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An initial complete response of PFCD was observed in half of the patients after combined therapy including infliximab that decreased to 42% later on. Complete healing of fistulas on MRI was possible but unusual. The initial response seemed related to the absence of active intestinal disease, especially in the rectum, when the long-term response could not be predicted by the basal characteristics of patients.
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The aim of our study was to formulate a stable multiple emulsions containing two nitroimidazole derivates, metronidazole (MT) and ornidazole (OR), for vaginal therapy. MT and OR were located internal and external phases of multiple emulsion, respectively, and the in vitro release studies were realized in phosphate (pH 7) and lactate buffer (pH 4.5) solutions to investigate better the effect of pH and location of active substance on the release. The imaging studies were realized in rabbits following labeling MT and OR with Technethium-99m ((99m)Tc) to evaluate the in vivo absorption characteristics. The percentage of MT and OR released from the multiple emulsions in alkaline media were 3.2- and 2.8-fold greater than that observed in acidic media, respectively, when they were introduced in the internal phase of the multiple emulsions. The absorption rate of MT from vaginal epithelium was faster than OR. We observed that especially in alkaline medium a high release was found that was convenient for the vaginal infections seen in the alkaline pH. We concluded that W/O/W multiple emulsions were locally effective in vagina and they could be introduced as a new drug carrier system for vaginal delivery.
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Cutaneous leishmaniasis is an uncommon disease in the Central African Republic (CAR). The purpose of this report is to present a case that was imported into Bangui, CAR from the neighboring Republic of Chad. The polymorphous aspects of lesions and the spectrum of laboratory findings associated with the disease in this patient are described. Oral treatment with metronidazole led to rapid resolution with minimal scarring.
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Linezolid demonstrated good in vitro activity against 98% of the isolates. Two isolates (PCR ribotypes 023 and 067) demonstrated resistance to linezolid, although supplementary susceptibility testing of ribotype 023 isolates did not detect further resistance. In a gut model that simulates CDI, linezolid reduced the duration of cytotoxin production by C. difficile PCR ribotype 027 without influencing viable counts of vegetative forms of the organism. C. difficile PCR ribotype 106 viable counts declined at a faster rate than those of PCR ribotype 027 following dosing with linezolid, but cytotoxin titres declined at a similar rate to an untreated control. Gut flora perturbation occurring on linezolid exposure reversed after drug cessation. Recrudescence of spore germination with subsequent cytotoxin was seen with the C. difficile ribotype 106 strain. Resistance to linezolid was not detected either during linezolid instillation or post-dosing.
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The objective was to demonstrate the aerobic and anaerobic microbiology of deep neck space abscess and to analyze the coverage rate of different empiric antimicrobial agents. A retrospective review of hospitalized patients with deep neck abscess diagnosed at a tertiary-care, general hospital between April 2001 and October 2006. The study enrolled 100 patients. The bacterial cultures of 89 patients yielded positive results (89%). The predominant aerobes were viridans streptococci, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Staphylococcus aureus. The predominant anaerobes included species of Prevotella, Peptostreptococcus, and Bacteroides. Five different combinations of empiric antibiotics, namely regimen 1: penicillin G and clindamycin and gentamicin, regimen 2: ceftriaxone and clindamycin, regimen 3: ceftriaxone and metronidazole, regimen 4: cefuroxime and clindamycin, and regimen 5: penicillin and metronidazole, were compared using the antimicrobial susceptibility of 89 cases. The coverage rates of regimens 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 were 67.4%, 76.4%, 70.8%, 61.8%, and 16.9%, respectively. The coverage of regimen 5 was considerably worse than that of the other four regimens (p < 0.001). Regimen 2 was significantly better than regimen 4 (p < 0.001). Regimen 2 had better coverage than regimens 1 (p = 0.096) and 3 (p = 0.302), but the difference was not statistically significant. This study demonstrates the bacteriology of deep neck abscess and analyzes the coverage rate of different empiric antimicrobial agents. Regimens 1, 2, and 3 could be good candidates for empiric antibiotics. Pathogen-directed antimicrobial therapy should be adjusted after the culture results are obtained.
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Pest species were colonized with toxigenic and antimicrobial-resistant C. difficile strains of the same ribotypes that are found in humans and pigs. Rodents and pigeons may transmit toxigenic and antimicrobial-resistant C. difficile strains that are of the same ribotypes as those occuring in humans.
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The epidemiology of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) has changed over the past decade. There has been a dramatic worldwide increase in its incidence, and new CDI populations are emerging, such as those with community-acquired infection and no previous exposure to antibiotics, children, pregnant women and patients with IBD. Diagnosis of CDI requires identification of C. difficile toxin A or B in diarrheal stool. The accuracy of current diagnostic tests remains inadequate and the optimal diagnostic testing algorithm has not been defined. The first-line agents for CDI treatment are metronidazole and vancomycin, with the latter being the preferred agent in patients with severe disease as it has significantly superior efficacy. The incidence of metronidazole treatment failures has increased, emphasizing the need to find alternative treatment options. Disease recurrence continues to occur in 20-40% of patients and its treatment remains challenging. In patients with CDI who develop fulminant colitis, early surgical consultation is essential. Intravenous immunoglobulin and tigecycline have been used in patients with severe refractory disease but delaying surgery may be associated with worse outcomes. Infection control measures are key to prevent horizontal transmission of infection. Ongoing research into effective treatment protocols and prevention is essential.
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We identified 6,226 cases and 24,904 controls. Current users of FQs were at a higher risk of developing PN (RR = 1.83, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.49-2.27). Current new users had the highest risk (RR = 2.07, 95% CI 1.56-2.74). No risk was observed for current users of finasteride (RR = 1.21, 95% CI 0.97-1.51).
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The primary objective was to determine the efficacy of medical therapies for pouchitis (including antibiotic, probiotic, and other agents) as substantiated by data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs).
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Of 74 evaluable patients, 24 (32%) had negative follow-up cultures. Culture transport media for these 24 culture-negative patients were tested with DFA or PCR assays for chlamydial infection, and 3 (13%) were positive. Culture positivity rates declined significantly with increasing age and duration of follow-up. Interval treatment with benzathine penicillin resulted in apparent resolution of infection in 9 of 10 patients. Neither a history of a C. trachomatis-associated syndrome nor treatment with cefixime, metronidazole, or antifungal agents was associated with clearance of infection.
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Patients with rosacea and red facial skin often show sensitivity to skin care products which can exacerbate inflammation and subjective irritation. Besides pharmacologic management, special skin care is prudent to avoid cosmetically induced irritation and address cosmetic concerns. Appropriate skin care should provide gentle cleansing, UVA/UVB protection, effective moisturization, and concealing pigments to neutralize the appearance of redness.
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Clostridium difficile is now regarded as the most common nosocomial enteric pathogen. C. difficile infection has a wide spectrum of a clinical presentation ranging from asymptomatic carriage to the fulminant colitis. Antibiotic therapy is the most important risk factor in pathogen contagion, however other factors are also involved. Typical pathophysiology: 1. alteration of the indigenous colonic flora by antibodies, 2. ingestion of spores, 3. colonization by Clostridium difficile, 4. production of its toxins. Both entherotoxin A and cytotoxin B are active in human colon. The mode of action of these toxins is already quite well known. The main treatment includes withdrawal of the inducing agents, supported occasionally by oral Vancomycin and Metronidazole. Relapse is a major complication.
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Sixty patients were assigned to one of the following therapeutic groups: control, treated with full-mouth scaling and root planing (SRP); test 1, treated with SRP and 400 mg systemically administered metronidazole (MET) three times per day for 10 days; test 2, treated with SRP and professional supragingival plaque removal (PP) every week for 3 months; and test 3, treated with SRP and MET plus PP. Clinical periodontal measurements and data regarding patients' oral health impacts (perceived impacts on bleeding gums, gingival recession, sensitivity to cold, packing foods, aesthetics, bad breath, and tooth mobility) were collected at baseline and 3 months after therapy.
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To evaluate the primary resistance of H pylori to metronidazole (Mtz), clarithromycin (Cla), and tetracycline (Tet) in symptomatic out-patients.
During pregnancy, untreated sexually transmitted or urinary tract infections are associated with significant morbidity, including low birth weight, preterm birth, and spontaneous abortion. Approximately one in four women will be prescribed an antibiotic during pregnancy, accounting for nearly 80% of prescription medications in pregnant women. Antibiotic exposures during pregnancy have been associated with both short-term (e.g., congenital abnormalities) and long-term effects (e.g., changes in gut microbiome, asthma, atopic dermatitis) in the newborn. However, it is estimated that only 10% of medications have sufficient data related to safe and effective use in pregnancy. Antibiotics such as beta-lactams, vancomycin, nitrofurantoin, metronidazole, clindamycin, and fosfomycin are generally considered safe and effective in pregnancy. Fluoroquinolones and tetracyclines are generally avoided in pregnancy. Physiologic changes in pregnancy lead to an increase in glomerular filtration rate, increase in total body volume, and enhanced cardiac output. These changes may lead to pharmacokinetic alterations in antibiotics that require dose adjustment or careful monitoring and assessment.
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To determine whether treating women in a general obstetrical population who have asymptomatic bacterial vaginosis (as diagnosed on the basis of vaginal Gram's staining and pH) prevents preterm delivery, we randomly assigned 1953 women who were 16 to less than 24 weeks pregnant to receive two 2-g doses of metronidazole or placebo. The diagnostic studies were repeated and a second treatment was administered to all the women at 24 to less than 30 weeks' gestation. The primary outcome was the rate of delivery before 37 weeks' gestation.
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Metronidazole susceptibility testing by E test was compared to that by disk diffusion for 263 Helicobacter pylori isolates and to that by breakpoint agar dilution for 90 H. pylori isolates. In 5% and 6% of the cases, respectively, results were discrepant. For each of 52 clinical isolates an E test was performed on 10 separate colonies. Subpopulations of resistant and susceptible bacteria were found in five cases. From three isolates, each colony was subcultured and tested up to 10 times. All but 1 of 292 tests showed the same result. We conclude that the E test is reliable and that subpopulations are responsible for discordant results.
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Diversity in metronidazole susceptibility and genotypes of Helicobacter pylori have been reported with varying results in different areas.
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The adjunctive use of MTZ+AMX significantly improved the clinical and microbiological outcomes of SRP in the treatment of type 2 diabetic subjects with ChP.
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Dental prescribing data in Wales have not been studied in detail previously. The analysis of national data available from Health Solutions Wales showed that dental prescribing in Wales accounted for 9% of total antibacterial prescribing in primary care in 2008. Penicillin and metronidazole constituted the bulk of antibiotics prescribed by dentists. Since the publication of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidance (March 2008) on prophylaxis against infective endocarditis, dental prescriptions for amoxicillin 3g sachets and clindamycin capsules have decreased. Dental prescriptions for fluoride preparations increased in number from 2007 to 2008. Dental prescribing of controlled drugs raises no concern. The figure for antibiotic prescribing in Wales is similar to that of England. Nevertheless, the figure seems a little high, indicating potential inappropriate prescribing behaviour among dentists. Antibiotic resistance is a major public health issue and many patients each year die from infections from bacterial strains that are resistant to one or more antibiotics. Inappropriate use of antibiotics is a major cause of antibiotic resistance and every effort should be made to reduce the number of inappropriate antibiotic prescriptions in dental practice.
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To assess whether early self-diagnosis and treatment of bacterial vaginosis (BV) could lower the preterm birth rate among a group of Indonesian women.
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Periodontitis is one of the most common causes of tooth loss worldwide. Recently, special attention has been paid to natural medication for its treatment. For this purpose, propolis (bee glue) activity has also been investigated. Its antibacterial properties are mainly attributed to flavonones pinocembrin, flavonols galangin and to the caffeic acid phenethyl ester. This study is aimed at evaluating the antimicrobial effects of propolis from Pakistan on 35 clinical isolates of pigmented anaerobic periodontal pathogens.
A first recurrence may be treated with the same regimen as the first episode. Metronidazole 500 mg q 8 h for 10-14 days is the drug of choice for moderate infection, and vancomycin 125 mg q 6 h for 10-14 days is the drug of choice for severe CDI. Metronidazole should not be used for treatment of subsequent recurrences because of potential neurotoxicity and hepatic toxicity. Second recurrences should be treated with an oral vancomycin course and taper: 125 mg q 6 h × 10-14 days, 125 mg q 12 h × 7 days, 125 mg q 24 h × 7 days, 125 mg q 48-72 h × 2-8 weeks. Alternative agents are fecal bacteriotherapy, a "rifaximin chaser," nitazoxanide, probiotics, and intravenous immunoglobulin. Fidaxomicin has been approved recently. Monoclonal antibodies against C. difficile toxin remain investigational.
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Most of patients who are refractory to usual standard eradication therapies for H. pylori infection have rapid metabolizer genotype of CYP2C19 and are infected with resistant strains to several antimicrobial agents. However, most of H. pylori strains are sensitive to amoxicillin. We tested whether dual therapy with the 4 times daily dosing of rabeprazole and amoxicillin was effective as the 3rd rescue regimen for eradication of H. pylori.
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Included in the study were 284 patients with ulcerative colitis who underwent a total proctocolectomy and IPAA.
Metronidazole was introduced in 1959 for the treatment of Trichomonas vaginalis, but was subsequently shown to be active against anaerobic and some micro-aerophilic bacteria as well. In anaerobic microorganisms with their low redox potential, metronidazole is reduced to its active metabolite by a one-electron transfer step. Metronidazole is often used in treatment regimens for Helicobacter pylori, a microaerophilic bacterium, but resistance to this drug is frequently encountered. The metabolism of metronidazole in H. pylori must differ from that in anaerobic bacteria as metabolites formed by a one-electron transfer are readily re-oxidized in the micro-aerophilic environment of H. pylori. This process is called 'futile cycling' and is accompanied by the formation of toxic oxygen radicals that are neutralized by an active scavenger system. Recently, it has been shown that in H. pylori, in contrast to the situation in anaerobes, an oxygen-insensitive nitroreductase. encoded by the rdxA gene, is responsible for the activation of metronidazole. Activation by this enzyme is by a two-electron transfer step, preventing futile cycling' and thereby enabling the activation of metronidazole in a micro-aerophilic environment. Metronidazole resistance has been shown to be associated with null mutations in the rdxA gene in most clinical isolates. However, there may be some 'background metronidazole susceptibility' in metronidazole-resistant strains caused by other (oxygen-sensitive) nitroreductases. Recently, three meta-analyses of the impact of metronidazole resistance on treatment efficacy have all shown a significant reduction in efficacy of metronidazole containing regimens in patients infected with a resistant strain. The impact of resistance proved to be dependent on the other components of the regimen and on treatment duration.
Until 1985, morbidity and mortality from amebic infections were high in sub-Saharan Africa (2). The aim of this work was to describe the clinical, diagnostic and prognostic aspects of amebic liver lesions in a large town in tropical Africa, seven years after the last study of this disease in the area. We studied 96 amebic liver abscesses in 77 patients in a study with prospective and retrospective components. The patients were aged 20 to 65 years and the diagnoses were made on the basis of clinical radiological and biological criteria. Most of the patients were men (3:1). The most frequent clinical signs and symptoms were: pain on (100%), fever (92.2%), enlarged right hypochondrium (89.6%), heptomegaly (45.4%) and weight loss (39.6%). Ultrasound scans showed that the abscesses were most frequently found in the liver, on the right-hand side (65.6%) and that they were 20 to 125 mm in diameter. Between 80 and 2,500 ml of pus was drained from each abscess. We found pleuropulmonary lesions in 10.4% of cases. Serological tests for amebae were strongly positive in almost all cases and HIV tests (carried out prospectively) were positive in 11.6% of cases. The amebic liver lesions appeared to be primary in 66% of cases. The patients were treated with metronidazole, combined if necessary, with drainage under ultrasound surveillance. Two of the patients died. The others were completely cured after a mean of 13 days in hospital. Amebic infestations are cosmopolitan in nature. They occur most frequently in tropical areas. Amebic infections are rife in tropical Africa, with a prevalence of 1 to 2% (1). Liver amebiasis is the principal form of amebic infection outside of the intestine. Liver amebiasis is often detected at the stage of abscess formation.