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Essentials of Diagnosis • Most common infections include pneumonia, meningitis, sinusitis, and otitis media. • Predisposing factors include extremes of age (ie, infants and elderly) and underlying host defects in antibody, complement, and splenic function. • Transmission is human to human both in the community and nosocomially. • Pneumonia: productive cough, fever, chills, sweats, and dyspnea; lobar or segmental consolidation on chest x-ray; lancet-shaped gram-positive diplococci on Gram stain of sputum or growth of S pneumoniae from sputum, blood, or pleural fluid. • Meningitis: headache, stiff neck, fever, chill, and photophobia; nuchal rigidity, Kernig’s or Brudzinski’s sign; lancet-shaped gram-positive diplococci on Gram stain of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), growth of S pneumoniae …

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Pneumonia

This section focuses on the clinical findings, diagnosis, and treatment of pneumococcal pneumonia. Clinical Findings A. Signs and Symptoms. The so-called classic presentation of pneumococcal pneumonia consists of an abrupt onset of a shaking chill followed shortly after by fever and production of rusty sputum (Box 2). This classic presentation, however, is not the most common. Typically, patients present because of a change in preexisting symptoms. Many have had several days of a viral upper respiratory infection marked by coryza, sore throat, and nonproductive cough, or they have chronic pulmonary disease with its attendant persistent productive cough. In these patients, the development of pneumonia is heralded by the onset of fever …

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Clarithromycin: Organs and Systems Cardiovascular • QT interval prolongation and a ventricular dysrhythmia occurred in an HIV-positive 30-year-old man at the start of intravenous clarithromycin therapy 500 mg 12-hourly. Intravenous clarithromycin caused thrombophlebitis in four patients when it was given inappropriately as a rapid bolus injection instead of a short infusion; the manufacturers have received other reports of similar reactions, even with infusions, but the incidence seems to be considerably lower than with erythromycin. In a prospective, non-randomized study, phlebitis occurred in 15 of 19 patients treated with intravenous erythromycin (incidence rate of 0.40 episodes/patient-day) and in 19 of 25 patients treated with intravenous clarithromycin (0.35 episodes/patient-day). Respiratory Bronchospasm with clarithromycin …

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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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Infectious disorders

Infectious diseases comprise those illnesses that are caused by microorganisms or their products. Clinical manifestations of infection occur only when sufficient tissue injury has been inflicted directly by microbial products (e.g., endotoxins and exotoxins), or indirectly by host responses (e.g., cytokines and hydrolytic enzymes released by polymorphonuclear leukocytes). Despite the extraordinary recent advances that have occurred in therapeutics for infectious diseases, a number of basic principles should be followed to prescribe antimicrobials and vaccines is an optimal manner. This chapter addresses the broader issues of treating infectious diseases and provides a number of practical clinical examples to demonstrate rational therapeutics. A rational therapeutic strategy in the management of proved or suspected …

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Antimicrobial therapy: general principles

A wide variety of antimicrobial agents is available to treat established infections caused by bacteria, fungi, viruses, or parasites. This section will cover the general principles of antimicrobial therapy and will also include illustrative clinical problems to emphasize proper decision-making in using antimicrobials. Determinants of Antimicrobial Efficacy Measurement of antimicrobial activity in vitro Susceptibility testing is indicated for any bacterial pathogen warranting chemotherapy. Drugs that irreversibly destroy the ability of an organism to replicate, and perhaps in the process destroy the structural integrity of the organism, are microbicidal. Drugs that reversibly impair replicating ability, with this function being restored when drug concentrations fall below critical inhibitory levels, are microbiostatic. In quantitative …

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Toxicity of Antimicrobial Therapy

Mechanisms of toxicity The mechanisms associated with common adverse reactions to antimicrobials include dose-related toxicity that occurs in a certain fraction of patients when a critical plasma concentration or total dose is exceeded, and toxicity that is unpredictable and mediated through allergic or idiosyncratic mechanisms. For example, certain classes of drugs such as the aminoglycosides are associated with dose-related toxicity. In contrast, the major toxicity of the penicillins and cephalosporins is due to allergic reactions. These differences are explained in part by the relative ability of specific drugs to inhibit enzymatic pathways in the host versus their stimulation of specific immune response. Not included in these lists is mention of the …

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Tetracyclines General Statement: Uses

Tetracyclines are used principally in the treatment of infections caused by susceptible Rickettsia, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma, and a variety of uncommon gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria. Because of the development of resistance, tetracyclines are rarely used for the treatment of infections caused by common gram-negative or gram-positive bacteria unless other appropriate anti-infectives are contraindicated or are ineffective and in vitro susceptibility tests indicate that the causative organisms are susceptible to the drugs. Generally, given a susceptible organism, the currently available tetracyclines are all equally effective when administered in appropriate dosages. Because minocycline and, to a lesser extent, doxycycline penetrate most body tissues and fluids better than do other currently available tetracyclines, some clinicians …

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Buy Cheap Noroxin (Norfloxacin) No Prescription 400mg

Norfloxacin • Norfloxacin is a fluoroquinolone anti-infective agent. Dosage and Administration • Administration Norfloxacin is administered orally. The drug should be given with a glass of water at least 1 hour before or at least 2 hours after a meal or ingestion of milk or other dairy products. Patients receiving norfloxacin should be well hydrated and should be instructed to drink fluids liberally. To minimize the possibility of interference with the GI absorption of norfloxacin, patients should be instructed not to ingest antacids containing magnesium or aluminum, sucralfate, metal cations such as iron or zinc (including multivitamin preparations containing zinc), or buffered didanosine preparations concomitantly with or within 2 hours of …

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Norfloxacin: Cautions Oral norfloxacin is generally well tolerated at dosages used in the treatment of urinary tract infections, and adverse effects of the drug are similar to those reported with other quinolone anti-infectives (e.g., ciprofloxacin, ofloxacin). Adverse effects have been reported in about 3.5-10% of patients receiving norfloxacin and have been severe enough to require discontinuance in 1% or less of patients. The most frequent adverse effects of the drug reported during clinical trials involved the GI tract or CNS; however, the adverse effect most frequently reported in postmarketing experience is rash. Adverse effects have occurred in about 7% of patients receiving a single 800-mg oral dose of norfloxacin for the …

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