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Dermatophytes

Essentials of Diagnosis Characteristic pattern of inflammation on glabrous skin surfaces. The active border of infection is scaly, red, and slightly elevated. Wet mount preparation with potassium hydroxide (10-20%). Skin scraping of the active border shows branching, translucent, rod-shaped filaments (hyphae) in keratinized material under low-power microscopy (10-40×). Hyphae are uniformly wide and regularly septated. Wood’s light examination (UV light at 365 nm) shows blue-green fluorescence for Microsporum canis and Microsporum audouinii. Trichophyton schoenleinii is pale green, and tinea versicolor shows white-yellow fluorescence. Culture should be performed with hair, nail, and skin specimens from particularly inflammatory lesions, to make a definitive mycologic diagnosis. General Considerations Dermatophytes are molds that infect keratinized …

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Actinomyces

Essentials of Diagnosis • “Sulfur granules” in specimens and sinus tract drainage: hard, irregularly shaped, yellow particles measuring from 1 to 5 mm in size • Gram-positive branching filaments arranged in ray-like projections under the microscope • Colonies with characteristic “molar tooth” appearance • Production of extensive fibrosis with “woody” induration • No specific antibody or antigen detection tests General Considerations A. Epidemiology. The Actinomyces species are facultative anaerobes that commonly inhabit the oral cavity, the gastrointestinal tract, and the female genital tract, where they exist as commensals. Diversity within this genus is broad, which has led to taxonomic revision and reclassification of some species as members of the Arcanobacterium genus, …

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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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Streptococcus Pyogenes

Essentials of Diagnosis • Pharyngitis: presence of sore throat, submandibular adenopathy, fever, pharyngeal erythema, exudates. • Rheumatic fever: migratory arthritis, carditis, Syndenham’s chorea, pharyngitis. • Cellulitis: pink skin, fever, tenderness, swelling. • Scarlet fever: sandpaper-like erythema, strawberry tongue, streptococcal pharyngitis or skin infection, high fever. • Post-streptococcal glomerulonephritis: acute glomerulonephritis (hematuria, proteinuria) following pharyngitis or impetigo. • Impetigo: dry, crusted lesions of the skin, weeping golden-colored fluid. • Erysipelas: salmon red rash of face or extremity, well-demarcated border, fever, occasionally bullous lesions. • Streptococcal toxic shock syndrome: isolation of Group A streptococcus from a normally sterile site, sudden onset of shock and organ failure. • Necrotizing fasciitis, myonecrosis: deep, severe pain, …

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Streptococcal Toxic Shock Syndrome

In the late 1980s, invasive GAS infections occurred in North America and Europe in previously healthy individuals of all ages. This illness is associated with bacteremia, deep soft-tissue infection, shock, multi-organ failure, and death in 30% of cases. StrepTSS occurs sporadically, although minor epidemics have been reported. Most patients present with a viral-like prodrome, history of minor trauma, recent surgery, or varicella infection. The prodrome may be caused by a viral illness that predisposed to strepTSS, or these vague early symptoms may be related to the evolving infection. In cases associated with necrotizing fasciitis, the infection may begin deep in the soft tissue at a site of minor trauma that frequently …

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Staphylococci

STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS Essentials of Diagnosis • Large gram-positive cocci (0.7-1.5 um in size). • Colonies surrounded by zone of hemolysis on blood agar. • Colonies pigmented pale yellow to deep orange macroscopically. • Cluster in grapelike bunches microscopically. • Biochemically differentiated from streptococci by presence of the enzyme catalase. • Biochemically differentiated from other staphylococci by presence of the enzyme coagulase. • Analysis of chromosomal DNA can identify clonal isolates (useful in epidemiologic studies). General Considerations A. Epidemiology. Staphylococcus aureus colonizes the human skin, vagina, nasopharynx, and gastrointestinal tract. Colonization occurs shortly after birth and may be either transient or persistent. Published studies differ widely in estimates of the prevalence of …

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Primary Bacteremia & Endocarditis

Staphylococci (both S aureus and CoNS) have emerged as the two most common organisms cultured from patients with primary bloodstream infections. The term “primary bacteremia” refers to positive blood cultures without an identifiable anatomic focus of infection. Differentiation of primary bacteremia from infective endocarditis (IE), in which infection of the cardiac valves leads to continuous bacterial seeding of the bloodstream, may challenge even the most experienced clinician. Primary S aureus bacteremia is associated with insulin-dependent diabetes, the presence of a vascular graft, and, most significantly, the presence of an indwelling intravascular catheter. Risk factors for IE include structurally abnormal valves, recent injection drug use, and the presence of a prosthetic cardiac …

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Order Amoxil (Amoxicillin) Without Prescription 500mg

Amoxicillin: A Broad Spectrum Antibiotic Amoxicillin though originally introduced in the early 1970′s for oral use in U.K., has found a gradually regular place as broad spectrum antibacterial to treat the infections of various diseases. Amoxicillin has been found to be more effective against gram positive than gram negative microorganisms and demonstrated greater efficacy to penicillin and penicillin V. Moreover, it has been found comparable to other antibiotics, e.g. ampicillin, azithromycin, clarithromycin, cefuroxime and doxycycline in treatment of various infections / diseases. In the past decade, amoxicillin has been reported to be useful in the management of many indications and is used to treat infections of the middle ear (otitis media) …

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Penicillins: Drug-Drug Interactions

Allopurinol The risk of rashes caused by aminopenicillins does not seem to be increased by parallel treatment with allopurinol, as had been suggested before. Aminoglycosides High doses of parenteral penicillin can inactivate aminoglycosides. In patients receiving low doses of aminoglycosides because of reduced renal function this can be clinically important. Parenteral administration of these drugs in neonatal dosages does not seem to produce relevant inactivation, and so temporal separation of the infusions is not required. Piperacillin protected against aminoglycoside nephrotoxicity without reducing its blood concentration; this was possibly a protective effect of co-administered mineral salts. Ciclosporin In a study in lung transplant recipients, ciclosporin nephrotoxicity was potentiated by nafcillin. Methotrexate Beta-lactams …

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Penicillins: Drug Administration

Drug formulations Embolictoxic reactions to penicillin depot formulations were first described in patients with syphilis. The symptoms include fear of death, confusion, acoustic and visual hallucinations, and possibly palpitation, tachycardia, and cyanosis. Generalized seizures or twitching of the limbs have been observed in children and adults. As a rule, the symptoms abate and disappear within several minutes to an hour. They rarely persist for up to 24 hours. If a cardiovascular reaction with a fall in blood pressure occurs simultaneously with typical symptoms, a combination with anaphylactic shock must be considered. Such reactions have been called “pseudo-anaphylactic reactions” or “acute non-allergic reactions”, “panic attack syndrome,” and “acute psychotic reactions”. In several …

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