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Advanced age, together with immune system changes, malnutrition, chronic disease, and the institutional environment, all contribute to a higher risk of acquiring infection in the elderly. Antibiotics are widely used in geriatric centers, but often their use is not optimal.
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The criteria for assessing study quality were generation of allocation sequence, concealment of treatment allocation, blinding, and completeness of the trial. All types of acute lower respiratory tract infections were initially pooled in the meta-analyses. Funnel plot was used to examine publication bias. The heterogeneity of results was investigated by the forest plot and Chi-square test. Index of I(2) was also used to measure inconsistency results among trials. Subgroup analysis was conducted for age, types of respiratory tract infection and types of antibiotic in control groups. Sensitivity analysis was conducted under the condition of trial size and concealment of treatment allocation.
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The study comprised two phases separated by 1 year. Each phase lasted 75 days for each volunteer (from day -13 to day 61). During the first phase, 18 healthy volunteers were given a 1-g dose of amoxiclav orally twice a day for 5 days (from day 0 to day 4). The design of phase 2 was identical to that of phase 1, except that the volunteers consumed 100 g of hard-cooked cheese from day -6 to day 19. Faecal samples were collected 20 times throughout the trial and were quantitatively assayed for total and amoxicillin-resistant (Amox(R)) E. coli and enterococci. The consumption of experimental cheese was associated with a decrease of Amox(R) enterococci during the post-antibiotic period, with the maximum level of Amox(R) enterococci falling from 6.2% to 0.03%. This effect was not observed for E. coli, and the type of cheese (raw milk vs pasteurized milk) did not influence the results.
The purpose of the present study was to investigate the antibiotics utilization in the University Hospital Center of Rijeka (UHC), with capacity of 1566 beds, during the period of 4 years (1990-1994). The data concerning the antibiotics utilization were collected from a hospital pharmacy record and calculated as the defined daily dose (DDD) per 100 bed days. Total antibiotics use decreased continually from 1990 through 1994. According to our study, metronidazole became the most frequently prescribed antibiotic. Comparing the 1994 to the 1990 antibiotics utilization, we may notice an outstanding decrease in cotimoxazole, ampicillin and cefalexin utilization and an increase in amoxicillin + clavulanic acid, gentamycin and cefuroxime (there are no tetracyclines among the 10 most frequently prescribed antibiotics). The changes noticed in the use of antibiotics are partly caused by changes in therapeutic principles, but we consider drug donations as the most important factor. Drug donations have retained the treatment quality of our patients in very difficult conditions in Croatia during the war period.
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Lemierre's syndrome is a rare fulminant condition caused by an acute oropharyngeal infection, with secondary septic thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein complicated by multiple metastatic infections. Herein we report 2 patients with internal jugular vein thrombosis secondary to oropharyngeal infection, whose clinical course was indolent, and who were asymptomatic shortly after antibiotic therapy was begun. Careful examination of the neck in patients presenting with sore throat could help identify the typical 'cord sign'. In such cases, intravenous antibiotic treatment should be started as soon as possible to prevent development of metastatic infections and septicaemia characterizing Lemierre's syndrome.
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Levofloxacin was as well tolerated and effective as standard-of-care antibiotics for the treatment of CAP in infants and children.
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Ambulatory patients with pneumonia were identified at the Children's Medical Center of Dallas, TX. Children age 6 months to 16 years with radiographic and clinical evidence of pneumonia were enrolled and randomized to receive either azithromycin suspension for 5 days or a 10-day course of amoxicillin-clavulanate for those <5 years or erythromycin estolate suspension for those > or = 5 years. Blood culture was obtained in all patients and we obtained nasopharyngeal and pharyngeal swabs for culture and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for Chlamydia pneumoniae and Mycoplasma pneumoniae and nasopharyngeal swabs for viral direct fluorescent antibody and culture. Acute and convalescent serum specimens were tested for antibodies to C. pneumoniae, M. pneumoniae and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Patients were evaluated 10 to 37 days later when repeat specimens for serology, PCR and culture were obtained. For comparative purposes healthy children attending the well-child clinic had nasopharyngeal and pharyngeal swabs obtained for PCR and culture for C. pneumoniae and M. pneumoniae.
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Watchful waiting with the option of delayed antimicrobial treatment for acute otitis media is recommended in several guidelines. Our aim was to study whether delayed, as compared with immediate, initiation of antimicrobial treatment worsens the recovery from acute otitis media in young children.
In an open randomized study 218 outpatients (159 males and 59 females) ranging between 18 and 85 years of age (mean 61.9) suffering from bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis have been randomly treated: 79 with co-amoxiclav (amoxicillin 875 mg+clavulanic acid 125 mg) twice daily, 69 with cefixime (400 mg) once daily, and 70 with ciprofloxacin (500 mg) twice daily for an average period of 10 days. Before treatment start, 234 bacterial strains (105 Gram-positive and 129 Gram-negative) were isolated as the cause of exacerbation; the leading pathogens were Streptococcus pneumoniae and Haemophilus spp. Eradication rates at the end of treatment were 82.2% for the co-amoxiclav group, 77.6% for the cefixime group, and 81.2% for ciprofloxacin group. Clinical success (cure+improvement) was obtained in 90.8% of the cases treated with co-amoxiclav, in 80.9% for the cefixime group and in 85.7% of patients treated with ciprofloxacin. Seven adverse events (8.9%) of which 4 cases of diarrhea and 3 of itching, were recorded in the co-amoxiclav group. Eleven adverse events (14.7%) were recorded in the cefixime group including gastrointestinal disturbances in 6 patients and mild to moderate increase of liver function in 2. Nine adverse events (12.9%) occurred in the ciprofloxacin group, including insomnia in 3 patients, gastrointestinal disturbances in 2, and serious increase of liver function tests in one patient. It can be concluded that there were no statistically significant differences among the three treatment groups. However, co-amoxiclav demonstrated a higher efficacy rate than cefixime and ciprofloxacin and was better tolerated. Therefore, it can be used as a first-choice drug in the treatment of exacerbation of chronic bronchitis.
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self-medication with antimicrobial drugs is a relatively common practice among students in Romania. This suggests the need for interventions to prevent the irrational use of antimicrobial drugs, such as the implementation of national programs for public education regarding the risks and consequences for the health of irrational use of antimicrobials.
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We conclude that the introduction of hepatotoxicity record systems in paediatric care, together with the continuing study and development of existing systems, would contribute to improving our epidemiological knowledge about the harmful effects of drugs on the liver.