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Important Anaerobes

Essentials of Diagnosis • Foul odor of draining purulence. • Presence of gas in tissues. • No organism growth on aerobic culture media. • Infection localized in the proximity of mucosal surface. • Presence of septic thrombophlebitis. • Tissue necrosis and abscess formation. • Association with malignancies (especially intestinal). • Mixed organism morphologies on Gram stain. General Considerations A. Epidemiology and Ecology. Anaerobic bacteria are the predominant component of the normal microbial flora of the human body. The following sites harbor the vast majority of them: • Skin: Mostly gram-positive bacilli such as Propionibacterium acnes • Gastrointestinal tract: In the oral cavity Prevotella spp., Porphyromonas spp., Peptostreptococcus spp., microaerophillic streptococci, and …

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Haemophilus, Bordetella, & Branhamella Species

HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZAE & OTHER HAEMOPHILUS SPECIES Essentials of Diagnosis • Haemophilus influenzae is generally acquired via the aerosol route or by direct contact with respiratory secretions. • The most common associated syndromes include otitis media, sinusitis, conjunctivitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, and, to a lesser extent, meningitis, epiglottitis, arthritis, and cellulitis. • Gram stain shows pleomorphic gram-negative coccobacilli. • In cases of meningitis, epiglottitis, arthritis, and cellulitis, organisms are typically recovered from blood, and type-b polysaccharide capsular material may be detected in the urine. • Organisms and type-b polysaccharide capsule may also be present in other appropriate sterile body fluids, such as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in meningitis and joint fluid in arthritis. General …

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Bordetella Species: Clinical Syndrome

Classical pertussis occurs in three clinical stages: catarrhal, paroxysmal, and convalescent (Box 5). Clinical Findings A. Signs and Symptoms. The catarrhal stage is characterized by nonspecific upper respiratory symptoms, including rhinorrhea, mild cough, and low-grade fever. During this stage, which typically lasts 1-2 weeks, the disease is highly communicable. The paroxysmal stage is marked by sudden attacks or paroxysms of severe, repetitive coughing, often culminating with the characteristic whoop and frequently followed by vomiting. A marked lymphocytosis usually accompanies this stage of the disease, with lymphocyte counts sometimes exceeding 50,000/mm3 and usually representing 70% or more of total circulating leukocytes. The paroxysmal stage typically lasts 1-4 weeks and can be associated …

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Haemophilus Influenzae: Clinical Syndromes

H influenzae was first isolated during the 1892 influenza pandemic and was originally believed to be the causative agent of influenza. Although subsequent studies revealed the fallacy of this idea, H influenzae has proved to be a common cause of localized respiratory tract and systemic disease, including meningitis, epiglottitis, pneumonia, pyogenic arthritis, cellulitis, otitis media, and sinusitis, among others (Box 1). 1. MENINGITIS Meningitis is the most common and serious form of invasive H influenzae type-b disease. In the mid-1980s, before the introduction of effective vaccines, ~ 10,000-12,000 cases of H influenzae type-b meningitis occurred in the United States each year, and 95% of cases involved children < 5 years old. …

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Adenoviruses

Essentials of Diagnosis • Respiratory symptoms (plus conjunctivitis). • Disseminated infection in immunocompromised patients. • Intranuclear inclusions in infected epithelial cells; • Growth in tissue culture, especially in human embryonic epithelial cells (eg, kidney, lung). • Antigen detection in clinical samples (eg, respiratory by immunofluorescence). • Detection of antibody to the adenovirus group antigen by several different assays (eg, complement fixation, hemagglutination inhibition). General Considerations Adenoviruses were first isolated in 1953 in human adenoid cell culture. Since then approximately 100 serotypes, at least 47 of which infect humans, have been recognized. All human serotypes are included in a single genus within the family Adenoviridae. Based on homology studies and hemagglutination patterns, …

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Adenoviruses: Clinical Syndromes

Adenoviruses cause primary infection in children and, less commonly, adults. Reactivation of virus occurs in immunocompromised children and adults. Several distinct clinical syndromes are associated with adenovirus infection (Box 1). ACUTE RESPIRATORY DISEASE A. Signs and Symptoms. Acute pharyngitis is usually nonexudative but is associated with fever. Acute respiratory disease is a syndrome of fever, cough, pharyngitis, and cervical adenitis seen primarily in outbreaks among military recruits usually with serotypes 4 and 7. Adenoviruses are definite but infrequent causes of true viral pneumonia in both children and adults including military recruits. Laryngitis, croup, and bronchiolitis may also occur. Pertussis-like illness with a prolonged clinical course has been associated with adenoviruses. Adenovirus …

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Erythromycin: Side Effects See also Macrolide antibiotics For some decades erythromycin was the only macrolide antibiotic available, but with the development of new macrolides with remarkable pharmacokinetic and safety features, it has met fierce competition and has, at least in some health-care systems, lost its place as the most important macrolide. Comparative studies In a direct comparison of clarithromycin with erythromycin stearate, the rate of adverse events was 19% in 96 patients taking clarithromycin and 35% in 112 patients taking erythromycin . Most of the adverse events associated with clarithromycin affect the gastrointestinal tract (7%). In a prospective, single-blind, randomized study of a 7-day course of clarithromycin (7.5 mg/kg bd) and …

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Erythromycin: Organs and Systems Cardiovascular Erythromycin has antidysrhythmic properties similar to those of Class IA antidysrhythmic drugs, and causes an increase in atrial and ventricular refractory periods. This is only likely to be a problem in patients with heart disease or in those who are receiving drugs that delay ventricular repolarization. High-doses intravenously have caused ventricular fibrillation and torsade de pointes. Each episode of dysrhythmia, QT interval prolongation, and myocardial dysfunction occurred 1-1.5 hours after erythromycin infusion and resolved after withdrawal. In an FDA database analysis, 346 cases of cardiac dysrhythmias associated with erythromycin were identified. There was a preponderance of women, as there was among those with life-threatening ventricular dysrhythmias …

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Clarithromycin: Side Effects See also Macrolide antibiotics Clarithromycin is a commonly used macrolide antibiotic and is a regular part of regimens for the eradication of Helicobacter pylori, often in combination with a nitromidazole antibiotic as well, in addition to a proton pump inhibitor. Variable rates of adverse events (4-30%) have been reported with clarithromycin. Comparative studies In a double-blind, multicenter trial in 328 patients with H. pylori infection and non-ulcer dyspepsia, omeprazole 20 mg bd, amoxicillin 1 g bd, and clarithromycin 500 mg bd were compared with omeprazole alone. The rate of success and quality of life were similar in both groups. There were no serious adverse events. However, there were …

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Levofloxacin: Organs and Systems Cardiovascular Preclinical and clinical trial data and data from phase IV studies have suggested that levofloxacin causes prolongation of the QT interval. There were cardiovascular problems in 1 in 15 million prescriptions compared with 1-3% of patients taking sparfloxacin, who had QTC prolongation to over 500 ms. Polymorphous ventricular tachycardia with a normal QT interval has been associated with oral levofloxacin in the absence of other causes. Among 23 patients who took levofloxacin 500 mg/day there was prolongation of the QTC interval by more than 30 ms in four patients and 60 ms in two patients. There was absolute QT interval prolongation to over 500 ms in …

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