Mélanie Didier

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OBJECTIVE To identify physicians' knowledge and attitudes regarding antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic prescribing practices at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). METHODS A cross-sectional survey of physicians at the UHWI was conducted between September 2008 and April 2009 using a 28-item, self-administered questionnaire. Eligible(More)
A patient with rheumatoid arthritis taking prednisone developed Blastocystis hominis acute diarrhoea, which was associated with increased inflammation and effusion of the left knee. B hominis organisms were found in synovial fluid from the left knee. The patient responded dramatically to metronidazole treatment. B hominis may become disseminated in(More)
The basal ganglia are key structures for motor, cognitive and behavioral functions. They undergo several changes with aging and disease, such as Parkinson's or Huntington's disease, for example. Iron accumulation in basal ganglia is often related to these diseases, which is conventionally monitored by the transverse relaxation rate (R2 *). Quantitative(More)
Aortic dissection was confirmed in 33 patients at autopsy at the University Hospital of the West Indies between 1975 and 1988. Twenty-five cases were acute and 8 chronic and the diagnosis was made antemortem in 5 cases overall. The high risk of rupture of proximal dissections involving the ascending aorta into the pericardial sac is clear, and the(More)
OBJECTIVE We employed diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance spectroscopy (DW-MRS), which allows to measure in vivo the diffusion properties of metabolites, to explore the functional neuro-axonal damage and the ongoing energetic dysregulation in multiple sclerosis (MS). METHODS Twenty-five patients with MS and 18 healthy controls (HC) underwent(More)
A 65-year-old man with hypertension and glaucoma developed diuretic-induced hypokalaemia complicated by torsade de pointes ventricular tachycardia. This arrhythmia requires accurate recognition so that appropriate therapy may be administered. When torsade de pointes is diagnosed, a careful search for underlying causes should be conducted as reversal of(More)
OBJECTIVES The objectives of this study were to determine the susceptibility of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) isolates to Mupirocin and other antimicrobial agents and to record the prevalence and distribution of this organism at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI). METHODS MRSA isolates collected between January 1, 2008(More)
RATIONALE Few studies have analyzed the aggressiveness of the care (continuation of active treatments) at the end of life in patients with lung cancer. The objective of this study was to assess practices in this setting in a university department of respiratory medicine. PATIENTS AND METHODS This retrospective study has consecutively included all patients(More)
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