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BACKGROUND Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia often persists and causes metastatic infections. It is unknown whether the time between blood culture incubation and growth detection (i.e., the time to positivity) in a continuously monitored system--a probable surrogate marker of bacteremia severity--correlates with outcome. METHODS We performed a prospective,… (More)
Guidelines for blood culture (BC) address the appropriate frequency, number and volume, but no guidelines exist for repeating BCs. The pattern of repeated BCs was studied in all patients hospitalised in December 2001 to determine the extent of and reasons for repeating cultures. BC was repeated in 127 (31.6%) of 405 adults with an initial BC during the… (More)
Vancomycin susceptibility was checked in isolates from initial and final blood samples obtained from 22 patients with persistent or recurrent methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. The minimum inhibitory concentration of vancomycin was determined using Etest and found to have increased in 2 pairs of isolates, and results of screening in 4… (More)
OBJECTIVE To describe a case of papillary carcinoma of the thyroid that mimicked a diffuse toxic goiter. METHODS We present a detailed case report, review related cases in the literature, and discuss the possible role of autoantibodies in promoting the growth of papillary thyroid tumor. RESULTS A 28-year-old woman had a 6-month history of weight loss,… (More)
Clostridium septicum aortitis is a rare infection that has a strong association with occult colonic malignancy. There is also emerging evidence to support the combination of medical and surgical management over medical management alone. To the best of our knowledge, we report the 40th known case of C. septicum aortitis.