Britta Damgaard Tarp

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Recent studies have suggested that procalcitonin (PCT) is a safe marker for the discrimination between bacterial and viral infection, and that PCT-guided treatment may lead to substantial reductions in antibiotic use. The present objective was to evaluate the effect of a single PCT measurement on antibiotic use in suspected lower respiratory tract(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate an immunofluorescence antibody test (IFAT) for diagnosis of schistosomiasis in nonimmune travellers and immigrants from endemic areas. METHODS 65 patients (48 Danes and 17 immigrants) with schistosomiasis were included. The diagnosis of schistosomiasis was based on the presence of schistosome eggs in faeces, urine, sperm, rectal or(More)
OBJECTIVES Recent studies have suggested that infective agents may be involved in the pathogenesis of giant cell arteritis (GCA), in particular Chlamydia pneumoniae and parvovirus B19. We investigated temporal arteries from patients with GCA for these infections as well as human herpes viruses using the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). METHODS Thirty(More)
Morphological changes in the paranasal sinuses are regularly noted on MRI, but little is known about the incidence and significance of these changes in the general population. The purpose of this study was 1) to classify the morphological changes in the paranasal sinuses seen on MRI 2) to investigate the prevalence, site and type of paranasal abnormalities(More)
Egg detection is the gold standard in diagnosing and controlling treatment in schistosomiasis, but sensitivity is poor in lightly infected individuals, whereas Schistosoma-specific antibodies are more sensitive. The purpose of the study was to evaluate use of Gut Associated Antigen (GAA) and Membrane Bound Antigen (MBA) assays in assessment of treatment(More)
The effects of dietary supplementation with selenium were studied in 6 patients with severe, active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and in 6 healthy control subjects. Initial concentrations of Se in red blood cells and in serum, and the activity of the Se-dependent enzyme glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px) in red blood cells, serum, and granulocytes were(More)
Saccharomyces cerevisiae, known as baker's yeast, is normally considered a non-pathogenic yeast. A genetically very similar subtype, S boulardii, is used in a probioticum (Sacchaflor) to prevent antibiotic-associated diarrhoea and in the treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile associated diarrhoea. The authors present a case report of a 79-year-old(More)
Pneumonia is one of the most frequent complications in acquired immunodeficiency syndrome-patients with Pneumocystis carinii as the leading cause. The true prevalence of atypical agents such as Chlamydia pneumoniae, C. trachomatis, Legionella pneumophila and Mycoplasma pneumoniae in this population of patients is unknown as the currently used method for(More)
Epidemiological data indicate a sexual route of transmission of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) associated Kaposi's sarcoma. Recently human herpes virus 8 (HHV-8) has been proposed as the aetiological agent for development of Kaposi's sarcoma. Further the virus has been reported in semen obtained from healthy men. In Denmark strict biochemical(More)
Sinusitis is frequently occurring in HIV-infected patients, but in a substantial number of cases the etiology is unknown. The purpose of this study was by PCR 1) to determine the prevalence of the eight human herpesviruses in sinus aspirates from 24 HIV-positive/AIDS patients with sinusitis 2) to relate the presence of herpesvirus DNA to clinical and(More)