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A 71-year-old man presented with a high fever, polyarthralgia, petechiae and palpable purpura accompanied by livedoid change on his legs and feet. Histopathological findings of the purpura revealed perivascular infiltration of neutrophils, mononuclear cells, and nuclear debris, and extravasation of red cells mainly in the upper dermis: all signs consistent with leukocytoclastic vasculitis. Small vessel thrombi, which are characteristic features of septic vasculopathy, were also observed. Direct immunofluorescence showed negative results. Blood culture revealed the growth of gram-negative bacilli. Subsequently, 16S rRNA sequencing of DNA confirmed the organism as Streptobacillus moniliformis, which is the causative pathogen of rat-bite fever. He had frequently encountered wild rats in his house although there was no evidence of rat bite on his body. Empiric therapy with intravenous administration of ceftriaxone in combination with azithromycin hydrate led to a prompt resolution of the symptoms. Precise history-taking related to contact with rats and detection of skin eruptions suggestive of leukocytoclastic vasculitis on the extremities, especially on the feet, can be clues to Streptobacillus moniliformis infection. Familiarity with its cutaneous features is important for early diagnosis; the evidence herein may also help in understanding its underlying pathogenesis.
The aim of the present study was to examine the prevalence of Enterococcus faecalis and Candida albicans in endodontic infections.
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Leptospirosis has recently been described to cause concomitant infection with malaria. Only doxycycline has proven to have chemoprophylactic and therapeutic efficacy for both malaria and leptospirosis. To assess whether other traditional antimalarial agents have antileptospiral activity, we performed broth microdilution susceptibility testing of 16 Leptospira serovars (6 species/14 serogroups) to various agents. Artemisinin, atovaquone, chloroquine, mefloquine, primaquine, proguanil, pyrimethamine, sulfadoxine, quinine, quinidine, and combinations of atovaquone/proguanil and pyrimethamine/sulfadoxine all had a 90% minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC(90)) > 25 microg/mL (the upper limit of testing). The only agents identified with the potential to treat both infections other than doxycycline (MIC(90) = 1.56 microg/mL) were azithromycin (MIC(90) = 0.002 microg/mL) and clindamycin (MIC(90) = 0.2 microg/mL).
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The gastric mucosal distribution of azithromycin, the prototype of a new class of macrolide antibiotics named azalides, was studied in patients with duodenal ulcer and Helicobacter pylori-related gastritis. The time course of ulcer healing, H. pylori infection, and gastritis activity was also evaluated. Twenty patients (median age 50 years) received the following treatment for 1 month: three cycles of azithromycin (500 mg/day for 3 consecutive days) on days 1-3, 11-13 and 21-23 plus omeprazole (40 mg/day) for 30 consecutive days. Endoscopic biopsy specimens of gastric mucosa and blood samples were collected on days 0, 4, 7, 10, 20 and 30. An additional follow-up endoscopy was carried out on day 60. H. pylori infection was determined by both histology and rapid urease test. Azithromycin concentrations in both plasma and gastric mucosa were measured by a microbiological plate assay, using Micrococcus luteus NCTC 8440 as the reference organism. Azithromycin concentrations in plasma ranged between 0.17 mg/L (95% CI: 0.08-0.26; n = 5) and 0.32 mg/L (95% CI: 0.21-0.43; n = 5) throughout the treatment period. In addition, azithromycin concentrations in gastric mucosa were significantly higher than plasma concentrations at all times examined and ranged from 18.5 mg/kg (95% CI: 15-20; n = 20) to 24.6 mg/kg (95% CI: 16.8-32.4; n = 5), Indicating that the drug was highly retained in the target tissue. Accordingly, the ratio of azithromycin mucosal level to plasma concentration varied between 77.9 (95% CI: 56.5-99.3; n = 5) and 112.7 (95% CI: 100.2-125.2; n = 5). At the end of treatment (day 30) H. pylori was no longer detected in 16 of 20 patients (80%), and this finding was consistent with a marked decrease in the grading of gastritis activity. At the follow-up endoscopy (day 60) the infection was eradicated in only four patients (20%). These data indicate a favourable distribution of azithromycin into gastric mucosa of patients with H. pylori infection and suggest that this new macrolide antibiotic represents a valuable option for treatment regimens against H. pylori. However, the low eradication rate achieved with azithromycin plus omeprazole is a source of concern and requires further investigation.
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To undertake laboratory and clinical surveillance of gonococcal antimicrobial susceptibility to various therapeutic agents in Hong Kong, so as to monitor for emerging resistance and to inform on appropriate choice of empirical therapy.
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The efficacy of first- and second-line Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication regimens varies considerably in West Asian countries, mainly due to the variable prevalence of resistant organisms. However, no review article has yet evaluated and compared the efficacy of different regimens among different countries of this region. Therefore, we conducted a review to select the best options and provide recommendations for H. pylori treatment in this geographic region. A search through PubMed was carried out to obtain relevant randomized clinical trials published in English language up to June 2013. According to the results, among different therapeutic regimens used as the first-line protocols, 10-d Bismuth-Furazolidone/Metronidazole quadruple therapy, 14-d Clarithromycin-containing hybrid therapy and 14-d quadruple therapy including a proton pump inhibitor + Bismuth + Tetracycline (500 mg QID) + Metronidazole (500 mg TDS) seemed to be appropriate options. Among second-line therapeutic regimens, Bismuth-based quadruple therapies containing Tetracycline and Furazolidone/Metronidazole, triple therapy containing Amoxicillin and Gatifloxacin and Quadruple therapy including Bismuth + Azithromycin and Ofloxacin seemed to be effective options. Third-line therapies were not evaluated in West Asia; most guidelines, however, recommend choosing optimal eradication regimen according to the pattern of antibiotic susceptibility of H. pylori. Although we limited our investigation to H. pylori eradication regimens in West Asia, the clinical significance of the results goes beyond the countries situated in this geographic region. In fact, the results are transferrable to any region as long as the patterns of resistance are the same.
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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) presently represents approximately 30% of clinical isolates of S. aureus in the USA. Many strains are additionally resistant to erythromycin, 15- and 16-membered macrolides (e.g. azithromycin, spiramycin), clindamycin, aminoglycosides and/or quinolones. A review of the literature shows that quinupristin/dalfopristin, a semisynthetic derivative of pristinamycin, exhibits good in-vitro activity against methicillin-sensitive S. aureus and MRSA (mean MIC90 0.25-1.0 and 0.5-2.0 mg/L, respectively). Its in-vitro bacteriostatic activity is also unaffected by resistance phenotypes for erythromycin, ciprofloxacin, rifampicin or gentamicin. Among erythromycin-resistant MRSA strains, those with constitutive (macrolide and lincosamide) resistance are only 2-fold less sensitive as strains with inducible (14- and 15-membered macrolide only) resistance (MICs 0.5-1.0 and 0.25-1.0 mg/L, respectively). Quinupristin/dalfopristin is at least as active as vancomycin and more active than ciprofloxacin and erythromycin against MRSA. It generally has a more rapid bactericidal action than vancomycin and oxacillin against many strains of MRSA. The bactericidal activity of quinupristin/dalfopristin may be affected by macrolide resistance phenotype: S. aureus strains susceptible or inducibly resistant to macrolides are killed within 6 h, whereas a number of strains constitutively resistant to macrolides remain viable after 12 h. The clinical significance of this laboratory phenomenon requires investigation, possibly in additional animal models of infection.
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We identified trials from the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) on The Cochrane Library (2005, Issue 3), MEDLINE (1966 to September 2005) PubMed (searched on 21-09-06; last 90 days), EMBASE (1980 to September 2005), LILACS (March 2004) and the reference lists of included studies. We also contacted authors for details of other relevant studies.