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   2014| July-September  | Volume 32 | Issue 3  
    Online since July 10, 2014

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Corynebacterium striatum: An emerging nosocomial pathogen in a case of laryngeal carcinoma
I Biswal, S Mohapatra, M Deb, R Dawar, R Gaind
July-September 2014, 32(3):323-324
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136589  PMID:25008830
Corynebacterium striatum is an emerging nosocomial pathogen associated with wound infections, pneumonia and meningitis. It is also a multidrug-resistant pathogen causing high morbidity. This is a report of an unusual case of wound infection in a patient with laryngeal carcinoma. Accurate diagnosis of the infection and prompt management helped in a favourable outcome for the patient. This case highlights the role of C. striatum as an important nosocomial pathogen in immunocompromised patients.
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"Chennai Declaration": 5-year plan to tackle the challenge of anti-microbial resistance
Chennai Declaration Team
July-September 2014, 32(3):221-228
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.129053  PMID:25008811
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Recent outbreak of scrub typhus in North Western part of India
Parul Sinha, Sweta Gupta, Romika Dawra, Puneet Rijhawan
July-September 2014, 32(3):247-250
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136552  PMID:25008815
Background: Scrub typhus usually affects previously healthy active persons and if undiagnosed or diagnosed late, may prove to be life-threatening. Diagnosis of scrub typhus should be largely based on a high index of suspicion and careful clinical, laboratory and epidemiological evaluation. Objective: To describe the diverse clinical and laboratory manifestations of scrub typhus diagnosed in Mahatma Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Jaipur. Materials and Methods: All cases of febrile illness diagnosed as scrub typhus over a period of 3 months were analysed. Diagnosis was based on ELISA test for antibody detection against 56 kDa antigen. Results: Forty-two cases of scrub typhus were seen over a period of 3 months (October, 2012-December, 2012). Common symptoms were high grade fever of 4-30 days duration, cough, haemoptysis and breathlessness. Eschar was not seen even in a single patient. Liver enzymes were elevated in nearly all cases (95.9%). Multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) was present in 16.66% of our patients (7 out of 42). Hypotension (6 patients, 14.2%), renal impairment (9 out of 15 patients, 60%), acute respiratory distress syndrome (4 patients, 9.52%) and meningitis (4 patients, 9.52%) were some of the important complications. There was a dramatic response to doxycycline in nearly all the patients, but initially when the disease was not diagnosed, seven patients had died. Conclusion: Scrub typhus has emerged as an important cause of febrile illness in Jaipur. Empirical treatment with doxycycline is justified in endemic areas.
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False positive human immunodeficiency virus antibody test in chronic hepatitis B patient
SU Munshi, A Anwar, S Tabassum
July-September 2014, 32(3):344-345
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136599  PMID:25008837
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Myroides odoratus and Chryseobacterium indologenes: Two rare isolates in the immunocompromised
R Deepa, KG Venkatesh, J Durdana Parveen, S Thasneem Banu, G Jayalakshmi
July-September 2014, 32(3):327-330
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136592  PMID:25008832
Myroides spp and Chryseobacterium spp are uncommon clinical isolates, though more frequently reported to cause infections than other pigmented non-fermentors. Two cases of Myroides odoratus and Chryseobacterium indologenes infection in a diabetic with pulmonary tuberculosis and a patient with de-compensated alcoholic liver disease, respectively, are reported here. Anti-microbial susceptibility testing of the isolates was performed by determining the minimum inhibitory concentration. The clinical picture, characteristic features of the isolates and the antibiotic susceptibility pattern are discussed briefly.
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Clinical and microbiological characteristics of Rhodotorula mucilaginosa infections in a tertiary-Care facility
MR Capoor, S Aggarwal, C Raghvan, DK Gupta, AK Jain, R Chaudhary
July-September 2014, 32(3):304-309
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136576  PMID:25008826
Background: Rhodotorula spp. are an emergent opportunistic pathogen, particularly in immunocompromised individuals. Materials and Methods: The aim of the study was to review reported cases of Rhodotorula infection over a period of 9 years to determine epidemiology, risk factors, treatment and outcome. Results: The Rhodotorula spp. were isolated from cerebrospinal fluid (9) and blood (5). The most common pre-disposing factors were prolonged hospital stay (>1 month) and prolonged usage of broad-spectrum antibiotics (>1 month). All the isolates were identified as R. mucilaginosa by conventional methods. Amphotericin B demonstrated lowest minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) as compared with other anti-fungal agents (fluconazole, itraconazole and voriconazole). Conclusions: The recognition of unusual yeasts as an agent of life-threatening infection and their intrinsic resistance increases the burden on the mycology laboratory for complete species identification and to determine minimum inhibitory concentration.
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Meta-analysis in microbiology
N Pabalan, H Jarjanazi, TS Steiner
July-September 2014, 32(3):229-235
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136547  PMID:25008812
The use of meta-analysis in microbiology may facilitate decision-making that impacts public health policy. Directed at clinicians and researchers in microbiology, this review outlines the steps in performing this statistical technique, addresses its biases and describes its value in this discipline. The survey to estimate extent of the use of meta-analyses in microbiology shows the remarkable growth in the use of this research methodology, from a minimal Asian output to a level comparable with those of Europe and North America in the last 7 years.
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Serological diagnosis of dengue in laboratory practice in Kolkata
N Bhattacharya, H Mukherjee, R Naskar, S Talukdar, G Das, N Pramanik, AK Hati
July-September 2014, 32(3):277-280
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136563  PMID:25008820
Purpose: To find out the most suitable serological investigative procedures to diagnose dengue cases effectively in the laboratory practice identifying primary and secondary cases as well as period of suffering. Materials and Methods: Dengue suspected cases sent to the laboratory in 2012 in central Kolkata by the local physicians were categorised into seven panels according to the investigations asked for such as (1) only dengue-specific NS1 antigen (2) only IgM antibodies, (3) NS1 + IgM + IgG antibodies, (4) only IgM and IgG, (5) NS1 + IgM, (6) NS1 + IgG and (7) only IgG. Results: Out of 1892 suspected cases, dengue was diagnosed in 725 (38.3%). Through panels I, II, III, IV, V, VI and VII, it was possible to diagnose dengue in (I) 35.98% (435/1209), (II) 37.5% (24/60), (III) 49% (173/354), (IV) 30.8% (68/221), (V) 60.5% (23/38), (VI) 40% (2/5) and (VII) 0 of cases respectively. Detail information such as confirmed diagnosis, duration of the disease (whether early or prolonged) and classification of primary and secondary dengue in such early or prolonged stages would only be possible in panel III, which information would be helpful for effective monitoring and treatment of dengue patients. In all other panels, merely fragmentary information would be obtained. Conclusions: Serodiagnostic tests dengue-specific NS1 antigen and IgM and IgG antibodies when conducted simultaneously would be able to diagnose confirmed dengue cases categorising primary and secondary dengue along with the duration of the disease, whether early or prolonged.
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Significance of Epstein-Barr virus (HHV-4) and CMV (HHV-5) infection among subtype-C human immunodeficiency virus-infected individuals
J Sachithanandham, R Kannangai, SA Pulimood, A Desai, AM Abraham, OC Abraham, V Ravi, P Samuel, G Sridharan
July-September 2014, 32(3):261-269
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136558  PMID:25008818
Purpose: Opportunistic viral infections are one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality in HIV infection and their molecular detection in the whole blood could be a useful diagnostic tool. Objective: The frequency of opportunistic DNA virus infections among HIV-1-infected individuals using multiplex real-time PCR assays was studied. Materials and Methods: The subjects were in two groups; group 1: Having CD4 counts <100 cells/µl (n = 118) and the group 2: counts >350 cells/µl (n = 173). Individuals were classified by WHO clinical staging system. Samples from 70 healthy individuals were tested as controls. In-house qualitative multiplex real-time PCR was standardised and whole blood samples from 291 were tested, followed by quantitative real-time PCR for positives. In a proportion of samples genotypes of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and CMV were determined. Results: The two major viral infections observed were EBV and CMV. The univariate analysis of CMV load showed significant association with cryptococcal meningitis, oral hairy leukoplakia (OHL), CMV retinitis, CD4 counts and WHO staging (P < 0.05) while the multivariate analysis showed an association with OHL (P = 0.02) and WHO staging (P = 0.05). Univariate analysis showed an association of EBV load with CD4 counts and WHO staging (P < 0.05) and multivariate analysis had association only with CD4 counts. The CMV load was significantly associated with elevated SGPT and SGOT level (P < 0.05) while the EBV had only with SGOT. Conclusion: This study showed an association of EBV and CMV load with CD4+ T cell counts, WHO staging and elevated liver enzymes. These viral infections can accelerate HIV disease and multiplex real-time PCR can be used for the early detection. Genotype 1 and 2 of EBV and genotype gB1 and gB2 of CMV were the prevalent in the HIV-1 subtype C-infected south Indians.
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Antibiotic susceptibility pattern and genotyping of campylobacter species isolated from children suffering from gastroenteritis
RM Abd El-Baky, M Sakhy, GFM Gad
July-September 2014, 32(3):240-246
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136550  PMID:25008814
Purpose: To study the prevalence and the antimicrobial resistance of campylobacter species isolated from children suffering from gastroenteritis . Materials and Methods: A total of 125 stool samples were collected from children with gastroenteritis. The identification of isolates was performed with conventional methods as well as with molecular methods based on 16SrRNA species-specific gene amplification by PCR and product analysis. Resistance pattern of the isolated strains was determined using agar dilution method. Results: Conventional methods including sodium hippurate hydrolysis revealed that 12 (9.6%) samples were positive for Campylobacter species. Ten out of 12 Campylobacter spp. were identified as Campylobacter jejuni and 2 as Campylobacter coli but PCR assay revealed that five samples only were positive for Campylobacter and all were C. jejuni. Antimicrobial susceptibility to 10 antimicrobials was performed and all isolates (five isolates of C. jejuni) were susceptible to chloramphenicol, gentamicin and amikacin but all were resistant to ceftriaxone. Conclusion: PCR assay method allows reliable detection of C. jejuni. C. jejuni was the most prevalent Campylobacter species. Gentamicin, amikacin and chloramphenicol were the most effective antibiotic.
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Diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia: Comparison between ante-mortem and post-mortem cultures in trauma patients
S Lalwani, P Mathur, V Tak, S Janani, SI Kumar, R Bagla, MC Misra
July-September 2014, 32(3):294-300
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136572  PMID:25008824
Purpose: To evaluate the diagnostic utility of ante-mortem tracheal aspirates for diagnosis of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Trauma victims represent an otherwise healthy population, who are on multiple invasive life-support devices, which predispose them to severe infections like VAP. The diagnosis of VAP is challenging, due to the difficulty in obtaining a representative sample from lungs. We studied the diagnostic utility of tracheal aspirates by comparing its results with the post-mortem lung cultures. Materials and Methods: A total of 106 fatal trauma patients were included in the study. Lung samples and cardiac blood were taken for culture at the time of autopsy. The results of ante-mortem and post-mortem cultures were compared. Results: Septicemia was the cause of death in 51 (48%) of the fatal cases and VAP was identified in 36 (34%) cases. A total of 96 (90.5%) cases had pathogens isolated from lung samples. In 62 (58%) cases, the same organism was isolated from ante-mortem and post-mortem respiratory samples. Conclusions: Culture results of a properly collected tracheal aspirate should be taken into consideration along with Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC's) diagnostic criteria to maximise the diagnosis of VAP.
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Outbreak of Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in renal transplant recipients on prophylaxis: Our observation and experience
P Chandola, M Lall, S Sen, R Bharadwaj
July-September 2014, 32(3):333-336
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136594  PMID:25008834
Pneumocystis jirovecii is a life-threatening opportunistic pathogen affecting immunocompromised hosts, especially renal transplant recipients. This study reports an outbreak of seven such cases, both inpatients and outpatients, occurring in our hospital over a period of 4 months (January-April 2013). All patients were male with a median age of 38 years (range, 28-58 years); the median period between transplantation and diagnosis was 39.5 months (range, 11-123 months). One patient succumbed to the infection. Two were breakthrough cases, developing the infection while on prophylaxis, highlighting the need to view prophylaxis in light of the immunosuppression and clinical picture of such patients.
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Investigation of plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolates
Y Tanriverdi Cayci, AY Coban, M Gunaydin
July-September 2014, 32(3):285-289
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136567  PMID:25008822
Aims: To investigate plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance in clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa with the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance genes have been identified in many bacteria within the Enterobactericeae family, they have not been detected in P. aeruginosa isolates. Subjects and Methods : Identification of the isolates and testing of antibiotic susceptibility was performed in Vitek2 Compact (Biomeriux, France) and Phoinex (BD, USA) automated systems. Screening for the qnrA, qnrB, qnrS, qnrC, aac (6′)-Ib-cr and qepA genes was carried out by PCR amplification and aac (6′)-Ib-cr DNA sequencing. Results: The qnr and the qepA genes were not detected in any of P. aeruginosa isolates. The aac (6')-Ib gene was detected in six of the isolates and positive isolates for aac (6')-Ib were sequenced for detection of the aac (6')-Ib-cr variant but aac (6')-Ib-cr was not detected in any isolates. Conclusions: Plasmid-mediated quinolone resistance genes have so far not been identified in P. aeruginosa isolates. However, qnrB have detected in P. florescens and P. putida isolates. This is the first study conducted on the qnrA, qnrB, qnrS and qnrC genes as well as the qepA and aac (6')-Ib-cr genes in P. aeruginosa clinical isolates.
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Association of MDR-TB isolates with clinical characteristics of patients from Northern region of India
A Gupta, MR Nagaraja, P Kumari, G Singh, R Raman, SK Singh, S Anupurb
July-September 2014, 32(3):270-276
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136561  PMID:25008819
Purpose: We sought to determine the characteristics and relative frequency of transmission of MDR-TB in North India and their association with the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of TB-patients. Materials and Methods: To achieve the objectives PCR-SSCP, MAS-PCR and direct DNA sequencing were used against 101 Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates. Results: Multidrug-resistant-TB isolates were found to be significantly higher (P = 0.000) in previously treated patients in comparison to newly diagnosed patients. Further, significant differences (P = 0.003) were observed between different age groups (Mean ± SD, 28.6 ± 11.77) of the TB patients and multidrug resistance. Most frequent mutations were observed at codons 531 and 315 of rpoB and katG genes, respectively, in MDR-TB isolates. Conclusion: Routine surveillance of resistance to anti-TB drugs will improve timely recognition of MDR-TB cases and help prevent further transmission in Northern India.
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Erythromycin-resistant genes in group A β-haemolytic Streptococci in Chengdu, Southwestern China
W Zhou, YM Jiang, HJ Wang, LH Kuang, ZQ Hu, H Shi, M Shu, CM Wa
July-September 2014, 32(3):290-293
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136568  PMID:25008823
Context: The management of Group A β-haemolytic Streptococci (Streptococcus pyogenes or GAS) infection include the use of penicillins, cephalosporins or macrolides for treatment. A general increase in macrolides resistance in GAS has been observed in recent years. Differences in rates of resistance to these agents have existed according to geographical location and investigators. Aims: To investigate the antibiotic pattern and erythromycin-resistant genes of GAS isolates associated with acute tonsillitis and scarlet fever in Chengdu, southwestern China. Settings and Design: To assess the macrolide resistance, phenotype, and genotypic characterization of GAS isolated from throat swabs of children suffering from different acute tonsillitis or scarlet fever between 2004 and 2011 in the city of Chengdu, located in the southwestern region of China. Materials and Methods: Minimal inhibitory concentration with seven antibiotics was performed on 127 GAS isolates. Resistance phenotypes of erythromycin-resistant GAS isolates were determined by the double-disk test. Their macrolide-resistant genes (mefA, ermB and ermTR) were amplified by PCR. Results: A total of 98.4% (125/127) of the isolates exhibited resistance to erythromycin, clindamycin and tetracycline. All isolates were sensitive to penicillin G and cefotaxime. Moreover, 113 ermB-positive isolates demonstrating the cMLS phenotype of erythromycin resistance were predominant (90.4%) and these isolates showed high-level resistance to both erythromycin and clindamycin (MIC 90 > 256 μg/ml); 12 (9.6%) isolates demonstrating the MLS phenotype of erythromycin resistance carried the mefA gene, which showed low-level resistance to both erythromycin (MIC 90 = 8 μg/ml) and clindamycin (MIC 90 = 0.5 μg/ml); and none of the isolates exhibited the M phenotype. Conclusions: The main phenotype is cMLS, and the ermB gene code is the main resistance mechanism against macrolides in GAS. Penicillin is the most beneficial for treating GAS infection, and is still used as first-line treatment. And macrolide antibiotics are not recommended for treatment of GAS infection in children because of the high rates of antimicrobial resistance in mainland China.
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Application of PCR fingerprinting using (GACA) 4 primer in the rapid discrimination of dermatophytes
E Elavarashi, AJ Kindo, J Kalyani, R Sudha
July-September 2014, 32(3):236-239
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136548  PMID:25008813
Background: Superficial fungal infections have a major impact on cosmetic health, affecting more than 20-25% of the global population, which is predominantly caused by dermatophytes. As per literature search, molecular strain typing of dermatophytes has not been investigated in India. Therefore, the present study was carried out to characterise the dermatophyte species and strains by molecular methods. Objective: To analyse the genotype variability by applying polymerase chain reaction (PCR) fingerprinting using a simple sequence repetitive oligonucleotide (GACA) 4 primer to identify the species and strain variations among the dermatophytes isolated from a tertiary care centre in Chennai. Materials and Methods: From January 2010 to December 2010, 81 dermatophytes were isolated and included for the present study. A simple sequence repetitive oligonucleotide (GACA) 4 was used as a single primer in the amplification process. Results: The (GACA) 4 -based PCR successfully amplified all the clinical isolates. Trichophyton rubrum and T. rubrum var. raubitschekii produced identical band profiles, where the latter could not be differentiated from the T. rubrum, which are being reported for the first time from south India. Epidermophyton floccosum produced species-specific band profiles. Intra-species variability was not observed among the T. rubrum and E. floccosum isolates. T. mentagrophytes produced three simple, distinct band patterns, which are surprisingly different from the earlier studies. Conclusion: The PCR-based genotype using the short primer is rapid and precise in direct identification of dermatophyte isolates by one-step PCR to the species level and strain discrimination of the T. mentagrophytes variants.
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The New ICMJE Recommendations
Jacob Rosenberg, Howard Bauchner, Joyce Backus, Peter De Leeuw, Jeff Drazen, Frank Frizelle, Fiona Godlee, Charlotte Haug, Astrid James, Christine Laine, Humberto Reyes, Peush Sahni, Getu Zhaori
July-September 2014, 32(3):219-220
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136545  PMID:25008810
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Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium: Report of two cases
S Ahuja, A Pandey, AK Asthana, K Chauhan, Ritika , M Madan
July-September 2014, 32(3):340-343
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136597  PMID:25008836
Vancomycin-resistant Enterococci (VRE), especially Enterococcus faecium has emerged as an important nososcomial pathogen and represents a serious threat to patients with impaired host defense. Early detection of patients colonised or infected with VRE is an essential component of any hospital program designed to prevent nosocomial transmission of this organism. The authors report two cases of VRE isolated from blood and surgical site pus of two neonates admitted in the same neonatal unit, highlighting that early detection, prompt and appropriate infection control measures were keys to successful containment of this dreaded pathogen.
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ADR: An atypical presentation of rare dematiaceous fungus
J Karthika, V Ramesh, Shivakamy , Valli
July-September 2014, 32(3):336-340
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136595  PMID:25008835
The association of fungus in allergic fungal rhino sinusitis has been around 200 times in the world literature. As per the available literature, the most common agent identified so far appears to be ASPERGILLUS, though the condition is increasingly associated with Dematiaceous fungi. Here we report for the first time the presence of unusual fungus in allergic rhino sinusitis, which has not been reported so far.
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Legionella pneumophila infection associated with renal failure causing fatality in a known case of sarcoidosis
R Chaudhry, A Valavane, A Mohan, AB Dey
July-September 2014, 32(3):324-327
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136590  PMID:25008831
Legionella pneumophila infection may become fatal in immunocompromised state. We report here the first known fatal case from India due to Legionella pneumophila infection complicated by renal failure in a patient undergoing treatment for Sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is an idiopathic systemic inflammatory disease involving multiple organs. Urine antigen detection and polymerase chain reaction targeting 16S rRNA gene could help in rapid diagnosis of the infection and thereby start specific therapy. Clinical awareness along with availability of rapid diagnostic tests and institution of specific therapy may reduce morbidity and mortality associated with this infection especially in immunocompromised state.
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Detection of Hepatitis C virus RNA in peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with abnormal alanine transaminase in Ahvaz
M Makvandi, D Khalafkhany, M Rasti, N Neisi, A Omidvarinia, AT Mirghaed, A Masjedizadeh, AA Shyesteh
July-September 2014, 32(3):251-255
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136553  PMID:25008816
Purpose: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is an important agent for chronic and acute hepatitis. Occult hepatitis C remains a major health problem worldwide. Patients with chronic occult HCV may progress to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. The aim of this study was to determine prevalence of occult hepatitis C by IS-PCR-ISH (in situ PCR in situ hybridisation) in the patients with abnormal ALT. Materials and Methods: The blood samples were taken from 53 patients including 17 females (32.1%) and 36 (67.9%) males who had abnormal alanine transaminase (ALT) for more than 1 year. The mean ALT and aspartate transaminase (AST) level were 41.02 ± 9.3 and 24.17 ± 7.3, respectively. The patients' age were between 4 and 70-years old with mean age 38 ± 13. All the patients were negative for HCV antibody, HCV RNA and HBs Ag. The peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were separated with ficoll gradient from each blood sample, then the cells were fixed on slides by cold acetone and followed by IS-PCR-ISH for HCV RNA detection. Results: Seventeen (32%) patients including 6 (11.3%) females and 11 (20.7%) males showed positive results for HCV RNA by in situ-PCR in situ hybridisation. Ten (18.8%) positive cases were between 20 and 40-years old and 6 (11.3%) positive patients were between 40 and 60 years old. Ten (19.6%) patients who were positive for IS-PCR-ISH also had positive anti-HBc IgG and 7 (13.2%) patients were negative for HBc-IgG. Conclusion: In the present study high rate of 32% occult hepatitis C were found among the patients with elevated ALT.
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Clinico-demographical profile of keratomycosis in Delhi, North India
A Gupta, MR Capoor, S Gupta, S Kochhar, A Tomer, V Gupta
July-September 2014, 32(3):310-314
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136582  PMID:25008827
This study was undertaken to evaluate the clinico-demographical profile of keratomycosis. (January 2004 to January 2012). The corneal scrapings were processed by direct microscopic methods and standard culture techniques. Of 209 cases of keratitis studied, culture yielded growth in 80 cases (38.3%). Out of these 80 cases of growth, fungi were isolated in 77.5% and bacteria in 22.5%. The spectrum of keratomycosis was Aspergillus flavus (22.5%), Fusarium solani (16.1%), A. fumigatus (11.3%), Candida albicans (6.4%), etc., Routine surveillance of fungal keratitis is necessary to know the existing and emerging pattern of pathogens and to prevent use of un-warranted anti-microbial therapy.
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Evaluation of the GenoType MTBDR assay for detection of rifampicin and isoniazid resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex isolates
I Saglik, Y Oz, N Kiraz
July-September 2014, 32(3):318-322
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136587  PMID:25008829
Detection of drug resistance plays a critical role in tuberculosis treatment. The aim of this study was to evaluate the performance of GenoType Mycobacteria Drug Resistance (MTBDR) assay (Hain Lifescience, Germany) and to compare it with radiometric BACTEC 460 TB system (Becton Dickinson, USA) for the detection of rifampicin (RIF) and isoniazid (INH) resistance in 84 Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex (MTBC) isolates. RIF resistance was identified in 6 of 7 (85.7%) isolates and INH resistance was identified in 8 of 14 (57.1%) isolates by the GenoType MTBDR assay. Compared with BACTEC system, the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value and negative predictive values were 85.7%, 98.7%, 85.7% and 98.7% for RIF resistance; and 57.1%, 100%, 100% and 92.1% for INH resistance, respectively. GenoType MTBDR assay is reliable when tested specimen is resistant to the tested drugs. Although test was more successful in the detection of RIF resistance, it exhibited low sensitivity for the detection of INH resistance.
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Comparison of manual mycobacteria growth indicator tube and epsilometer test with agar proportion method for susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis
N Karabulut, B Bayraktar, Y Bulut
July-September 2014, 32(3):281-284
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136565  PMID:25008821
Background and Objectives: Antimycobacterial susceptibility tests take weeks, and delayed therapy can lead to spread of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Therefore, rapid, accurate and cost-effective methods are required for proper therapy selection. In this study, the Mycobacteria growth indicator tube (MGIT) and epsilometer test (Etest) methods were compared to the agar proportion method for susceptibility testing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Materials and Methods: The susceptibility tests against isoniazid (INH), rifampin (RIF), streptomycin (STM) and ethambutol (ETM) of 51 M. tuberculosis complex isolates were analyzed by the MGIT, Etest and agar proportion methods. Results: The concordance between MGIT/Etest and agar proportion methods was 98% for INH and 100% for RIF, STM, ETM. There were not statistically significant differences in results of the susceptibility tests between MGIT/Etest and the reference agar proportion method. Conclusion: The results have shown that MGIT and Etest methods can be used instead of the agar proportion method, because these two methods are more rapid and easier than the agar proportion method.
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Polymicrobial chronic endophthalmitis diagnosed by culture and molecular technique
A Mukherjee, S Pramanik, D Das, R Roy, KL Therese
July-September 2014, 32(3):331-332
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136593  PMID:25008833
Accurate etiological diagnosis is the key to prevention of ocular morbidity in endophthalmitis cases. A 66 year old male was suffering from chronic endophthalmitis post-cataract surgery. Polymerase chain reaction examination on anterior chamber fluid was positive for Propionibacterium acnes but negative for the panfungal genome. He was advised vitrectomy with intravitreal injections. Polymerase chain reaction of vitreous aspirate was positive for P.acnes as well as panfungal genome. The vitreous sample also grew yeast in culture which was identified as Candida pseudotropicalis. Patient was treated on an alternate day regimen of intravitreal Vancomycin and Amphotericin B in the post-operative period. There was improvement in vision at final follow up. Chronic endophthalmitis can have polymicrobial etiology which will require appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. The role of molecular testing is vital in these cases as growth in culture is often negative.
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Transfer patterns of integron-associated and antibiotic resistance genes in S. flexneri during different time intervals in Tianjin, China
J Wang, F Liang, X-Mei Wu, W Qi
July-September 2014, 32(3):256-260
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136556  PMID:25008817
Background: Shigella is one of the common genera of pathogens responsible for bacterial diarrhoea in humans. According to World Health Organisation (WHO), 800,000-1,700,000 patients in China were infected with Shigella spp. in 2000, and Shigella flexneri is the most common serotype (86%). Objectives: We investigated the transfer patterns of integron-associated and antibiotic resistance genes in S. flexneri during different time intervals in the city of Tianjin in the People's Republic of China. Materials and Methods: The integrase-encoding and variable regions of the integrons of the bacterial strains were amplified by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), followed by gene sequencing. Fifty-six S. flexneri strains, 32 of which were stored in our laboratory and the other 24 were isolated from tertiary hospitals in Tianjin during different time intervals, were tested for their sensitivity to 12 antibiotics by using the Kirby-Bauer antibiotic testing method (K-B method). Results and Conclusion: Of the 32 strains of S. flexneri isolated from 1981 to 1983 and stored in our laboratory, class 1 integron was detected in 28 strains (87.50%), while 27 strains (84.37%) harboured an aminoglycoside resistance gene, aadA, in the variable region of their integrons. Class 1 integron was identified in 22 (91.67%) of the 24 S. flexneri strains isolated from 2009 to 2010, whereas the variable region and 3′-end amplification were not present in any of the strains. Class 2 integron was not found in the 1981-1983 group (group A) of strains; although 19 (79.17%) of the 24 strains in the 2009-2010 group (group B) possessed class 2 integron, and the variable region of the integron harboured dfrA1 + sat1 + aadA1 genes, which, respectively, mediate antibiotic resistance to trimethoprim, streptothricin and streptomycin. Seventeen strains of the total 56 possessed both class 1 and 2 integrons. Strains belonging to group A were highly resistant to tetracycline, chloramphenicol and a combination of trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole; 65.63% of the strains were multi-resistant to three or more antibiotics. In group B, the strains showed high resistance to ampicillin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, piperacillin and tetracycline; 83.33% of the strains were multi-resistant to three or more antibiotics. Class 1 and 2 integrons exist extensively in S. flexneri, and the 3′-conserved segments of class 1 integron may have deletion or other types of mutations. Comparing the antibiotic and multi-drug resistance of group A with that of group B, it is apparent that the antibiotic resistance and the incidence of genes that confer multi-drug resistance have increased over the years in S. flexneri.
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Effect of protein coating of flocked swabs on the collection and release of clinically important bacteria
KH Harry, KT Madhusudhan
July-September 2014, 32(3):301-303
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136574  PMID:25008825
Clinical swab heads are often coated with biopolymers to improve the recovery and survival of organisms. To assess the effect of swab head material coating, water absorption capacity and capture and release characteristics of four pathogenic bacteria from protein coated and uncoated flocked swabs were determined. Demonstration of no uniformly higher recovery of all test bacteria from coated swabs over their corresponding uncoated swabs suggest importance of physicochemical properties of swab tip material compared with biopolymer coating, for swab selection for clinical applications.
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Prevalence and molecular characterisation of metallo-beta-lactamase producing strains of imipenem-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa in Turkey
N Ozkalay Yilmaz, N Agus, E Bozcal, A Uzel
July-September 2014, 32(3):349-350
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136622  PMID:25008840
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Detection of Mycobacterium tuberculosis growth by direct microscopic observation has a lower cost, higher sensitivity and higher diagnostic value than liquid and solid media cultures
S Olaru-Peter, C Grigoriu, LV Boiculese, AC Gradinaru, II Macovei, D Diculencu, B Grigoriu
July-September 2014, 32(3):315-317
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136585  PMID:25008828
Background: Culture is needed to confirm tuberculosis but results are generally obtained after several weeks. Objectives: We compared a direct microscopic observation technique for detection of mycobacterial culture positivity (MODS) with the classic solid and MB/BacT cultures in terms of sensitivity, contamination rate, speed and cost on 488 samples. Results: The sensitivity of the MODS technique - 99,2% (162 positive samples) was higher than MB/BacT 78,4% (125 positive samples) and solid culture 69,6% (113 positive samples) P < 0.005 for all comparisons. The median times to positivity were 21, 13.3 and 3 days on solid media, B/BacT and MODS respectively. Conclusions: The MODS technique is faster and more sensitive than both solid media and MB/BacT culture.
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Metagenomic analysis of diarrheal stool samples of HIV infected individual and HIV-uninfected individual using 16SrDNA sequencing
V Nema, R Nair
July-September 2014, 32(3):347-348
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136606  PMID:25008839
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Commensal and environmental vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium isolated in hospital settings: Genotypic diversity, antimicrobial resistance and virulence traits
LVP Gomes, AT Morey, JP Santos, JD Cardoso, CF Oliveira, MRE Perugini, LM Yamauchi, SFY Ogatta
July-September 2014, 32(3):345-347
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136603  PMID:25008838
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ABC… from the eyes of a Microbiologist
Harsh Kumar
July-September 2014, 32(3):356-356
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Hospital infection prevention: Principles and practices
K Naraya
July-September 2014, 32(3):355-356
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Daptomycin as a promising antimicrobial agent for the treatment of serious infections caused by resistant gram-positive organisms
B Tarai, P Das, D Kumar
July-September 2014, 32(3):353-354
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136616  PMID:25008844
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Anaerobic culture on growth efficient bi-layered culture plate in a modified candle jar using a rapid and slow combustion system: Few comments
A Roy, T Ghosh, SK Patra, A Manna
July-September 2014, 32(3):351-352
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136614  PMID:25008842
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First detection of a metallo-β-lactamase producing Serratia marcescens in a European university hospital
I Neonakis, H Messaritakis, D Stafylaki, S Maraki
July-September 2014, 32(3):352-353
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136615  PMID:25008843
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Research snippets
P Desikan
July-September 2014, 32(3):357-359
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Rejection of a manuscript: The other side of the story
R Patnayak, A Jena
July-September 2014, 32(3):350-351
DOI:10.4103/0255-0857.136611  PMID:25008841
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2004 - Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology
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