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Age-dependent eradication of Helicobacter pylori with dual therapy.


Three hundred and four isolates were tested. The minimal inhibitory concentrations of the drugs were evaluated through the agar dilution method using Mueller-Hinton agar.

A clinical Providencia stuartii isolate SM662 was recovered from a patient hospitalized in the intensive care unit at the Military hospital, Tunisia. This isolate was resistant to penicillins, cephalosporins, aminoglycosides and fluoroquinolones. A marked in vitro synergy between ceftazidime or cefotaxime and amoxicillin-clavulanic acid on Mueller-Hinton agar plates suggested the presence of an extended-spectrum-β-lactamase. In addition, an unusual synergy was found between cefepime or aztreonam, and cefoxitin or imipenem on a double disk synergy test suggesting a VEB-type extended-spectrum-β-lactamase. The characterization of β-lactamases and associated resistance genes was performed by isoelectric focusing, polymerase chain reaction and nucleotide sequencing. Two β-lactamases bands with pI values of 5.4 and 7.7, which were matched to TEM-1, VEB-1-a and OXA-2-like β-lactamases were detected. The blaVEB-1-a gene was found to be associated with complex genetic structures, including Re elements. These β-lactamases were not transferred by electroporation or conjugation experiments to the transconjugants and electroporants. Hybridization methods showed that the extended-spectrum-β-lactamase encoding gene may have a chromosomal localization. The isolate SM662 produced the quinolone resistance determinants qnrA6 and aac(6')-Ib-cr which were successfully transferred. The detection of an associated chromosomal quinolone resistance revealed the presence of a gyrA mutation at codon 83 (Ser83Ile). This is the first report of the linkage VEB-1-a/OXA-2-like in P. stuartii associated with the description of qnrA6 and aac(6')-Ib-cr genes in this isolate.

Infections by Salmonella enteritidis commonly present with diarrhoea, vomiting and fever and complications such as septicaemia, pleural effusion and acute renal failure are usually rare. There are only few reports of cutaneous manifestations and especially septic shock in patients with Salmonella enteritidis infection. We report on a previously healthy seven-year-old boy suffering from Salmonella enteritidis septicaemia presenting with septic shock, pleural effusion, renal failure and an unusual maculopapular skin eruption on both wrists and ankles. The boy had no underlying immunodeficiency.

In a prospective cohort study, 72 subjects with H. pylori seropositivity had their symptoms measured by a questionnaire before and 3 months following H. pylori eradication therapy. The symptomatic response was compared between eradicated and noneradicated groups 3 months after eradication therapy.

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing data from outpatient urine cultures in The Surveillance Network (TSN) Database USA were analysed. Six antimicrobial agents from six separate drug classes were included: ampicillin, cefalotin, ciprofloxacin, nitrofurantoin, trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole and amoxicillin/clavulanate. Isolates were categorized as resistant to one, two, three, four, five and six agents and compared for the years 2001 and 2010. Phenotypes of MDR isolates were assessed to determine antimicrobial activity of recommended therapy for UTIs.

Administration of oral postoperative antimicrobials had a protective effect against development of SSI in clean orthopedic implant surgery.

Helicobacter pylori is the major etiological cause of chronic gastritis, gastric and duodenal ulcers, gastric cancer and lymphoma. Therefore, patients should be treated after diagnosis of H. pylori infection.

A total of 111 patients were enrolled and evaluated by urea breath test; 102 completed the full 7 days therapy. Two deviated from protocol, and five stopped because of adverse events. The cure rate (intention-to-treat) was 85% (95% CI: 78-91%); the per-protocol cure rate was 85% (95% CI: 78-91%). Side-effects were not serious and only 6.6% of those with adverse events stopped medication. Only three isolates were clarithromycin-resistant and none was cured. Compliance explained most of the successes.

The results suggest that the CYP2C19 genotype contrary to MDR1 and IL-1B genotypes may have an impact on the efficacy of H. pylori eradication in peptic ulcer patients treated with pantoprazole in Polish Caucasian peptic ulcer patients administered pantoprazole, amoxicillin, and metronidazole.

A 43-year-old Chinese female had been diagnosed with hyperthyroidism 15 years ago. She was recently administered 150 mg/day propylthiouracil (PTU). After 3 weeks of PTU administration, she developed necrotizing stomatitis and osteonecrosis, most likely due to secondary effects from the PTU treatment. Her neutrophil count was reduced below normal to 0.24×10(9)/L but normalized after withdrawal of PTU therapy. About 1 month after onset, the patient came to our hospital and began to receive intravenous treatments of metronidazole and amoxicillin. Following review of her medical history and a series of clinical and laboratory examinations, the patient was diagnosed with secondary necrotizing gingivostomatitis and osteonecrosis possibly associated with PTU-induced agranulocytosis. One-year after treatment, the patient's oral manifestations remained unchanged. This case demonstrates the need for dental practitioners to more closely monitor oral symptoms in patients with hyperthyroidism treated with antithyroid drugs.