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After an outbreak of flavobacterium meningitis in the newborn nursery of the University Hospital, an investigation was carried out to determine the possible sources of this organisms in the nursery. Various serotypes of the organism were recovered from a variety of sources such as wash basins, sinks, suction apparatus, and disinfectants in the nursery as(More)
Eosinophilic gastroenteritis is a rare condition of unknown etiology characterized by peripheral eosinophilia, eosinophilic infiltration of the gastrointestinal tract, and gastrointestinal symptomatology. Eosinophilic gastroenteritis is generally classified according to the layer of gastrointestinal tract involved. Mucosal involvement may result in(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The pathogenesis of the microscopic colitis syndrome is unknown but may involve bacteria, an intestinal luminal antigen, and/or autoimmunity. It was hypothesized that bismuth subsalicylate would resolve both diarrhea and colonic inflammation in microscopic colitis because it possesses antidiarrheal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS The majority of patients with celiac sprue experience diarrhea before diagnosis. There have been no studies of the prevalence or causes of chronic diarrhea in these patients after treatment with a gluten-free diet. METHODS Seventy-eight patients with celiac sprue (59 women and 19 men) treated with a gluten-free diet for at least 12(More)
Colchicine is an alkaloid with antimitotic ability used to treat a variety of medical conditions. Colchicine toxicity can result in multiorgan failure and death. The histopathologic features of colchicine toxicity in gastrointestinal biopsies have not been reported. Twenty-one gastrointestinal mucosal biopsies obtained from nine patients receiving oral(More)
Gastrointestinal complications of cocaine abuse occur less frequently than those of the cardiovascular and nervous systems. The clinical history and pathologic findings of three patients with cocaine-induced mesenteric ischemia are described, and the mechanism of acute and chronic cocaine-induced mesenteric ischemia is discussed. The role of preoperative(More)
It is well established that small clinically undetected thyroid carcinomas can produce extensive lymphatic metastases. However, occult papillary carcinoma of the thyroid presenting as a large blood-borne metastasis and occult papillary carcinoma of the thyroid leading to death are both uncommon. The authors report two unusual cases of clinically occult(More)
All of 16 infants with neonatal meningitis treated during a 30-month period were found to have accompanying ventriculitis at the time of the initial ventricular puncture. Fifteen of these infants were caused by gramm-negative organisms. All infants received antibiotics systemically and intraventricularly via an implanted ventriculostomy reservoir or by(More)
Some patients with chronic idiopathic diarrhea have an apparent nonspecific inflammation of colonic mucosa, even though their colons appear normal by barium enema and colonoscopy. This has been referred to as microscopic colitis. However, the significance of this finding is unclear, because the ability of pathologists to accurately distinguish mild degrees(More)