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Resistance to metronidazole and clarithromycin was detected in 34.7% and 16.7% of H. pylori isolates, respectively. During the recent 5-year study period, amoxicillin-resistant rate of H. pylori was 11.8%, and multi-drug resistance rate of H. pylori was 16.7%. The eradication rate of clarithromycin containing triple therapies was low (7.8%) in clarithromycin-resistant H. pylori strains.
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Treatment of racehorses with bicarbonate solutions to manage acidosis and muscle cramps prior to competition is banned in Pennsylvania (PA). Use of excess bicarbonate in horses causes diarrhea, requiring treatment with an antibiotic such as metronidazole (MTNZ). At present no method exists for detecting MTNZ in equine plasma. Thus, a liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) method for the detection, quantification and confirmation of MTNZ was developed.
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Intention-to-treat and per-protocol analyses of eradication rates were 84.1% (37/44) and 86.4% (37/43) with RAS for 1 week, 88.9% (40/45) and 90.9% (40/44) for RAS for 2 weeks, 90.9% (40/44) and 90.9% (40/44) for 1 week-RMS and 87.2% (41/47) and 91.1% (41/45) with RMS for 2 weeks. We noted no statistical significant differences in eradication rates among four regimens.
To determine and compare the efficacy and tolerability of two 1-week regimen comprising omeprazole, clarithromycin and amoxycillin or metronidazole in the eradication of Helicobacter pylori, and to determine the influence of bacterial resistance to metronidazole and clarithromycin on the outcome of treatment.
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Clostridium difficile-associated disease continues to be a major problem in hospitals and long-term care facilities throughout the developed world. Administration of certain antibiotics such as amoxycillin, oral cephalosporins and clindamycin is associated with the greatest risk of developing C. difficile disease. The two antibiotics used for treatment of C. difficile disease are vancomycin and metronidazole, to which there is currently very little resistance. Randomly selected isolates (186) from 90 patients being investigated during an 18-month epidemiological study into the disease were tested for their susceptibility to vancomycin, metronidazole, amoxycillin, clindamycin, cefoxitin and ceftriaxone by the NCCLS agar dilution method. There was a narrow range of MIC for the two treatment agents (vancomycin and metronidazole), from 0.5 to 4 microg ml(-1), with no evidence of resistance. All strains were resistant to cefoxitin (MIC 64-256 microg ml(-1)), the antibiotic used in most selective media. All strains were of similar sensitivity to amoxycillin (MIC(90)= 4 microg ml(-1)). Most strains were resistant to ceftriaxone (MIC > or = 64 microg ml(-1)) or of intermediate resistance (MIC > or = 32 microg ml(-1)), with only two sensitive strains (MIC 16 microg ml(-1)). Clindamycin resistance was common, with 67 % of strains resistant (MIC > or = 8 microg ml(-1)), 25 % with intermediate resistance (MIC > or = 4 microg ml(-1)) and only 8 % sensitive (MIC < or = 2 microg ml(-1)). Twelve isolates from six different patients had very high resistance to clindamycin (MIC > or = 128 microg ml(-1)). Multiple isolates from the same patient, taken at different times, showed changes in susceptibility patterns over time. The only major change in susceptibility over the time-period was in clindamycin resistance; some strains appeared to become more resistant while others became less resistant. No differences were seen in the MIC(50) and MIC(90) of the different S-types of C. difficile identified, although some S-types were present in very small numbers. There was no correlation between the antibiotics prescribed and susceptibility.
Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is associated with a high risk of recurrence (rCDI). Few studies have focused on multiple recurrences. To evaluate the potential of novel treatments targeting recurrence, we assessed the burden and severity of rCDI.
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The recent increase in the incidence and severity of Clostridium difficile associated disease may be related, at least in part, to the emergence of a highly virulent, fluoroquinolone-resistant, NAP1/027 strain.
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Giardiasis, or Giardia lamblia infection, is the most common parasitosis of the human digestive tract. It is highly contagious and mostly occurs in warm climates. Children are especially susceptible to infection. MICROBIOLOGICAL FEATURES: The infection can sporadically occur anywhere and waterborne outbreaks have been reported in some countries. Hence, the prevention of giardiasis depends on proper sanitation. Once ingested through contaminated water, Giardia cysts adhere to the intestinal surface. The parasite feeds on the mucous secretions of the intestine and may produce severe infections which can interfere with nutrient absorption. Symptoms in affected individuals usually include diarrhoea, dehydration, stomach cramps, gas, and weight loss.
From September 2003-September 2006, complete information was obtained for 59 women. The most common reactions were urticaria (47%) and facial edema (11%). Fifteen of these women (25.4%) were treated with metronidazole desensitization and all had eradication of their infection. Seventeen women (28.8%) were treated with alternative intravaginal drugs, which were less successful; 5 of 17 infections (29.4%) were eradicated.
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The aim of this study was to investigate the antimicrobial susceptibility patterns of C. difficile clinical isolates against antibiotics commonly used for treatment CDI in hospitalized patients.
Cefotaxime has retained its broad-spectrum activity against the key pathogens in surgical infection, despite 15 years of widespread use. It has good activity against a wide range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative aerobes and most anaerobes, except Bacteroides fragilis but, combined with metronidazole, it offers clinically complete coverage of B. fragilis and Escherichia coli, the two most important species involved in intra-abdominal infections. For mixed infections involving B. fragilis, 500 mg metronidazole 12-hourly should be added to the cefotaxime regimen. Cefotaxime therapy is simple, generally inexpensive and has a relatively broad spectrum of activity compared to many other antimicrobials used for postoperative nosocomial pneumonia. Treatment with cefotaxime at 1 g or 2 g can be 12-hourly. Surgical prophylaxis with single-dose cefotaxime (1 g or 2 g) is as effective as with many other agents, with no documented selection of resistance. Clinical experience gained worldwide strongly supports the use of cefotaxime for the treatment of prophylaxis and surgical infections.
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We evaluated a three-step algorithm for laboratory diagnosis of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhoea (CDAD). First, stool specimens were screened using an EIA test for glutamate dehydrogenase detection. Screen-positive specimens were tested by a rapid cytotoxintoxin A/B assay and subjected to stool culture. All cultures positive for C. difficile underwent toxigenic culture. The results showed that toxigenic culture allowed us to recover 37/156 (24.4%) stool samples harbouring toxigenic C. difficile that would have been missed by using faecal cytotoxin assay alone. This determined an increase in infection prevalence of 4.2% (from 11.4% to 15.6 %). Furthermore, to characterize the clinical Clostridium difficile isolates and the distribution of PCR ribotypes circulating in the San Carlo Borromeo hospital, molecular typing using semi-automated repetitive-sequence-based PCR (rep- PCR) and PCR ribotyping, and an evaluation of the antibiotic resistance were also performed. Among them, 71 indistinguishable strains were detected by rep-PCR and 83 by PCR-ribotyping revealing C. difficile outbreaks in our hospital. A total of 6 different ribotypes were obtained by PCR ribotyping. The most frequent ribotype was 018 (88.2%) that also showed resistance to moxifloxacin. In one case, uncommon PCR ribotype 186 was also identified.
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Histology confirmed acute appendicitis in 92 patients of group A and 95 patients of group B. In patients with histological simple appendicitis, postoperative infectious complications were noted in 2 (3.0 %) of 69 patients from group A and in none of 70 patients from group B, and in patients with histological perforated appendicitis in 5 (22 %) of 23 and 4 (16 %) of 25 patients from groups A and B, respectively. Postoperative infectious complications were more frequent (p < 0.05) in perforated than in simple appendicitis. These infectious complications included in simple appendicitis two wound infections in group A, and in perforated appendicitis four intraabdominal abscesses and one wound infection in group A and two intraabdominal abscesses and two wound infections in group B.
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A total of 1073 subjects were randomized to either control (540) or TSM (533). 486 patients in the TSM group and 499 in the control group were followed-up with after 4 weeks. Thirty-seven (3.8%) patients were afflicted by SSI at discharge from hospital and 69 (7.0%) at follow-up four weeks after surgery. After four weeks, the rate of incisional SSI was 7.0% in the TSM group and 3.6% in the control group (p=0.022). For organ/space SSI and the other complications monitored in the study, no differences were observed between the groups.
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A 38-bed, pediatric intensive care unit at a tertiary care children's hospital.
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These data suggest that there is no difference in treatment outcomes between monotherapy and combination therapy for severe CDI.
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Consecutive patients undergoing gastroscopy in 2012 were prospectively enrolled. The prevalence of primary H. pylori infection was determined from all Campylobacter-like organism (CLO) tests performed. Antibiotic susceptibility testing was performed for a range of relevant antibiotics and the success of eradication therapy was determined by stool antigen clearance.
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The H. pylori eradication and duodenal ulcer healing rates after 1 week of either omeprazole 40 mg mane, amoxycillin 500 mg t.d.s. and metronidazole 400 mg t.d.s. (OAM) or omeprazole 20 mg b.d., metronidazole 400 mg b. d. and clarithromycin 250 mg b.d. (OMC) were compared in a randomized trial in Australia and New Zealand. Patients had a further 1 week of omeprazole 20 mg. Outcome was assessed at 6 weeks with stringent criteria (endoscopy, biopsies and 13C-urea breath test).
Nine strains of Atopobium vaginae, four strains of Gardnerella vaginalis, two strains of Lactobacillus iners and one strain each of Bifidobacterium breve, B. longum, L. crispatus, L. gasseri and L. jensenii were tested against 15 antimicrobial agents using the Etest.
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Antibiotics-associated pseudomembranous colitis is well documented and caused by abnormal overgrowth of toxin producing Clostridium difficile colonizing the large bowel of patients undergoing antibiotic therapy. Administration of chemotherapeutic agents is frequently complicated by diarrhea and enterocolitis. However, pseudomembranous colitis related to chemotherapeutic agent usage is very rare. We experienced a 67 old-years male patient diagnosed of non-small cell lung carcinoma who complained of watery diarrhea and abdominal pain after treated with paclitaxel and carboplatin. Sigmoidoscopic examination revealed diffusely scattered, whitish to yellowish pseudomembrane with background edematous hyperemic mucosa from sigmoid colon to rectum. Histopathologic findings were consistent with pseudomembranous colitis as typical volcano-like exudate. The symptoms improved after stopping chemotherapy and treatment with metronidazole. In patients with persistent diarrhea and abdominal pain after receiving chemotherapy agents, although rare, pseudomembranous colitis should be considered as a differential diagnosis.
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This paper assessed the availability and cost of antibiotics used for treating pelvic inflammatory disease in 17 drug-dispensing outlets in five districts of the Central Region, Ghana. The outlets included the dispensaries of 2 regional and 4 district hospitals, 4 privately owned pharmacies, and 7 chemical seller shops. The most common antibiotics available, including cotrimoxazole, metronidazole, benzylpenicillin, amoxycillin, chloramphenicol, and gentamicin, were also the lowest priced drugs. In contrast, the most expensive antibiotics, including ceftriaxone, ciprofloxacin, cefuroxime, and spectinomycin, were also the least commonly available. Recommended anti-gonococcal antibiotics (ciprofloxacin, ceftriaxone) may not be prescribed if they are not available in the districts.
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To summarize recent evidence on the role of intestinal bacteria in inflammatory bowel diseases, and of antibiotics and probiotics in their treatment. The implications connected with the use of antibiotics are also examined.