Pierre Houpikian

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The pathologic features of Q fever endocarditis, which is caused by Coxiella burnetii, were histologically evaluated in cardiac valves from 28 patients. We used quantitative image analysis to compare valvular fibrosis, calcifications, vegetations, inflammation, and vascularization due to Q fever endocarditis with that due to non-Q fever endocarditis and(More)
To differentiate infectious endocarditis (IE) from other Bartonella infections and to identify infecting Bartonella bacteria at the species level on a serological basis, we used Western immunoblotting to test sera from 51 patients with Bartonella IE (of which 27 had previously benefited from species identification by molecular techniques), 11 patients with(More)
Fifteen cases of Q fever endocarditis that occurred in 1999-2000 in southern France are described and compared with 15 cases from the same area reported in 1987. Significant decreases were found in the prevalences of heart failure, hepatomegaly, inflammatory syndrome, anemia, leukopenia, and abnormal liver function test results in patients who had Q fever(More)
Trench fever is caused by Bartonella (Rochalimaea) quintana, a small gram-negative rod that is transmitted by body lice. Recently, B. quintana infections in homeless patients have been reported in the United States and Europe. From October 1993 to October 1994, the seroprevalence of antibodies to B. quintana was assessed by indirect immunofluorescence in a(More)
Identification of emerging bacterial pathogens generally results from a chain of events involving microscopy, serology, molecular tools, and culture. Because of the spectacular molecular techniques developed in the last decades, some authors think that these techniques will shortly supplant culture. The key steps that led to the discovery of emerging(More)
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