Rim Abdelmalek

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Prevalence and species distribution of Cryptosporidium spp. were determined among 633 immunocompetent children less than five years of age and 75 patients hospitalized for immunodeficiency who lived in northern Tunisia. Microscopy was used for initial screening to detect positive samples and a nested polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length(More)
This is a retrospective study including 17 patients with rhino-orbito-cerebral mucormycosis diagnosed in a period of 16 years, between 1992 and 2007, in 8 men and 9 women. All patients were diabetic with ketoacidosis diabetes in 8 cases. Necrosis facial and ophthalmic symptoms were the most frequent presenting manifestations. The diagnosis was confirmed by(More)
OBJECTIVES Tuberculous meningitis (TBM) is a life-threatening disease and is difficult to diagnose. We aim to promote the role of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in TBM diagnosis and survey. DESIGN AND METHODS This was a retrospective study undertaken between 1996 and 2003 in which we reviewed all cases of TBM that had undergone cerebral computed(More)
Stool samples from 86 immunocompromised patients (51 human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected patients and 35 patients with haematologic malignancies) were systematically screened for intestinal microspordiosis by microscopic examination and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using universal primer V1/PMP2. Nine samples (10.5%) showed amplification with the(More)
INTRODUCTION Intestinal microsporidiosis is recognised as an important cause of opportunistic parasitosis in immunocompromised patients, especially HIV-infected patients. Enterocytozoon bieneusi is the common causal agent. The diagnosis of intestinal microsporidiosis has usually based on microscopic detection of the spores of microsporidia species in stool(More)
INTRODUCTION Tuberculosis is endemic in Tunisia. Pulmonary tuberculosis is the most common presentation in our country. Cutaneous presentations are rare (1-2% of cases). The diagnosis of cutaneous tuberculosis (CT) is difficult. Histological and clinical presentations are polymorphous, many differential diagnoses are available, and it is difficult to(More)
OBJECTIVE We aimed to identify epidemiological, clinical, therapeutic, diagnostic, and outcome characteristics of neurobrucellosis case patients in Tunisia. PATIENTS AND METHODS We conducted a retrospective and descriptive study over a 17-year period (January 1997-December 2013). We included all neurobrucellosis patients hospitalized in the infectious(More)
The aim of the study was to assess the clinical and immunological profile of lupus erythematosus (LE) patients with inherited complement deficiency (ICD). A laboratory-based study was conducted in which all LE patients with hypocomplementemia were included. ICD was assessed by hemolytic and antigenic assays. Type I C2 deficiency was assessed by polymerase(More)
BACKGROUND The complement system is one of the main effectors of both innate and adaptive immunity. Hereditary complement deficiency, mainly those of the terminal pathway (C5-C9), is at increased risk for septic meningitides particularly meningococcal ones. AIM to assess clinical and biochemical features of 3 Tunisian adults with C5 hereditary complement(More)