Oddvar Oppegaard

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BACKGROUND Traditional inflammatory markers are generally unhelpful in discerning septic arthritis from inflammatory joint disease due to their lack of specificity. We wished to explore the discriminatory power of the novel inflammatory marker, Fc-gamma-receptor type 1, CD64, in patients presenting with acute arthritis. METHODS Patients were recruited(More)
Background.  The importance of bacteria other than group A streptococci (GAS) in different clinical presentations of cellulitis is unclear, commonly leading to treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics. The aim of this study was to describe the etiological and clinical spectrum of cellulitis and identify clinical features predicting streptococcal etiology.(More)
Pyogenic streptococci cause significant morbidity and mortality, and the incidence of invasive group C and G streptococcal disease appears to be increasing. In this retrospective study we describe the epidemiological characteristics of invasive group A, C and G, along with non-invasive group C and G streptococcal infections in Western Norway from 1999 to(More)
Streptococcal inhibitor of complement (SIC) and distantly related to SIC (DRS) are well-characterized extracellular virulence factors produced by only a few emm types among group A streptococci. The prevalence and sequence variations of the sic-like gene (sicG) in clinical samples of group C and G Streptococcus dysgalactiae subspecies equisimilis (SDSE),(More)
BACKGROUND Skin and soft tissue infections are common reasons for medical care. Use of broad-spectrum therapy and costs have increased. Assessment of early treatment response has been given a central role both in clinical trials and everyday practice. However, there is a paucity of data on the dynamics of response, causes of early nonresponse, and how early(More)
BACKGROUND Beta-haemolytic streptococci are important contributors to the global burden of osteoarticular infections (OAI). Knowledge on the disease traits specific for streptococcal OAI, however, remains scarce. We wished to explore temporal trends of OAI caused by Group A Streptococci (GAS), Group B Streptococci (GBS) and Group C and G Streptococci(More)
A previously healthy 35-year-old woman presented with severe thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) affecting several organs and concomitant influenza A infection. On admission to hospital, haemoglobin was 5.4 g/dl, platelet count 6 × 10/l, Schistocyte count in peripheral blood 5%, and throat swab positive for influenza A RNA. The patient was treated(More)
BACKGROUND Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus is a beta-hemolytic group C streptococcus mainly causing infections in domesticated animals. Here we describe the first case of zoonotic necrotizing myositis caused by this bacterium. CASE PRESENTATION The patient was a 73-year-old, previously healthy farmer with two asymptomatic Shetland ponies in his(More)