Monte D Martin

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BACKGROUND Pertussis is among the most poorly controlled bacterial vaccine-preventable diseases in the United States. In 2006, a tetanus, reduced-dose diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) booster was recommended for adolescents and adults. Tdap vaccines were licensed on the basis of antibody response without vaccine effectiveness data. METHODS From(More)
Adequately sensitive and specific methods to diagnose pertussis in adolescents and adults are not widely available. Currently, no Food and Drug Administration-approved diagnostic assays are available for the serodiagnosis of Bordetella pertussis. Since concentrations of B. pertussis-specific antibodies tend to be high during the later phases of disease, a(More)
In an effort to improve the reliability and reproducibility of serological assays for Bordetella pertussis, a collaborative study was conducted to compare four different sources of pertussis toxin (PT) as coating antigens in the immunoglobulin G (IgG) anti-PT enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Four sources of PT were used as coating antigens in the(More)
An anti-pertussis toxin (PT) IgG enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was analytically validated for the diagnosis of pertussis at a cutoff of 94 ELISA units (EU)/ml. Little was known about the performance of this ELISA in the diagnosis of adults recently vaccinated with tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine, which contains PT. The goal(More)
Real-time PCR (rt-PCR) is an important diagnostic tool for the identification of Bordetella pertussis, Bordetella holmesii, and Bordetella parapertussis. Most U.S. public health laboratories (USPHLs) target IS481, present in 218 to 238 copies in the B. pertussis genome and 32 to 65 copies in B. holmesii. The CDC developed a multitarget PCR assay to(More)
Background: Tumor thickness is of great importance in the management of cutaneous malignant melanoma (MM): this variable not only affects prognosis but is also a key factor in planning surgical margins and selecting candidates for sentinel node biopsy. Breslow depth is the standard histologic measure of thickness, but technological advances have provided(More)
The commonly held belief that radiographs taken at right angles to one another will accurately portray the precise location of a metallic implant within a skeletal structure is erroneous. To the contrary, such biplane radiographs often provide misinformation about the exact location of metallic implants. The explanation for this phenomenon is discussed(More)
Description Surgical matricectomy with phenol 88% is a simple technique first described by Boll 1 in 1945. It has a low morbidity and a high success rate (98%). 2 Phenol is a colorless crystalline substance that is inactiv-ated by light and by air (it must therefore be stored in an opaque or foil-wrapped container) and also by blood and alcohol. At(More)
Pertussis remains an important public health problem in many countries despite extensive immunization. Cultures and real-time PCR (RT-PCR) assays are the recommended pertussis diagnostic tests, but they lack sensitivity at the later stage of the disease. This study introduces the IgG anti-pertussis toxin enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (PT ELISA) in our(More)
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