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Specific Features Of Each Abscess Peritonsillar Abscess Quinsy

Peritonsillar abscess is the most common deep head and neck infection. It generally occurs in adolescents and adults as a complication of repeated episodes of bacterial tonsillitis rarely it can occur as a secondary complication of viral infection, such as Epstein-Barr (EB) virus mononucleosis. The infection penetrates the tonsillar capsule into the space between the

Tonsillitis

Tonsillitis is a common disease of childhood. It is extremely infectious in that it spreads easily by droplets. The incubation period is two to four days. The diagnosis of tonsillitis generally requires the consideration of group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus (GABHS) infection. However, numerous other bacteria alone or in combinations (including Staphylococcus aureus and Haemophilus influenzae), viruses, and other infectious and noninfectious causes should be considered. Recognition of the cause and choice of appropriate therapy are of utmost importance in assuring rapid recovery and preventing complications. The role of anaerobic bacteria in this infection is hard to elucidate because anaerobes are normally prevalent on the surface of the tonsils and pharynx, so that cultures taken directly from these areas are difficult to interpret. The anaerobic species that have been implicated in tonsillitis are Actinomyces, Fusobacterium, and pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas spp....

Virulence of Anaerobic Bacteria and the Role of Capsule

Anaerobic Organisms

Three studies support the importance of encapsulated anaerobic organisms in respiratory infections (52-54). The presence of encapsulated and abscess-forming organisms that belong to the pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas spp. (previously called B. melaninogenicus group) was investigated in 25 children with acute tonsillitis and in 23 children without tonsillar inflammation (control) (52). Encapsulated pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas were found in 23 of 25 children with acute tonsillitis, compared with 5 of 23 controls (p < 0.001). Subcutaneous inoculation into mice of the Prevotella and Porphyromonas strains that had been isolated from patients with tonsillitis produced abscesses in 17 of 25 instances, compared with 9 of 23 controls (p < 0.05). These findings suggest a possible pathogenic role for pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas spp. in acute tonsillar infection, and also suggest the importance of encapsulation in the pathogenesis of the infection. Peritonsillar...

Anaesthetic problems

Serious or fatal events in BMD patients may have been preceded by apparently normal anaesthetics, or ones that were followed by myoglobinuria, or other evidence of rhabdomyolysis. Hyperkalaemic cardiac arrest and death during dental anaesthesia, 80 min after halothane and suxamethonium, has been reported in a 6-year-old boy with known BMD. A previous anaesthetic with halothane alone had been followed by myoglobinuria (Bush & Dubowitz 1991). Cardiac arrest occurred 25 min after halothane and suxamethonium for post-tonsillectomy bleeding in an 11 year old. Postmortem showed myopathy and evidence of several preceding episodes of muscle necrosis. Retrospective questioning revealed a history of leg cramps on walking, a family history of BMD, and a probable episode of myoglobinuria after a previous anaesthetic (Farrell 1994).

Penicillium Chrysogenum On

Penicillium Roqueforti Pda

Reports in the literature about building structures with poor indoor air quality (IAQ) increasingly appeared soon after the mid-1970s (Hodgson, 1992 Spangler and Sexton, 1983). SBS, a term that is sometimes used for symptoms commonly associated with poor IAQ, was first described in 1982. The first study examining more than one building with SBS was published in 1984 (Finnigan et al.). Although SBS has been difficult to define, evidence is now coming to the fore that seems to indicate the importance of indoor fungal growth in this phenomenon (Straus, 2001). SBS literally means that there is something inside of said building that is actually making people sick. These symptoms most commonly are fatigue, runny nose, itchy eyes, sore throat, and headaches (Cooley et al., 1998). Although no single cause for the above symptoms is likely to be found, the presence of certain molds is becoming increasingly associated with this phenomenon (Burrell, 1991 Cooley et al., 1998 Dales et al., 1991...

Clinical Signs and Diagnosis

Because wound botulism symptoms result from infection with C. botulinum organisms and subsequent in vivo production of toxin, the incubation period is longer (4-18 days) than for foodborne illness (six hours to eight days) (10,21,22). The clinical manifestations are similar to those of foodborne botulism except for the lack of early gastrointestinal symptoms. Early symptoms can include appearance of lethargy owing to muscle weakness, ptosis, blurred or double vision, dry, sore throat (21), and a subsequent descending weakness of the respiratory muscles. Fever, which usually is absent in foodborne botulism, may be present in wound botulism.

Examination Of The Oral Cavity

An examination should be undertaken in patients who present with oral symptoms or if it is indicated by the history, as in patients with Lichen planus or syphilis. Patients often present to the clinic with a sore throat following oral sex, concerned that they have contracted a sexually transmitted infection (STI) - especially, for example, if they have performed oral sex for the first time, had sexual contact outside an established relationship or had sexual contact with a sex worker. These symptoms are rarely caused by an STI, and antibiotics are hardly ever indicated. Note that most infections of gonorrhoea are asymptomatic in the throat (BASHH, 2005b), and it is often missed on culture because of poor swabbing technique. It is important to remember that a trivial symptom occasionally heralds a serious problem (Hopcroft & Forte, 2003), and symptoms reported in the mouth should not be taken in isolation, as they may be a feature of generalised disease (Toghill, 1994). Therefore,...

Puerperal Or Childbed Fever

Infection that occurs within 11 days of childbirth. In addition to the raging fever and pus emanating from the birth canal, victims often developed painful abscesses in the abdominal cavity and chest, and fatal septicemia. The reason for the vulnerability of puerperal women to life-threatening infections had been recognized by the great seventeenth-century physician and physiologist William Harvey (1578-1657) after childbirth the site of placental detachment constituted a large internal wound. Except for burns, which often become infected, wounds are rarely very large. Although the term puerperal fever implies a causal link to childbirth, the definition provides no specific information about the etiology of the disease. Not all postpartum fevers and infections should be called puerperal fever, a condition now typically attributed to Group A hemolytic streptococcus. Streptococcal disease can also appear as scarlet fever, septic sore throat, erysipelas, and rheumatic fever. This makes...

Human endogenous retroviruses HERV

Human herpesvirus 4 (HHV-4) Type species of the genus Lymphocryptovirus, subfamily Gammaherpesvirinae. The genome DNA has been completely sequenced for the B95-8 strain, and is 172kb in length with a G+C of 60 . First isolated from Burkitt tumors of African children. A very widespread human infection, mainly of children, in whom it rarely causes disease but produces a high level of immunity. However, primary infection of young adults may result in infectious mononucleosis, a febrile condition with enlargement of the lymph nodes and often a sore throat. The Paul-Bunnell test is positive. The virus is the probable

Clinical Studies Illustrating Failure of Penicillins Due to Anaerobic BLPB

The URTI in which the phenomenon of indirect pathogenicity was most thoroughly studied is recurrent tonsillitis due to GABHS (see chapter 16). Penicillin was considered the drug of choice for the therapy of this infection. However, the frequently reported inability of penicillin to eradicate GABHS is of concern. GABHS persists in the pharynx despite treatment with intramuscular penicillin in 21 of the patients after the first course of therapy and in 83 of the remainder of the patients after retreatment (216). Two randomized, single-blind, trials illustrated that either oral penicillin V or intramuscular penicillin failed to eradicate GABHS in pharyngitis in 35 children treated with oral penicillin Vand 37 of intramuscular penicillin (217). The role of anaerobic BLPB in persistence of GABHS was suggested by Brook et al. (155, 176,177) who studied core tonsillar cultures recovered from children and young adults suffering from recurrent tonsillitis. One or more strains of aerobic and or...

Acute Suppurative Parotitis And Sialadenitis

Sialadenitis, an acute infection of the salivary glands, can occur in any of the glands. The parotid gland is the salivary gland most commonly affected by inflammation. Parotitis can present as an acute single or multiple recurrent episodes. Acute suppurative parotitis may arise from a septic focus in the mouth, such as chronic tonsillitis or dental sepsis, and may be found in patients taking tranquilizer drugs or antihistamines, both of which tend to suppress saliva excretion.

Pathogensesis And Pathology

Actinomyces species are agents of low pathogenicity and require disruption of the mucosal barrier to cause disease. Actinomycosis usually occurs in immunocompetent persons but may afflict persons with diminished host defenses. Oral and cervicofacial diseases commonly are associated with dental caries and extractions, gingivitis and gingival trauma, infection in erupting secondary teeth, chronic tonsillitis, otitis or mastoiditis, diabetes mellitus, immunosuppression, malnutrition, and local tissue damage caused by surgery, neoplastic disease, or irradiation. Pulmonary infections usually arise after aspiration of oropharyngeal or gastrointestinal secretions. Gastrointestinal infection frequently follows loss of mucosal integrity, such as with surgery, appendicitis, diverticulitis, trauma, or foreign bodies (1). The use of intrauterine contraceptive devices (IUDs) was linked to the development of actinomycosis of the female genital tract. The presence of a foreign body in this setting...

Production of BL by Anaerobic Gram Negative Bacilli in Clinical Infections

One-hundred and eleven of 387 (29 ) pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas spp., which accounted for 12 of BLPB, were isolated in 15 of the patients with BLPB. The highest frequency of recovery of BL-producing pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas spp. isolates was found in URTI (38 of all pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas spp. isolates) the isolates were recovered in 28 of patients with URTI, mostly in those with recurrent tonsillitis and chronic otitis media. In pulmonary infections, 22 of the pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas spp. isolates produced BL and they were isolated in 16 of the patients. Although 22 of the isolates of the pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas spp. produced BL in skin and soft tissue infections, these organisms were isolated only in 7 of patients with these infections, mostly in those that were in close proximity or originated from the oral cavity.

C T Garnett ChingI Pao and Linda R Gooding

Advances in amplification techniques have revolutionized the ability to detect viruses both quantitatively and qualitatively and to study viral load. Real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification depends on the ability to detect and quantify a fluorescent reporter molecule whose signal increases in proportion to the amount of amplification product generated. Recent advances have been made by using probes, such as TaqMan probes, to detect amplified products. Use of these probes offers confirmation of specificity of the PCR product. Here we describe a sensitive real-time PCR assay to quantify subgroup C adenoviral DNA in human lymphocytes derived from mucosal tissues removed in routine tonsillectomy or adenoidec-tomy. This chapter will describe in detail the methods used for these analyses.

Peritonsillar Retropharyngeal And Parapharyngeal Abscesses

A peritonsillar abscess (or quinsy) occurs much more often in childhood than is generally recognized, but it is seldom diagnosed until tonsillectomy is performed and peritonsillar fibrosis discovered. Peritonsillar abscess consists of suppuration outside the tonsillar capsule and is situated in the region of the upper pole and involves the soft palate. Infection begins in the intratonsillar fossa, which lies between the upper pole and the body of the tonsil, and eventually extends around the tonsil. A quinsy usually is unilateral rarely it occurs bilaterally (5).

Anaesthetic and resuscitative problems

Cardiac arrhythmias during anaesthesia. Cardiac problems in two patients chronically exposed to 1,1,1-trichloroethane were attributed to an interaction with halothane during anaesthesia (McLeod et al 1987).The first, a 14-year-old boy, developed multiple ventricular extrasystoles and ventricular tachycardia during tonsillectomy. The arrhythmias persisted postoperatively and needed treatment with a number of antiarrhythmic drugs.At one stage a pacemaker was required. Evidence of 1,1,1-trichloroethane abuse was subsequently found. The second was a 55-year-old man who had previously developed AF and cardiac failure. This was diagnosed as secondary to industrial exposure to 1,1,1-trichloroethane in the steel industry. He was removed from exposure and his condition did not worsen.Two years later, and following an anaesthetic (halothane, but no details), he became symptomatic. Echocardiography and myocardial biopsy indicated a deterioration in cardiac function of recent onset. Since...

Familial periodic paralyses

However, the incidence of postoperative paralysis, often developing some hours later, is about 25 . Most of these episodes have been associated with hypokalaemia (Siler & Discavage 1975,Rollman & Dickson 1985, Lema et al 1991). Emergency tonsillectomy in a 13 year old was followed by respiratory failure (Bunting & Allen 1997).

Diagnosis and Clinical Manifestations

With the development of a peritonsillar abscess there is acute pain on one side of the throat and considerable constitutional disturbance. If not reversed by antibiotic therapy, or surgical drainage, the abscess can leak slowly or burst in about a week's time. This can lead to aspiration and pneumonia. Computerized tomography (CT) and intraoral ultrasound are helpful in distinguishing between abscess and cellulitis (42,43).

Boehmeria nivea L Gaud Fam Urticaceae

Boehmeria Nivea

For headache due to Wind Heat, it is used with Herba Schizonepetae Tenuifolia (Jing Jie), Folium Mori (Sang Ye), and Herba Equiseti Hiemalis (Mu Zei) in The Bombyx Batryticatus Powder (Bai Jiang Can San). For sore throat due to Wind Heat, it is used with Radix Platycodi ( Jie Geng), Radix Saposhnikoviae (Fang Feng), and Radix Gly-cyrrhizae Uralensis (Gan Cao).

Bacterial and parasitic neuropathies

Cranial neuropathies and peripheral neuropathies with sensory and motor signs occur in 20 of cases, but overall the disease is rare in the U.S. All extremities become weak. Initial infection is characterized by sore throat, dyspnea, and decreased lung function. Neurological symptoms begin with weakness in the diaphragm and pharynx 5-7 weeks later, and progress to trunk and limb weakness at 2-3 months.

Lateral Pharyngeal Space

The lateral pharyngeal space is continuous with the carotid sheath. Involvement of this space may follow pharyngitis, tonsillitis, otitis, parotitis, and odontogenic infections. Anterior compartment involvement is characterized by fever, chills, pain, tremors, and swelling below the angle of the jaw. Posterior compartment infection is characterized by septicemia, often with few local signs. Other complications include edema of the larynx, asphyxiation, internal carotid artery, and erosion internal jugular vein thrombosis. Close observation is mandatory and tracheostomy may be required. Surgical drainage and parenteral antibiotic therapy are needed.

The Environment Disease And Disease Mapping An Historical Overview

With his writings, Hippocrates (born c.460 bc) clearly justifies his position as the first major figure to emphasize the contribution to health of the environment and geographical location. For example, he noted that north-facing cities tended to have inhabitants whose generally robust health was marred by a susceptibility to pleurisy and tonsillitis whereas cities with southerly exposures, where fog and mist dispersed more readily, appeared to have healthier inhabitants.3

GERD and Airway Disease

Airway manifestations of GERD are now recognized as a significant component of the disease spectrum. Patients with pulmonary or laryngeal disease caused or exacerbated by GERD are much more likely to respond to surgical than medical therapy. Confirming a link between GERD and airway symptoms, such as coughing, sore throat, hoarseness, and asthma with diagnostic testing, however, is difficult. Thus, these patients, as a group, have the highest chance of improvement, and at the same time failure, with surgical therapy. Successful intervention is most likely dependent on picking those patients in whom reflux is the culprit.

Mixed Infections Involving Anaerobic BLPB

BLPB were found in 262 (51 ) of 514 patients with upper respiratory tract infections 72 URTI had aerobic BLPB and 57 had anaerobic. The infections in which these organisms were most frequently recovered were adenoiditis (83 of patients), tonsillitis in adults (82 ) and children (74 ), and retropharyngeal abscess (71 ). The predominant BLPB were S. aureus (49 of patients with BLPB), pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas (28 ) and the B. fragilis group (20 ). Respiratory tract Acute sinusitis and otitis Chronic sinusitis and otitis Tonsillitis

Harveys Paradoxical Influence Therapy By Leech And Lancet

Vigorous therapeutics, including copious bleeding and massive doses of drugs, formed the basis of the so-called heroic school of American medicine, best exemplified by the death of George Washington in 1799. Under the supervision of three distinguished physicians, Washington was bled, purged, and blistered until he died, about 48 hours after complaining of a sore throat. Across the Atlantic, the eminent Edinburgh surgeon John Brown (1810-1882) treated his own sore throat by applying 6 leeches and a mustard plaster to his neck, 12 leeches behind his ears, and, for good measure, removing 16 ounces of blood by venesection.

Fifty Years of Biochemistry as Enjoyed by a Medical Biochemist Motivated by an Interest in Diabetes

My interest in medicine was first aroused when, as a boy, I experienced surgery (tonsillectomy), and succumbed to most of the infectious diseases of childhood. I have recollections of being given a junior version of a stethoscope to play with at the age of six or seven or thereabouts but I have no recollection of how much of a nuisance it was or what happened to it Presumably, I had expressed an interest which was to be replaced much later by the paraphernalia of organic chemistry. By the time I was ten, it was generally assumed in the family that I would take up medicine as a career. However, I was much more interested in outdoor activities (especially soccer and cricket) than in schoolwork, up to age fifteen.

Ear Nose and Throat Disease

GERD may be associated with a number of ENT syndromes, including recurrent hoarseness, throat clearing, sore throat, and globus, and signs, such as laryngitis, vocal cord granulomas, ulcers, leukoplakia, sinusitis, and even laryngeal cancer. These patients are usually diagnosed by our ENT colleagues based upon symptoms and signs of inflammation involving the posterior third of the vocal cords and interarytenoid areas, which are both in close proximity to the upper esophageal sphincter. However, the specificity of these findings has recently been questioned our study in 100 healthy volunteers without ENT complaints found signs associated with reflux laryngitis in 86 of these subjects (Hicks et al, 2002). In these individuals, other causes could usually be found, including smoking, alcohol, excessive voice use, allergies, or asthma.

Surgery Anatomy And Dissection

Perhaps the most striking aspect of ancient Indian medicine was the range of surgical interventions and the level of success claimed by the disciples of Susruta and Caraka. Vedic myths speak of remarkable operations on men and gods, such as a cure for impotence achieved by transplanting the testes of a ram to the afflicted god Indra. Ayurvedic texts describe more prosaic but still formidable operations such as cesarean section, lithotomy (removal of bladder stones), couching the cataract, tonsillectomy, amputations, and plastic surgery. Thus, the Ayurvedic surgical tradition offers an interesting challenge to Western assumptions that systematic human dissection, animal vivisection, and the rejection of humoral pathology are essential for progress in surgery. In ancient India, surgeons mastered many major operations without these supposed prerequisites.

The External Auditory Canal

Santorini Fissure Ear

It is significant that other areas innervated by these four cranial nerves can transmit referred pain to the ear. Examples include post-tonsillectomy otalgia (ear pain) via cranial nerve IX or, more ominously, otalgia from malignancies in the tonsil, hypopharynx, or supraglottic larynx via cranial nerves IX and X. Several years ago I was referred a patient whose only complaint was a left earache, not even during swallowing. On laryngoscopy, he had a massive squamous cell carcinoma of the left hypopharynx Finally, be advised that otalgia may even be referred from organs in the chest disease of the heart, lungs, great vessels, and esophagus may all cause ear pain via the vagus nerve (X).

Hepatitis GB viruses See GB viruses

Herpangina A short febrile illness with sore throat, chiefly affecting young children in the summer in which there are small papules or vesicles around the fauces, which soon break down into shallow ulcers. Dysphagia, fever, vomiting and prostration may occur. Classically caused by coxsackie A viruses, particularly types 1-6, 8, 10 and 22. Sporadic cases have been associated with coxsackie viruses A7, A9, B1-5 and echoviruses 6, 9, 16 and 17.

Therapeutic Implications of Indirect Pathogenicity

One infection in which this therapeutic approach has been successful is recurrent tonsillitis (216,231-244). Antimicrobial agents active against BLPB as well as GABHS were effective in the eradication of this infection. Studies demonstrated the superiority of lincomycin (231-234), clindamycin (235-240), amoxicillin-clavulanate (AMX-C) (244), and penicillin plus rifampin (241,242), over penicillin alone. The superiority of these drugs compared to penicillin is due to their efficacy against GABHS, S. aureus as well as AGNB. Over 83 of the adenoids in children with chronic adeno-tonsillitis are colonized with aerobic and anaerobic BLPB (245) (see chapter 16). The existence of BLPB within the adenoids core may explain the persistence of many pathogens including S. pneumoniae where they may be shielded from the activity of penicillins. The effect on the adenoid bacterial flora of 10 day therapy with either AMX, AMX-C (246) or clindamycin (247) prior to adenoidectomy for recurrent OM was...

Pathogenesis and Microbiology

Similarity and differences exist in individuals between the bacteriology of recurrently inflamed adenoids and tonsils. A recent study investigated the microbiology of the adenoids and tonsils electively removed from 25 children with a history of recurrent GABHS adenotonsillitis (99). Mixed flora was present in all instances with an average of 9.1 isolates specimen. The predominant aerobes were Streptococcus spp., H. influenzae, GABHS, and the prevalent anaerobes were Peptostreptococcus, Prevotella, and Fusobacterium spp. BLPB were detected in 75 isolates recovered from 22 (88 ) tonsils and 74 from 21 (84 ) adenoids. Discrepancies in the recovery of organisms were found between the tonsils and adenoids. Of the aerobic isolates, 18 were only isolated in tonsils and 18 only in adenoids. Of the anaerobes, 20 were found only in tonsils and 26 only in adenoids. This study demonstrates the similar polymicrobial aerobic-anaerobic flora in both adenoids and tonsils, and the discrepancies in...

Safety Issues

The EndoCinch procedure is also associated with morbidity. In the 1-year EndoCinch study, minor adverse effects of sore throat, vomiting, abdominal pain, chest soreness, dysphagia, and bloating, described as transient and resolving spontaneously within 72 hours, were reported. Two patients had significant postprocedure bleeding and one of the patients required transfusion. A gastric mucosal tear was observed in one patient (Mahmood et al, 2003).

Lemierre Syndrome

The source of the infection is pharyngitis, exudative tonsillitis, peritonsillar abscess or oral procedure (i.e., tonsillectomy), which precedes the onset of septicemia. The initiating event is generally a localized infection in an area drained by the large cervical veins. Thereafter, the infection quickly progresses to cause a pathognomic triad of findings (i) local symptoms of neck pain, torticollis, trismus, dysphagia or dysarthria ascribable to involvement of the hypoglossal, glossopharyngeal, vagus or accessory nerves (ii) development of thrombophlebitis (iii) embolic infection of the lungs, viscera, joints or brain, or direct extension of the infection to the internal ear, middle ear or mastoid. Death can occur as a result of the erosion of a blood vessel wall with rupture into the mediastinum, ear, or crania vault (60). Most patients with Lemierre's syndrome are older than 10 years (62). The patients look toxic and manifest fever, sore throat, cough neck, pain, dyspnea, and...

General Anesthesia

While some authors attribute the majority of complications occurring during and after liposuction to the administration of systemic anesthesia 148, 206 , others consider sedation and general anesthesia safe and appropriate alternatives in indicated cases 19, 158, 207, 208 . In fact, Klein correctly acknowledges that most of the complications attributed to midazolam and narcotic combinations occurred as a result of inadequate monitoring 148 . Although significant advances have been made in the administration of local anesthetics and supplemental medications, the use of general anesthesia may still be the anesthesia technique of choice for many patients. General anesthesia is especially appropriate when working with patients suffering extreme anxiety, high tolerance to narcotic or sedative medications, or if the surgery is particularly complex. The goals of a general anesthetic are a smooth induction, a prompt recovery, and minimal side effects, such as nausea, vomiting, or sore throat....

Domestic Medicine

Most families in Colonial America relied on their own resources or local healers and herbalists rather than professional physicians. Domestic medicine was preferred to imported drugs, which were either unavailable or expensive. Those who wanted to avoid doctors, or had no access to healers, depended on traditional remedies, popular herbals, and self-help books for information on how to maintain health and deal with illness and injuries. For example, Every Man His Own Doctor or, the Poor Planter's Physician (1734) was written anonymously by John Tennent (ca. 1700-1760), a Virginia physician, who denounced other doctors for their exorbitant fees and for prescribing remedies that were as bad as the disease. Despite the attacks of fellow physicians, he offered advice, not for those who could afford ''learned Advice,'' but for the poor, who needed to find the ''cheapest and easiest ways of getting well again.'' The mashes and swamps of Virginia, he warned, generated many fevers, coughs,...

Pathogenicity

The gastrointestinal tract was the most common source for B. fragilis group endocarditis the head and neck were the most common origins for Fusobacterium and Bacteroides spp., and the head and neck or genitourinary tract were the most common sources for peptostreptococci (1,12). The most common gastrointestinal sources were peritonitis, cholecystitis, appendicitis (1,12), and aortoduodenal fistula. Oropharyngeal sources included carious teeth, periodontal abscesses, and suppurative tonsillitis. The most common genitourinary tract source was the female pelvis (1,12).

Elimination Of Gabhs

Antimicrobials that are effective against BLPB as well as GABHS have been shown to be effective in the elimination of GABHS in acute and chronic infections or the eradication of GABHS carrier state. These include lincomycin, clindamycin (54-69), penicillin plus rifampin, and the combination of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid (65) (Table 3). Other drugs that may also be effective are the combination of metronidazole and a macrolide. Clindamycin was also found to be superior to penicillin in alleviating the signs and symptoms of acute non-GABHS tonsillitis and in the prevention of recurrence (31). The combination of penicillin plus rifampin was found to be superior to penicillin in curing acute GABHS tonsillitis (65) and the eradication of GABHS carrier (64). Clindamycin was found superior to penicillin plus rifampin in the eradication of GABHS carrier state (66). Although these studies did not correlate efficacy with the presence of BLPB, the activity of rifampin and clindamycin...

Poliomyelitis

Paralytic poliomyelitis develops in only 1-2 of infected patients, anywhere from 4 days to 5 weeks following initial infection. Factors believed to predispose a patient to paralytic disease include muscle damage from recent strenuous exercise or muscle injections, increased age, tonsillectomy, weakened B-cell function, and pregnancy. Acute paralytic poliomyelitis causes fatal respi-

Causes of psoriasis

Local trauma, acute illness, and stress may be factors in causing the appearance of clinical lesions. p Haemolytic streptococcal throat infection is a common precipitating factor in guttate psoriasis. Antimalarial drugs, lithium, and p blockers can make psoriasis worse. There is evidence that psoriasis occurs more readily and is more intractable in patients with a high intake of alcohol. Smoking is associated with palmo-plantar pustulosis.