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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

Pharyngitis Tonsillitis and Peritonsillar Abscesses

Pharyngitis (sore throat) and tonsillitis are common upper respiratory tract infections affecting both children and adults. Epidemiology Etiologic Agents. Most cases of pharyngitis occur during the colder months and often accompany other infections, primarily those caused by viruses. Patients with respiratory tract infections caused by influenza types A and B, parainfluenza, coxsackie A, rhinoviruses, or coronaviruses frequentiy complain of a sore throat. Pharyngitis, often with ulceration, is also commonly found in patients with infectious mononucleosis caused by either Epstein-Barr virus or cytomegalovirus. Although less common, pharyngitis caused by adenovirus or herpes simplex virus is clinically severe. Finally, acute retroviral syndrome caused by human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) is associated with acute pharyngitis. Although different bacteria can cause pharyngitis and or tonsillitis, the primary cause of bacterial pharyngitis is Streptococcus...


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....

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

How can you identify a patient at risk for bleeding

Preoperative evaluation includes history, physical examination, and performance of appropriate laboratory tests. Questions about bleeding disorders and problems (e.g., tendency to form large hematomas after minor trauma, severe bleeding while brushing teeth) and bleeding after previous surgical procedures (e.g., dental extractions, tonsillectomy) are important. Prior surgery without transfusion suggests the absence of an inherited coagulation disorder. Review of medications is necessary to identify medications with anticoagulant potential (e.g., nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs NSAIDs , antiplatelet drugs, and anticoagulants). Coagulation studies may confirm a clinical suspicion that the patient has a bleeding disorder. No evidence supports the value of preoperative coagulation studies in asymptomatic patients.

Epidemiologic Evidence That Influenza Increases the Risk of Bacterial CAP

With respect to CAP caused by S. aureus, Hageman recently reported 17 cases of culture-confirmed community-acquired S. aureus pneumonia among persons with either an influenza-like illness (i.e. fever plus sore throat or cough) or laboratory-confirmed influenza infection before onset of pneumonia symptoms 35 . Of the 13 cases from whom S. aureus isolates were available, 11 were methicillin resistant and 10 of these were identified as the USA300 strain, a pulsed-field gel electrophoresis type associated with severe necrotizing pneumonia 54 .

The Cultural Perspective

Factors that influence antibiotic use include cultural conceptions, health beliefs, and patient demands. Cultural factors determine which signs and symptoms are perceived as abnormal and thus require medical care and antibiotic treatment.12 Illness perception influences help-seeking behavior and clinical outcome.13 For instance, transcultural differences in illness behavior were demonstrated in a survey among 2423 patients with tonsillitis in seven coun-tries.14 Multivariate analysis revealed that duration of illness was longest in former Socialist Eastern Europe because of sickness benefits, independent of patient and disease characteristics.

Symptoms And Signs

After an incubation period of 2-4 days, the illness starts with symptoms of nasal congestion blockage and irritation, sneezing and a sore throat. Excess nasal secretion follows which is serous at first and later becomes purulent if secondary bacterial infection ensues. Cough is a frequent symptom, as is headache during the first days of illness. Fever occurs seldom, and if so, it is moderate. Rhinovirus infection causes the same symptoms in all age groups. The infection is limited to the respiratory tract. It has been suggested that rhinoviruses may cause a more serious infection of the lower respiratory tract in small children. Rhinovirus infection has also been shown to precipitate attacks of asthma in children and aggravate chronic bronchitis in adults. Asymptomatic infections are reported to occur in about 25 of individuals infected with rhinovirus. Differential diagnosis. Symptoms of common cold, particularly in children, may be due to other virus infections, e.g. influenzavirus,...

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.

Clinical Signs and Diagnosis

Acute adenoiditis may occur alone or in association with rhinitis or tonsillitis. It produces pain behind the nose and postnasal catarrh, lack of resonance of the voice, nasal obstruction, and feeding difficulties in infants, and it is often accompanied by cervical adenitis. Chronic adenoiditis may result from repeated acute attacks or from infection in small adenoid remnants. The main symptom is postnasal drip. This secretion is seen to hang down behind the soft palate as tenacious mucopus.

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).

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).

Infectious Lung Disorders

Mycoplasmas are microorganisms that have characteristics of both bacteria and viruses. They tend to cause a mild but widespread form of pneumonia. Mycoplasma pneumonia is most common among children and young adults, especially those in closed communities such as schools, military barracks, and families. This microorganism acts by attaching to and destroying the cilia throughout the airways. Early symptoms (such as a vague sense of being ill, sore throat, and a dry cough) resemble the flu, but gradually, violent coughing bouts develop. Most people recover without treatment, although the use of certain antibiotics can speed recovery in some cases.

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.

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,...

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.

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...

Symptoms And Signs Primary Infection

The incubation period is reported to range from 30 to 50 days. Infection is usually asymptomatic in children, but characteristic IM develops in adolescents and young adults. In typical cases the patients have mild symptoms during the first 3-5 days such as oedema of the eyelids and meningism, especially in the evening. Later, after 7-20 days, the clinical picture is dominated by tonsillitis and general enlargement of lymph nodes, first recognized in submandibular, nuchal and axillary regions. The tonsils may be greatly enlarged, causing a variable degree of airway obstruction. Thick membranes and necrotic ulcers may be observed on the tonsils, often combined with foetor ex ore. Liver enzymes are usually elevated and sometimes hepatitis develops. Splenomegaly is evident in about 50 of patients. In about 5 of cases a maculopapular skin rash is seen on the body or the extremities. Differential diagnosis. Initially leukopenia may be found. An increase in white cell count, especially...

Invasion of Host Cells by Group A Streptococcus

The Gram-positive bacterium Streptococcus pyogenes (group A Streptococcus GAS) is a ubiquitous and versatile pathogen that causes a wide range of human infections, from clinically uncomplicated conditions, including pharyngitis (strep throat) and impetigo, to life-threatening invasive disorders such as necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease) and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (Smith et al. 2005). In addition, GAS organisms cause postinfectious immune sequelae, including glomerulonephritis, and acute rheumatic fever a leading cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, especially in developing countries throughout the world (Carapetis et al. 2005).

Multifaceted interventions

Analysis sore throat 43.8 in intervention vs In a CBA study, Gonzales and colleagues (Gonzales et al., 1999) applied a full intervention (consisting of physician education and patient materials in the office and sent to homes) to one site and compared the effect to an intervention limited to patient education materials at another site and two (no intervention) control sites. This study demonstrated a substantial absolute reduction in prescribing from baseline for the full intervention site compared with controls (24 ) while the patient intervention alone had no significant effect. The remaining two studies demonstrated little (Stewart et al., 2000) or no change (Flottorp et al., 2002) in prescribing despite extensive interventions. The Norwegian study (Flottorp et al., 2002) purported to use interventions that were tailored to locally identified barriers to change and included changes to the fee schedule for phone calls with patients in order to reduce the number of visits to...

Discussion Of Results And Implications For Practice

Et al., 2002 Gonzales et al, 1999 Hennessy et al, 2002 Perz et al, 2002 Stewart et al., 2000). One notable exception was the Norwegian study (Flottorp et al., 2002) where researchers designed the intervention to specifically address previously identified barriers to change. There was no change in antibiotic use for sore throat in this study, despite the tailored interventions possibly due to the passive nature of the interventions or an inadequate duration of follow-up. This strengthens the impression that one cannot derive broad-based recommendations from these studies to apply to any clinical situation in any community.

Patients 21 Current knowledge

In particular since the SMAC report was published. However, a small Scottish Study (Emslie and Bond, 2003) gave some indication of the public's awareness of issues around antibiotic use. Over half agreed that most infections cleared up by themselves, yet two thirds would expect antibiotics for a very sore throat and half for a persistent cough. This contradicted apparent knowledge, as three-quarters agreed that we should be more careful how we used antibiotics. To some extent this apparent contradiction reflects the difference in what people want for themselves and what they believe is right for the wider population.

What are the implications of sleepdisordered breathing in children

In children SDB can be caused by narrowing of the upper airway usually secondary to adenotonsillar hypertrophy, obesity, neuromuscular problems and or craniofacial abnormalities. Children with SDB can have significant behavioral and performance problems. Tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy have been shown to completely eliminate airway obstruction in 85 to 95 of otherwise healthy patients with OSA and result in significant improvement in clinical symptoms. Recent studies have challenged the myth of adverse effects from preoperative sedation in these children.

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.

Sexually Transmitted Infections Require Renewed Attention

Gonorrhea continues to merit attention. The prevalence of drug-resistant N. gonorrhoeae in Japan is 100 for penicillins, 70 for fluoroquinolones, 60 for tetracyclines, and 80 for macrolides.23 As in many other countries, the pathogen is also found in the pharynx (throat). About 60 of Japanese women suffering from gonococcal urethritis or cervicitis also have throat infections. This apparent expansion of infection site may reflect a change in social behavior. In Japan, commercial sex workers charge less for oral sex. Moreover, oral sex is considered safer than vaginal sex. However, throat infections often have few symptoms, and they may be more difficult to diagnose and treat.266 From a public health perspective, oral sex is a high-risk behavior. Neisseria gonorrhoeae is inherently very susceptible to many antibiotics, and a single dose has been deemed sufficient for cure. Nevertheless, N. gonorrhoeae has become resistant to one antibiotic after another.22 We may soon be in danger of...

Miscellaneous Infections Caused by Other Agents

Although much less common than streptococcal pharyngitis, C. diphtheriae can still be isolated from patients with sore throat, as well as more serious systemic disease. After an incubation period of 2 to 4 days, diphtheria usually presents as pharyngitis or tonsillitis. Patients are often febrile and complain of sore throat and malaise (body discomfort). The hallmark for diphtheria is the presence of an exudate or membrane that is usually on the tonsils or pharyngeal wall. The gray-white membrane is a result of the action of diphtheria toxin on the epithelium at the site of infection. Complications occur frequently with diphtheria and are usually seen during the last stage of the disease (paroxysmal stage). The most feared complications are those involving the central nervous system such as seizures, coma, or blindness. Information as to how this organism causes disease is discussed in Chapter 53. Additional specifics regarding this organism are also...

Antibiotic Consumption

It is a very difficult task to explain or to speculate as to why antibiotic use in the French community is so high. Despite clear guidelines on antibiotic use for presumed viral respiratory tract infection (PVRTI) over the last 10 years, the proportion of patients with PVRTI for whom antibiotics were prescribed remained high. Furthermore, antibiotic use tended to increase between 1984 and 1995, to treat acute media otitis and bronchitis, but remained almost stable for rhinopharyngitis or tonsillitis (Observatoire National des Prescriptions et Consommations des M dicaments, 1998) In contrast to certain northern European countries, in France, acute otitis media is considered as a pathology requiring antibiotic therapy. No element explaining the increased prescription of antibiotics for bronchitis has been clearly identified. The frequency of antibiotic prescriptions in sore throats reached 90 in 1984. Obviously, no increase would be expected but no spontaneous decrease occurred despite...

Clinical Manifestations

Mation have fecal leukocytes present in the stool (Figure 59-6). Their diarrhea is often characterized by the presence of mucus and possibly blood in many of these patients, fever is a prominent component of their disease, as well as abdominal pain, cramps, and tenesmus. Finally, patients who become infected with a pathogen that is able to penetrate the intestinal mucosa of the small intestine without producing enterocolitis and then subsequendy spread and multiply at other sites will present with signs and symptoms of a systemic illness such as headache, sore throat, malaise, and fever diarrhea in these patients is not a prominent feature and is absent or mild in many cases. Features of these three types of enteric infections are summarized in Table 59-3.

Communication Between the Industry and Physicians Is Required but is Becoming More and More Restricted

I have had a couple of personal examples of trying to deal with these questions that I would like to share with you. The first came when my team at Wyeth was trying to develop a drug for Respiratory-Syncytial Virus (RSV). RSV causes severe respiratory disease and death in infants and young children and causes everything from colds to pneumonia in older children and adults. RSV is deadly to immuno-compromised patients like those who are recovering from bone marrow transplants. For the population as a whole, it is just as deadly as influenza for which we now have both vaccines and antiviral drugs. For RSV, there is only one product marketed. It is an antibody used to prevent disease in premature infants with severe underlying cardiac or lung disease. That's it. One problem is, because there is no treatment, physicians don't try and diagnose the disease. That would mean that if there were a new treatment, no one would know when to use it since they wouldn't know if their patient had RSV,...

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.

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...

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...

Virulence of Anaerobic Bacteria and the Role of Capsule

Bacterial Encapsulation

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...

Guidol Ma English 1st Sem Result 2015

D., Havelsrud, K., Treweek, S., and Herrin, J., 2002, Cluster randomised controlled trial of tailored interventions to improve the management of urinary tract infections in women and sore throat. BMJ, 325, 367. Linder, J. A. and Stafford, R. S., 2001, Antibiotic treatment of adults with sore throat by community primary care physicians A national survey, 1989-1999. JAMA, 286, 1181-1186. McIsaac, W. J. and Goel, V, 1998, Effect of an explicit decision-support tool on decisions to prescribe antibiotics for sore throat. Med. Decis. Making, 18, 220-228. McIsaac, W. J., Goel, V, To, T., Permaul, J. A., and Low, D. E., 2002, Effect on antibiotic prescribing of repeated clinical prompts to use a sore throat score. J. Fam. Pract., 51, 339-344.

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

The Miracle

Roosevelt, who loves few things better than a big family feast, gave up Thanksgiving dinner at Hyde Park to rush to Boston where Son Franklin Jr. lay abed with what was described to the press as sinus trouble. The young man did have infected sinuses, and he was in the capable, Republican hands of Dr. George Loring Tobey Jr., a fashionable and crackerjack Boston ear, nose & throat specialist. He also had a graver affliction, septic sore throat, and there was danger that the Streptococcus haemolyticus might get into his blood stream. Once there the germs might destroy the red cells in his blood. In such a situation, a rich and robust Harvard crewman is no safer from death than anybody else. The drug which cured young Roosevelt seems to be a specific cure for all streptococcic infections septic sore throat, childbed fever, postabortal septicemia. It has helped to cure cases of peritonitis due to ruptured appendix, perforated stomach ulcer or gallbladder. It...

Antibacterial Treatment of Community Acquired Respiratory Tract Infections

Introduction - Community-acquired respiratory tract infections (CARTIs) represent one of the most globally prevalent classes of infection. Acute RTIs account for approximately 75 of all antibiotic prescriptions and 20 of all medical consultations (1). Community-acquired upper respiratory tract infections (CAURTI) (pharyngitis tonsillitis, laryngitis, otitis media and sinusitis) and viral RTIs (rhinorrhea the common cold, influenza A B, adenovirus, parainfluenza and syncytial virus) are typically not life-threatening unless complicated by a coinfection or an immunocompromised host (e.g. meningitis, HIV, etc.). Generally, CAURTIs respond well to front-line antibiotics such as penicillins, erythromycin, azithromycin, amoxicillin clavulanate or cefpodoxime. Viral RTIs are usually self-limiting and only require symptomatic support (2,3). Of greater concern are lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) which include community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) and acute exacerbations of chronic...

Educational outreachacademic detailing

Increase prescribing of penicillin and erythromycin for tonsillitis Increase prescribing of first-line agents for UTI, bacterial tonsillitis, otitis media, bacterial bronchitis, mild pneumonia randomized by geographic region, examined changes in the prescribing of first-line agents for acute otitis media (Dolovich et al., 1999) and tonsillitis (De Santis et al., 1994) in response to academic detailing by a pharmacist. Three of the physician randomized RCTs examined the effectiveness of academic detailing on reducing the use of particular antibiotics, oral cephalosporins (Avorn and Soumerai, 1983), tetracycline (McConnell et al., 1982), and antibiotics combined with symptomatic medications, oral and injectable cephalosporins, and an injectable combination of penicillin and streptomycin (Font et al., 1991). Another RCT used academic detailing to promote the use of certain first-line agents for a variety of community-acquired bacterial infections (UTI, bacterial tonsillitis, otitis...

Targeted Regulation Of Abortion Providers Trap

The real purpose of the TRAP laws is to make accessing an abortion even more difficult than it is presently. States already require facilities that provide abortions to have a state license including yearly inspections and reviews on top of these additional laws. When these state laws are implemented they take abortion centers outside the existing regulatory licensing procedure applicable to other physicians and impose unfair requirements that have already reduced the number of places for women who need these services to go. The legislation treats abortion differently than all comparable medical procedures and creates a double standard for those physicians who provide abortions within their medical offices (these physicians' offices do not have to have a separate state license). As a medical service, abortion is not any different from other outpatient procedures that do not have state laws regulating them. Because in the year 2007 the provision of abortion care is already...

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

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...


Influenza, commonly called the flu, is an infection caused by a virus that affects the respiratory system. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, and a sore throat. Influenza is spread from person to person through direct contact, such as shaking hands, or by inhaling droplets containing the virus in the air after an infected person coughs or sneezes. New strains of influenza virus appear every year, so you must get a shot of the influenza vaccine yearly, in the fall, just before the flu season starts. Doctors recommend the influenza vaccine for all men over age 65 and for younger men who have medical problems such as heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes or who have close contact with high-risk people.

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...

James N Sanchirico

What are the private benefit and costs If prescribed appropriately, antibiotics will treat my infection and in many cases get me back on my feet sooner. Antibiotics also reduce the risks that the infection will lead to more serious health problems in the future. According to WebMD (http, antibiotics are the treatment of choice for strepto-coccal strains, and if left untreated, strep throat can lead to rheumatic fever (mostly in children) or inflammation of the kidneys. As far as the costs, there is the cost of purchasing the antibiotics and the opportunity costs that include time spent on doctor visits and increased susceptibility to other infections while taking the antibiotic.

Surgical Therapy

Myringotomy with tube placement is effective in reducing the frequency of acute infections and in decreasing the duration of chronic effusions and their associated hearing loss. If tube placements are not effective or a child has persistent adenoidal infection or enlargement, adenoidectomy with repeat tube placements has been shown to be beneficial in children older than age 4. Tonsillectomy has not been shown to provide any additional benefit over adenoidectomy alone.


Following a short incubation period of 2 to 10 days, men who have been infected with gonorrhea typically develop discomfort in the urethra. This progresses to pain on urination and a discharge of pus from the penis the urge to urinate is frequent and urgent, and the opening of the penis may become red and swollen. Gonorrhea acquired during oral or anal sex is not likely to produce symptoms. Symptoms that do occur include a sore throat (from oral sex) and pain in and discharge from the anus (from anal sex).


Physician reminders, at the point of care, have been assessed by three physician randomized RCTs attempting to reduce antibiotic prescribing for two clinical syndromes, acute otitis media (Christakis et al., 2001) and sore throat (two studies of a similar intervention) (McIsaac and Goel, 1998 McIsaac et al., 2002) (Table 6). The principle behind this type of intervention is that if physicians are provided with information about specific treatments, at the time they are making prescribing decisions, inappropriate antibiotic use may be reduced. prescription for sore throat 27.8 for sore throat antibiotics for sore throat 28.1 in prescriptions for sore throat In the two studies of reminders for sore throats (McIsaac and Goel, 1998 McIsaac et al., 2002) (both by the same authors), a paper-based decision support tool for diagnosis and management of sore throat was developed in an effort to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use for this condition. This decision support tool consisted of a...


Non-specific lower respiratory tract infections and throat infections accounted for the main decreases in antibiotic prescribing. In Norway, the most commonly recorded diagnosis was urinary tract infections, followed by acute bronchitis, ear infections, and non-specific upper respiratory tract infections in 1989 (Straand, 1998). The most prescribed antibiotics were narrow-spectrum penicillins (29 ), followed by tetracyclines (24 ), trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole (17 ), and erythromycin (12 ). Narrowspectrum penicillin was used in a majority of ear infections, tonsillitis, nonspecific upper respiratory tract infections and sinusitis. Tetracyclines were most often prescribed for acute bronchitis and pneumonia and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole for urinary tract infections. In Sweden, a 1-week survey on 7,700 visits for infectious diseases in five counties was conducted in the year 2000 (Stalsby et al., 2002). Respiratory tract infections accounted for 70 of the diagnoses, of which...


Candida spp. can also invade the oral mucosa. Immunosuppressed patients, including very young infants, may develop oral candidiasis, called thrush. Oral thrush can extend to produce pharyngitis and or esophagitis, a common finding in patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome and in other immunosuppressed patients. Thrush is suspected if whitish patches of exudate on an area of inflammation are observed on the buccal (cheek) mucosa, tongue, or oropharynx. Oral mucositis or pharyngitis in the granulocytopenic patient may be caused by Enterobacteriaceae, S. aureus, or Candida spp. and is manifested by erythema, sore throat and possibly exudate or ulceration.


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...

Antibody Disorders

Hyperimmunoglobulin M (HIGM) syndrome is classically thought of as an antibody production disorder, although the disorder manifests itself with opportunistic infection with Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) and neutropenia as well as with recurrent bacterial infection. For the X-linked form (HIGM1 or XHIGM), the problem resides with the T-cell instead of the B-cell and occurs because of failure to upregulate the CD40 ligand (CD40L) on the activated T-cell. The CD40L, also labeled CD154, interacts with the B-cell co-receptor CD40 to activate the transcription factor nuclear factor k B (NF-kB). This interaction is necessary to provide a second signal in T-cell, B-cell communication for class switch recombination (CSR) in B-cells, initiating the change from production of IgM to that of another class of antibody. Defects in the gene encoding CD40 lead to the autosomal recessive form of HIGM or HIGM3. Another form of HIGM, HIGM2, results from mutations in activation-induced cytidine...