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A programme for the prevention of congenital toxoplasmosis in Slovenia involving the screening of pregnant women for Toxoplasma infection is presented. Of 21,270 pregnant women screened for toxoplasmosis between, 1996 and the end of 1999, 13,987 (66%) were seronegative, 7,151 (34%) seropositive...
We present a case of tricuspid valve endocarditis in a 40-y-old woman with a history of heroin abuse. Blood cultures yielded a Gram-positive rod, preliminarily identified as ''Actinomyces turicensis-like'', but subsequently formally described as Actinomyces funkei sp. nov. The patient was cured...
We describe a rare case of Histoplasma infection, which manifested only as a brain histoplasmoma, in a previously healthy woman who had no underlying predisposing conditions. Only a few cases of such intracranial histoplasmomas have been reported but this entity can mimic a brain neoplasm and...
In order to examine the utility of PCR as a tool for monitoring the response to short-course chemotherapy, clinical data from 162 tuberculosis patients with drug-susceptible cultures and variables associated with a slow response to antibiotic treatment were retrospectively evaluated. Initial...
We report a case of mycotic aneurysm of the abdominal aorta with Group B Streptococcus, a very rare cause of mycotic aneurysms. Following surgery the patient received 4 weeks of i.v. antibacterial chemotherapy. The patient remains asymptomatic after 9 months of follow-up.
Pasteurella multocida meningitis is a rare clinical occurrence. We report a new case and review the 28 other cases described in the English literature. A history of recent animal contact remains strongly associated with P. multocida meningitis (noted in 89% of all cases), with licking of mucus...
A 58-y-old man with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was admitted for treatment of an acute exacerbation of his illness. The patient's condition initially improved after therapy with oxygen, bronchodilators, antibiotic and methylprednisolone (40 mg every 8 h) was started. Soon...
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