerli, Hansjakob Furrer, Julie Delaloye, Thierry Kuntzer, Ekkehard Altpeter, Mathias Sturzenegger, Rainer Weber, For The Swiss Society For Infectious Diseases And The Swiss Society For Neurology
Lyme borreliosis is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato infection, which responds well to antibiotic therapy in the overwhelming majority of cases. However, despite adequate antibiotic treatment some patients report persisting symptoms which are commonly summarised as post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome (PTLDS). In 2005, the Swiss Society of Infectious Diseases published a case definition for PTLDS. We aimed to review the scientific literature with a special emphasis on the last 10 years, questioning whether the definitions from 2005 are still valid in the light of current knowledge...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896784/ocular-involvement-associated-with-varicella-in-adults
#17
Salma Gargouri, Sana Khochtali, Sourour Zina, Molka Khairallah, Imen Zone-Abid, Imen Kaibi, Salim Ben Yahia, Jamel Feki, Moncef Khairallah
BACKGROUND: Varicella is a common infectious disease primarily of childhood that is usually benign and self-limited. It is, however, increasingly seen in adults who are at a higher risk of severe infection. Ocular complications of varicella are relatively uncommon and have been rarely described in adults. We describe herein five adults who developed ocular involvement in association with primary varicella-zoster virus infection. FINDINGS: Ocular manifestations included acute anterior uveitis in four eyes, with associated stromal keratitis in one of them, epithelial ulcerative keratitis in the two eyes of one patient, and acute retinal necrosis in one eye...
December 2016: Journal of Ophthalmic Inflammation and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898714/comparable-effectiveness-of-first-week-treatment-with-anti-staphylococcal-penicillin-versus-cephalosporin-in-methicillin-sensitive-staphylococcus-aureus-bacteremia-a-propensity-score-adjusted-retrospective-study
#18
Erik Forsblom, Eeva Ruotsalainen, Asko Järvinen
: The objective was to compare the prognostic impact of first week treatment with anti-staphylococcal penicillin (ASP) versus cephalosporin in methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia (MS-SAB). Altogether 580 patients were retrospectively followed and categorized according to first week treatment; 84% (488) received ASP (cloxacillin) and 16% (92) cephalosporin (cefuroxime or ceftriaxone). SAB management was optimized with formal bedside infectious disease specialist consultation in 88%, deep infection foci diagnosed in 77% and adjunctive rifampicin therapy given to 61% of patients...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901415/burden-of-surgical-site-infections-associated-with-select-spine-operations-and-involvement-of-staphylococcus-aureus
#19
Harshila Patel, Hanane Khoury, Douglas Girgenti, Sharon Welner, Holly Yu
BACKGROUND: Spine operations may be indicated for treatment of diseases including vertebral injuries, degenerative spinal conditions, disk disease, spinal misalignments, or malformations. Surgical site infection (SSI) is a clinically important complication of spine surgery. Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), is a leading cause of post-spinal SSIs. METHODS: PubMed and applicable infectious disease conference proceedings were searched to identify relevant published studies...
November 30, 2016: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902998/autoimmune-cytopenias-diagnosis-management
#20
Christian P Nixon, Joseph D Sweeney
The autoimmune cytopenias are a related group of disorders in which differentiated hematopoietic cells are destroyed by the immune system. Single lineage disease is characterized by the production of autoantibodies against red cells (autoimmune hemolytic anemia [AIHA]), platelets (autoimmune thrombocytopenia [ITP]) and neutrophils (autoimmune neutropenia [AIN]) whereas multilineage disease may include various combinations of these conditions. Central to the genesis of this disease is the breakdown of central and/or peripheral tolerance, and the subsequent production of autoantibodies by both tissue and circulating self-reactive B lymphocytes with support from T helper lymphocytes...
December 1, 2016: Rhode Island Medical Journal
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