Haydn Kennedy

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BACKGROUND Nosocomial aspergillosis is a well known complication of immunosuppression in cancer patients and those undergoing transplantation and has usually been associated with major building construction or demolition. An observational study is reported of the hospital environment associated with an outbreak of aspergillosis in a paediatric oncology(More)
We report a case of Aspergillus flavus endocarditis in a 6-year-old boy with stage IV neuroblastoma with no pre-existing cardiac disease. The infection was successfully treated with high-dose liposomal amphotericin (AmBisome) once daily. Recurrence was prevented with itraconazole oral solution once daily as maintenance therapy. Adjunctive surgery was not(More)
We report a case of Streptococcus oralis bacteraemia in a paediatric neutropenic patient with acute myeloid leukaemia whose predominant form of oral compromise was severe gingivitis, rather than mucositis. By phenotypic and genotypic analyses, the strain of S. oralis from blood culture was indistinguishable from an isolate from his mouth, suggesting that(More)
Coagulase-negative staphylococcal bacteraemia in immunocompromised patients is often associated with the use of central venous catheters, while the proposed origin of viridans streptococci causing bacteraemia in this patient group is the oral cavity. This report describes an episode of polymicrobial bacteraemia caused by Staphylococcus epidermidis and(More)
This study examined the in vitro susceptibilities to fluconazole and itraconazole of isolates of Candida spp. from surveillance oropharyngeal specimens and blood cultures from paediatric patients with malignancy. The species distribution of 100 isolates from oropharyngeal specimens was C. albicans 86%, C. glabrata 7%, C. lusitaniae 4%, C. parapsilosis 2%(More)
This study investigated the antibiotic susceptibilities of 67 isolates of viridans streptococci from 61 cases of bacteraemia in immunocompromised paediatric patients with malignancy. The majority of patients (87%) had received prior courses of empirical antibiotic therapy, which consisted of ceftazidime plus amikacin during period 1 and(More)
The susceptibility to teicoplanin of 100 coagulase negative staphylococci, predominantly isolated from intravenous catheter tips and exit sites was determined by agar dilution on IsoSensitest media with and without the addition of 20% inactivated horse serum using an inoculum of 10(4) cfu/spot. Incorporation of serum resulted in a three-fold increase in the(More)