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Toxoplasma Gondii: Clinical Findings

Primary infection in any host often goes unrecognized. In ~ 10% of immunocompetent individuals, it causes a self-limited and nonspecific illness that rarely requires treatment. The most frequently observed clinical manifestation in this setting is lymphadenopathy and fatigue without fever; other manifestations include chorioretinitis, myocarditis, and polymyositis (Box 1). Reinfection occurs but does not appear to result in clinically apparent disease. In contrast to the usually benign course of the initial infection in immunologically intact hosts, the congenitally infected fetus and newborn and immunocompromised patients are at high risk for severe or life-threatening disease caused by this parasite. Congenital toxoplasmosis is the result of maternal infection acquired during gestation. Among immunologically …

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Borrelia & Leptospira Species

BORRELIA SPECIES RELAPSING FEVER Essentials of Diagnosis The most common presentation is fever with rash, headache, shaking chills, myalgias, arthralgias, and — during the acute phase — hepatosplenomegaly. Louse-borne relapsing fever (LBRF) is epidemic, caused by B. recurrentis, and characterized by one or two relapses. Tick-borne relapsing fever (TBRF) is endemic, caused by several Borrelia species, and characterized by multiple clinical relapses. Organisms can be visualized in blood smears of febrile patients, unlike other spirochetal pathogens, using dark-field microscopy or Giemsa or Wright stains. Helical (3-10 spirals) spirochetes, 8-30 um × 0.3 um, motile (flagella). Weil-Felix reaction: Proteus OX-K agglutinin titers are elevated (this is more common in LBRF). General Considerations …

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Treponema Pallidum

Essentials of Diagnosis Spiral, motile, coil-shaped, elongated (0.10 um × 5-20 um) spirochete. No reliable method for sustained in vitro cultivation. Direct detection with darkfield microscopy or immunofluorescent antibody in early syphilis. Nontreponemal antibody tests (rapid plasma reagin, Venereal Disease Research Laboratory [VDRL]) for screening, treatment follow-up. Treponema-specific antibody tests (fluorescent treponemal antibody test, microhemagglutination-T pallidum test) for confirmation. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) lymphocytosis, elevated CSF protein, or reactive CSF VDRL test suggests neurosyphilis. PCR, DNA probes, and immunoblotting techniques promising in congenital syphilis, early syphilis, or neurosyphilis. All patients with T pallidum infection should be tested for HIV coinfection and vice versa. General Considerations The term syphilis was first used in …

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Gram-Positive Aerobic Bacilli

LISTERIA MONOCYTOGENES Essentials of Diagnosis • Incriminated foods include unpasteurized milk, soft cheeses, undercooked poultry, and unwashed raw vegetables. • Asymptomatic fecal and vaginal carriage can result in sporadic neonatal disease from transplacental and ascending routes of infection. • Incubation period for foodborne transmission is 21 days. • Organism causes disease especially in neonates, pregnant women, immunocompromised hosts, and elderly. • Organism is grown from blood, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), meconium, gastric washings, placenta, amniotic fluid, and other infected sites. General Considerations A. Epidemiology. L monocytogenes is found in soil, fertilizer, sewage, and stream water; on plants; and in the intestinal tracts of many mammals. It is a foodborne pathogen that causes …

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Enterococci

Essentials of Diagnosis • Gram stain shows gram-positive cocci that occur in singles, pairs, and short chains; recovery of microorganism from culture of blood or other sterile source. • Lancefield group D antigen. • Clinical isolates: Enterococcus faecalis, 74%; E faecium, 16%; other species, 10%. • Facultative anaerobes grow in 6.5% NaCl at pH 9.6 and at temperatures ranging from 10 °C to 45 °C, and grow in the presence of 40% bile salts and hydrolyze esculin and L-pyrrolidonyl-ß-naphthylamide. • Infections typically of a gastrointestinal or genitourinary origin. • The most common infections are urinary tract infection, bacteremia, endocarditis, intra-abdominal and pelvic infection, and wound and soft tissue infection. General Considerations …

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Buy Lariam (Mefloquine) Without Prescription 250mg

Mefloquine: Side Effects Mefloquine, a fluorinated derivative of 4-quinoline methanol, is a product of the US Army’s antimalarial research program. It is active against chloroquine-resistant Plasmodium falciparum, and has an excellent schizonticidal effect in the blood in experimentally induced Plasmodium vivax infections in volunteers. It is not gametocidal. P. vivax infections can persist after successful treatment of the falciparum infection with other drugs; the fact that mefloquine is effective against both organisms is thus of practical importance. Mefloquine is readily absorbed after oral administration; absorption is influenced by the formulation and is more rapid from an aqueous solution. Maximum serum concentrations occur after hours. Absorption is reduced by diarrhea. The half-life …

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Cellulitis

Description of Medical Condition An acute, spreading infection of the dermis and subcutaneous tissue. Several entities are recognized: • Cellulitis of the extremities — characterized by an expanding, red, swollen, tender or painful plaque with an indefinite border that may cover a wide area • Recurrent cellulitis of the leg after saphenous venectomy — patients have an acute onset of swelling, erythema of the legs arising months to years after coronary artery bypass. (Surgery using lower extremity veins for bypass grafts.) • Dissecting cellulitis of the scalp — recurrent painful, fluctuant dermal and subcutaneous nodules • Facial cellulitis in adults — a rare event. Patients usually develop pharyngitis, followed by high …

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Anti-Infective Therapy

Despite dire warnings that we are approaching the end of the antibiotic era, the incidence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria continues to rise. The proportions of penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae, hospital-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus strains continue to increase. Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is now common throughout the world. Multiresistant Acinetobacter and Pseudomonas are everyday realities in many of our hospitals. The press is now warning the lay public of the existence of “dirty hospitals.” As never before, it is critical that health care providers understand the principles of proper anti-infective therapy and use anti-infective agents judiciously. These agents need to be reserved for treatable infections — not used to calm the …

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Antifungal Agents

Fungi are eukaryotes, and they share many of the structural and metabolic characteristics of human cells. As a result, designing agents that affect fungi without harming human cells has proved difficult. One major difference between the two cell types is the primary sterol building block used to form the plasma membrane. The fungal plasma membrane consists of ergosterols; the major sterol component of the human plasma membrane is cholesterol. This difference has been exploited in the development of two classes of drugs. The polyenes act by binding to ergosterol and disrupting the fungal membrane. These agents are fungicidal. The azoles inhibit ergosterol synthesis, and lowered ergosterol levels results in fungal membrane …

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Treatment of Tuberculosis

General principles Drug treatment is the cornerstone of Tuberculosis management. A minimum of two drugs, and generally three or four drugs, must be used simultaneously. Drug treatment is continued for at least 6 months and up to 2 to 3 years for some cases of multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDR-Tuberculosis). Measures to assure adherence, such as directly observed therapy (DOT), are important. Pharmacologic treatment Latent Infection Chemoprophylaxis should be initiated in patients to reduce the risk of progression to active disease. Isoniazid, 300 mg daily in adults, is the primary treatment for latent Tuberculosis in the United States, generally given for 9 months. Individuals likely to be noncompliant may be treated with a …

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