Malik Al Nakib

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BACKGROUND Alpha1-Antitrypsin (A1AT) deficiency is currently detectable by protein immunoassay, phenotyping, and genotyping of the S and Z mutations, but no fully automated method for standard biochemical analyzers is yet available. Here, we present a method that measures the antitryptic activity in serum. This method is rapid, automated, and allows the(More)
Streptococcus agalactiae (or group B streptococcus; GBS) is a leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in the developed countries. Several epidemiological typing tools have been developed for GBS to investigate the association between genotype and disease and to assess genetic variations within genogroups. This study compared the semi-automated(More)
Bacillus cereus is a well-known cause of foodborne disease usually of benign course. Here, we present the case of a 15-year-old boy who developed reversible fulminant liver failure associated with rhabdomyolysis after pasta consumption. Suspecting B. cereus as the aetiological agent may prevent unnecessary liver transplantation.
Abdominal CT is considered the imaging method of choice for the staging and treatment monitoring of Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors (GIST). The role of Whole-body FDG-PET seems limited for staging because of the low rate of extra-abdominal tumoral involvement and lower sensitivity than CT. However, PET provides assessment of therapeutic response to imatinib(More)
AIM The aim of our study was to assess the prevalence, risk factors for acquisition and the clinical characteristics of H. pylori infection in Malagasy children. METHODS A 2 year prospective study was conducted among 434 children from a rural (group A) and an urban area (group B). H. pylori status was evaluated by an ELISA serological test. Various(More)
Low-level methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus may be difficult to detect with the VITEK® 2 system (VK2). Here, we suggest that S. aureus exhibiting VK2-oxacillin MIC of 1 or 2 mg/L and a negative cefoxitin screen should be tested for the presence of mecA or its gene product.
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