Acquired thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is an autoimmune disorder. The pathogenesis is believed to be mediated by an autoantibody directed against the metalloproteinase responsible for the degradation of the very-high-molecular-weight multimers of the vWF. The syndrome can be precipitated by a variety of conditions, and certain medications also have been implicated.
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In two prospective, randomized multicenter double-blind studies with a dosage of either 250 mg given four times a day (study A) or 500 mg given two times a day (study B), the comparative efficacy and safety of cephalexin hydrochloride (LY061188; Keftab) and cephalexin monohydrate (Keflex) for treatment of skin and soft tissue infections were determined. In study A, 97 patients received cephalexin hydrochloride and 101 patients received cephalexin monohydrate. In study B, 75 patients received cephalexin hydrochloride and 70 patients received cephalexin monohydrate. Diagnoses included abscesses, cellulitis, wound infections, and infected dermatitis, and were comparable in the different treatment groups. Pathogens were isolated from 82% of patients enrolled; the majority of isolates were of Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, other staphylococcal species, and a few gram-negative bacteria. In study A, 68 of 71 (95.7%) evaluable patients who received cephalexin hydrochloride responded satisfactorily; 73 of 81 (90%) patients who received cephalexin monohydrate also responded satisfactorily. In study B, 56 of 58 (96.5%) evaluable patients who received cephalexin hydrochloride responded satisfactorily; 47 of 50 (94%) patients who received cephalexin monohydrate also responded satisfactorily. An adverse clinical event leading to discontinuation of the treatment drug developed in 17 of 343 (4.95%) patients in both studies. No differences were noted between the two drugs. Skin eruptions, pruritus, and mild gastrointestinal symptoms were the common adverse effects. These data suggest that cephalexin hydrochloride, a new formulation of cephalexin, is a safe and effective antimicrobial agent for treatment of a variety of skin and subcutaneous infections in a dosage of either 250 mg four times a day or 500 mg twice a day.
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We conducted a blinded taste test evaluating 12 antimicrobial suspensions by smell, texture, taste, aftertaste and overall acceptance. Drugs received cumulative scores in each category as well as a total score ranking. Overall Lorabid scored highest but not significantly higher than Keflex, Suprax and Ceclor, all of which score higher than the other test drugs. Cefzil and Augmentin scored just below this group of drugs and higher than all other test drugs. Vantin was inferior to these drugs primarily because of its low score in aftertaste. It was ranked along with V-Cillin-K, Veetids, Sulfatrim and Pediazole, the lowest scoring group of drugs other than Dynapen which scored lower than all other test drugs. No difference overall was detected between the two penicillin VK suspensions evaluated, V-Cillin-K and Veetids.
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The resistance of two biomaterials, one synthetic and one biologic in origin, to deliberate bacterial infection was compared in a dog model of orthopedic soft tissue reconstruction. Twenty-four adult female dogs were randomly divided into two equal groups and a 2.0-cm-round full-thickness defect was created on the lateral surface of the stifle joint, leaving only the synovium and skin intact. The defect was surgically repaired with either Dacron trade mark mesh or a porcine derived extracellular matrix (ECM) scaffold material. The repair site was inoculated with 1 x 10(8) Staphylococcus aureus at the time of surgery and the dogs were survived for 28 days. Results showed a chronic pyogranulomatous inflammatory response at the Dacron trade mark implant sites versus a constructive tissue-remodeling response without residual inflammation at the ECM implant site. Three dogs in the group receiving the Dacron trade mark mesh were treated with Keflex trade mark (500 mg bid x 7 days) for signs of septicemia. A quantitative bacterial count of the implant sites at the time of sacrifice showed 6.52 x 10(5) +/- 1.2 x 10(6) and 6.5 x 10(2) +/- 1.8 x 10(3) bacteria per gram of tissue for the Dacron trade mark and ECM scaffold sites, respectively (P <.03). The ECM implant material was more resistant than the synthetic implant material to persistent infection following deliberate bacterial contamination and the ECM scaffold supported constructive tissue remodeling.
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Proteus species produces toxins and constitutes a causative agent of some chronic and recurrent infections. For the study of haemolytic activity and the production and inhibition kinetics, a total of 140 local isolates were diagnosed and examined by the general biochemical methods, and their ability of haemolysis were tested by both direct and indirect methods utilizing the enrichment procedure for all strains. Two antibiotics, erythromycin and keflex (cephalexin), were tested for the study of haemolysis inhibition and its kinetisc. Rof further study, examples of Proteus species were selected; the new approach was based on mixing procedure between P. aeruginosa (also pyocyanine) and Proteus species for inhibition of haemolytic activity. Spectrophotometric analysis were used parallel to these studies to support quantitatively the observed results as all samples show an absorption centre at 542 +/- 1 nm. Results of such analysis of haemolytic activity and inhibition kinetics are presented.
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The cases of two patients who took a cephalosporin antibiotic, cephalexin (Keflex, Eli Lilly), and then developed TTP are reported. One patient subsequently received a third-generation cephalosporin, ceftriaxone (Rocephin, Roche), without adverse reaction. Of interest, one patient had taken cefaclor (Ceclor, Eli Lilly) 8 years before and had also developed TTP at that time. The other patient also took cefaclor for approximately 3 weeks before taking cephalexin. In addition, she had had a dose of clarithromycin (Biaxin, Abbott Laboratories) the day before the onset of the TTP symptoms.
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L-Keflex is a newly manufactured cephalexin product in order to maintain effective blood level of the drug for a long period of time. The results of the fundamental and clinical studies are as follows: 1. Mean blood levels of the drug after its single oral dose of 1 g in fasting in 22 cases before operations were: 7.19 mcg/ml at 2 hours (peak), 4.35 mcg/ml at 4 hours, 4.21 mcg/ml at 6 hours, 2.47 mcg/ml at 8 hours and 1.81 mcg/ml at 12 hours, respectively. Existence of the drug in blood was observed for a long period of time. 2. The distribution into the tissues of L-Keflex was generally good. The tissue levels in 19 of 22 samples ranged from 1.30 to 18.0 mcg/g, but 3 samples did not detect the drug in the tissues. Tissue level/blood level ratios were 0.19 approximately 2.67. 3. Half of 30 cases with mild dental infections was treated with a daily dose of 1 g with clinical response of 60.0%, and the other half with 2 g was 78.6% in clinical response. The overall efficacy rate was 69.0%. 4. As a side effect of the drug, only one of 52 cases (fundamental 22 cases, clinical 30 cases) complained of edema on both eyelids. No. abnormality was observed in blood finding, hepatic and/or renal function. From the above results, it is considered that L-Keflex is an effective antibiotic product in infections in the field of oral surgery. Also, L-Keflex has an advantage in that its administration frequence (b.i.d) is less than that of regular cephalexin (q.i.d.).
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Selected antibiotic advertisements in medical journals are discussed to illustrate the misleading information that is often disseminated to physicians by the pharmaceutical industry. Laboratory and clinical data are presented to question the validity of selected advertisements which (1) encourage the use of Keflex for severe respiratory infections in children, (2) recommend the use of Keflex for the treatment of bacterial bronchitis, (3) suggest that high tissue penetration is a unique property of Vibramycin, (4) present pooled susceptability data which do not reflect microbial resistance patterns in the patient's hospital, (5) recommend twice-daily administration of Ancef for urinary tract infections but do not clearly state the potential danger of this regimen for other infections, (6) suggest that gentamicin should be given to adults in only two dosage sizes for the treatment of serious Gram-negative infections, and (7) lead the reader to assume that only women need to be treated for Trichomonas infections. It is suggested that as antibiotics are marketed, hospital therapeutics committees should evaluate their advantages and permit formulary additions for only those agents demonstrating increased efficacy, decreased toxicity or decreased cost. Pharmacists who monitor drug therapy can provide information to the physician which will increase his awareness of optimal antibiotic therapy.
Dysphagia and retrosternal pain are common complaints in patients after cardiac operations, and most often they result from the median sternotomy and/or endotracheal intubation. Although Candida esophagitis is a recognized cause of similar symptoms, it is usually not suspected except in immunologically compromised hosts. This report describes the case histories of five patients, not immunosuppressed or cachectic, who developed persistent dysphagia during recovery from cardiac operations; four patients received only 4 days of preoperative and postoperative prophylactic antibiotic treatment with cefazolin (Kefzol) and cephalexin (Keflex). A nasogastric tube had been used for less than 24 hours in the postoperative period. The fifth patient developed symptoms following prolonged and varied antibiotic therapy. Candida esophagitis was diagnosed by a combination of coexisting oral candidiasis (5/5), roentgenographic appearance on barium swallow (5/5), endoscopy (4/4), and biopsy or culture (2/4). Initial therapy consisted of antireflux measures and antacids (4/5), cimetidine (4/5), oral nystatin in methylcellulose base (1,000,000 units every 4 hours) (4/5), and termination of other antibiotic therapy (1/5). These measures were effective in clearing the infection in only two patients. A third patient required prolonged massive oral nystatin therapy, and in two patients intravenous Amphotericin B was necessary to control infection. Two patients subsequently developed strictures which necessitated multiple esophageal dilatations. One of these patients developed endocarditis during home dilatation therapy. All patients are currently free of disease. Current measures utilized to recognize and treat the disease are discussed.
A prospective study has been made of 36 children with ruptured appendicitis. Alternate patients were managed with a standard protocol of therapy differing only in the antibiotics used. One group received a combination of penicillin/streptomycin/sulfadiazine while the other children were treated with cephalothin (Keflin) and cephalexin (Keflex). No major infections complications occurred in the P/S/S study group but there were four in the C/C patients. No serious adverse reactions due to the antibiotics occurred in either group.
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The most frequently prescribed drug products were reviewed for insights into prescribing and dispensing patterns for ambulatory patients. The indications for eight of the "top" drug products were considered to be pharmacologically or therapeutically questionable. The drug products were: tetracycline, systemic; Dimetapp; Empirin Compound with Codeine; Actified; Darvon Compound 65; Darvocet-N; Donnatal; and Keflex. Drug prescribing review and prescriber education are crucially needed, as well as formulary controls when feasible.
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Spinal epidural abscesses (SEA) are uncommon in children. This paper reported a two-year-old boy who was noted to have neck stiffness, with local tenderness posteriorly. Bacterial meningitis was suspected initially in terms of the finding of the cerebral spinal fluid; antibiotics were prescribed. Three days later another spinal tap was performed because of persistent high fever and irritability. A pus-like material drained out as the needle punctured into the spinal region. A magnetic resonance image (MRI) scan of the spine revealed a SEA, with extensive involvement from the second cervical spine to the lumbosacral spine region. Culture of the pus, as well as the blood and CSF, were positive for Staphylococcus aureus. Because of extensive involvement of the spinal epidural space, the patient was again given antibiotics: Prostaphllin and Amikin intravenously for six weeks instead of laminectomy. Then the oral antibiotic (Keflex) was given to the patient for another three months after the boy was discharged from the hospital. A review of the literature shows the incidence of SEA to be increasing and the bacterial spectra to be broadening because of increasing use of immunosuppressing drugs or antibiotics, and the increase in numbers of immunecompromised patient. The clinical symptoms and signs of the SEA were non-specific, but SEA can be early diagnosed by computurized tomography (CT) scan or MRI scan with caution. The literature suggests that, if the patient's condition fits the criteria for non-surgical treatment, antibiotic therapy is the first choice for preventing the complication of spinal deformity, especially in children.
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Different clinical materials collected from 100 patients admitted in hospital or who attended out door clinic were used. Antibiotics like Enoxabid, Fortum, Ceporex, Klaricid, Maxaquin, Zenacef, Ceporexin, Urixin, Septran, Keflex. Erythrocine, vibramycin and tetracycline were used for culture sensitivity.
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A prospective, randomized, double-blind evaluation of Loridine-Keflex prophylaxis in a homogeneous group of 32 patients undergoing sequential cervical conization and vaginal hysterectomy is reported. There was no infectious or febrile morbidity in the 18 oatuebts receuvubg abtubuitucs, Morbidity occurred in six of 14 patients receiving placebos (P is less than 0.05). Antibiotic prophylaxis and conization-hysterectomy morbidity are discussed.
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To our knowledge, TTP has not been reported previously after administration of cephalosporin antibiotics. Attention is called to the possibility that this syndrome may occur after exposure to some of these drugs, although the incidence is very rare or, alternatively, underdiagnosed.