Learn More
Detection of Pneumocystis carinii by the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) may facilitate non-invasive diagnosis of P carinii pneumonia and study of its epidemiology. We have compared the sensitivity and specificity of two PCR methods with those of conventional staining for detection of P carinii in induced sputum, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL), and(More)
Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) can be diagnosed by direct microscopic examination of induced sputum or by bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL). However, many institutions have little diagnostic success with induced sputum, and BAL is invasive and expensive. This prospective, blinded study assessed oral washes as a more convenient specimen than either sputum(More)
We compared the efficiencies of activation of the photochemical isopsoralen compound 10 and its resulting amplicon neutralizations under conditions with a UV transilluminator box at room temperature (RT) and a HRI-300 UV photothermal reaction chamber at RT and at 5 degrees C. Our data suggest that use of the HRI-300 reaction chamber at 5 degrees C results(More)
Clinical manifestations and epidemiological features are described for a cluster of 12 cases of human parainfluenza virus 3 (HPIV3) infection that occurred among 64 allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (SCT) recipients in an 11-week period during spring 2000. Upper respiratory symptoms predominated. Pneumonia occurred in 3 patients and was a(More)
To evaluate the ability of a mouse monoclonal antibody, 2G2, directed against human Pneumocystis carinii, to detect the organism in clinical specimens, a prospective study of the antibody in an indirect immunofluorescent assay was undertaken. P carinii was rapidly detected in thirteen of fourteen bronchoalveolar lavage specimens positive by toluidine-blue-O(More)
There are few case reports of infections caused by Brevibacterium species, and there have been no previously reported cases of endocarditis caused by any of the 6 known species of Brevibacterium. We report the first case of Brevibacterium endocarditis (caused by Brevibacterium otitidis) in a patient with prosthetic heart valves. The patient responded to 6(More)
  • 1