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Our study shows the prescription pattern of antibiotics and painkillers by dentists in Pakistan for the first time. There is a clear need to emphasise correct diagnostic methods and develop contextualised prescription guidelines and educational initiatives, so that the optimum effect of antibiotics and painkillers will be achieved without compromising patients' health.
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Twenty subjects in a maintenance care program but with recurrent periodontal disease participated. Three months after scaling and root planing, a total of 40 sites, 2 in each patient, with probing depth > or = 5 mm were selected. One site randomly selected was treated with metronidazole gel (test) and the other site with a placebo gel (control). Baseline and follow-up measurements included plaque index (PI), gingival index (GI), bleeding on probing (BOP), probing depth (PD), and clinical attachment level (CAL).
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Twenty four patients with infected community acquired parapneumonic effusions were studied. All had either frankly purulent/culture or Gram stain positive pleural fluid (13 cases; 54%) or fluid which fulfilled the biochemical criteria for pleural infection. Fluid was drained with a 14F catheter. The antibiotics used were cefuroxime and metronidazole or were guided by culture. Subjects were randomly assigned to receive intrapleural streptokinase, 250,000 IU daily, or control saline flushes for three days. The primary end points related to the efficacy of pleural drainage--namely, the volume of pleural fluid drained and the chest radiographic response to treatment. Other end points were the number of pleural procedures needed and blood indices of inflammation.
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Antibiotic administration disrupts the intestinal microbiota, increasing susceptibility to pathogens such as Clostridium difficile. Metronidazole or oral vancomycin can cure C. difficile infection, and administration of these agents to prevent C. difficile infection in high-risk patients, although not sanctioned by Infectious Disease Society of America guidelines, has been considered. The relative impacts of metronidazole and vancomycin on the intestinal microbiota and colonization resistance are unknown. We investigated the effect of brief treatment with metronidazole and/or oral vancomycin on susceptibility to C. difficile, vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Escherichia coli infection in mice. Although metronidazole resulted in transient loss of colonization resistance, oral vancomycin markedly disrupted the microbiota, leading to prolonged loss of colonization resistance to C. difficile infection and dense colonization by vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus, K. pneumoniae, and E. coli. Our results demonstrate that vancomycin, and to a lesser extent metronidazole, are associated with marked intestinal microbiota destruction and greater risk of colonization by nosocomial pathogens.
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The authors report on a case of complete regression of primary gastric Mucosa Associated Lymphoid Tissue MALT-lymphoma after double eradication Helicobacter pylori therapy. They analyze the diagnostic role of endoscopic ultrasonography and the therapeutic aspects, on the grounds of literature data and personal experience are analyzed.
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Examiner les taux de résistance à Sudbury, en Ontario, comparer les méthodes de susceptibilité antimicrobienne et tenter de déterminer le fondement biologique de la résistance antibiotique.
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A collection of 33 H. pylori isolates from children and adult patients with chronic infection were taken for the present study. The isolates were screened for biofilm formation ability, as well as for polymerase chain reaction (PCR) reaction with HP1165 and hp1165 efflux pump genes. Susceptibilities of the selected strains to antibiotic and differences between susceptibilities of planktonic and biofilm-forming cell populations were determined. Quantitative real-time PCR (qPCR) analysis was performed using 16S rRNA gene as a H. pylori-specific primer, and two efflux pumps-specific primers, hp1165 and hefA.
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The aim of this study was to evaluate Helicobacter pylori antibacterial resistance in 2005 to 2007, resistance evolution since 1996 to 1999, and performance of breakpoint susceptibility testing (BST) compared with E test for clarithromycin or agar dilution method (ADM) for metronidazole, amoxicillin, tetracycline, and ciprofloxacin. Resistance in 613 untreated adults, 91 treated adults, and 75 untreated children was 25%, 48.4%, and 16% for metronidazole; 17.8%, 45.1%, and 18.7% for clarithromycin; 4.4%, 13.3%, and 2.7% for tetracycline; and 7.7%, 18.2%, and 6.8% for ciprofloxacin, respectively. Resistance to amoxicillin (0.9%) and nitrofurantoin (1.3%) was uncommon. Three strains (0.4%) exhibited triple resistance to amoxicillin, metronidazole, and clarithromycin. Primary resistance rates in adults and children were comparable. Metronidazole resistance was less common in ulcer adults than in the rest. Primary clarithromycin resistance increased significantly from 10% in 1996 to 1999 to 17.9% in 2005 to 2007. Many strains (26.4%) from treated adults showed resistance to metronidazole and clarithromycin. Category agreement between the BST and E test or ADM results was good (93.3-100%). In conclusion, the increasing clarithromycin resistance and presence of multidrug resistance are worrying. Fluoroquinolones should be used with caution for H. pylori eradication in treated patients.
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Elevation and repair of an open depressed skull fracture is often thought of as an emergency procedure. Common indications for emergent elevation of a depressed skull fracture have been dural tear, seizure, gross contamination or mass effect from bone or a sizable underlying intracerebral hematoma. As treatment of head injury moves towards management of cerebral perfusion pressure (CPP) rather than intracranial pressure (ICP), we sought a way to maximize CPP in the initial treatment of head-injured patients with depressed skull fractures that would eventually require surgery by delaying surgery, when possible, until after the initial period of elevated ICP.
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The results of the in vitro metronidazole resistance on Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) eradication have been inconclusive. Metronidazole resistance varies among different geographical locations and a previous study from Thailand reported an in vitro metronidazole resistance of H. pylori of 51 per cent. This study was designed to investigate further the effect of the in vitro metronidazole resistance on the outcome of eradication of H. pylori in the Thai population. Fifty two patients with active gastric ulcer (GU) and duodenal ulcer (DU) who had positive culture for H. pylori were studied. All of these patients had positive rapid urease test (CLO test, Delta West, Australia) using gastric biopsy specimens from the antrum and body taken at the time of initial upper endoscopy. In vitro antimicrobial susceptibility test was performed using Epsilometer test (AB Biodisk, Solna, Sweden). All patients received a one-week triple regimen consisting of omeprazole 20 mg twice daily, clarithromycin 500 mg twice daily, metronidazole 500 mg twice daily. Patients with GU continued with another five weeks of omeprazole 20 mg twice daily and patients with DU received another three weeks of omeprazole 20 mg twice daily. Upper endoscopy was repeated at four weeks after the end of the treatment. Three antral and two body biopsy specimens were obtained for identification of H. pylori using CLO test, histology (modified Giemsa stain) and culture. All of these tests had to be negative to confirm a successful eradication. Metronidazole-resistant (MR) strains with MIC > or = 32 mg/l were identified in 27 of the 52 patients (51.92%), whereas, metronidazole-susceptible (MS) strains were isolated from 25 patients (48.08%). Five patients were lost to follow-up and one patient had drug allergy. Successful eradication as defined by negative CLO test, histology and culture was attained in 17/23 (73.91%) patients (GU = 6, DU = 16, GU and DU = 1) with MR strains. 20 out of 23 (86.96%) patients (GU = 9, DU = 12 GU and DU = 2) who had MS strains. The difference was not statistically significant in both groups (P > 0.05). The ulcer healing was, however, highly achieved in both groups (MS = 95.65%, MR = 91.30%, P > 0.05). In vitro metronidazole resistance was high in this population group although this does not predict the outcome of eradication in patients with GU and DU.
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Based on our previous studies that Artemisia douglasiana exert cytoprotective actions against ethanol-induced gastric mucosal injury we assayed the anti-Helicobacter pylori effect of the Artemisia douglasiana extract and its active compound, dehydroleucodine.
This pilot study demonstrated that once-daily triple therapy with high-dose omeprazole, metronidazole extended-release formulation, and clarithromycin achieved an eradication rate approaching 80%. Further study may permit development of optimal once-daily dosing and enhance eradication rates.
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Cases of antibiotic-associated diarrhoea (AAD) associated with toxigenic C. difficile strains more frequently are described recently. In Polish studies diagnosis of AAD or PMC (pseudomembranous colitis) was confirmed by isolation of C. difficile strains in 52% of suspected cases. Strains of C. difficile were isolated also from samples taken from hospital environment (10.5% positive samples). Problem of C. difficile-associated infection is more frequently observed in Poland also because of uncontrolled using of wide spectrum antibiotics. These antibiotics destroy intestinal microflora--"colonization resistance factor". Cases of AAD or PMC were described even after treatment of patients by vancomycin or metronidazol--antibiotics of choice for treatment of C. difficile-associated diseases. Other risk factors as: age, long term hospitalization, previous surgery, colonoscopy are also taken into account, when C. difficile-associated infections are suspected. Different treatment methods of C. difficile-associated infections are reviewed here and discussed in light of recent publications.
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