Anne Wessels

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In a randomized controlled trial in Ghana, treatment of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection with streptomycin (SM)-rifampin (RIF) for 8 weeks was compared with treatment with SM-RIF for 4 weeks followed by treatment with RIF-clarithromycin (CLA) for 4 weeks. The extent of the interaction of RIF and CLA combined on the pharmacokinetics of the two compounds is(More)
Between May 1980 and December 1984, 1000 Medtronic Hall prostheses (538 mitral and 462 aortic) were implanted in 852 patients (mean age 30 +/- 15 years) of a third-world type of population group. The most common valve lesions were aortic and mitral regurgitation, and 32% of the patients were in New York Heart Association class IV or greater. Double valve(More)
Moxifloxacin (MFX) is a useful agent in the treatment of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). At Tuberculosis Centre Beatrixoord, a referral center for tuberculosis in the Netherlands, approximately 36% of the patients have received MFX as treatment. Based on the variability of MFX AUC, the variability of in vitro susceptibility to MFX of M.(More)
INTRODUCTION Echinocandins are a valuable addition for the treatment of invasive fungal infections, as they are efficacious, demonstrate low toxicity, and have limited drug-drug interactions. In specific clinical situations when altered pharmacokinetics can be expected or dosing guidelines are conflicting, it may be useful to measure concentrations. For(More)
Pharyngeal and pharyngoesophageal penetrating injury occurred in six children following the explosive discharge of compressed carbon dioxide into their mouths. The gas was contained in plastic, screw-cap soft-drink containers overpressurized by the addition of dry ice. Three children were managed surgically and three conservatively. All recovered fully, and(More)
Drug susceptibility tests (DSTs) for Mycobacterium tuberculosis require at least 7 days of incubation. Drugs that are unstable at 37°C, such as ertapenem, are likely to be degraded before killing or inhibiting slow-growing bacteria. This would alter the MICs of these drugs, including ertapenem, leading to falsely high MICs. Here, we describe a new strategy(More)
Fungal infections occur in immunocompromised patients. Azole antifungal agents are used for the prophylaxis and treatment of these infections. The interest in therapeutic drug monitoring azole agents has increased over the last few years. Inter- and intra-patient variability of pharmacokinetics, drug-drug interactions, serum concentration related toxicity(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES For the treatment of multidrug-resistant (MDR) and extensively drug-resistant (XDR) tuberculosis (TB), potent new drugs are urgently needed. Linezolid is a promising drug, but its use is limited by adverse effects with prolonged administration of 600 mg twice daily. In order to reduce its adverse effects and maintain efficacy, we(More)
Clarithromycin and rifampicin are used for the treatment of Mycobacteria. Pharmacokinetic drug interaction is possibly due to the influence of the two drugs on the liver enzymes. Using a Hypurity Aquastar C18 column (50mm×2.1mm×5μm) for liquid chromatography including a polar end-capped phase for the determination of clarithromycin, rifampicin and their(More)
Discomfort is frequent in patients undergoing esophagogastroduodenoscopy who are routinely recommended to abstain at least for 6 h from liquid or solid food prior to the procedure. We investigated the minimal period of time required for the stomach to clear fluids in order to define a safe minimal pre-endoscopy fasting period. Gastric emptying was(More)