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A single-tube real-time reverse transcription-PCR (RT-PCR) assay for enterovirus detection in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) was developed based on a fluorogenic probe and primers directed to highly conserved sequences in the 5' untranslated region of the enterovirus genome. Quantitative detection of enterovirus genome was demonstrated in a linear range spanning(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to determine whether intra-abdominal pressure (IAP) monitoring using the FoleyManometer (Holtech Medical, Charlottenlund, Denmark) increases the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI). DESIGN A retrospective database review was conducted. SETTING The study was conducted in the 12-bed medical intensive care unit of ZNA(More)
We processed 317 samples from healthy adult volunteers for a complete blood count, including leukocyte differentials and reticulocyte parameters, through five new-generation haematology analysers: Abx Pentra 120 Retic, Coulter Gen-S, Sysmex SE 9500, Abbott Cell Dyn 4000 and Bayer Advia 120. From these data non-parametric 2.5-97.5 percentile reference(More)
Our aim was to investigate the relationship between the various histopathological features and the CT and MRI findings in routinely submitted histopathological specimens for the diagnosis of tuberculous lymphadenopathy. Twelve formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue blocks from ten patients who were clinically suspected of having tuberculous(More)
The Lemierre syndrome or 'necrobacillosis' is a post angina sepsis caused by an acute oropharyngeal infection with a secondary thrombophlebitis of the internal jugular vein. There are often septic emboli in the lungs, although intestinal organs can also be affected. This syndrome is caused by the strictly anaerobic gram-negative pathogen Fusobacterium(More)
Although iron evaluation on bone marrow aspirates remains the gold standard for assessing iron status, several other methods have been implemented that are less invasive and more practical. Serum iron, percentage of saturation, and total iron-binding capacity, however, lack sensitivity and are too labile to be of value as single determiners (1). Indirect(More)
A total of 391 and 424 non-invasive isolates of Streptococcus pneumoniae collected by 15 laboratories during the 2003 and 2004 survey were tested for their susceptibility by a microdilution technique following NCCLS recommendations. Insusceptibility rates (IR) in the two surveys (2003/2004) were as follows: penicillin 15.0/14.7% [8.4/6.4% Resistance (R)],(More)
OBJECTIVES Currently, there are no European data about the frequency and clinical significance of nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) grown from respiratory samples during the treatment of tuberculosis (TB). We determined the frequency and clinical significance of NTM isolated before or during pulmonary tuberculosis treatment in Belgian laboratories. (More)
This study tested 212 pneumococcal isolates from 9 institutions for their susceptibilities to penicillin, ampicillin, amoxycillin, amoxycillin/clavulanate, cefaclor, cefuroxime, cefotaxime, imipenem, tetracycline, erythromycin, and clarithromycin using NCCLS-standardized microdilution. Penicillin-insusceptibility was 12.3% [5.7% intermediate (0.12-1(More)