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Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome

Necrotizing Fasciitis The Labia

In this infant with the staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, the bullous lesions have ruptured, resulting in the scalded skin appearance. Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome is also known as Ritter's disease. Figure 2.27. In this infant with the staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, the bullous lesions have ruptured, resulting in the scalded skin appearance. Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome is also known as Ritter's disease. Figure 2.28. This infant had rapid progressive toxic epidermal necrolysis. The face is usually affected first and progression may rapidly become generalized. This condition is most commonly due to phage group type II staphylococci, and the toxin from the organism causes the severe exfoliative dermatitis which results in the systemic manifestations of fever, instability and water loss.

Pictures Of Staph Scalded Skin Syndrome

Scalded Skin Syndrome Bullae

This infant who developed a mild scalded skin syndrome (toxic epidermal necrolysis Ritter's disease) at the age of seven days had Staphylococcus aureus sepsis (methi-cillin-sensitive). Note the large bul-lae at this very early stage of the staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. This is rapidly progressive. The skin is erythematous with vesicular and bullous formation, and there is widespread wrinkling and loosening of the epidermis, which results in the scalded skin appearance. Figure 2.25. This infant who developed a mild scalded skin syndrome (toxic epidermal necrolysis Ritter's disease) at the age of seven days had Staphylococcus aureus sepsis (methi-cillin-sensitive). Note the large bul-lae at this very early stage of the staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome. This is rapidly progressive. The skin is erythematous with vesicular and bullous formation, and there is widespread wrinkling and loosening of the epidermis, which results in the scalded skin appearance.

Staphylococcal coagglutination

Staphylococcal coagglutination can specifically detect and identify IHNV grown in cell cultures or in infected fish tissue (Bootland and Leong, 1992). This test is simple and, since it takes only 15 min, it is one of the most rapid methods of diagnosing IHNV. It has the added benefit of being suitable for field use, because it only requires a light microscope, glass slides and one reagent. The test uses formalin-fixed Staphylococcus aureus cells sensitized with unadsorbed polyclonal rabbit anti-IHNV antiserum. When the antibody-coated cells are mixed with samples containing IHNV, the antibody specifically binds to the virus and causes the bacterial cells to coagglutinate. The binding of MAbs to staphylococcal cells or latex beads, although not yet successful, may increase the sensitivity of the assay and allow differentiation between different types of IHNV.

Virulence of Anaerobic Bacteria and the Role of Capsule

Anaerobic Organisms

Brook et al. (26) evaluated the synergistic potentials between aerobic and anaerobic bacteria commonly recovered in clinical infections. Each bacterium was inoculated subcutaneously alone or mixed with another organism into mice, and synergistic effects were determined by observing abscess formation and animal mortality. The tested bacteria included encapsulated Bacteroides spp., Prevotella, Fusobacterium spp., Clostridium spp., and anaerobic cocci. Facultative and anaerobic bacteria included Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Proteus mirabilis. In many combinations, the anaerobes significantly enhanced the virulence of each of the five aerobes. The most virulent combinations were between P. aeruginosa or S. aureus and anaerobic cocci or AGNB.

Incidence And Bacterial Etiology

Within the past 70 years, changes have occurred in the bacterial etiology of neonatal bacterial septicemia. In the preantibiotic era before 1940, the predominant organism was Group A beta-hemolytic streptococci. In the 1950s, Staphylococcus aureus became the major pathogen, to be replaced by Escherichia coli and Group B streptococci. Since the beginning of the 1960s, the latter two pathogens have accounted for up to 70 of bacteremia in the newborn (1). Early-onset sepsis (that occurring within 72 hours after birth) is currently caused by predominantly aerobic gram-positive organisms and late onset is due to predominantly aerobic gram-negative bacteria (1). The role of anaerobic bacteria in neonatal bacteremia has not been studied adequately. Most of the reports of bacteremia due to anaerobes were through case report (2,3,6-38). The true incidence of neonatal anaerobic bacteremia is difficult to ascertain since anaerobic blood cultures were not employed in the reported major series of...

Conjunctivitis And Dacryocystitis Conjunctivitis

Conjunctivitis in the newborn infant usually is due to chemical and mechanical irritation caused by the instillation of silver nitrate drops or ointment into the eye in order to prevent gonorrheal ophthalmia. Chemical conjunctivitis differs from infective forms in that it becomes apparent almost immediately after the instillation. The most common causes of infectious conjunctivitis in descending order of frequency are Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Staphylococcus spp., inclusion conjunctivitis caused by groups A and B Streptococcus, Enterococcus spp., Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, E. coli, Moraxella catarrhalis, Neisseria meningitidis, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, herpes simplex virus, echoviruses, and Mycoplasma hominis (18). Clostridia and peptostreptococci were also implicated as probable causes of neonatal conjunctivitis (19). Of considerable interest is the change in the conjunctival flora after 48 hours. Gardnerella...

Antibacterial activity

Most penicillins have a broad spectrum of activity and can be used against both Gram-negative and Gram-positive organisms. Benzylpenicillin and its long-acting formulations (procaine benzylpenicillin and benzathine penicillin) are particularly active against syphilis. Flucloxacillin is active against Staphylococcus aureus, and is often used first-line to treat skin infections. Amoxicillin has a wide range of activity, including action against Haemophilus influenzae and Neisseria gonorrhoee. The newer generations of penicillins on the market have been designed either to work against P-lactamase-resistant organisms or to have antipseudomonal activity.

Extensive deep soft tissue infection secondary to interdigital tinea

A 43-year-old man with type 2 diabetes of 2 years' duration was admitted via casualty with an infected neuropathic left foot with cellulitis, oedema and a purple patch on the dorsum of the foot. He was apyrexial. The dorsum of his foot was fluctuant and he was taken to theatre and underwent incision and drainage of an abscess. The pus from the abscess grew Staphylococcus aureus and he was treated with flucloxacillin 500 mg qds. The wound was not sutured but left open to heal by secondary intention. The original portal of entry was thought to be a webspace infected with tinea pedis. The foot healed in 9 weeks. He was issued with two pairs of bespoke trainer-style shoes and remained healed.

Abscesses Of The Head And Neck General Considerations

Staphylococcus aureus and Group A beta-hemolytic streptococci (GABHS) were established as the predominant pathogens in abscesses of the head and neck in most studies done until 1970 (1). However, when methodologies suitable for recovery of anaerobic bacteria were used, these organisms were found to predominate especially in infections that originated from sites where these organisms are the predominant flora (i.e., dental, sinus, and tonsillar infections) (2,3). The recovery of anaerobes from abscesses and other infections of the head and neck is not surprising because anaerobic bacteria outnumber aerobic bacteria in the oral cavity by a ratio of 10 1 (4). Furthermore, these organisms were recovered from chronic upper respiratory infections such as otitis and sinusitis, and from periodontal infections (1).

Neuropathic ulcer with extensive sloughing of subcutaneous tissue

A 68-year-old man with type 2 diabetes of 15 years' duration presented with a swollen left foot which was brawny and cellulitic. There was a deep ulcer over the 4th metatarsal head discharging pus (Fig. 5.19a). It had started as a blister 4 weeks previously. Pulses were bounding. Tissue was sent for culture and he was admitted and treated intravenously with amoxicillin 500 mg tds, flucloxacillin 500 mg qds, metronidazole 500 mg tds and ceftazidime 1 g tds. He underwent operative surgical debridement on the same day (Fig. 5.19b). There was extensive subcutaneous sloughing of deep tissue down to bone in the forefoot. Culture of tissue from the diabetic foot clinic and tissue taken at surgery both grew Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus spp. and mixed anaerobes. The initial antibiotic regime was continued to eradicate the above organisms until the cellulitis had settled. He made a good recovery and the wound healed within 10 weeks (Fig. 5.19c).

Septic arteritis and wet necrosis in a neuropathic foot

A 72-year-old man with type 2 diabetes of 11 years' duration and peripheral neuropathy developed a neuropathic plantar ulcer over his 4th metatarsal head. After 3 weeks the foot became swollen with purulent discharge and he was systemically unwell. He was admitted to hospital and given amoxicillin 500 mg tds, flucloxacillin 500 mg qds and metronidazole 500 mg tds intravenously. An ulcer swab grew Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus group B and mixed anaerobes.

Local signs of infection not noted by patient

A 53-year-old lady with type 1 diabetes of 25 years' duration, proliferative retinopathy with reduced vision, peripheral neuropathy and hallux rigidus developed a neuropathic ulcer under callus on the plantar surface of her right hallux. She was warned of the usual danger signs of deterioration (redness, warmth, swelling, pain, purulent discharge) but did not return to clinic until her routine appointment. Callus had grown over the ulcer preventing drainage and the toe had become cellulitic (Fig. 5.1a,b). Callus was debrided and pus drained (Fig. 5.1c). A deep wound swab was taken and oral amoxicillin 500 mg tds and flucloxacillin 500 mg qds were prescribed. She was reviewed the next day. The toe had not improved and she was admitted for bed rest and intravenous antibiotics according to our protocol, namely amoxicillin, 500 mg tds, flucloxacillin 500 mg qds, metronidazole 400 mg tds and ceftazidime 1 g tds. The swab taken at her outpatient clinic visit grew Staphylococcus aureus and...

Pain as the sole manifestation of infection in a neuroischaemic foot

A 77-year-old blind Afro-Caribbean man with type 2 diabetes of 22 years' duration, and peripheral vascular disease complained of pain in his right hallux and was brought to the foot clinic the same day (Fig. 5.7a). There was no swelling or cellulitis but pain was exacerbated by gentle pressure on the nail plate and a small area of nail plate close to the medial sulcus was very gently pared away to expose a small abscess under the nail which was drained (Fig. 5.7b). A deep swab was sent for culture and the abscess cavity was irrigated with normal saline and dressed with Melolin and Tubegauz amoxicillin 500 mg tds and flucloxacillin 500 mg qds were prescribed. The wound swab grew Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus group B. The toe healed in 1 month.

Acute Localized Otitis Externa

This disorder, a different disease from the diffuse type, also presents with a very painful ear. It is otherwise known as a furuncle of the canal. The infection is localized in an obstructed sebaceous gland or hair follicle out near the meatus. A tender red, raised pustule is readily seen occluding the meatus (Fig. 4.6). Staphylococcus aureus is the usual offender here, and appropriate oral antibiotics such as cephalosporins or amoxicillin clavulanate, as well as topical neomycin preparations, are indicated. When bulging and soft, incision and drainage at the most fluctuant point with a 11 blade will benefit.

Serum Protein Binding

Although of high interest, there are too few examples of well-controlled experiments that demonstrate the importance of serum protein binding on efficacy in vivo. The difficulty in showing the importance of protein binding in animal models largely lies in the fact that the class of anti-infectives with the greatest variability in serum protein binding are the P-lactam antibiotics. Since the in vivo efficacy of these agents is dependent upon T MIC and they have relatively short half-lives in small animals, large differences in serum protein binding are required to produce significant differences in free-drug T MIC. Merriken et al. 56 demonstrated the importance of serum protein binding on the efficacy of several structurally related analogs of penicillin in a mouse model of sepsis due to Staphylococcus aureus. All of the agents had similar in vitro potency against the test organism (MIC between 0.25 and 0.5 mg L) and pharmacokinetic properties, but the percent bound to serum proteins...

Extensive deep soft tissue infection with abscess revealed by MRI

A 65-year-old man with type 2 diabetes for 10 years tripped and fell on the pavement. He had no pain at the time but he noticed swelling the next day and was sent for an X-ray by his general practitioner. The X-ray revealed that he had fractured the necks of his left 2nd, 3rd and 4th metatarsals and he was treated with a below-knee walking plaster. He sustained ulceration on the plantar surface of the foot over the 2nd and 3rd metatarsal heads and the cast was removed. He was referred to the diabetic foot clinic. The left foot was swollen and cellulitic and he had rigors. Clinically there was no obvious abscess, but he had a fever. A deep wound swab grew Staphylococcus aureus. He was treated with intravenous amoxicillin 500 mg tds, flucloxacillin 500 mg qds, metronidazole 500 mg tds and ceftazidime 1 g tds. His left foot remained oedematous with pus discharging from the plantar lesion. He became increasingly unwell and went into renal failure. An MRI then showed an inflammatory mass...

Microbiology Acute Mastoiditis

Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilus influenzae are the most common organisms recovered (4-8). Rare organisms are Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other gram-negative aerobic bacilli, and anaerobes (6-12). Several studies demonstrated the predominance of P. aeruginosa in acute M. This organism is a known pathogen in chronic otitis media and chronic M (13). Since this organism is a common colonizer of the ear canal (14) it is possible that some of these isolates recovered from pus collected from the ear canal do not represent a true infection. Mastoiditis is rarely caused by tuberculosis.

Clinical Manifestation Cervicofacial

This is the most common form of actinomycosis (1). The infection is generally odontogenic in origin, and evolves as a chronic or subacute painless or painful soft-tissue swelling or mass involving the submandibular or paramandibular region. However, the submental and retromandibular spaces, tempomandibullar joint and cheek can be involved. The swelling may have ligneous consistency caused by tissue fibrosis. Depending on the composition of the concomitant synergistic flora, the onset of actinomycosis may be acute, subacute, or chronic. When Staphylococcus aureus or beta-hemolytic streptococci are involved, an acute painful abscess or a phlegmatous cellulitis may be the initial manifestation. The chronic form of the disease is characterized by painless infiltration and induration that usually progress to form multiple abscesses and draining sinus tracts discharging pus that may contain sulfur granules in up to 25 of instances. Periapical infection, trismus, fever, pain, and...

Effects of Protein Binding on Antimicrobial Action

Albumin was directly incorporated into the two-compartment in vitro model. It was found that the presence of albumin significantly diminished the bactericidal activity (as measured by kill rate and time to 99 kill) of both daptomycin (low- and high-dose regimens) and vancomycin. Rather than include protein in a model, if one knows the degree to which an antibiotic is bound to proteins one may simply dose in such a way as to simulate free concentrations that will be obtained in the presence of protein. This strategy is desirable because of the excessive cost associated with the use of albumin and other proteins in pharmacodynamic models.

Interactions of PSGL1 with other molecules

But in a manner distinct from how P-selectin binds 129 . The bacteria appear to express distinct adhesins that bind cooperatively to a nonsulfated N-terminal peptide of human PSGL-1 and to the sLex determinant on PSGL-1 or on other glycoproteins 129 . A toxin from Staphylococcus aureus binds to PSGL-1 130 . The binding is probably to an N-terminal region of PSGL-1, since the toxin inhibits adhesion of neutrophils to P-selectin. This suggests that secretion of the toxin reduces P-selectin-mediated inflammatory responses to the bacteria.

Infections In Patients With Cystic Fibrosis Microbiology

The bacteria most often isolated from children suffering from cystic fibrosis (CF) are Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. Only a few studies attempted to identify anaerobic bacteria in the lower respiratory tract of patients with CF (1,2). One study attempted to report the number of anaerobes in selected sputum samples from patients with CF by sputum liquefication (3). When cultured by a semiquantitative method, 26 (24 ) of 109 sputum specimens from 21 CF patients contained greater than 105 cfu of anaerobes mL. Anaerobes were isolated from repeated sputum specimens from five patients. The anaerobes most often isolated were Prevotella disiens, pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas spp., and anaerobic gram-positive cocci. Anaerobes were isolated more often from sputum liquefied by sonication than from unliquefied sputum, suggesting that they were unlikely to be oropharyngeal contaminants. Baran and Cordier (4) used transtracheal aspiration (TTA) in children with CF and...

Background to pneumonia

In the newborn, organisms from the mother's genital tract, such as Escherichia coli and other Gram-negative bacilli, group B beta-haemolytic Streptococcus and increasingly, Chlamydia trachomatis, are the most common pathogens. In infancy respiratory viruses, particularly respiratory syncytial virus, are the most frequent cause, but Pneumococcus, Haemophilus and, less commonly, Staphylococcus aureus are also important. In older children, viruses become less frequent pathogens and bacterial infection is more important. Mycoplasma pneumonia is a common cause of pneumonia in the school-age child. Bordatella pertussis can present with pneumonia as well as with classical whooping cough, even in children who have been fully immunised. As it is not possible to differentiate reliably between bacterial or viral infection on clinical or radiological grounds, all children diagnosed as having pneumonia should receive antibiotics. The initial choice of antibiotics depends on the age of the child....

The Infected Foot Ulcer

Bacteria that colonize normal skin are coagulase-negative staphylococci, a-hemo-lytic streptococci and other gram-positive aerobes, and corynebacteria. Staphylococcus aureus or 3 -hemolytic streptococci, pathogens that colonize the skin of diabetic patients, are the causative agents of acute infections in antibiotic-naive patients, and are nearly always the cause of cellulitis in non-ulcerated skin Staphylococcus aureus is the most commonly recovered pathogen in most infections in which a single agent is isolated. Polymicrobial cultures, with an average of five or six organisms, are often obtained from patients with chronic lesions, especially when they have been treated with antibiotics for some time anaerobes, mostly Bacteroides sp. and various anaerobic gram-positive cocci are often isolated from deep necroses Proteus spp. and Escherichia coli predominate among gram-negative bacilli and Pseudomonas is often isolated from indurated, wet wounds. In severe infections, gramnegative...

Microbiology And Pathogenesis

Many studies have documented that the vagina and cervix of healthy females harbor an indigenous microflora (1). The normal vaginal flora is fairly homogeneous and consists of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria (2). The aerobic components include lactobacilli, Group B and D streptococci, Staphylococcus epidermidis, Staphylococcus aureus, and gram-negative enteric rods such as Escherichia coli (2).

New diagnostic approaches

To identify the gene expression signatures induced by various pathogens, Chaussabel et al. examined peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) obtained from pediatric patients presenting with various illnesses (2005). Specifically, they examined diseases with distinct immunological components such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), influenza A, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, and Streptococcus pneumoniae. They also examined adult patients who received liver transplants with immuno-suppressive therapy or patients who received bone marrow transplants

The CF Disease and the CFTR Gene

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an autosomal recessive lethal disease affecting 1 in 2,500 newborns among Caucasians (though rare among Orientals at 1 90,000) (Collins 1992 Welsh 1995). The major clinical characteristics of CF are progressive lung disease, caused by thick and dehydrated airway mucus frequently infected with Pseudomonas and Staphylococcus, leading to respiratory failure and CF mortality, and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, of which CF is the most common cause in childhood. In addition, most males are infertile, due to congenital bilateral absence of the vas deferens (CBAVD). Other CF characteristics include bile duct obstruction, reduced fertility in females, high sweat chloride, intestinal obstruction, nasal polyp formation, chronic sinusitis, liver disease, and diabetes (Collins 1992 Welsh 1995).

Reporting From Laboratories and Other Health Facilities

For example, serotypes of Salmonella reported by laboratories can complement the use of data reported through NNDSS such information is commonly used in identifying outbreaks that might otherwise not be detected. Increases in microbial isolates, recognition of rare or unusual sero- or biotypes, or even simply an increase in demands for laboratory facilities provides essential data in the detection and investigation of epidemics caused by such agents as salmonella, shigella, Escherichia coli 0157 H7, and staphylococcus. Pivotal information used for control and prevention efforts has also come from ongoing surveillance of influenza and poliomyelitis isolates as well as

Bacteriology of Chronic Sinusitis

Numerous studies have examined the bacterial pathogens associated with chronic sinusitis. However, most of these studies did not employ methods that are adequate for the recovery of anaerobic bacteria. Studies have described significant differences in the microbial pathogens present in chronic as compared with acute sinusitis. S. aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, and anaerobic gram-negative bacilli (AGNB) predominate in chronic sinusitis. The pathogenicity of some of the low virulence organisms, such S. epidermidis, a colonizer of the nasal cavity is questionable (4,20).

Antimicrobial Therapy

In cases where streptococcal etiology is suspected, parenteral penicillin is used. If staphylococcal infection is suspected, or when no initial clue for etiology is available, a penicillinase-resistant penicillin (e.g., oxacillin) is given. Macrolides or vancomycin can be used in penicillin allergic individuals, and an aminoglycoside, or quinolone, or a third-generation cephalosporin (i.e., ceftazidime, cefepime) can be given when a gram-negative aerobe bacilli is suspected. Recently, there have been an increase in the isolation of methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA). Patients with serious staphylococcal infections should therefore be initially started on agents active against MRSA until susceptibility results are available. Vancomycin, daptomycin, linezolid, tigecycline, and quinupristin dalfopristin can be administered to treat these infections.

Antimicrobialresistant Microorganisms

Hospitals and communities worldwide are facing the challenge posed by the spread of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms. Strains of MRSA are increasing in hospitals and are an important cause of nosocomial infections in the United States in the year 2002, the proportion of S. aureus isolates resistant to methicillin or oxacillin was more than 55 .69 MRSA strains do not merely replace methicillin-sus-ceptible strains as a cause of hospital-acquired infections but actually increase the burden of nosocomial infections.70 Moreover, there are reports that MRSA may be becoming a community-acquired pathogen.71,72 A proactive approach for controlling MRSA at all levels of health care can result in decreased MRSA infection rates.73,74 Strains of GISA, an emerging pathogen, exhibit reduced susceptibility to vancomycin and teicoplanin. The first GISA strain was isolated in 1996 in Japan.75 DNA fingerprinting suggests that these GISA strains evolved from preexisting MRSA strains that infected...

Health Status Of The Health Care Team

The health care team has a primary role in the prevention of infection. Continued education and reindoctrination of policies are essential the team must be kept well informed and up to date on concepts of infection control. Inadvertently, team members may also be the source of, or the vector in, transmission of infection. Nosocomial infection outbreaks with MRSA have been traced to MRSA carriers among health care workers.43 Screening of personnel to identify carriers is undertaken only when an outbreak of nosocomial infection occurs that cannot be contained despite implementation of effective control measures and when a health care worker is epidemiologically linked to cases.

Management of the five presentations of infection

We give amoxicillin 500 mg tds, flucloxacillin 500 mg qds and metronidazole 400 mg tds because streptococci, staphylococci and anaerobes are the most likely organisms. We believe that anaerobes are a common feature of superficial as well as deep infections, but may not always be isolated because of restriction on the length of time of incubation of cultures. We avoid the use of clindamycin in local infections because it has serious side-effects, the most alarming toxic effect being antibiotic-associated colitis which may be fatal. Although this can occur with most antibacterials it is more frequently seen with clindamycin. If MRSA is grown, but there are no signs of infection we use topical mupirocin 2 ointment if sensitive. Patients should undergo an MRSA eradication protocol to remove it from carrier sites (Table 5.4). If MRSA is isolated with signs of infection, oral therapy with two of the following should be given sodium fusidate 500 mg tds, rifampicin

Relapse of Charcots osteoarthropathy or infection

A 60-year-old type 1 diabetic of 42 years' duration who had bilateral Charcot's osteoarthropathy affecting both feet and 12 years' previous history of ulcers and infections, was referred to the foot clinic with a hot, swollen left ankle and erythema over the medial malleolus. Both her feet were intact. The left foot was very painful on weightbearing. A provisional diagnosis of infection was made although we could not be sure that this was not a relapse of Charcot's osteoarthropathy. She was given intravenous vancomycin 1 g bd, ceftazidime 1 g tds, metronidazole 500 mg tds and oral fucidin 500 mg tds as she had recently had an MRSA infection. The ankle initially appeared to settle, but after 3 days she developed severe pain in the left foot and ankle at rest, with a fever of 39 C and rigors. She went to theatre and an abscess communicating with the subtalar joint was drained. A swab showed pus cells but no growth. She healed in 4 months, but came back to the foot clinic again with a...

Principles Of Antimicrobial Therapy

Antimicrobial therapy is directed at the major pathogens. Antimicrobials that are effective against penicillin-resistant anaerobic organisms are clindamycin, cefoxitin, chloramphenicol, metronidazole, the newer quinolones (i.e., moxifloxacin), a carbapenem (i.e., imipenem, meropenem, ertapenem), tigecycline or the combination of a penicillin plus a beta-lactamase inhibitor. Penicillin should be added to metronidazole to cover microaerophilic and anaerobic streptococci. Coverage against Enterobacteriaceae or P. aeruginosa may require the addition of an aminoglycoside, a quinolone, or a wide-spectrum cephalosporin (i.e., cefepime). When antistaphylococcal coverage is needed, a penicillinase-resistant penicillin (i.e., oxacillin), vancomycin, tigecycline, or linezolid should be administered. The last three agents are also effective against methicillin resistant staphylococci.

Chronic Mastoiditis

Clindamycin, cefoxitin, metronidazole, chloramphenicol, or the combination of amoxicillin or ticarcillin and clavulanic acid provides coverage for anaerobic bacteria (31). Coverage for some aerobic bacteria is achieved by several of these agents. Antimicrobials effective against S. aureus and the aerobic gram-negative bacilli including P. aeruginosa, may be also needed. Whenever methicillin-resistant S. aureus is present vancomycin, tigecycline or linezolid should be administered instead of beta-lactam resistant penicillin (i.e., oxacillin). An aminoglycoside, a third generation cephalosporin (i.e., ceftazidine or cefepime), or a quinolone (in adults) should be considered for coverage of aerobic gram-negativebacilli (16-21). The carbapenems (i.e., imipenem, meropenem) or tigecycline provide single agent therapy for all potential pathogens. Oral therapy can substitute parenteral agent(s) if improvement occurred, for a total of six weeks of treatment.

Diagnostic methods

Diagnosis of GCHD is based on clinical signs, isolation of GCRV in a susceptible cell culture and its identification. An ELISA assay for identification is described by Min et al. (1986) but more recent data are not available. Immunoelectron microscopy was also used for identification of the virus (Chen and Jiang, 1984 Jiang and Ahne, 1989). Yang et al. (1991) provided preliminary data on rapid and simple GCHV identification in purified preparations, cells and fish tissue by coagglutination, using antibody-sensitized staphylococci.

Bacteriology of Sinusitis in the Immunocompromised Hosts

Fungal and P. aeruginosa are the most common forms of sinusitis in neutropenic patients. Aspergillus spp. is frequently the causative organism, although mucor, rhizopus, alternaria, and other molds have been implicated (50). Fungi and S. aureus, streptococci and gram-negative enterics are the most common isolates in diabetics (51). The organisms most commonly isolated in nosocomial sinusitis are gram-negative enteric bacteria (such as P. aeruginosa, K. pneumoniae, Enterobacteriaceae, P. mirabilis, and S. marcescens) streptococci and staphylococci (52) and anaerobic bacteria (53). The causative organisms in patients with HIV infection included P. aeruginosa, S. aureus, streptococci, anaerobes, and fungi (Aspergillus, Cryptococcus, and Rhizopus) (54). Refractory parasitic sinusitis caused by Microsporidium, Cryptosporidium, and Acanthamoeba has also been described in these with advanced immunosuppression. Other etiologic agents include cytomegalovirus, atypical mycobacteria, and...

Selection of Appropriate Models for Study of PKPD Issues

For the study of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics (PK-PD) in an animal model, one must take into consideration that the time course of antimicrobial activity will vary between different antimicrobial agents. For example, P-lactam antibacterials exhibit very little concentration-dependent killing and, in the case of staphylococci, long in vivo postantibiotic effects (PAEs). For these antibacteri-als, high drug levels will not kill bacteria more effectively or more rapidly than lower drug levels, because these agents should be bactericidal as long as the drug concentrations exceed the MIC. In contrast, fluoroquinolones and aminoglycosides show concentration-dependent killing. For these agents, the peak MIC or AUC MIC ratios should be the PK-PD parameters that most effectively describe their efficacy 1 . With these caveats in mind, the choice of an animal model to study PK-PD parameters will depend on the organism one wishes to study, the pharmacokinetics of the antimicrobial agent,...

Effective Antimicrobial Agents Penicillin G

Clavulanic acid, sulbactam, and tazobactam are a beta-lactamase inhibitors that resemble the nucleus of penicillin but differs in several ways. They irreversibly inhibit beta-lactamase enzymes produced by some Enterobacteriaceae, staphylococci, and beta-lactamase-producing Fusobacterium spp. and AGNB (22-24). When used in conjunction with beta-lactam antibiotic (ampicillin, amoxicillin, ticarcillin, and piperacillin) they are effective in treating anaeroboic infections caused by beta-lactamase-producing bacteria.

Implications for Subacute Management Based on Etiology

It is extremely important to exclude infective endocarditis as a cause for cardioem-bolism. Stroke occurs in 15-20 of infective endocarditis, usually within the first 48 hours. Appropriate antibiotic therapy dramatically reduces the risk of recurrent stroke. Late embolism occurs in less than 5 of cases.43 An elevated erythrocyte sedimentation rate in the setting of cerebral ischemic symptoms, fever or a new murmur should trigger a diagnostic evaluation, including blood cultures, a transthoracic echocardiogram, and if a high level of suspicion remains, a transesophageal echocar-diogram. The most common organisms causing native valve endocarditis are streptococci, staphylococci, and enterococci, although other species of bacteria, fungi, spirochetes, and rickettsiae can infect valves. The risk of subarachnoid hemorrhage from mycotic aneurysms represents a contraindication to the use of anticoagulation in infectious endocarditis.

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For Damp-Heat with stuffiness and fullness of the abdomen or acute dysentery with jaundice high fever accompanied by impairment of consciousness restlessness and insomnia due to exuberant Fire spitting of blood and epistaxis caused by Heat in the Blood inflammation of the eyes acid reflux toothache diabetes carbuncles and sores externally used for eczema and other skin diseases with exudation purulent discharge from the ear.

Testicular Disease Or Infection

Localized infections may be caused via a wound, often to the scrotum, but may also be caused by infection via the inguinal canal (Varner and Schumacher, 1991). Such infections tend to cause acute orchitis (De Vries, 1993) which may be unilateral or bilateral and presents itself initially as soft, flabby, swollen testes. If the condition persists, chronic orchitis may result. Semen quality will be poor, with a decline in spermatozoan concentrations and an increased incidence of abnormalities (Hurtgen, 1987). The major infective agents associated with localized orchitis are Staphylococcus species, Escherichia coli, Streptococcus zooepidemicus and Streptococcus equi. In cases of acute orchitis, rises in testicular temperature are also a potential hazard (Blanchard and Varner, 1993).

Acute paronychia needs urgent systemicantibiotic treatment to prevent permanent nail dystrophy

Bacterial Infection Under Fingernail

Bacterial culture and sensitivity studies are mandatory. The bacteria most commonly found in acute paronychia are staphylococci and, less commonly, p-haemolytic streptococci and Gram-negative enteric bacteria. Should surgical intervention be delayed, the pus will track around the base of the nail under the proximal nail fold and inflame the matrix it may then be responsible for transient or permanent dystrophy of the nail plate. It is essential to note that the nail matrix in early childhood is particularly fragile and can be destroyed within 48 hours by acute bacterial infection. The pus may also separate the nail from its loose, underlying proximal attachment. The firmer attachment of the nail at the distal border of the lunula may temporarily limit the spread of the pus. In cases with extension of the infection under the distal nail bed, the whole of the nail base should be removed with nail removed distally to expose fully the involved nail bed.

Traumatic disorders of the nail

Nail Diseases With Function

Acute paronychia may result from a penetrating thorn or splinter into the nail fold. Infection is usually painful and due to Staphylococcus aureus. Systemic antibiotic therapy is indicated at an early stage. If response does not occur within 2 days, then removal of the proximal portion of the nail plate is indicated.

Experiments with Penicillin

In a period during the German occupation of Denmark, all lectures were abandoned at the University of Copenhagen. A close friend of mine, Rolf Brodersen, suggested therefore that I in this period performed experimental work together with him at the University Institute of General Pathology where he had a job. At the institute the professor (K. A. Jensen, but not the chemist of the same name) had managed to isolate a sample of a mould that apparently produced penicillin. He and his assistant worked eagerly in the laboratory to isolate the active compound. A simple and convenient bio-assay based on the inhibitory effect of the presumed penicillin on the growth of Staphylococcus aureus was used.

Anaerobic Infection In Burn

The progression of invasion by various organisms in the individual burn patient may parallel the course of the historical progression of predominance and control of various bacteria during the 1940s and 1950s, beta-hemolytic streptococcus was the predominant pathogen. With the development of sulfonamides and penicillin, the threat of this organism was obviated. Subsequently, the infectious threat became penicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The eventual development of the penicillinase-resistant synthetic penicillins and the cephalosporins permitted control of penicillinase-producing S. aureus. During the late 1950s, however, gram-negative facultative anaerobes and strict aerobes (Pseudomonas aeruginosa and other Pseudomonas spp., and Enterobacter, Proteus and Klebsiella spp.) emerged as the dominant pathogens and today constitute the greatest septic threat to the burn patient. The problem is further complicated by the emergence of fungal organisms such as Candida albicans and...

Surgical Treatment of Infected Aortic Aneurysms

Ruptured Mycotic Aneurysm

The bacteriology of mycotic aortic aneurysms has changed over the years. Although initially the predominant organisms were nonhemolytic Streptococci, Pneu-mococci and Staphylococci, recent reviews since 1965 has suggested that Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus and Salmonella are the predominant organisms.3,5 In 1984 Brown3 reported that Staphylococcus aureus and various streptococcal species were found in 37 of infected aneurysms when all types were considered. Gram negative organisms have been reported with increasing frequency. Of particular importance is Salmonella which appears to have a predilection for the arterial wall, particularly when atherosclerotic, and accounts for most cases of microbacterial arteritis. Patients with positive cultures for Salmonella from an infected aneurysm should also have their gallbladder examined as many of them are carriers and thus cholecystectomy should be considered part of the management. Other gram-negative organisms have been reported in...

Perichondritis of the Auricle

Congenital Anomalies External Ear

When perichondritis is suspected, aggressive treatment is necessary. The organism is usually Pseudomonas aeruginosa, although Staphylococcus aureus may be involved. If there is evidence of fluctuance from pus, drainage should be carried out, of course with a culture. Appropriate antibiotics (antipseudomonal, if not cultured otherwise) should be administered, perhaps even intravenously in the hospital, with close observation and warm moist dressings. The quinolones, as well as the aminoglycosides, such as tobramycin, are effective against Pseudomonas and staph. A severe infection, which begins and stays localized under the perichondrium, often results in necrosis of the cartilage and eventual fibrosis with a permanent severe auricular deformity (Fig. 4.3).

Correlation To In Vitro Resistance

Clinical studies evaluating resistance rates and patient outcomes have been primarily conducted in respiratory tract infections. In comparison to other infection sites, respiratory tract infections are more prevalent and recovery of bacteria is primarily noninvasive, allowing more data to be compiled. A limitation to interpreting these data is that only a handful of the most commonly isolated bacteria are studied, often excluding serious pathogens such as vancomycin-resistant En-terococcus faecium (VRE) or methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which are not associated with these body sites. Although limited, these studies provide clues for the treatment of other infections that require aggressive antibiotic therapy. The reporting of resistance continues to rise, but the impact on clinical outcomes may not always correlate with microbiological reports. 3. PM Shah, W Junghanns, W Stille. Dosis-Wirkuns-Beziehung der Bakterizidie bei E. coli, K. pneumoniae und Staphylococcus...

Anaerobes as Part of the Human Indigenous Microbial Flora

Images Anaerobic Bacteria

The commonest members of the cutaneous microflora are Staphylococcus, Micrococcus, Coryne-bacterium, Propionibacterium, Brevibacterium, and Acinetobacter and the yeast Pityrosporum (Table 2). The skin flora varies depending on the skin site and its characteristics. Staphylococcus spp. C C + Staphylococcus spp. C C + Propionibacteria produce free fatty acids from triglycerides by generating lipase (7). These acids are antibacterial and antifungal and interfere with the growth of nonidigenous microorganism such as Staphylococcus spp., Streptococcus pyogenes, and aerobic gram negative bacilli. These fatty acids may, however, play a deleterious role in the development of acne by causing inflammation (8). The numbers of P. acnes are higher in adults than in young children. Because of their prevalence in the skin and the ear canal, they can contaminate blood cultures and aspirates of cerebrospinal fluid, abscesses, and middle ear fluid. The predominant facultative organisms are the...

Vulvovaginal Pyogenic Infections

Brook (21,22) summarized the microbiology of 40 vulvovaginal infections, including Bartholin's abscesses (26 cases), vulvar abscesses, vaginal abscesses and labial wounds (four each), and labial cyst abscesses (two). Aerobic bacteria only were recovered in four (10 ), anaerobic bacteria only in 12 (30 ), and mixed aerobic and anaerobic flora in 24 (60 ) (Table 1). There were 32 aerobic and facultative isolates (0.8 site) of 71 anaerobes (1.8 site). The average number of isolates was the highest in vaginal abscesses. The predominant aerobic organisms were E. coli, N. gonorrhoeae, and S. aureus, and the most frequently isolated anaerobes were Peptostreptococcus and Bacteroides spp. Beta-lactamase-producing bacteria (BLPB) were isolated in 90 of the patients. The predominant BLPB were B. fragilis group and Prevotella and Porphyromonas spp., Enterobacteriaceae and Staphylococcus spp.

Carbapenems Imipenem Meropenem and Ertapenem

Meropenem is a carbapenem antibiotic that has a very broad-spectrum of activity against aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, similar to that of imipenem. Imipenem has more activity than meropenem against staphylococci and enterococci, but meropenem provides better coverage of gram-negative bacteria such as Pseudomonas, Enterobacter, Klebsiella, Providencia, Morganella, Aeromonas, Alcaligenes, Moraxella, Kingella, Actinobacillus, Pasteurella, and Haemophilus spp. (43,44). Meropenem has been effective in abdominal infections, meningitis in children and adults, community-acquired and nosocomial pneumonia, and neutropenic fever (45). Ertapenem is a new 1-beta-methyl carbapenem, stable to dehydropeptidase. It has a broad antibacterial spectrum for penicillin-susceptible Streptococcus pneumoniae, Streptococcus pyogenes, methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus, Haemophilis influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis, Escherichia coli, Citrobacter spp., Klebsiella spp., Serratia spp., Proteus spp., C....

Osteomyelitis Newborn


Neonatal osteomyelitis due to Proteus mirabilis infection. Although Staphylococcus aureus is the most common etiologic agent of osteomyelitis in the neonate, many other organisms such as group B Streptococcus, E. coli, Klebsiella, Salmonella and Candida have been implicated. Figure 2.20. Neonatal osteomyelitis due to Proteus mirabilis infection. Although Staphylococcus aureus is the most common etiologic agent of osteomyelitis in the neonate, many other organisms such as group B Streptococcus, E. coli, Klebsiella, Salmonella and Candida have been implicated. Figure 2.21. Osteomyelitis usually occurs in the long bones, but in the neonate frequently occurs in other bones such as the clavicle and ribs. This infant demonstrates inflammation and swelling over the right clavicle due to a staphylococcal osteomyelitis. Figure 2.23. This infant presented with fever, lethargy and poor feeding at 4 days of age. He then developed a generalized rash which resembled scarlatina. Blood...

Introduction 11 Historical Overview

Penicillin G, the original P-lactam antibiotic, was discovered by Fleming in 1928 and used for the first time in 1941 to treat a staphylococcal infection in a British policeman. By the end of World War II, penicillin was commercially available in the United States 1 . Although initially given as a continuous infusion, due to the abundance of penicillin and the difficulties with the intravenous drip delivery system, long-acting repository forms of penicillin G became popular with clinicians. The pharmacodynamic concepts that apply to P-lactams were actually pioneered in the late 1940s by Harry Eagle, an immunologist at the National Institutes of Health. Calling upon both in vitro and in vivo animal studies, Eagle was the first investigator to propose the concept of time-dependent bactericidal killing for P-lactams. Eagle demonstrated in vivo that a penicillin-free interval prolongs the duration of treatment necessary for cure and that less total daily drug given in frequent, multiple...

Chronic Neuropathic Ulcer With Osteomyelitis

Osteomyelitis Foot

On examination, severe diabetic neuropathy was found. The peripheral pulses were palpable and a full-thickness neuropathic ulcer with gross callus formation was observed under his right fifth metatarsal head (Figure 8.34). Sharp debridement was carried out and the underlying bone was probed with a sterile probe. A plain radiograph revealed pseudoarthrosis of a stress fracture of the upper third of his fifth metatarsal, bone resorption in the metatar-sophalangeal joint, and osteolytic lesions in the fifth metatarsal epiphysis (Figures 8.35 and 8.36). Post-debridement cultures from the base of the ulcer revealed Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus vulgaris and Entero-coccus spp. The patient was treated with amoxicillin-clavulanic acid 625 mg three times daily for 2 weeks. He was advised to rest and appropriate footwear and insoles were prescribed. A fifth ray amputation was undertaken and antibiotics continued for two more weeks. A bone culture revealed Staphylococcus aureus. The wound...

Antibiotic Resistance And Bacterial Variation

As recently as 1997, it was reported that more than one-third of S. pneu-moniae isolates analyzed in broad survey were resistant to penicillin and more than 13 of them were highly resistant (71). Relatively resistant isolates have been found in many regions of the world. Altered penicillin-binding proteins (enzymes involved in the final stage of bacterial cell wall formation), which have low affinity for penicillin, are responsible for resistance to that antibiotic. Other organisms noted for p-lactam antibiotic resistance are certain species of Staphylococcus (some resistant to all penicillins, cephalosporins, and car-bapenems) and Enterococci, which are resistant to all cephalosporins because they lack significant penicillin-binding proteins. Several species of Staphylococci and Enterococci are notorious for being nosocomial infections. The antibiotic, vancomycin, has been widely used to combat these infections because for many years no resistance to this substance was reported....

Biological Properties

The antimicrobial properties of various species of Artemisia are well recorded (Mehrotra et al., 1993) where a number of Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria were inhibited in their growth. The test bacteria are all capable of infection, and include Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus (Enterococcus) faecalis. In a similar study of A. dracunculus oil, Deans and Svoboda (1988) included the anaerobic bacterium Clostridium sporogenes as well as Salmonella pullorum and Yersinia enterocolitica, the latter organism having the ability to produce an enterotoxin under conditions of refrigeration. A larger group of bacteria was tested against a number of Italian species, including A. dracunculus, and found to be very active at preventing the growth of human pathogens, food spoilage poisoning types as well as animal pathogens (Piccaglia et al., 1993).

Intravenous Scalp Vein

Staphylococcal Infections Images

Soft tissue swelling and erythema in this infant with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia and abscess. Abscess formation can occur frequently alone or in association with bacteremia at old venipuncture sites. Figure 7.21. Soft tissue swelling and erythema in this infant with Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia and abscess. Abscess formation can occur frequently alone or in association with bacteremia at old venipuncture sites. Figure 7.22. Infant with staphylococcal scalp infection following scalp vein infusion. Figure 7.22. Infant with staphylococcal scalp infection following scalp vein infusion. Figure 7.23. This scalp defect occurred as the result of a staphylococcal infection with an underlying osteomyelitis of the skull.

Infected Plantar Ulcer With Osteomyelitis

Diabetic Foot Cellulitis

On examination, an irregular, soaked, foul-smelling ulcer with sloughy bed, and surrounding cellulitis of 3 cm in diameter was found body temperature was normal. Diabetic neuropathy was diagnosed, while peripheral pulses were normal. Signs of osteomyelitis (osteolysis of the first metatarsal head, and the base of proximal phalanx of the hallux, with periosteal reaction) were noted on the radiograph (Figure 8.24). A post-debridement swab culture from the base of the ulcer revealed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. The patient was admitted to the hospital. The white blood cell count was 14,700 mm3, anemia (Hb 9.8 g dl) characteristic of chronic disease was found, the erythrocyte sedimentation rate was 90 mm h and the level of C-reactive protein was 70 mg dl. She was treated with 600 mg teicoplanin

Fungal Infection With Multimicrobial Colonization

Fungal Infection Bleb Foot

Superficial ulcers of 10 days' duration on the facing sides of the left first and second toe of a 70-year-old type 2 diabetic lady with diabetic neuropathy, before debridement are shown in Figures 8.8 and 8.9. Note soaking of the skin. An X-ray excluded osteomyelitis. Staphylococcus coagulase-negative, Pseudomonas aerugi-nosa and enterobacteriaceae were recovered after swab cultures in addition to Candida albicans. She was treated successfully with itraconazole for 5 weeks. The patient used a clear gauze in order to keep her toes apart, together with local hygiene procedures twice daily. Weekly debridement was carried out and no antimicrobial agent was needed. The patient was admitted to the hospital and treated with intravenous ciprofloxacin and clindamycin. No osteomyelitis was found on repeated radiographs. Extensive surgical debridement was carried out. Deep tissue cultures revealed Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and anaerobes. The patient was discharged in fair condition...

Mixed Infections Involving Anaerobic BLPB

The rate of isolation of these organisms varies in each infection entity (Table 4) (156). BLPB were present in 288 (44 ) of 648 patients with skin and soft tissue infections, 75 harbored aerobic and 36 had anaerobic BLPB. The infections in which BLPB were most frequently recovered were vulvovaginal abscesses (80 of patients), perirectal and buttock abscesses (79 ), decubitus ulcers (64 ), human bites (61 ) and abscesses of the neck (58 ). The predominant BLPB were Staphylococcus aureus (68 of patients with BLPB) and the B. fragilis group (26 ). Haemophilus influenzae, Moraxella catarrhalis Staphylococcus aureus, anaerobic gram-negative bacilli S. aureus, anaerobic gram-negative bacilli H. influenzae, M. catarrhalis, Legionella pneumophila S. aureus, anaerobic gram-negative bacilli, Enterobacteriaceae

Bacterial Interactions With Mucosal Surfaces

Pathogens, including bacteria, employ a variety of mechanisms for adhering to host cells. In several, well-studied cases, known adhesion molecules are involved (32). For example, outer membrane molecules of several bacteria (Yersinia spp., Bordetella pertussis), protozoa (Leishmania mexicana), and even viruses (echovirus 1, adenovirus) have been found to bind directly to integrins present on model host cells in vitro. Either p1or p2 integrins may be utilized. Several studies have revealed that in some cases bacteria such as Streptococcus spp., P. aeruginosa, and Staphylococcus aureus bind first to host cell molecules such as laminin, collagen, and fibronectin, which then associate with integrin receptors. Other pathogens such as Legionella pneumophila may bind selectively to the complement component, C3bi, which is a ligand for amac p2 integrin. Mycoplasma galliseptum M. pneumoniae Candida albicans Haemophilus influenzae Staphylococcus aureus Bordetella pertusis Borrelia burgdorferi...

Antimicrobial Therapy of Chronic Sinusitis

Carbapenem (i.e., imipenem, meropenem, ertapenem) or tigecycline is more expensive, but provides coverage for most potential pathogens, both anaerobes and aerobes. If aerobic gramnegative organisms, such as P. aeruginosa, are involved, parenteral therapy with an aminoglycosides, a fourth-generation cephalosporin (cefepime or ceftazidime) or oral or parenteral treatment with a fluoroquinolone (only in postpubertal patients) is added. A beta lactam resistant penicillin is adequate for S. aureus. However, for methicillin resistant S. aureus, vancomycin, linezolid or tigecycline is needed. Therapy is given for at least 21 days, and may be extended up to 10 weeks. Fungal sinusitis can be treated with surgical debridement of the affected sinuses and antifungal therapy (76).

Classification And Diagnosis Impetigo

The bullous form of impetigo is due to Staphylococcus aureus (phage group II, usually type 71). The initial vesicles turn into fluid bullae that quickly rupture, leaving a moist red surface, which then generates varnish-like light brown crusts. Nikolsky sign and scarring do not occur. The most severe form of S. aureus infection is staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS), which is caused by a strain that produces exfoliative exotoxin, producing widespread bullae and exfoliation, with a positive Nikolsky sign (1). It starts abruptly, with fever, skin tenderness, and scarlatiniform rash. Bullae appear over two to three days, and are large and rupture promptly, leaving bright red skin surface.

Aspiration Pneumonia and Lung Abscess

Studies involving adult patients and using the TTA method show anaerobes in 70 to 90 of cases of pneumonitis, necrotizing pneumonia, and lung abscess (1,3,5,9). Anaerobes, either alone or in combination with aerobes, have been recovered from approximately 80 of lung abscesses (9). The anaerobes most frequently isolated are pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas, Fusobacterium nucleatum, anaerobic gram-positive cocci, microaerophilic cocci, and B. fragilis (which can be found in 10-20 of the patients). The major aerobic pathogens that are usually isolated mixed with anaerobic bacteria are Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Gram-positive cocci Streptococcus pneumoniae Alpha-hemolytic streptococci Group A, beta-hemolytic streptococci Staphylococcus aureus Staphylococcus epidermidis Gram-negative bacilli Proteus spp.

Acute Otitis Media Microbiology

Other organisms that less frequently cause AOM include group A beta-hemolytic streptococci (GABHS), Staphylococcus aureus, Turicella otitidis, Alloiococcus otitis Chlamydia spp., and Staphylococcus epidermidis, and various aerobic and faculatative gram-negative bacilli (7) including Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Proteus spp. Gram-negative bacilli and staphylococci are implicated as dominant etiologic agents in otitis media of the neonate. However, even among very young infants, S. pneumoniae and H. influenzae constitute the most common etiologic agents. Viruses were recovered in the middle-ear fluid of 14.3 of children (8). Staphylococcus aureus

Antimicrobial properties

It is generally recognized that alkaloids have strong antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal biological Moreover, some studies have evidenced anti-parasitic activity in this group of compounds392 393. Caron et al.329 have investigated 34 quasi-dimeric indole alkaloids for antimicrobial activity using 8 different test micro-organisms. It was found that all of the studied alkaloids showed activity against Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtilis, which are Gram-positive bacteria. Caron et al.329 found that 31 alkaloids showed biological activity against micro-organisms. The micro-organisms tested by Caron et al.329 were B. subtilis, S. aureus, Mycobacterium smegmatits, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Candida albicans, Aspergilus niger. This study concluded that antimicrobial activity of alkaloids is connected with the stereochemistry of the carbon ring, its aromatic substitution and oxidation329. The antimicrobial activity of pendulamine A, pendulamine B and penduline...

Large tissue deficit in a neuroischaemic foot secondary to infection needing distal arterial bypass

Diabetic Heel Ulcers Pictures

A 43-year-old male with type 1 diabetes of 27 years' dura tion, with peripheral and autonomic neuropathy, was referred with indolent neuropathic ulceration complicated by local cellulitis over the left 5th metatarsal head His pedal pulses were palpable. He was treated with ora amoxicillin 500 mg tds and fludoxacillin 500 mg qds anc outpatient debridement. His deep wound swab hac grown Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus group G. The cellulitis resolved and he was given a total-contact cast. The ulcer healed after 8 weeks and he was given bespoke shoes with cradled insoles. metronidazole 400 mg tds. He had recently had a methi-cillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection on the contralateral foot. Angiography showed occlusions of the right common iliac artery and superficial femoral artery. It was planned to perform an angioplasty of the The patient was followed up in the diabetic foot clinic and the ulcer had almost healed after 4 months. Despite careful education about...

Wet Gangrene And Sepsis

Wet Gangrene Toe

Swab cultures revealed Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa and the patient was treated with ciprofloxacin and clin-damycin. Blood cultures were negative. On the second day the patient felt better and became afebrile by the third day of hospitalization. An infected gangrenous area of the foot and particularly on a toe with bounding feet pulses is a condition that is sometimes seen. This is called 'diabetic gangrene' and it is caused by a thrombosis in the toe arteries which is induced by toxins produced by certain bacteria (mainly staphylococci and streptococci). Plantar abscesses may also result in septic arteritis of the plantar arch and eventually gangrene of the middle toe.

Microbiology of Acute Sinusitis

Anaerobic Microbiology

The bacteria recovered from pediatric and adult patients with community-acquired acute purulent sinusitis, using sinus aspiration by puncture or surgery, are the common respiratory pathogens (S. pneumoniae, H. influenzae, M. catarrhalis, and Group A beta-hemolytic streptococci) and Staphylococcus aureus (Table 1) (7-12). Following the introduction of vaccination of children with the 7-valent pneumococcal vaccine on 2000 in the U.S.A., the rate of S. pneumoniae

Acute Diffuse Otitis Externa

This condition, a well-known painful infection of the canal, is otherwise known as swimmer's ear. Water immersion is not always the cause, but the disease occurs most often in warm, humid conditions. Moisture in the ear, even from perspiration, plays a causative role. Local trauma to the canal is also a precipitating factor. Abrading a wet, macerated canal with a cotton swab to clean it or scratch an itch is often the initiating insult, implanting bacteria under the epithelium. The darkness of the canal, its warmth, high pH, and moisture all promote microbial growth. Pseudomonas causes this acute infection almost exclusively, although staph and others may rarely be involved. The bacteria go on to infiltrate, growing beneath the epithelium then more itching ensues, progressing to soreness.

Establishing Susceptibility Breakpoints

Figure 7 Relationship between exposure in vivo to free drug concentrations and bacterial killing in a neutropenic mouse thigh infected model due to 2 strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and three cephalosporin analogs ( , , for each compound) with varying MICs and serum protein binding. Figure 7 Relationship between exposure in vivo to free drug concentrations and bacterial killing in a neutropenic mouse thigh infected model due to 2 strains of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, and three cephalosporin analogs ( , , for each compound) with varying MICs and serum protein binding.

Delayed presentation of infection masked by callus

Men of pus grew Staphylococcus aureus. She was admitted to hospital and given intravenously amoxicillin 500 mg tds, flucloxacillin 500 mg qds, metronidazole 500 mg tds and ceftazidime 1 g tds. When the result of the culture was available this was reduced to flucloxacillin only. The foot healed in 1 week. She was followed up by the diabetic foot service and the problem did not recur.

Bacteriology of Nosocomial Sinusitis

Nasotracheal intubation places the patient at a substantially higher risk for nosocomial sinusitis than orotracheal intubation. Approximately 25 of patients requiring nasotracheal intubation for more than five days develop nosocomial sinusitis (48). In contrast to community-acquired sinusitis, the usual pathogens are gram-negative enterics (i.e., P. aeruginosa, K. pneumoniae, Enterobacter spp., P. mirabilis, Serratia marcescens) and aerobic gram-positive cocci (occasionally streptococci and staphylococci). Whether these organisms are actually pathogenic is unclear as their recovery may represent only colonization of an environment with impaired mucociliary transport and foreign body presence in the nasal cavity.

Malignant Otitis Externa

Acute diffuse otitis externa ( swimmer's ear ) is much more common than the localized furuncle, and should be recognized by its diffuse swelling and tenderness. Some clinicians err in prescribing oral antibiotics that will not work on Pseudomonas, the vastly predominating organism. Topical antibiotic drops, with wick insertion if the canal is swollen shut, are the mainstay of treatment. Oral quinolones, if the patient is old enough, may be used in severe cases. A culture should be done if there is any doubt about what you are dealing with, and pain medication should not be forgotten. An obvious localized furuncle has staph as its cause. Treatment with topical drops and antistaphylo-coccal oral antibiotics is indicated.

Treatment of Olfactory Disorders

Antibiotics Putrid acute sinusitis is most frequently the result of infection by streptococcus pneumoniae, haemophilus influenzae, and moraxella catarrhalis which are relatively sensitive to antibiotic therapy. However, in the chronic form of putrid sinusitis, staphylococcus aureus and pseudomonas aeruginosa are much more important. Whenever possible, antibiotic therapy should only be started after the bacteria have been identified and tested for resistance to antibiotics. It is important to note that in chronic putrid sinusitis antibiotic treatment is not always successful.

First Description And Other Observations

The first description of the disease is neither by Adamantiades nor by Behget. Hippokrates of Kos (460-377 B.C.) described an illness whose manifestations resembled very well the cardinal signs of Adamantiades-Behget's disease. Already in the 5th century before Christ in his 3rd Epidemion book, case 7 (Fig. 4) he stated But there were also other fevers, as it will be described. Many had their mouths affected with aphthous ulcerations. There were also many defluxions about the genital parts, and ulcerations, boils (phymata), externally and internally about the groins. Watery ophthalmies of a chronic character, with pains fungous excrescences of the eyelids, externally and internally, called fici, which destroyed the sight of many persons. There were fungous growths, in many other instances, on ulcers, especially on those seated on the genital organs. (Many carbuncles grew in the summer as well as other lesions, which were septic, large ecthymata and many large herpetic lesions) 20. It...

Infection Control Practitioners

Rao N, Jacobs S, Joyce L Cost-effective eradication of an outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a community teaching hospital. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 9 255, 1988 43. Sheretz RJ, Reagan DR, Hampton KD, et al A cloud adult the Staphylococcus aureus-virus interaction revisited. Ann Intern Med 124 539, 1996

Serological and biochemical methods identification

(approximately 100 TCID50) and varies the antibody concentration. The test is confirmatory for the identification of the virus and requires up to 1 week to complete. Other serological techniques used include complement fixation (Finlay and Hill, 1975), fluorescent antibody (Nicholson and Dunn, 1974 Tu et al., 1974 Vestergard-J0rgensen, 1974), immunoperoxidase tests (Reno, 1976 Nicholson and Henchal, 1978), neutralization kinetics (Nicholson and Pochebit, 1981), Staphylococcus coagglutination (Kimura et al., 1984 Bragg and Combrick, 1987b), counterimmunoelectrophoresis (Dea and Elazhary, 1983), enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) (Nicholson and Caswell, 1982 Dixon and Hill, 1983b Hattori et al., 1984), immunodot (McAllister and Schill, 1986 Ramsey et al., 1986 Caswell-Reno et al., 1989 Babin et al., 1991 Ross et al., 1991), and immunoprecipitation (Lipipun, 1988) tests. The tests vary in sensitivity, as well as in specificity and in the complexity and efficiency of the...

Conservative treatment of osteomyelitis

She was sent for X-ray (unremarkable), and for vascular assessment which showed monophasic pulsatile waveforms and elevated indices due to arterial calcification. A deep swab was sent for culture and grew Staphylococcus aureus. The ulcer was debrided and dressed with a foam dressing. Quadruple antibiotics were prescribed initially oral amoxicillin 500 mg tds, flucloxacillin 500 mg qds, metronidazole 400 mg tds and ciprofloxacin 500 mg bd and then narrowed down to fucidin 500 mg tds and flucloxacillin 500 mg qds. Although repeat X-ray after 2 weeks showed lucency of the terminal phalanx compatible with osteomyelitis, the ulcer healed

Clinical presentation

Other forms of local bacterial infection include impetigo, folliculitis, and furuncles (boils). These conditions are caused by Staphylococcus aureus and in the case of folliculitis or boils the infection is associated with a local abscess. Staph. aureus colonises the anterior nares or perineum of normal people it also commonly colonises eczema and may cause an acute exacerbation of atopic dermatitis. Impetigo is a superficial infection of the skin of which there are two forms. In the non-bullous form the affected skin is covered with crusts. Both staphylococci and streptococci are responsible. However the bullous form which presents with blisters is due to staphylococci. Folliculitis, an inflammation of the hair follicle, is commonly caused by Staph. aureus. Infection of the scalp or beard hair (sycosis barbae) is uncommon but may become chronic. Abscess formation around the hair follicles may result in furuncles or boils where several furuncles coalesce the lesion is known as a...

Astragalus complanatus R Br Fam Fabaceae

Folliculitis Bromine Children

For carbuncles resistant to rupture, it is used with Radix Angelicae Sinensis (Dang Gui) and Squama Manitis (Chuan Shan Jia). For slow-healing carbuncles after ulceration, it is used with Radix An-gelicae Sinensis (Dang Gui), Radix Ginseng (Ren Shen), and Cortex Cinnamomi (Rou Gui) in The Decoction of Ten Powerful Tonics (Shi Quan Da Bu Tang). Should not be used for the following Exterior syndromes of the Excess type Qi Stagnation and Dampness in the Interior retention of food as the result of Excess Yang due to Yin Deficiency carbuncles and boils at the initial stage or protracted ulceration with Excess Heat.

Benincasa hispida Thunb Cogn Fam Cucurbitaceae

For sores, boils, and carbuncles at the early stage, and non-ulcerated infections, it is used with Flos Lonicerae (Jin Yin Hua), Bulbus Fritillariae Cir-rhosae (Bei Mu), and Radix Trichosanthis (Tian Hua Fen) in an oral dose. For slow-healing sores, Bletilla powder is applied externally.

Submandibular and Sublingual Spaces

A variety of microorganisms has been isolated from cases of Ludwig's angina. In recent years, anaerobic bacteria have predominated, including Fusobacterium spp., AGNB, and Peptostreptococcus spp. Often, one or more of the following also have been found staphylococci, streptococci, pneumococci, E. coli, Vincent's spirochetes, Haemophilus influenzae, and Candida albicans (4). Management includes high doses of parenteral antibiotics, airway monitoring, early intubation or tracheostomy, soft tissue decompression, and surgical drainage (55).


The intestinal bacteria exploit the break in the integrity of the mucosa. Adynamic ileus and stasis develop, and in the fed infant whose immunologic defenses are deficient, bacteria colonize and multiply. Strains of Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, and Staphylococcus aureus can produce enterotoxins that cause further fluid loss (1,2). The predominantly gas-forming organisms that generate pneumatosis may accumulate and rupture the intestinal wall, producing pneumoperitoneum and peritonitis. Further invasion into the lumen occurs, and bacterial proliferation extends into the lymphatics and the portal circulation and reaches the liver. Finally, there is overwhelming sepsis and death (7).

Persistent Effects

''Postantibiotic effect'' is the term used to describe the persistent suppression of bacterial growth following antimicrobial exposure 15,18,63 . If reflects the time it takes for an organism to recover from the effects of exposure to an antimicrobial and resume normal growth. This phenomenon was first observed in the 1940s in early studies with penicillin against staphylococci and streptococci 12,38 . Later studies starting in the 1970s extended this phenomenon to newer drugs and to gram-negative organisms. The postantibiotic effect is demonstrated in vitro by following bacterial growth kinetics after drug removal. Moderate to prolonged in vitro postantibiotic effects are observed for all antibacterials with susceptible gram-positive bacteria such as staphylococci and streptococci 10 . Moderate to prolonged in vitro PAEs are also observed with gram-negative bacilli for drugs that are inhibitors of protein or nucleic acid synthesis. In contrast, short or no postantibiotic effects are...

Urgent treatment

1 g three times daily or gentamicin to treat gram negative organisms. This treatment can be adapted when results of bacteriological culture are available. The emergence of multiple resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is presenting a very serious problem, firstly because it can be responsible for the ravages of sepsis, and secondly because these patients become lepers , needing isolation while in hospital. Available treatments include intravenous vancomycin and intramuscular teicoplainin.

Topical Antibiotics

Resistance for Propionibacterium acnes and Staphylococcus aureus. To overcome this problem, clindamycin and erythromycin have been increased in concentration from 1 to 4 and new formulations with zinc or combination products with BPOs or retinoids are now being marketed 1, 3, 50, 51 .

Ludwigs angina

A rapidly spreading cellulitis of the floor of the mouth that can be produced by any infection. It involves the submandibular, sublingual and submental spaces. Gram-positive cocci (usually streptococci), Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus epidermidis are now the most common organisms (Har-El et al 1994), but sometimes gram-negative rods or anaerobes are responsible. In 50 of cases more than one organism is isolated (Moreland et al 1988). It is frequently precipitated by dental infection involving the second and third lower molars, but trauma may be contributory.

Diagnostic Approach

Acute infectious diarrhea is caused by a remarkable variety of microorganisms. The clinical presentation, however, is often nonspecific. Historical features, such as travel, ingestion of seafood, similar illnesses among close contacts, antibiotic use, and comorbidities, such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, help guide the differential diagnosis. The physical examination permits an assessment of the degree of dehydration and malnutrition. The role of the microbiology laboratory in the diagnosis of gastroenteritis is critical. Notably, the routine stool work-up (bacterial cultures and examination for ova and parasites) fails to diagnose a large proportion of gastroenteritis cases. Viral infections, including rotavirus and noroviruses, Vibrio , Escherichia coli, Clostridiumperfringens, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, Clostridium difficile, Yersinia enterocolitica, microsporidia, and cyclospora are among the causes of gastroenteritis that are not reliably detected...


The predominant organisms causing brain abscesses are aerobic and anaerobic Streptococcus spp. (Peptostreptococcus spp. and microaerophilic streptococci, isolation frequency of 60-70 ), gram-negative anaerobic bacilli B. fragilis group, Prevotella spp., Porphyromonas spp., and Fusobacterium spp. (20-50 ) , Actinomyces spp. (3-5 ), Enterobacteriaceae (20-30 ), Staphylococcus aureus (10-15 ), and fungi (10-15 ) (10). Most brain abscesses evolving anaerobic bacteria are polymicrobial, often containing aerobic bacteria.


Tygecycline is the first antibiotic approved in a new class called glycylcyclines. Glycylcyclines are tetracycline antibiotics containing a glycylamido moiety attached to the 9-position of a tetracycline ring tigecycline is a direct analog of minocycline with a 9-glycylamide moiety. It has activity against both gram-negative and gram-positive bacteria, anaerobes, and certain drug-resistant pathogens (83). These include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, penicillin-resistant S. pneumoniae, vancomycin-resistant enterococci, Acinetobacter baumannii, beta-lactamase-producing strains of H. influenzae and M. catarrhalis, and extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing strains of E. coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae. In contrast, MICs for Pseudomonas and Proteus spp. are markedly elevated. It is active against Streptococcus anginosus group (includes Streptococcus anginosus, Streptococcus intermedius, and Streptococcus constellatus), B. fragilis, B. thetaiotaomicron, Bacteroides...


The sausage-like appearance of a toe usually denotes osteomyelitis. Bone infection was confirmed on X-ray, showing osteolysis of the first and second phalanges. Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae were cultured from the base of the ulcer. The patient was treated with cotrimoxazole and clindamycin for 2 months. She was also referred to the Vascular Surgery Department for a percutaneous transluminal angioplasty of her right popliteal artery. After 2 months the ulcer was still active and the patient had local extension of osteomyelitis despite the restoration of the circulation in the periphery. She eventually had her second ray amputated. A bone culture revealed the presence of Staphylococcus aureus. She continued with cotrimoxazole for two more weeks.

Liver Abscess

Anaerobes may be involved in at least half of cases of pyogenic liver abscess (5). The most prevalent anaerobes in liver abscess are anaerobic and microaerophilic streptococci (not true anaerobes), Fusobacterium spp., B. fragilis group, and pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas spp. A colonic source is usually the initial source of infection. Staphylococcus aureus abscesses usually result from hematogenous spread of organisms involved with distant infections, such as endocarditis. Streptococcus milleri has been associated with both monomicrobial and polymicrobial abscesses in patients with Crohn's disease. S. aureus and beta-hemolytic streptococci are also associated with trauma Enterococcus spp., K. pneumoniae, and Clostridium spp. with biliary disease and Bacteroides and Clostridium spp. with colonic disease (Table 1). Staphylococcus


Infections with both bacteria and fungi are frequent with FHF, occurring in as many as 80 of patients in some studies. Defects in immunological defenses, including complement deficiency and leukocyte dysfunction, and the presence of venous, arterial, and bladder catheters, as well as an ICP monitor, probably all contribute to the high incidence of infection. Bacterial infections, typically of the lungs, urinary tract, or blood, usually occur with in the first 3 days of admission and are most often due to Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis, or enteric gram-negative rods (eg, Escherichia coli). Diagnosis requires frequent surveillance cultures because the usual signs of infection, such as fever and leukocy-tosis, may be absent. Controversy surrounds the issue of empiric antibiotics. At UCSF we typically begin enteric antibacterial and antifungal prophylaxis, perform surveillance cultures of blood, urine and sputum on a daily basis, and initiate parenteral antibiotics for...

Bacterial Properties

Not only is the size of the bacterial inoculum important the bacterial properties of virulence and patho-genicity are also significant. The most obvious pathogenic bacteria in surgical patients are gram-positive cocci (e.g., Staphylococcus aureus and streptococci). With modern hygienic practice, it would be expected that S. aureus would be found mostly in clean cases, with a wound infection incidence of 1 to 2 however, it is in fact an increasingly common pathogen in SSIs. Surveillance can be very useful in identifying either wards or surgeons with increased rates. Operative procedures in infected areas have an increased infection rate because of the high inoculum with actively pathogenic bacteria. Bacteria with multiple antibiotic resistance (e.g., methi-cillin-resistant 5. aureus MRSA , 5. epidermidis, and van-comycin-resistant enterococci VRE ) can be associated with significant SSI problems. In particular, staphylococci, with their natural virulence, present an important hazard if...


An extension of tagging over-produced proteins for purification is to tag proteins produced at wild-type levels in their native host cells. Protein purification in these circumstances, if performed under suitably mild conditions, can lead to the isolation of naturally occurring protein complexes. Most proteins do not exist as single entities within cells. They are associated, through non-covalent interactions, with a variety of other proteins that may be involved in the regulation of their function. The over-production of a single protein will not result in the over-production of other proteins in the complex. Therefore, to isolate complexes from cells, protein production should be as close to the natural state as possible. The DNA encoding what is termed a tandem affinity purification tag (TAP-tag) is cloned at the 3'-end of a target gene so that little disruption is made to its ability to be transcribed, and the fusion protein should be produced at the same level as the wild-type...

Vector Systems

The four plasmids pUB110, pC194, pE194, and pT181 were initially identified in Staphylococcus aureus. While pUB110 specifies resistance to kanamycin and neomycin and has a copy number of 30-50 per chromosome (Lacey and Chopra, 1974), pC194 codes for chloramphenicol resistance and is maintained at a copy number of about 15 (Iordanescu et al., 1978). The third plasmid, pE194, confers resistance to macrolide-lincosa-mide-streptogramin B (MLS) antibiotics and is present in 10 copies per chromosome (Iordanescu, 1976). Most importantly, pE194 is naturally temperature-sensitive for replication (Repts phenotype) and does not replicate above 45 C in B. subtilis. When cells containing pE194 were grown on erythromycin-containing media at 50 C, erythromycin-resistant cells were selected in which pE194 was found to be integrated into the bacterial chromosome at a variety of sites (Hofemeister et al., 1983). The fourth plasmid, pT181, is similar to many other tetracycline-resistant plasmids, for...

Drug Resistance

Reduced susceptibility to vancomycin in enterococci, and more recently Staphylococcus aureus, is of increasing clinical concern because of the absence of alternative therapies. In experiments in the neutropenic mouse thigh model with S. aureus strains that were vancomycin-susceptible or intermediate (VISA), the efficacy was best described by the Cmax MIC or AUC MIC ratio. When results for the vancomycin susceptible strains were compared with those for VISA, only slightly higher vancomycin exposures (Cmax or AUC) were required for the same level of efficacy despite the higher MICs. Although further studies are required, this suggests that these strains have a reduced level of susceptibility in vivo to vancomycin that is less than that predicted by the in vitro MIC 57 . Optimization of vancomycin dosage regimens could be a successful strategy for the clinical management of strains with reduced susceptibility to vancomycin.

Acute Otitis Media

Acute infections of the middle ear are usually bacterial. Some cultures grow out no organisms and are presumed to be viral. The usual bacterial offenders are Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae, and Mor-axella catarrhalis. Beta streptococcus, staphylococcus, and others may rarely be involved. Often, an upper respiratory infection precedes the ear involvement and spreads up the eustachian tube.

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