Augustine F. B. Cheng

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This study explores the possibility of combining the BacT/Alert Microbial Detection System with the VITEK 2 system to achieve rapid bacterial identification and susceptibility testing. Direct inoculation of bacterial suspension to the VITEK 2 ID-GNB card and AST-NO09 card was made by differential centrifugation of blood cultures of organisms with(More)
Epidemiological data suggests that ethnic groupsusing chopsticks for eating have a higher prevalence ofH. pylori infection. This study investigated thecarriage of H. pylori in chopsticks after eating. Used chopsticks and saliva were collected fromasymptomatic individuals whose H. pylori status wasdetermined by [13C]urea breath test andserology. Both the(More)
Objectives:A false-negative biopsy urease test (BUT) is common in Helicobacter pylori-associated bleeding peptic ulcers. Although blood in the stomach is thought to interfere with the biopsy urease test, the underlying mechanism remains unknown. This in vitro experiment sought to identify the blood component(s) that interfere with the biopsy urease test,(More)
Despite the use of quantitative culture, oropharyngeal contamination of bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) specimens is still a factor that limits the usefulness of this technique in the diagnosis of lower respiratory tract infection. To investigate whether special precautions could reduce contamination, 20 noninfected patients undergoing diagnostic bronchoscopy(More)
Analysis of penicillin-nonsusceptible Streptococcus pneumoniae (PNSP) isolates in Hong Kong by use of a combination of antibiogram typing, serotyping, multilocus sequence typing, and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis indicated that the dissemination of PNSP was the result of the spread of international clones: variants of the Spain(23F)-1 or Spain(6B)-2(More)
We compared the ulcer healing effect and eradication ofH. pylori by one-week triple therapy of bismuth, metronidazole, and tetracycline with two-week dual therapy of amoxicillin and omeprazole. One hundred twelve patients with confirmedH. pylori infection and duodenal ulcers were recruited in a prospective, randomized, single-blinded trial. Ulcer healing,(More)
BACKGROUND Bacterial attachment plays an important role in the initiation of biliary sludge formation and stent blockage. In vitro studies were conducted to determine the effects of adherence factors, namely pili and glycocalyx production, and culture media, including brain heart infusion broth, modified Vogel and Bonner medium, and human bile, on the(More)
Bleeding peptic ulcer is the most importantcause of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Our aim was tocompare the effect of anti-Helicobacter therapy withmaintenance treatment of H2-receptorantagonist in the prevention of relapses of ulcer andbleeding. Patients with bleeding duodenal or gastriculcers and H. pylori infection were randomized toreceive either a(More)
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