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UPEC Persistence in a Mouse Cystitis Model

The low level of internalization of the bacteria in cell culture models raises the issue of the relevance of this phenomenon. This issue has been addressed with a mouse cystitis model (Mulvey et al. 1998, 2001). The luminal surface of the bladder is lined by a layer of superficial umbrella cells that deposit on their apical surface a quasi-crystalline array of hexagonal complexes made of four integral membrane glycoproteins called uroplakins. Type I pili were shown to be necessary for bladder colonization as they can bind to uroplakins on the surface of the umbrella cells. Interestingly, bacteria are often found in A kinetic study revealed that total bacterial counts in the bladder rapidly decreased after inoculation by transurethral catheterization, presumably due to exfoliation of the epithelium. Furthermore, cellular exfoliation is dependent on an apoptotic process. The proportion of intracellular bacteria was determined with a gentamicin assay on whole bladders dissected from the...

Urinary Tract Infections Urethritis Cystitis and Pyelonephritis

However, urinary tract infections are common, especially among women. An 287 An infection can begin when microorganisms, usually bacteria from the digestive tract (such as Escherichia coli, also called E coli), accumulate at the opening of the urethra. An infection that affects only the urethra is called urethritis. From the urethra, bacteria often move up to the bladder, causing a bladder infection (cystitis). Sexually transmitted microorganisms, such as those that cause gonorrhea and chlamydia, also can infect the urinary tract. If a bladder infection is not treated promptly, bacteria may move up the ureters, causing a kidney infection (pyelonephritis), which can be serious. Kidney infections also can occur when bacteria or other microorganisms are carried to the kidneys through the bloodstream. When this happens, an obstruction in a ureter can trap infectious agents in the kidneys. Urinary tract infections do not always cause symptoms. However, most men with a urinary tract...

Laboratory Diagnosis Of Urinary Tract Infections

As previously mentioned, because noninvasive methods for collecting urine must rely on a specimen that has passed through a contaminated milieu, quantitative cultures for the diagnosis of UTI are used to discriminate between contamination, colonization, and infection. Refer to Table 5-1 for a quick reference for collecting, transporting, and processing urinary tract specimens.

Urinary Tract Infections

UTI is an important problem with regard to its frequency. Of women between 20 and 40 years of age, 25 to 35 have had at least one episode of UTI.13 UTIs are most often caused by Gram-negative bacilli approximately 80 of uncomplicated UTIs are caused by Escherichia coli, and the rest with others such as enterococci, Staphy-lococcus saprophyticus, Klebsiella spp., and Proteus mirabilis.14 Unfortunately, many strains of E. coli have become resistant to ampicillin because of expression of (3-lactamases and this has resulted in increased use of co-trimoxazole (trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole) over the last decade.15 Since the publication of guidelines for the treatment of uncomplicated UTIs and pyelonephritis by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) in 1999, the dramatic change in the pattern of resistance of uropathogens warrants reevaluation of guidelines.16 The most recent IDSA guideline recommends co-trimoxazole, double strength, 1 tablet twice daily orally for 3 days, as the...

Distribution and Clearance of Adenovirus from the Respiratory Tract

Adenovirus is an important respiratory pathogen affecting individuals of all ages with an annual incidence of between 5 to 10 million in the United States. Infections can occur sporadically, epidemically and nosocomially but most individuals are infected at a young age adenovirus accounts for 7 to 10 of all respiratory illnesses in infants and children 8, 9 . Although adenovirus frequently causes a mild, acute upper respiratory illness, e.g., the common cold, respiratory infections occur as a broad spectrum of distinct clinical syndromes ranging from self-limited acute pharyngitis to fatal pneumonia 10-12 , Adenovirus has also been identified an etiological factor of exacerbations in individuals with chronic obstructive lung diseases and infections can be especially problematic in immunocompromised individuals. Examples of the latter include persistent bladder infections in individuals with chemotherapy-induced neutropenia, fatal pneumonia in neonates, and exacerbation of graft...

Therapeutic Alternatives and Developping Treatments in Refractory Urge Incontinence and Idiopathic Bladder Overactivity

The other treatments available are more invasive and often irreversible surgical procedures. Surgical therapy should only be considered when all conservative methods have failed. Endoscopic approaches have been used in urgency incontinence 162 . Overdistension of the bladder is thought to reduce bladder distension by causing degeneration of unmyelinated C afferent small sensory fibers. This technique requires anaesthesia and have some complications including hematuria, urinary retention and bladder perforation in 5 to 10 146 . Although effective in short term management, this procedure is usually temporary in symptomatic control. Bladder myectomy (autoaugmentation) has beeen proposed as an alternative to enterocystoplasty. Detrusor myectomy involves incising and removing the bladder muscle to allow bladder mucosa to form a pseudodiverticulum. Detrusor myectomy for treatment of refractory urge incontinence due to detrusor overactivity in both sexes has been reported to be successful in...

Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary tract infections account for about 40 of all hospital-acquired infections (47). Instrumentation, particularly indwelling catheterization, is responsible for the majority of nosocomial UTIs (48). Therefore, using these catheters only when indicated, inserting and maintaining them properly, and removing them when they are no longer needed are important. Urinary catheters are overused in many hospitals and are left in for longer than needed catheters should never be used for convenience (49). Personnel who insert and maintain catheters should be trained in aseptic technique. Strict adherence to the sterile continuously closed system of urinary drainage is the standard and has been shown to be superior to open drainage (48). The use of prophylactic antibiotics in the prevention of catheter-related UTIs is not currently recommended and was shown to increase resistance in some studies (50,51). Studies of the efficacy of catheters coated with antibiotics or silver alloy in reducing...

Catheter Associated UTIs

UTIs account for about 40 of all HAIs (62). Instrumentation, particularly indwelling catheterization, is responsible for the majority of nosocomial UTIs (63). Therefore, using these catheters only when indicated, inserting and maintaining them properly, and removing them when they are no longer needed is important. Urinary catheters are frequently overused and are left in for longer than needed catheters should never be used for convenience (64). Personnel who insert and maintain catheters should be trained in aseptic technique. Strict adherence to the sterile, continuously closed system of urinary drainage is the standard and has been shown to be superior to open drainage (63). The use of prophylactic antimicrobials in the prevention of catheter-related UTIs is not currently recommended and has been shown to increase resistance in some studies (65,66). Most episodes of catheter-associated UTI appear to be caused by the migration of bacteria from the urethral meatus along the external...


Typically, patients with cystitis (infection of the bladder) complain of dysuria, frequency, and urgency (compelling need to urinate). These symptoms are due not only to inflammation of the bladder but also to multiplication of bacteria in the urine and urethra. Often, there is tenderness and pain over the area of the bladder. In some individuals, the urine is grossly bloody. The patient may note urine cloudiness and a bad odor. Because cystitis is a localized infection, fever and other signs of a systemic (affecting the body as a whole) illness are usually not present.

Multifaceted interventions

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 physicians for sore throat and UTI. Despite this...

Methods of public education

Health professionals should also use leaflets as part of the consultation (see later) in place of the prescription, perhaps augmented by further detailed, personalised printed materials. Leaflets should be eye catching and give a clear message with possibly more detailed information in smaller font. They should explain their purpose (Why), what behaviour is expected (What), how to get further help (How), who to consult (Who), and what to do (Actions to take). Figure 1 illustrates the range of leaflets recently produced in Grampian for flu, coughs, colds, and cystitis (reproduced with the permission of NHSGrampian). Figure 2 illustrates some of the text for the flu leaflet emphasising why antibiotics use should be restricted.

Why do some patients with MS become unable to urinate when they have to urinate all day and night

Treatment of bladder dysfunction is usually directed at relieving symptoms and reducing the risk of infection. Ditropan and other anticholinergic drugs are the mainstay of the treatment of urinary frequency and urgency. Unfortunately, these drugs tend to produce dryness of the mouth. Often, patients prefer to use the drugs only at night to reduce wakening and risk of incontinence. These drugs can be useful when patients with urinary frequency and urgency have to leave their homes. Urinary catheterization is sometimes necessary to achieve bladder emptying and can help prevent recurrent bladder infections and complicating kidney damage. If catheterization is recommended, it should

Management of Critical Data and Information

An acceptable strategy is for surveillance to target specific units (especially intensive care units ICUs ), procedures, or infections of particular concern or importance. The infection control committee should review the surveillance plan periodically (at least annually) and recommend areas to target. The most common nosocomial infections are urinary tract infections (UTIs), pneumonias, surgical site infections (SSIs), and bloodstream infections.

Uncomplicated Chlamydial Infections

Chlamydial urethritis is characterized by urethral discharge of mucopurulent or purulent material and sometimes by dysuria or urethral pruritis. Asymptomatic infections are common. All patients who have urethritis should be evaluated for the presence of gonococcal and chlamydial infection. Treatment should be initiated as soon as possible after diagnosis. Single-dose regimens have the advantage of improved compliance and permit DOT. The medication should be provided in the clinic or healthcare provider's office. Recommended regimens include azithromycin 1 g orally in a single dose or doxycycline 100 mg orally twice a day for 7 days. Again, the 2 g single oral dose of azithromycin has not been recommended, due to its increased expense and frequency of gastrointestinal intolerance. Alternative regimens include erythromycin base 500 mg orally four times a day for 7 days, erythromycin ethylsuccinate 800 mg orally four times a day for 7 days, ofloxacin 300 mg twice a day for 7 days, or...

Indications For Antibiotic Prescriptions

Available population-based studies which describe antibacterial use by indication use physician surveys or prescription databases as the data collection mechanism. In most studies the most common indication for an antimicrobial prescription is a respiratory tract infection (RTI) (60-70 ) followed by urinary tract infections (UTI) (10-15 ), and skin and soft tissue infections (10 ). In children, more than 90 of infectious episodes are respiratory tract infections (including otitis media) and children also receive antimicrobial treatment more often than adults. In the elderly urinary tract infections becomes more prevalent as a diagnosis and increasing utilisation of antimicrobials are observed in the veteran population.

Impact On Health Budgets Of Antibiotic

Infectious diseases increase demands on national health budgets that already utilise some 7-14 of GDP in developed countries, up to 5 in the better-off developing countries, but currently less than 2 in least developed states. In many developing countries where many competing needs exist, healthcare budget represent only 2-5 of their total annual budget. This creates a very vulnerable public health infrastructure with small support for sus-tainability. In addition, when unexpected health crisis or natural disasters arrive in these countries, such as infectious outbreaks, emerging infectious diseases, earthquake, flooding, fire, etc., public health officials are faced with the difficult task of cutting existing budgets and allocating monies to solve crisis leaving scarce resources to carry on existing efforts. In May of 2001, APUA conducted a survey on physician antibiotic prescribing practices and knowledge in seven countries in Latin America. Respondents prescribed antibiotics in the...

General Comments Regarding Screening Procedures

Therefore, given the importance of the 102 CFU mL count and the PMN count, no screening test should be used indiscriminately. Selecting a screening method largely depends on the laboratory and the patient population being served by the laboratory. For example, there will be a cost advantage in screening urine in laboratories that receive many culture-negative specimens. On the other hand, urine from patients with symptoms of UTI plus a selected group expected to have asymptomatic bacteriuria should be cultured. For example, patients in their first trimester of pregnancy should be cultured because these women might appear asymptomatic but have a covert infection and become symptomatic later UTIs in pregnant women may lead to pyelonephritis and the likelihood of a premature birth. Other situations in which patients with no symptoms of UTI might be cultured include the following

Specific Strategies for Preventing HAIs

The prevention and control of HAIs should, in general, serve to reduce antimicrobial resistance by decreasing opportunities for infection and the accompanying use of antimicrobials. Putting aside the occasional exposure of a hospital population to highly contagious diseases, such as varicella, measles, and pertussis, most healthcare epidemiologists in developed countries are daily preoccupied with four categories of infections UTIs catheter-related BSIs pneumonias, primarily VAPs and SSIs. A fifth, CDI, due to a disturbing increase in the incidence and severity of this disease, is discussed in Chapter 11. Some appreciation of the issues surrounding these categories of infections is necessary background for understanding interventions directed against DROs.

Incidence Of Nosocomial Infections

Are urinary tract infections (33 ), followed by pneumonia (15 ), surgical site infections (15 ), and bloodstream infections (13 ). A companion CDC program. Study of the Efficacy of Nosocomial Infection Control (SENIC), keeps statistics on morbidity and mortality of hospital-acquired infections. Each nosocomial infection adds 5 to 10 days to the affected patient's hospital stay. Of individuals with hospital-acquired bloodstream or lung infections, 40 to 60 die each year. Likewise, patients with indwelling (Foley) catheters have a threefold increased chance of dying from urosepsis, a bloodstream infection that is a complication of a urinary tract infection, than those who do not have one.

Characteristics of staff authorised to take responsibility for the supply or administration of medicines under Patient

Clinical condition - The PGD is applicable to any patient (male or female) who has been diagnosed with genital candidiasis. Genital candidiasis is a fungal infection and is commonly caused by the species Candida albicans. In women the sites of infection may include the vulva, vagina and the urethra, and in men the most common sites include the glans, prepuce and urethra. Signs and symptoms are variable. Women may complain of a thick white vaginal discharge, pruritus, soreness, erythema, dysuria and dyspareunia. Fissuring may be apparent on the vulva. Men may present with a visible rash on the glans and they may also complain of pruritus and dysuria. Diagnosis is confirmed either clinically, microscopically (by wet and dry slide) or by culture media. Inclusion criteria - symptomatic patients who have had Candida diagnosed clinically and or microscopically, and symptomatic patients who have had Candida diagnosed on culture. Exclusion criteria - this includes female patients who have...

CNF1Triggered Epithelium Invasion

Gram-negative bacteria have thus developed different strategies to penetrate inside cells 42 , all of them having in common the use of a family of cellular regulators expressed in all cells, namely, the Rho GTPases. CNF1 produces a counter-intuitive mechanism consisting of Rho protein activation responsible for sensitizing them to ubiquitin-mediated proteasomal degradation 29 (Fig. 2). These observations raise the question of the importance of both Rho protein activation and degradation in bacterial virulence. It has been shown that activation of Rho proteins is necessary to induce CNF1-triggered phagocytosis by epithelial cells 29,46 . Interestingly, the reaching of a low level of Rho protein activation because of equilibrium between activation and degradation was shown to confer higher invasive properties to pathogenic bacteria (Fig. 2). Similar requirements were also found to confer cell-cell junction dismantling and epithelial cell motility inside monolayers 29 . Urinary tract...

Infections Of The Urinary Tract

The isolate was a catalase-positive, gram-positive cocci in clusters, which identified it as a Staphylococcus spp. It is important to identify S. aureus and S. saprophytics in urinary specimens. S, aureus is coagulase-positive, and S. saprophytics is coagulase-negative. Care must be used if one performs a Latex test for coagulase, rather than a test with rabbit plasma, because S. saprophytics can give a false-positive result. S. saprophytics is resistant to novobiocin. Testing for resistance is done using a disk impregnated with 5 pg mL of novobiocin. Any zone less than J1 mm is considered resistant. In this case, the isolate was resistant. Even though there are other coagulase-negative staphylococci that are novobiocin-resistant (see Table 16-5), the isolate is presumed to be S. saprophytics, because the other species are not known to cause urinary infections. 3, Susceptibility testing is not indicated, since these organisms are generally always susceptible to the usual drugs used to...

Resident Microorganisms Of The Urinary Tract

The urethra has resident microflora that colonize its epithelium in the distal portion. Some of these organisms are listed in Box 57-1. Potential pathogens, including gram-negative aerobic bacilli (primarily Enterobacteria-ceae) and occasional yeasts, are also present as transient colonizers. All areas of the urinary tract above the urethra in a healthy human are sterile. Urine is typically sterile, but noninvasive methods for collecting urine must rely on a specimen that has passed through a contaminated milieu. Therefore, quantitative cultures for diagnosis of UTIs have been used to discriminate between contamination, colonization, and infection.

Etiologic Agents Community Acquired

Normal Flora The Urinary Tract

Escherichia coli is by far the most frequent cause of uncomplicated community-acquired UTIs. At the molecular level, the E. coli that causes UTTs is sufficiendy different from other types of E. coli so as to be designated uropathogenic E. coli (UPEC). Other bacteria frequently isolated from patients with UTTs are Klebsiella spp., other Enterobaderiaceae, Staphylococcus saprophytics, and en-terococd In more complicated UTTs, particularly in recurrent infections, the relative frequency of infection caused by Proteus, Pseudomonas, Klebsiella, and Entero-bacter spp. increases.

Anaerobes as Part of the Human Indigenous Microbial Flora

Recognizing the unique composition of the flora at certain sites is useful for predicting which organisms may be involved in an adjacent infection and can assist in the selection of empiric antimicrobial therapy. It can also be useful in determining the source and significance of microorganisms recovered from body sites. For example, bacterial endocarditis caused by Enterococcus faecalis is more often associated with urinary tract infection, while alpha hemolytic streptococcal endocarditis is more often observed in patients with poor dental hygiene and tooth extraction. Numerous studies utilized selective gut decontamination in an attempt to eradicate only the Enterobacteriaceae and preserve the anaerobes by using antimicrobials that are only effective against Enterobacteriaceae (31). The subjects of these studies were generally immunosupressed individuals and those prone to infections. The antimicrobials were either nonabsorbable (i.e., polymyxin, neomycin, bacitracin) or absorbable...

Neisseria meningitidis

S., and Jones, R. N. 2002a. ''Urinary tract infection trends in Latin American hospitals Report from the SENTRY antimicrobial surveillance program (1997-2000).'' Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 44 289-299. Yuksel, S., Ozturk, B., Kavaz, A., Ozcakar, Z. B., Acar, B., Guriz, H., Aysev, D., Ekim, M., and Yalcinkaya, F. 2006. ''Antibiotic resistance of urinary tract pathogens and evaluation of empirical treatment in Turkish children with urinary tract infections.'' International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 28 413-416.

Inoculation and Incubation of Urine Cultures

Once it has been determined that a urine specimen should be cultured for isolation of the common agents of UTI, a measured amount of urine is inoculated to each of the appropriate media. The urine should be mixed thoroughly before plating. The plates can be inoculated using disposable sterile plastic tips with a displacement pipetting device calibrated to deliver a constant amount, but this method is somewhat cumbersome. Most often, microbiologists use a calibrated loop designed to deliver a known volume, either 0.01 or 0.001 mL of urine. These loops, made of platinum, plastic, or other material, can be obtained from laboratory supply companies.

Antibiotic Resistance And Bacterial Variation

The importance of vancomycin resistance to the geriatrician is the common usage of that antibiotic to treat UTIs and infected pressure ulcers, which are relatively common in LTCFs (70). Vancomycin-resistant enterocci are introduced most often into LTCFs by accepting patients who have acquired resistant organisms in hospitals.

Bacteroides fragilis Group

Organisms that are capable of supplying this need Pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas are part of the normal oral and vaginal flora and are the predominant anaerobic gram negative bacilli isolated from respiratory infections. These include aspiration pneumonia (38), lung abscess (61), chronic otitis media (14), and chronic sinusitis (15). These organisms have been recovered also from abscesses and burns around the oral cavity (58), human bites (68), paronychia (69), urinary tract infection (70), brain abscesses (37), and osteomyelitis (71). Also, they have been isolated from patients with bacteremia associated with infections of the upper respiratory tract (11). Pigmented Prevotella and Porphyromonas play a major role in the pathogenesis of periodontal disease (72) and periodontal abscesses (73).

Historical Perspective And Unique Challenges Related To Antimicrobial

Before we discuss ASPs, it is important to address some of the unique attributes of antimicrobials and their use. Antimicrobials have been termed societal drugs (10). Why Because prescribing an antihypertensive to a patient with hypertension, for example, only impacts the patient for whom the drug is prescribed. Conversely, an antimicrobial administered to that same patient has an opportunity to impact not only that person, but countless others. Since antimicrobial resistance has the potential to develop during antimicrobial therapy in that patient (if not dosed correctly, if given for too long, if not taken as instructed, or even if all of these variables are optimized), the resultant resistant organism has the opportunity to be spread to persons who have never been exposed to that antimicrobial. Thus, the use and misuse of these resources have societal consequences and is why optimizing their use is important at the patient, institutional, and national international level. An...

Darifenacin Urinary Incontinence [1518

Darifenacin demonstrates greater effect on tissues in which the predominant receptor type is M3 rather than Ml or M2. In vitro darifenacin inhibits carbachol-induced contractions with greater potency in isolated guinea-pig bladder (M3) than in guinea-pig atria (M2) or dog saphenous vein (Ml). In animal models, it shows greater selectivity for inhibition of detrusor contraction over salivation or tachycardia. The synthesis of darifenacin involves the coupling of 5-(2-bromoethyl)-2, 3-dihydrobenzofuran with as a key step. The latter intermediate is prepared from 3-(R)-hydroxypyrrolidine in a five-step sequence involving N-tosylation, Mitsunobu reaction to introduce a tosy-loxy group in the 3-position with stereochemical inversion, anionic alkylation with diphenylacetonitrile, cleavage of the N-tosyl protecting group with HBr, and conversion of the cyano group to a carboxamide. Darifenacin is supplied as a controlled release formulation, and the recommended dosage is 7.5 mg once, daily....

Campaign To Prevent Antimicrobial Resistance In Health Care Settings

Papers have been published discussing the principles of the campaign tailored to dialysis and surgical patients (24,25). For the strategy of Prevent Infection, recommendations for dialysis patients include use of influenza and pneumococcal vaccines, reducing hemodialysis catheter use, using the lowest risk vascular access (i.e., arteriovenous AV fistulae in preference to grafts and minimizing use of hemodialysis catheters), and reducing hemodialysis and peritoneal access-related infections through various means, including consistent use of sterile technique, proper catheter procedures, appropriate dressings, and aseptic techniques, all by trained personnel. Among surgical patients, key principles in the strategy include minimizing the use of invasive devices and vaccinating at-risk surgical patients and staff. Guidelines are provided for prevention of catheter-associated urinary tract infections and prevention of health care-associated pneumonia. -Treat urinary tract infection, not...

Interpretation of Urine Cultures

As previously mentioned, UTIs may be completely asymptomatic, produce mild symptoms, or cause life-threatening infections. Of importance, the criteria most useful for microbiologic assessment of urine specimens is dependent not only on the type of urine submitted (e.g., voided, straight catheterization) but the clinical history of the patient (e.g., age, sex, symptoms, antibiotic therapy). CCMS urine pyelonephritis, acute cystitis, asymptomatic bacteriuria, orcatheterized urines

Acute Urethral Syndrome

Another UTT is acute urethral syndrome. Patients with this syndrome are primarily young, sexually active women, who experience dysuria, frequency, and urgency but yield fewer organisms than 105 colony-forming units of bacteria per milliliter (CFU mL) urine on culture.7,10,17'18 (The classic criterion of greater than 105 CFU mL of urine is highly indicative of infection in most patients with UTIs.) Almost 50 of all women who seek medical attention for complaints of symptoms of acute cystitis fall into this group. Although Chlamydia trachomatis and N. gonorrhoeae urethritis, anaerobic infection, genital herpes, and vaginitis account for some cases of acute urethral syndrome, most of these women are infected with organisms identical to those that cause cystitis but in numbers less than 105 CFU mL urine. One must use a cutoff of 102 CFU mL, rather than 105 CFU mL, for this group of patients but must insist on concomitant pyuria (presence of 8 or more leukocytes per cubic millimeter on...

Type 1 Pili Involvement in Abiotic Biofilm Formation

Many motile laboratory strains of E. coli are able to form biofilms on abiotic surfaces such as polyvinylchloride (PVC), polypropylene, polycarbonate, and borosil-icate glass when grown statically in rich medium at room temperature (Pratt and Kolter 1998). Therefore, type 1-mediated biofilm formation may contribute to the ability of UPEC to withstand antibiotic treatments and host antimicrobial defenses in the urinary tract. To gain an understanding of the factors involved in formation of E. coli biofilms, Pratt and Kolter used transposon mutagenesis to generate mutants defective in biofilm formation on abiotic surfaces (Pratt and Kolter 1998). Mutants capable of motility but still severely defective in biofilm formation were isolated and determined to fall within the fim gene cluster. Independent insertions were found within fimB, fimA, fimC, fimD, and fimH. Microscopic analysis of PVC surfaces on which the fim mutants were grown statically in rich medium revealed that fim mutants...

Types Of Infection And Their Clinical Manifestations

UTI encompasses a broad range of clinical entities that differ in terms of clinical presentation, degree of tissue invasion, epidemiologic setting, and requirements for antibiotic therapy. There are five major types of UTIs urethritis, asymptomatic bacteriuria, cystitis, the urethral syndrome, and pyelonephritis. Sometimes UTIs are classified as uncomplicated or complicated. Uncomplicated infections occur primarily in otherwise healthy females and occasionally in male infants and adolescent and adult males. Most uncomplicated infections respond readily to antibiotic agents to which the etiologic agent is susceptible. Complicated infections occur in both sexes. In general, individuals who develop complicated infections often have certain risk factors. Some of these risk factors are listed in Box 57-3. In general, complicated infections are more difficult to treat and have greater morbidity (e.g., kidney damage, bacteremia) and mortality compared with uncomplicated infections. The...

Pathogenesis Routes of Infection

Bacteria can invade and cause a U1I via two major routes ascending and hematogenous pathways.919 Although the ascending route is the most common route of infection in females, ascent in association with instrumentation (e.g., urinary catheterization, cystoscopy) is the most common cause of hospital-acquired UTIs in both sexes. For UTIs to occur by the ascending pathway, enteric gram-negative bacteria and other microorganisms that originate in the gastrointestinal tract must be able to colonize the vaginal cavity and or the periurethral area.6 Once these organisms gain access to the bladder, they may multiply and then pass up the ureters to the kidneys. UTIs occur more often in women than men, at least partially because of the short female urethra and its proximity to the anus. As previously mentioned, sexual activity can increase chances of bacterial contamination of the female urethra. In most hospitalized patients, un is preceded by urinary catheterization or other manipulation of...

Clinical Manifestations

Syphilis Penis

Although a frequent presenting symptom associated with urinary tract infection, dysuria can commonly result from an STD caused by organisms such as N. gonorrhoeae, C. trachomatis, and HS V. rally only observed in males the symptoms of urethral infection in females are infrequendy localized. Most males complain of discomfort at the penile tip as well as dysuria. Urethritis may be gonococcal, caused by N. gonorrhoeae, or nongonococcal. Nongonococcal urethritis can be caused by C. trachomatis, Trichomonas vaginalis (less frequendy), and genital mycoplasmas such as Mycoplasma hominis, M.genitalium, and Ureaplasma ureafyticum.

Biofilm Formation on and in Urinary Tissues 71 Intracellular Bacterial Communities 711 Intracellular Pods

Nongonococcal Urethritis

During late IBC formation at approximately 12 h postinfection, the UPEC are found to flux out of the cells by regaining their rod-shaped morphology, becoming motile, and bursting out of the pods (Fig. 1) (Justice et al. 2004). The fluxing motility parallels the detachment of abiotic biofilms. The morphological change during this phase was not due to exposure to a rich medium environment because the same phenotype was also observed when the mouse bladder explants were exposed to saline buffer. Fluxing appeared to be necessary for UPEC to infect either adjacent superficial bladder cells or the underlying naive bladder cells. Although the fluxing observed during this stage appeared characteristic of flagellar-based motility, subsequent studies showed that fluxing did not involve flagella because a UPEC mutant deficient in flagellin expression (DfliC) was able to form as many pods as a wild type UPEC strain in a murine cystitis model (Wright et al. 2005). The expression of flagella,...

Type 1 pili in UPEC Pathogenesis and Intracellular Biofilm Formation

Uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) strains are the most common causes of urinary tract infections (UTIs) (Hooton and Stamm 1997). Moreover, UPEC biofilms are responsible for many catheter-associated and chronic UTIs (Nicolle 2005). UPEC strains can vary greatly in their ability to cause UTIs. This is most likely due to the different repertoire of virulence factors associated with each UPEC strain (Foxman et al. 1995 Johnson et al. 1998 Marrs et al. 2005). Virulence factors described for UPEC include a-hemolysin, cytotoxic necrotizing factor 1 (cnfl), lipopolysaccharide (LPS), capsule, the siderophores aerobactin and enterobactin, proteases, and a number of adhesive organelles (Johnson 1991 Oelschlaeger et al. 2002). However, no single virulence factor has been identified that is specific to or definitive of UPEC. Despite this fact and despite their presence in a majority of wild type E. coli strains (Hagberg et al. 1981 Langermann et al. 1997), perhaps the single most important...

DNA Microarray Analysis of Bacterial Pathogens

DNA microarrays also were successfully used in analyzing whole-genome gene expression (transcriptome) of uropathogenic E. coli strain CFT073 during urinary tract infection of CBA J mice (28). Total RNA was isolated from CFT073 bacteria obtained directly from the urine of infected mice. The in vivo transcription profiles were compared with those of CFT073 grown statically to exponential phase in rich medium. Overall, transcription of 313 genes was found elevated, whereas that of 207 genes was reduced. Of the 313 CFT073 genes that were to be elevated, only 45 genes were unique to the uropathogenic strain and not found in nonpathogenic E. coli K12. The author proposed that these 45 are candidate virulence genes for urinary tract infection. Twenty-five of these genes have previously been implicated in virulence. These include genes involved in iron acquisition, capsule synthesis, and synthesis of microcin secretion proteins. Thirteen new candidate virulence genes encoding hypothetical...

The Overactive Bladder

Pathophysiology Oab

The major role of cystometry in the diagnosis of overactive bladder (OAB) has recently been dissipated since overactive bladder is now taken to be a medical condition referring to the symptoms of frequency and urgency, with or without urge incontinence 2 . Thus the diagnosis of the OAB symptom complex is based upon the subjective perception of lower urinary tract dysfunction. However, as emphasized above, the OAB is a complex of symptoms that can be diagnosed as such only when there is no proven urinary tract infection or other obvious pathology.

Pathophysiology of

Inflammation is a common component associated with sepsis, meningitis, as well as respiratory tract, urinary tract, viral, and bacterial infections (Table 1). Bik is elevated during bacterial or viral infection. The presence of urinary Bik correlates well with standard urinalysis tests for urinary tract infections 20 . Endotoxins released from infectious pathogens induce inflammation and immune cell activation. Macrophages release interleukins and cytokines (IL-1, IL-6, IL-12, IL-15, IL-18, TNF-a) on exposure to lipo-polysaccharide (LPS) and lipoteichoic acid (LTA) endotoxins. These cyto-kines act as a chemotactic factors causing immune cell migration to the site of the infection followed by activation and release of proteases. Cytokines also induce increased vascular permeability in the endothelial. Bik suppresses further cytokine release by protease and intern additional migration and activation of immune cells. Additionally, a stabilization of the immune cell membrane prevents...

Adaptation of Locally Customized Published Guidelines

Field Schnittstellen

National guidelines put forth by the IDSA and SHEA (and other organizations) are available for a variety of infections, providing evidence-based diagnosis and prevention and treatment discussions, and are useful to construct clinical pathways, which can be customized locally. In addition, for some infections (CDI) where significant time has passed since the publication of national guidelines and where the disease process has changed significantly, an institution should have a mechanism to develop evidence-based guidelines. Evidence suggests that guidelines are often not followed and do not result in practice changes, an observation that has been personally made by years of clinical practice and through studies that have demonstrated lack of adherence to guidelines (96,110-112). The treatment of uncomplicated acute bacterial cystitis and acute pyelonephritis in women is a straightforward guideline published by the IDSA in 1999 (113). With regard to therapy for these infections,...

Infections of the Reproductive Organs and Other Upper Tract Infections

Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection that results when cervical microorganisms travel upward to the endometrium, fallopian tubes, and other pelvic structures. This infection can produce one or more of the following inflammatory conditions endometritis, salpingitis (inflammation of the salpinges), localized or generalized peritonitis, or abscesses involving the fallopian tubes or ovaries. Patients with PID often have intermittent abdominal pain and tenderness, vaginal discharge, dysuria, and possibly systemic symptoms such as fever, weight loss, and headache. Serious complications, such as permanent scarring of die fallopian tubes and infertility, can arise if PID is untreated. statitis have dysuria and urinary frequency, symptoms that are associated with lower urinary tract infection. Frequendy, these patients have systemic signs of illness such as fever. Chronic bacterial prostatitis is an important cause of persistent bacteriuria in the male...

Clinical Application of Sacral Neuromodulation

The work-up for treatment by sacral neuromodulation must include careful assessment of past history with special emphasis on drugs influencing bladder function. A physical examination may be given to assess neurologic status, togther with a perineal examination with urodynamic investigation to assess bladder and sphincter function. To rule out any other lower urinary tract pathological conditions, urine culture can be performed to exclude urinary tract infection. Cytology and cystoscopy are helpful in ruling out carcinoma cystitis, and when indicated, imaging of the upper tract may be performed. It is recommended to perform MRI of the entire spinal cord to screen for neurologic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, a neoplasm, syringomyela, lipoma, etc. There are some specific etiologies of urinary dysfunction in children, such as neurogenic bladder (myelomeningocele, occult spinal dysraphism, sacral agenesis, tethered cord syndrome, cord lipoma, cerebral palsy), non-neurogenic bladder...

Disorders of the Kidney

Surgery is rarely needed to remove or to break up kidney stones. However, if a stone does not pass through the ureter and blocks urine flow, or if a stone causes ongoing urinary tract infection, medical treatment will be required. Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) passes shock waves through the body until they strike the stones and reduce them to the consistency of sand so they can be excreted in the urine. Lithotripsy usually is done on an outpatient basis. The procedure is performed using either intravenous sedation or epidural (spinal) anesthesia. Some lithotripsy devices require the patient to be in a water bath during the procedure, while others require that the patient lie on a soft cushion or pad.

Disorders of the Bladder and Urethra

Called urethral stricture, is a common problem following long-term catheter placement. Urethral stricture can interfere with urination and ejaculation. It also can damage the kidneys by causing back pressure (buildup of fluid) in the urinary tract. Urethral stricture also may be a factor in the development of urinary tract infections. Symptoms of bladder cancer can be the same as those for a bladder infection or other urinary tract disorder. Therefore you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any symptoms. The most common symptoms of bladder cancer include blood in the urine, painful urination, frequent urination (without an increase in fluid intake), and an urge to urinate with little urine output. If your doctor thinks you may have bladder cancer, he or she will examine the inside of the bladder with a viewing tube called a cystoscope (see Diagnostic

Kathleen Steger Craven

As well as on using shorter course antibiotic therapy (SCAT) (6). Significant progress has been made in our understanding of SCAT for treating outpatient infections such as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), urinary tract infections (UTIs), surgical prophylaxis, and selected gastrointestinal and respiratory tract infections (6). Perhaps the best example of the success of SCAT has been the use of combination therapy regimens containing rifampin for the treatment of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB). The length of treatment for TB in immunocompetent individuals has decreased from 18 to 24 months to 4 to 6 months and also has included the use of directly observed therapy (DOT) administered three times per week. These changes underscore the importance and impact of SCAT for improving quality of life, adherence, and reducing the plague of MDR disease pathogens, toxicity, and cost (Fig. 1) (7,8). Although sufficient data supporting the use of SCAT for many other infectious diseases or for...

Autonomic Function Tests

Autonomic function tests are a mandatory part of the diagnostic process and clinical follow-up in patients with MSA. Findings of severe autonomic failure early in the course of the disease make the diagnosis of MSA more likely, although the specificity in comparison to other neurodegenerative disorders is unknown in a single patient. Pathological results of autonomic function tests may account for a considerable number of symptoms in MSA patients and should prompt specific therapeutic steps to improve quality of life and prevent secondary complications like injuries owing to hypotension-induced falls or ascending urinary infections.

Why should I take drugs that have side effects

Cystitis inflammation of the bladder associated with symptoms of urinary frequency and urgency. Pyelonephritis an acute infection of the kidney associated with fever, contrasting with cystitis (a bladder infection) where fever does not occur. Thrush Compared with viral infections, bacterial infections are a more practical problem. The most commonly encountered bacterial infections complicating the use of steroids include flare-ups of bladder and kidney infections (cystitis and pyelonephritis). Less commonly, skin wounds, pneumonias, and rarer infections can be problematic.

Urinary Tract and Genitourinary Suppurative Infections

Anaerobes have been involved in many different types of urinary tract infection (UTI). The types of infections of the urinary tract in which anaerobes have been involved include para- or periurethral cellulitis or abscess, acute and chronic urethritis, cystitis, acute and chronic prostatitis, prostatic and scrotal abscesses, periprostatic phlegmon, ureteritis, periur-eteritis, pyelitis, pyelonephritis, renal abscess, scrotal gangrene, metastatic renal infection pyonephrosis, perinephric abscess, retroperitoneal abscess, and other infections.

Asymptomatic Bacteriuria

Asymptomatic bacteriuria or asymptomatic UTI is the isolation of a specified quantitative count of bacteria in an appropriately collected urine specimen obtained from a person without symptoms or signs of urinary infection. Asymptomatic bacteriuria is common but its prevalence varies widely with age, gender, and the presence of genitourinary abnormalities or underlying diseases. For example, the prevalence of bacteriuria increases with age in healthy women from as low as about 1 among school girls to greater than or equal to 20 among women 80 years of age or older living in the community while bacteriuria is rare in healthy young men.13 Because its clinical significance was controversial (asymptomatic bacteriuria precedes UTI but does not always lead to asymptomatic infection), guidelines were recently published for the diagnosis and treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria in adults older than 18 years of age.13 The foundation of these guidelines rests on the premise that screening of...

Relatively Common Bacterial Infections Of Aging Humans

Respiratory and Urinary Tract Infection Table 2-2 provides a list of organisms found most often in respiratory and urinary tract infections of the elderly. The most common respiratory infection is bacterial pneumonia. In about half of the community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) cases, the etiologic agent remains unidentified (2). It is estimated that 20 -30 of all CAP infections are caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae and most of the remaining cases by the other bacteria listed in Table 2-2. In the case of urinary tract infections (UTIs) in the elderly, two independent studies, separated by an interval of 12 yr, gave very similar results. One study was performed in Sweden in 1986 on a group of 1966 subjects having a mean Pathogens Found Frequently in Elderly Subjects with Respiratory or Urinary Tract Infections Pathogens Found Frequently in Elderly Subjects with Respiratory or Urinary Tract Infections

Bacterial Interactions With Mucosal Surfaces

The attachment to host cells is required for bacterial proliferation, colony formation, invasion of host cells, or translocation across endothelial or epithelial host cell layers. Both the bacteria and the host cells may be altered as a consequence of activation of genes in both. Adherence allows the bacteria to resist host defensive processes such as mucociliary sweeping. There is a clear correlation between the ability of a pathogen to adhere to host cells and the susceptibility of the host to that pathogen. For example, among individuals who experience recurring UTIs, adherence of E. coli to epithelial cells of the subjects may be as much as five times greater than in the case of subjects who remain free of infections (31). 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),...

Infectious Urinary Stones

Approximately 15 of urinary stones are initiated by infections (Bichler et al. 2002). These stones can form in the bladder or kidney and are often associated with abnormalities of the urinary tract or obstructions (Bichler et al. 2002 Abrahams and Stoller 2003). These stones are composed of struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate) or apatite (calcium phosphate). The formation of these stones is strongly correlated with urease-producing bacteria and for the purposes of this chapter, these stones will be considered a free-floating crystallized biofilm. In fact, bladder and kidney stones are remarkably similar to the crystals that form on catheters (Griffith et al. 1976). The first step in production of these stones was revealed from studies by Griffin et al. who established the key role of urease in the formation of these stones (Griffith et al. 1976). These in vitro studies demonstrated that the expression of bacterial urease increased the pH of urine, leading to the formation of...

The Host Parasite Relationship

Many individuals, women in particular, are colonized in the vaginal and or periurethral area with organisms originating from the gastrointestinal tract, yet they do not develop urinary infections. Whether an organism is able to colonize and then cause a UTI is determined hi most cases, the host defense mechanisms are able to eliminate the organisms. Urine itself is inhibitory to some of the urethral flora such as anaerobes. In addition, if urine has a low pH, high or low osmolality, high urea concentration, or high organic acid content, even organisms that can grow in urine may be inhibited. Of importance, if bacteria do gain access to the bladder, the constant flushing of contaminated urine from the body either eliminates bacteria or maintains their numbers at low levels. Clearly, any interference with the act of normal voiding, such as mechanical obstruction resulting from kidney stones or strictures, wdl promote the development of UTI. Also, the bladder mucosal surface has...

Extent Of Identification Required

Escherichia coli if a gram-negative, spot indole-positive rod is recovered with appropriate colony morphology on MacConkey agar (flat, lactose-fermenting colony that is precipitating bile salts) is probably permissible from an uncomplicated urinary tract infection, hi the final analysis, culture results should always be compared with the suspected diagnosis. The clinician should be encouraged to supply the microbiologist with all pertinent information (e.g., recent travel history, pet exposure, pertinent radiograph findings) so that the microbiologist can use the information to interpret culture results and plan appropriate strategies for workup.

Clinical Manifestation

Differential diagnosis includes sepsis in the early stages, and at later stages, metabolic disorders, congenital heart diseases, intraventriculus hemorrhage, and infections. Other diagnoses included omphalitis, intestinal malabsorption or volvulus, infection enterocolitis, neonatal appendicitis, spontaneous perforation, urinary infection, and Hirschsprung disease.

Antibiotic Decision Making

Determining the site of infection necessitates similar data and further interpretation. Is the risk for soft-tissue infection increased in a diabetic patient Are rigors more common in urinary tract infections than in pneumonia Antibiotic treatment is indicated for certain bacterial infections but not for others. We will treat a patient with cystitis11 but usually should not treat a patient with asymptomatic bacteriuria.12 For some infections, early treatment can be safely deferred until appropriate microbiological samples are obtained (e.g., endocarditis) but not for others (e.g., bacterial meningitis). A close inspection of question 1c will reveal that the question is incomplete. What outcome are we looking at when asking whether antibiotic treatment is indicated By using antibiotic treatment we aim to increase survival, prevent further morbidity, and alleviate acute suffering. However, antibiotic treatment is largely given with no evidence for benefit with regard to survival,...

Assembling Patients Data

The variables needed to prescribe antibiotics pertain to the patient's medical history, laboratory results, current and former microbiological samples, and more. Nowadays, and increasingly in the future, these data will be available electronically. For example, the finding that a patient has undergone a urological procedure 2 weeks before presentation with a urinary tract infection will influence the bacterial spectrum and thus the antibiotic chosen. Another patient might have had

Our Communities are Not Spared

Let's look at a common cause of urinary tract infection (UTI) in our communities, E. coli. This is a normal inhabitant of our intestinal tract that occasionally gets somewhere it shouldn't be. If it's equipped with the right stuff (virulence factors), it can cause disease. Antibiotics that have been commonly used to treat UTI include ampicillin, bactrim, and ciprofloxacin. Table 3.2 below shows resistance rates to those antibiotics. North American UTI Collaborative Alliance 2005 Essentially all the antibiotics used for UTI in communities are under threat with the possible exception of nitrofurantoin. Nitrofurantoin is an old antibiotic and we still do not have a good understanding of how it works. Resistance remains rare. The problem with nitrofurantoin is that, although it works well against E. coli, it does not work reliably against many of the other bacteria that cause UTI. Nitrofurantoin may also be more toxic than the other drugs. For these reasons, its use diminished with the...

Limitations of Malditof Ms for Bacterial Fingerprinting

In some cases where the organisms are very closely related (e.g., Enterobacteriaceae family), the spectral patterns are very similar. This together with poor taxonomy can lead to inconclusive or misleading identification. In these cases, better differentiation can be achieved by changing culture media and or conditions as in the case of UTI samples. Differentiation is improved using the more specialized UTI medium of cystine lactose electrolyte deficient (CLED) agar in place of the more universal Columbia blood agar (CBA) and gives more conclusive identification of this problematic family.

What Data Should Be Collected during an Antibiotic Prevalence Survey

Infection urinary tract infection (UTI), including pyelonephritis, cystitis, epididymitis, etc skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI), including wound infection, cellulitis, and bursitis intra-abdominal infection (IAI), including intra-abdominal surgical sepsis, gastroenteritis, and biliary sepsis deep-seated infection (DSI), including endocarditis, osteomyelitis, and central nervous system infection. Such data can usually be used to determine if the appropriate agent has been chosen for the site of infection. It is important to differentiate between patients where no diagnosis has been recorded ( Not documented ) and where it is recorded that the source of infection is not known ( Not known ). The latter may justify more empiric prescribing.

Cefotaxime Hydrolysing and Multidrug Resistant Klebsiella spp

In a separate study in Nigeria (Soge et al. 2006) CTX-M plasmids isolated from uropathogenic K. pneumoniae were large (58-320 kb) and carried the following genes aac(6')-Ib (aminoglycoside resistance) which included aac(6')-Ib-cr (aminoglycoside-fluoroquinolone resistance), aadA2 (aminoglycoside resistance), erm(B) (macrolide-lincosamide-streptogramin B resistance), blaTEM-1 (ampicillin resistance), tet(A) (tetracycline resistance), sul1 (sulphonamide resistance), dfr (trimethoprim resistance) and intI1, an integrase associated with class 1 integrons. Often, such high-level resistance in K. pneumoniae may lead to treatment failure using commonly available antibiotics. In Algeria, environmental isolates of K. pneumoniae resistant to extended-spectrum cephalosporins with a phenotype and genotype indicating CTX-M-15 enzyme production were found to be identical to K. pneumoniae clinical isolates recovered from urinary tract infection from hospitalized patients (Touati et al. 2007).

Cost Of Hospitalacquired Infection

It is generally agreed that HAI costs money, which could have been saved if preventative measures had been in place, but there is uncertainty surrounding the most effective control strategies and the best methods by which to measure them (Haley, 1991). Most calculations are based upon the increase in bed-days attributed to HAI (Coello et al., 1993 Pena et al., 1996) but this methodology has to make assumptions and extrapolations from data not always generated for the purposes of measuring HAI (Walker, 2002). More recent studies provide information on the distribution of additional costs incurred between different hospital sectors or dependent upon patient diagnoses (Zoutman et al., 1998). The former includes specific wards such as Intensive Care and Special Care Baby Units, and the latter, conditions such as hospital-acquired bacteraemia, surgical site infection, urinary tract infection, and pneumonia (Hollenbeak et al., 2000 Jarvis, 1996 Khan and Celik, 2001 Mahieu et al., 2001...

Complications Of Urinary Diversions And Their Managements

Using the intestine as a substitute for the urinary bladder can lead to significant complications. The bowel epithelium is an absorptive surface, whereas the transitional epithelium is relatively impermeable to most substances. Any urinary diversion that utilizes bowel will absorb, to some extent, urinary solutes. With the exception of stomach, the more proximal the bowel segment, the greater the reabsorption characteristics. The degree of such absorption is proportional to the duration of exposure, so that continent reservoirs increase the risk of metabolic derangements. The risk of metabolic complications from these operations also increases with decreasing renal function. Certain drugs, such as methotrexate and phenytoin, may be excreted by the kidneys and Occasionally, a segment of stomach can be used in urinary diversions, especially in the absence of other utilizable bowel segments or in patients with renal insufficiency. Instead of developing metabolic acidosis, however, the...

Integrons Gather Genes into an Expression Site

Integrons can move when they are located inside a transposon. Mobile integrons are found in many clinical isolates of multidrug-resistant bacteria and are a special problem with urinary infections. An example was reported from Uruguay in which 104 patient samples were examined.150 Forty-six isolates were multidrug resistant, and 33 contained integrons (most of the integron-containing isolates were also multidrug resistant) one of the Klebsiella pneumoniae isolates contained 2 integrons and was resistant to 8 antibiotics. Nucleotide sequence analysis of some of the integrons revealed a complex history involving insertion into a transposon and homologous recombination between transposons. This type of study emphasizes how dynamic microbial DNA can be, moving pieces from one organism to another, inserting DNA pieces into other DNA molecules, and forming new combinations through genetic recombination.

Symptoms And Signs

The Herpes 2 infection usually affects the genital regions. The primary genital infection may be severe, with illness usually lasting up to about 3 weeks (sometimes longer) with a shedding period of virus usually terminating shortly before or at the time of healing. The lesions are vesicles or ulcers localized to the cervix, vagina, vulva or perineum of the female, or the penis in the male. The lesions are painful, and may be associated with inguinal lymphadenopathy and dysuria. Systemic complaints, including fever and malaise, usually occur. Complicating extragenital affections, including aseptic meningitis, have been observed in about 10-20 of cases. Paraesthesia or dysesthesia may occur after the genital affection. Especially in women the severity of the primary infection may be associated with a high number of complications and frequent recurrences. Previous HSV1 infection reduces the severity and duration of primary HSV2 infection. The recurrent genital affection is usually...

Complications and Management

The rate of complications following LAR has been reported as high as 41 (5). Most of these are common to most major abdominal procedures and would include atelectasis, urinary tract infection, wound infection, and deep venous thrombosis. Significant complications specific to LAR include anastomotic leakage, anastomotic stricture, and imperfections of continence or bowel habit. Leakage from the anastomosis after LAR

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

P. aeruginosa is typically an opportunist that seldom causes disease in healthy subjects and is mostly a nosocomial pathogen. According to the data of the CDC National Nosocomial Infection Surveillance System, P. aeruginosa was the second most common cause of nosocomial pneumonia, third most common cause of urinary tract infections, and seventh most common cause of nosocomial bacteremia.112 UTIs caused by P. aeruginosa are usually related to catheterization or other invasive procedures.113,114 In Europe, P aeruginosa was found to be the third most common isolate from nosocomial infections in ICUs.115 It is among the leading causes of nosocomial pneumonia, especially in mechanically ventilated patients. Mortality rates ranging from 40 to more than 60 were reported in bacteremic nosocomial pneumonia and VAP.116-118 P. aeruginosa bacteremia and septic shock are primarily observed in immunocompromised patients and are associated with high mortality rates (from one third to almost...

Box 81 Surveillance Networks for Antibiotic Resistance

Many of the major surveillance networks were established in the late 1990s,182 a time when resistance became recognized as a widespread problem. However, nosocomial infections had been recognized for decades, as evidenced by establishment of the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) in 1970 for U.S. hospitals.182 By the end of the 1990s, several networks were in place for European hospitals (HELICS, 1994 EARSS, 1998) and U.S. intensive care facilities ((ICARW, 1995). Respiratory infections also received attention in the U.S. (TRUST, 1996) and elsewhere (Alexander Project, 1992 PROTEKT, 1999). Community care centers in Canada and Europe began collating data for resistant urinary infections (ECO-SENS, 1999). As the resistance problem increased in severity, surveillance expanded to cover common pathogens in medical centers and outpatient facilities, initially in 30 countries worldwide (SENTRY, 1997). To study the relationship between antibiotic use and resistance, German intensive...

Factors Impacting Empiric Antibiotic Selection

Data from the National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (NNIS) outlines the most frequent infections in participating acute care general hospitals in the United States. This surveillance network was established in 1970 and initially reported only hospital-wide infection rates however, since 1986 the network has reported intensive care unit (ICU) infection rates as well. In the 2000 report, it was noted that device-related infection predominated 83 of nosocomial pneumonia episodes were associated with mechanical ventilation, 97 of urinary tract infections (UTIs) occurred in catheterized patients, and 87 of primary bloodstream infections (BSIs) occurred in patients with a central line (1). The most recent In patients with pneumonia, Gram-negative aerobes remain the most frequently reported pathogen associated with pneumonia (65.9 ) however, Staphylococcus aureus (27.8 ) was the most frequently reported single species. In patients with primary BSIs, coagulase-negative staphylococci...

Resistance to Fluoroquinolones

For the early aggressive treatment of P. aeruginosa. This therapeutic strategy prevents chronic P aeruginosa infection in 80 of the patients in the treated group compared to untreated controls (Valerius et al. 1991) and changed the epidemiology of the infection, with fewer young patients becoming chronically infected (Frederiksen et al. 1999). This early, aggressive eradication therapy has not led to resistance problems (H0iby et al. 2005). When, however, ciprofloxacin was used to treat chronic P aeruginosa infection, resistance developed (Ciofu 2003). Increased resistance to ciprofloxacin (MIC 2 mg L) was found in CF P. aerugi-nosa isolates from chronically infected patients and the mechanism of resistance was expression of two efflux systems (MexCD-OprJ and MexEF-OprN) and simultaneous mutations in the target gene coding for the DNA gyrase. Overexpression of efflux systems seems to be a characteristic of CF isolates but was not found in fluoroquinolone-resistant P aeruginosa...

Results of the review

Bacteremia was the most common infection surveyed and was included in 20 of the surveillance programs followed by respiratory tract infections (14.4 ), diarrhea and urinary tract infection (11 ), and meningitis (6.7 ). In addition, surveillance of colonization was included in six surveillance programs.

What are the immunologic complications that occur with burns

Infection in the burn patient is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality and remains one of the most demanding concerns for the burn team. Initially the burn wound is colonized principally with gram-positive organisms. Within a week they usually are replaced by antibiotic-susceptible gram-negative organisms. If wound closure is delayed and the patient becomes infected, requiring treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics, these flora maybe replaced by yeasts, fungi, and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. As burn wound size increases, bloodstream infection increases dramatically secondary to increased exposure to intravascular catheters and burn wound manipulation-induced bacteremia. Systemic antimicrobials are indicated to treat only documented infections such as pneumonia, bacteremia, wound infection, and urinary tract infection. Prophylactic antimicrobial therapy is only recommended if the burn wound must be excised or grafted in the operating room. It should be used only for coverage...

Educational group meetings or seminars

There were seven cluster RCTs (Augunawela et al., 1991 Bexell et al., 1996 Lagerlov et al, 2000 Lundborg et al., 1999 Meyer et al., 2001 Santoso, 1996 Veninga et al., 2000), one cluster QRCT (Harris et al., 1984), and two CBA studies (McNulty et al., 2000 Perez-Cuevas et al., 1996) reviewed in this section, Table 3. Three cluster RCTs, from Sweden (Lundborg et al., 1999), the Netherlands (Veninga et al., 2000), and Norway (Meyer et al., 2001), used group educational meetings to promote prescribing of first-line agents for UTI. Controls in these studies received a similar intervention targeting asthma management. Three cluster RCTs, two from Africa (Bexell et al., 1996 Meyer et al., 2001) and one from Sri Lanka (Angunawela et al., 1991) examined the effect of group educational sessions on reducing overall antibiotic use in community health clinics compared with controls receiving no education. The content of these interventions was based on rational prescribing guidelines promoted by...

Educational outreachacademic detailing

Increase prescribing of first-line agents for UTI, bacterial tonsillitis, otitis media, bacterial bronchitis, mild pneumonia prescribing of first-line agents for UTI (amoxicillin clavulanic acid, cephalexin, trimethoprim) agents for UTI higher in intervention than control region compared with baseline (p 0.0001) ratio of recommended to non recommended antibiotics increased from 2.77 to 5.43 in intervention region and 4.29 to 4.92 in control region. 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 media, bacterial bronchitis, and mild pneumonia) (Ilett et al., 2000). In the three CBA studies, academic detailing was successful in reducing inappropriate antibiotic use as defined by the...

The Importance Of A Regional View

Combating resistance regionally has been of benefit in controlling VRE and MRSA within a geographic area. The landmark investigation reported by Ostrowsky et al. in 32 healthcare facilities in the Siouxland region demonstrated that control of VRE could be accomplished in a regional healthcare system by implementing a standard set of guidelines in all participating facilities (155). The Veterans Affairs Pittsburgh Health System and participating hospitals in the region reported dramatic reductions in HAIs with MRSA after implementing a systems engineering approach, intense educational campaign, and bundled, evidence-based interventions (6,204). Kaye et al. recently reported on the work of the Duke Infection Control Outreach Network, a consortium of hospitals in North Carolina and Virginia (205). They achieved a reduction in BSIs, nosocomial MRSA infections, VAP, and blood-borne pathogen exposures in 12 participating hospitals by using uniform approaches to surveillance, frequent...


These include acute otitis media (that is related to eustachian tube dysfunction or due to the presence of nasogastric tube), aspiration pneumonia, hypoxic encephalopathy, hyponatremia due to excretion of antidiuretic hormone in response to decreased atrial filling because of venous pooling in the paralyzed infant, urinary tract infection due to indwelling bladder catheter, Clostridium difficile collitis due to colonic stasis with manifestations of toxic megacolon and necrotizing enterocolitis (47), and septicemia associated with intravascular catheters.


Urinary disturbances often appear early in the course of the disease, or are a presenting symptom (impotence common in men). Urinary incontinence (70 of MSA) or retention (30 ) may be detected by medical history, leading to more refined explorations. MSA, PSP, as well as PD patients complain of urgency, frequent voiding, or dysuria. Some describe difficulties voiding but are not aware of chronic urinary retention. Incontinence is never observed in patients with PD and rarely in late stages in PSP. In all cases, additional laboratory tests such as urodynamic tests and sphincter electromyogram (EMG) may make the association between urinary symptoms and urinary tract denervation (13). Patients with PD have less severe urinary dysfunction, by contrast with these common findings in MSA. However, sphincter EMG does not distinguish MSA from PSP.

Stroke Units

Numerous studies have demonstrated improved outcome in patients cared for in dedicated stroke units (150-158), which have staff who receive specialized training in stroke care and are aware of the medical issues that influence outcome from stroke. In addition, protocols to minimize medical complications are generally in place. Patients treated in stroke units experience a decreased rate of complications, such as deep vein thrombosis, urinary tract infection, and pneumonia. Early institution of physical therapy, speech, and language therapy, and early use of physiatry helps to speed transition from the acute inpatient medical service to rehabilitation setting.

Kidney Failure

Disorders of the kidney itself also can lead to acute renal failure. These disorders include direct injury to the kidney, a urinary tract infection such as acute pyelonephritis (see page 286), kidney stones (see page 289), renal cell cancer (see Kidney Cancer, page 293), and any obstruction of the urinary tract. Acute renal failure also can be caused by reduced blood flow, which can occur after an injury, during complicated surgery, when there is uncontrolled bleeding elsewhere in the body, following severe burns, or as a result of another serious illness. Exposure to poisons, solvents, certain medications, or a blood transfusion


Despite great strides in our understanding of the pathogenesis of UTI-causing organisms, urinary tract infections will continue to represent a major human health problem. Described in this chapter are some ways in which different UTI-causing bacteria use the biofilm mode of growth to gain a foothold in and cause infection of the urinary tract. The classical antimicrobial therapies available that can effectively kill UTI-causing bacteria are designed for killing during the planktonic mode of growth and therefore are relatively ineffective against UTI biofilms. Awareness that biofilms are not only formed on abiotic surfaces, but can also be present in and on living tissues allows for a rational and concerted effort to devise strategies to counter the refractory nature of these infections. By understanding the molecular characteristics of device-related biofilms and chronic infections caused by biofilms associated with tissues, new preventative and therapeutic strategies can be targeted...

FabBf Inhibitors

Thiolactomycin (16) is another natural product that reversibly inhibits E. coli FabF, FabB, and FabH with respective IC50's of 6, 25 and 110 mM. Unlike cerulenin, it binds the malonyl-ACP site of the enzyme 27 . Despite modest double-digit MICs on E. coli, S. aureus, Serratia marces-cens, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis, 16 has generated quite some interest due to its good in vivo protection against an oral or intramuscular S. marcescens urinary tract infection model where it displayed rapid tissue distribution 28 . Despite several medicinal chemistry efforts, thiolactomycin has proven difficult to optimize due to some strict functional group requirements for its SAR 29 .

Hospital Acquired

Ihe hospital environment plays an important role in determining the organisms involved in UTTs. Hospitalized patients are most likely to be infected by E. colt, Klebsiella spp., Proteus spp., staphylococci, other Entero-bacteriaceae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, enterococca, and Candida spp. The introduction of a foreign body into the urinary tract, especially one that remains in place for a time (e.g., Foley catheter), carries a substantial risk of infection, particularly if obstruction is present. As many as 20 of all hospitalized patients who receive short-term catheterization develop a UTI. Consequently, UTT is the most common nosocomial infection in the United States, and the infected urinary tract is the most frequent source of bacteremia.


In general, viruses and parasites are not usually considered urinary tract pathogens. Trichomonas vaginalis may occasionally be observed in urinary sediment, and Schistosoma haematobium can lodge in the urinary tract and release eggs into the urine. Adenoviruses types 11 and 21 have been implicated as causative agents in hemorrhagic cystitis in children.


Pyuria is the hallmark of inflammation, and the presence of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMNs) can be detected and enumerated in uncentrifuged specimens. This method of screening urine correlates fairly well with the number of PMNs excreted per hour, the best indicator of the host's state. Patients with more than 400,000 PMNs excreted into the urine per hour are likely to be infected and the presence of more than 8 PMNs mm5 correlates well with this excretion rate and with infection.22 This test can be performed using a hemocytometer, but it is not easily incorporated into the work flow of most microbiology laboratories. The standard urinalysis (usually done in hematology or chemistry sections) includes an examination of the centrifuged sediment of urine for enumeration of PMNs, results of which do not correlate well with either the PMN excretion rate or the presence of infection. Pyuria also can be associated with other clinical diseases, such as vaginitis, and therefore is not...

Impact Of Hais

The major HAIs are bloodstream infections (BSIs) pneumonias, especially VAP urinary tract infections (UTIs) and SSIs. In many healthcare facilities, Clostridium difficile-infection (CDI) is also a significant problem, especially those where the epidemic, more virulent (BI NAP1 027) strain is prevalent. There are cost and safety issues surrounding these infections, especially those involving DROs increased morbidity and mortality, more expensive and limited treatment options, longer hospital stays, patient dissatisfaction, the cost and inconvenience of precautions, litigation, and adverse publicity for healthcare facilities (particularly where drug resistance is publicly reported and or considered a measure of quality) an increasing reality in today's consumer-driven patient safety movement (11-15). It follows that interventions that successfully reduce HAIs should have an impact on DROs.

Spina Bifida

Structure Spina Bifida

This is especially common in the lumbosacral region. One form, spina bifida occulta,6 involves only one to a few vertebrae and causes no functional problems. Its only external sign is a dimple or hairy pigmented spot. Spina bifida cystica7 is more serious. A sac protrudes from the spine and may contain meninges, cerebrospinal fluid, and parts of the spinal cord and nerve roots (fig. 13.3). In extreme cases, inferior spinal cord function is absent, causing lack of bowel control and paralysis of the lower limbs and urinary bladder. The last of these conditions can lead to chronic urinary infections and renal failure. Pregnant women can significantly reduce the risk of spina bifida by taking supplemental folic acid (a B vitamin) during early pregnancy. Good sources of folic acid include green leafy vegetables, black beans, lentils, and enriched bread and pasta.

Penile Disorders

Several types of inflammation problems may involve the penis and the urethra. Balanitis occurs when the glans, or head, of the penis becomes red and sore. Usually the cause is unknown, but it is sometimes caused by urinary tract infection or allergic reactions to clothing or detergents. In uncircumcised men, the irritation may result when the foreskin is narrow or difficult to retract, and secretions become trapped beneath the foreskin.


Cystitis Inflammation of the bladder associated with symptoms of urinary frequency and urgency. Cytomegaloviruses A family of herpes viruses that inhabit the urinary tract of almost all humans. Several subtypes have been described and appear to have geographic distributions. Pyelonephritis An acute infection of the kidney associated with fever, contrasting with cystitis (a bladder infection) where fever does not occur.

Bicyclic inhibitors

The MIC50 values of piperacillin in the presence of BLI-489 (tested at a constant concentration of 4 mg mL) and determined against panels of piper-acillin-resistant Gram-negative bacterial pathogens expressing known, well-characterized b-lactamases of all four molecular classes (A, B, C and D) demonstrated synergistic activity, in that the MICs of piperacillin were reduced from resistant ( 64 mg mL) to susceptible levels for many pathogenic bacteria 102 . For some recent isolates of E. coli and K. pneumoniae from urinary tract infection (UTI), the MIC90 values were 8 and 16 mg mL for piperacillin plus BLI-489. In contrast, the MIC90 values were 64 mg mL for both species when tested with piperacillin plus tazobactam.


Fluoroquinolones, i.e., ciprofloxacin, gatifloxacin, and levofloxacin, are frequently employed for the treatment of urinary tract infections (UTI). E. coli and Klebsiella spp. were also the most frequent pathogens causing UTI reported by two distinct studies conducted in Turkey and Senegal, respectively (see Dromigny et al. 2003 Yuksel et al. 2006). Norfloxacin resistance rates among E. coli and K. pneumoniae isolates from Senegal were 14.2 and 2.9 , respectively. Interestingly, K. pneumoniae causing UTI in Turkey exhibited 100 susceptibility to ciprofloxacin, while resistance rate to this compound among E. coli was 12.0 . Gales et al. (2000) have demonstrated that most of urinary E. coli resistant to ciprofloxacin isolated in Latin America presented double mutations in gyrA and single mutations in parC, resulting in altered topoisomerases as previously observed.

Chronic Prostatitis

An additional infection of the urinary tract that is associated with biofilm formation is chronic bacterial prostatitis in men. The most commonly encountered bacteriological agent in prostatitis is E. coli, followed by other members of the Enterobacteriaceae (Proteus and Klebsiella) and coagulase-negative Staphylococci (Domingue and Hellstrom 1998). These infections are notoriously difficult to treat with antibiotic therapy. Studies by Nickel and Costerton demonstrated that prostate biopsy samples from chronically infected patients contained exopolysaccharide-encased microcolonies that were attached to the walls of the prostate ducts (Nickel and Costerton 1993). In chronic staphylococcal prostatitis, biofilm-like microcolonies were attached to the prostate in patients that were refractory to antibiotic therapy (Nickel and Costerton 1992). Finally, in a recent study, a total of 377 E. coli isolates obtained from a variety of urinary tract infections (cystitis, pyelonephritis, and...

Indirect Indices

This screening procedure looks for the presence of urinary nitrite, an indicator of UTI. Nitrate-redudng enzymes that are produced by the most common urinary tract pathogens reduce nitrate to nitrite. This test has been incorporated onto a paper strip that also tests for leukocyte esterase, an enzyme produced by PMNs (see below). based on the detection of catalase present in somatic (pertaining to the body) cells and in most bacterial species commonly causing UTIs except for streptococci and enterococci. Approximately 1.5 to 2 mL of urine are added to a tube containing dehydrated substrate. Hydrogen peroxide is added to the urine, and the solution is mixed gentiy. The formation of bubbles above the liquid surface is interpreted as a positive test. Some studies have reported that this system did not offer significant advantages over the leukocyte esterase-nitrite strip


Tract, UTI tract, UTI, cephalosporin tract, UTI, MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MSSA, methicillin-sensitive S. aureus NA, not measured in study NIs, nosocomial infections NR, estimate measured but not reported SAPS II, Simplified Acute Physiology Score SOI, severity of illness SSI, surgical site infection UTI, urinary tract infection VRE, vancomycin-resistant enterococci


Pyelonephritis refers to inflammation of the kidney parenchyma, calices (cup-shaped division of the renal pelvis), and pelvis (upper end of the ureter that is located inside the kidney), and is usually caused by bacterial infection. The typical clinical presentation of an upper urinary tract infection includes fever and flank (lower back) pain and, frequently, lower tract symptoms (frequency, urgency, and dysuria). Patients can also exhibit systemic signs of infection such as vomiting, diarrhea, chills, increased heart rate, and lower abdominal pain. Of significance, 40 of patients with acute pyelonephritis are bacteremic.