Oddvar Oppegaard

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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 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)
We present a case of infective endocarditis caused by Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. dysgalactiae, a major cause of bovine mastitis and previously thought to be an animal-restricted pathogen. The patient reported no direct contact with animals, and the clinical course was severe and complicated.
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)
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)
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)
Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes) and Streptococcus dysgalactiae subspecies equisimilis (SDSE) cause considerable morbidity and mortality, and show similarities in disease manifestations and pathogenic mechanisms. Their involvement in infective endocarditis, however, has not been well described. Invasive S. pyogenes and SDSE infections in Health Region(More)
Increasing incidence rates of invasive Streptococcus dysgalactiae subspecies equisimilis (SDSE) infections have been reported worldwide, but the evolutionary mechanisms underlying this development remain elusive. Through prospective surveillance of invasive SDSE infections in western Norway, we observed the emergence of a novel and virulent SDSE genotype,(More)