Ding-Bang Lin

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BACKGROUND Escherichia coli and Klebsiella pneumoniae are the most common causative pathogens of pyogenic liver abscesses. The objective of this study was to compare outcome between patients with liver abscesses due to E coli and those with liver abscesses caused by K pneumoniae; we also aimed to identify separately the predictors of mortality in the 2(More)
In order to study the seroprevalence of hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection among preschool children in Taiwan, a community-based survey was carried out in 54 kindergartens in 10 urban areas, 10 rural areas, and 2 aboriginal areas randomly selected through stratified sampling. Serum specimens of 2,538 preschool children were screened for HEV antibodies(More)
We used molecular typing methods to investigate an outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in a respiratory care ward in Taiwan. From March to June 2006, the incidence of MRSA infection increased 3.75-fold. The overall carrier rates among the health care workers (HCWs) were 31.3% (total S. aureus), 16.4% (MRSA), and 14.9%(More)
BACKGROUND Helicobacter pylori are associated with chronic antral gastritis that is related to duodenal ulcer, gastric ulcer, and probably gastric adenocarcinoma. Infection of H. pylori during childhood is considered an important risk factor for gastric carcinoma in adult life. MATERIALS AND METHODS To examine the epidemiologic characteristics of H.(More)
BACKGROUND The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between severity of illness at admission and mortality of patients with pyogenic liver abscess (PLA). METHODS Medical records from 298 PLA patients > or =18 years old were reviewed. Severity of illness at admission was evaluated with the Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation(More)
BACKGROUND The Laboratory Risk Indicator for Necrotizing Fasciitis (LRINEC) score has been verified as a useful diagnostic tool for detecting necrotizing fasciitis (NF). Its application, however, is mainly for NF types I and II. The practical relevance of the LRINEC score for Vibro vulnificus-related skin and soft tissue infection (SSTI) was hardly ever(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare the effectiveness of a third-generation cephalosporin alone, a third-generation cephalosporin plus minocycline, and a fluoroquinolone in patients with necrotizing fasciitis (NF) caused by Vibrio vulnificus. METHODS A retrospective review of case notes was performed for 89 patients who presented with NF caused by V. vulnificus and(More)
Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) can cause chronic pulmonary infection, however, NTM infection is generally overlooked. This retrospective study analyzed the frequencies of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) and NTM clinical isolates from 99 200 specimens of patients suspected with pulmonary mycobacterial infection in Taiwan from 2002-2007. A total(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE Reference intervals of biochemical tests for screening for diabetes mellitus and liver and renal function among school children in Central Taiwan have never been documented. Therefore, this study aimed to establish the reference intervals for the above mentioned biochemical tests for pediatric populations. METHODS A total of 4326(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to explore the predictive factors for mortality in primary septicemia or wound infections caused by Vibrio vulnificus. METHODS A retrospective review of 90 patients 18 years and older who were hospitalized due to V vulnificus infection between January 2000 and December 2006 was performed. Clinical characteristics,(More)