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To determine whether erythromycins, sulfonamides, and tetracyclines are associated with an increased risk for acute hepatitis.
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One hundred and fourteen Corynebacterium diphtheriae, toxigenic, gravis type, pharyngeal carriers were identified during a diphtheria epidemic in Elgin, Texas. All carriers were treated with erythromycin estolate, 1 g/day in divided doses for 6 days. Serial pharyngeal cultures were obtained in order to monitor the bacteriological response. Seventy-two carriers had positive cultures immediately prior to the start of therapy, and only these individuals were considered in the analysis of the effects of erythromycin. Forty-eight hours after institution of therapy, 96% of the carriers had become culture negative; all were negative by the 4th day of therapy, and all remained culture negative while taking the drug. Two days after cessation of therapy, all but one (99%) were culture negative. However, upon reculture 2 weeks later, 15 (21%) had relapsed to the carrier state. There were no significant differences in the serum diphtheria antitoxin levels, immunization status, age, sex, or socioeconomic status of those who relapsed and those who remained culture negative. This study demonstrates that erythromycin is effective in converting carriers to culture-negative status, but when given for only 6 days it is associated with large numbers of relapses. Because previous studies have not included follow-up cultures 2 weeks after therapy, it is suggested that all C. diphtheriae carriers be treated with either erythromycin or penicillin and that all be recultured at a minimum of 2 weeks after completion of therapy to assure eradication of the diphtheria organisms.
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Immunotoxicity of drugs represents an important problem for 10 to 12% of the overall population. There are 4 types immunotoxicological manifestations of drugs: immediate hypersensitivity, cytotoxic reactions, immune complexes reactions and delayed-type hypersensitivity. The most frequently concerned drugs are penicillins, cephalosporins, anesthetics (type I), erythromycin estolate, nitrofurantoin, sulfonamids, antitubercular agents (type II), quinidine, ticarcillin, valproate, pyramidon (type III) and finally for type IV, topical drugs (antihistaminic products, oestradiol, s.c. heparin).
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Using prescription-event monitoring to determine whether erythromycin estolate was a more frequent cause of jaundice than erythromycin stearate or tetracycline 12 208 patients, for whom 5343 doctors had prescribed one of the three drugs, were identified by the Prescription Pricing Authority. Of the questionnaires sent to general practitioners about the possible occurrence of jaundice, 76% were returned. There were 16 reports of jaundice, of which four were attributable to gall stones, three to cancer, six to viral hepatitis, and only three were possibly related to an antibiotic. All three patients, in whom the antibiotic was a possible cause, had been treated with erythromycin stearate. No case was attributable to the estolate which had previously been suspected of being a more frequent cause of jaundice. Although the incidence is unknown, it is very unlikely to be more than one in 100.
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We examined the duration of positivity of the throat culture after antibiotics were begun as a means of assessing the potential risk of transmission to close school contacts. Forty-seven children (4 to 17 years of age) with pharyngitis and a positive throat culture for group A streptococci in an outpatient, staff model health maintenance organization clinic were enrolled and were randomly selected to receive therapy with either oral penicillin V, intramuscular benzathine penicillin G, or oral erythromycin estolate. Additional throat cultures were obtained and clinical findings were recorded for each child during three home visits in the 24 hours after their initial clinic visit. Acute and convalescent sera were obtained for determination of anti-streptolysin O and anti-DNase B titers.
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The data from this study strongly suggest that children with group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal pharyngitis should complete a full 24 hours of antibiotics before returning to school or daycare.
Pertussis is one of the most communicable diseases of the respiratory tract and the incidence of this disease has increased substantially in recent years. Bordetella pertussis is the major pathogen implicated and erythromycin is considered the drug of choice. Because more studies have reported bacteriological and clinical relapses with ethylsuccinate and stearate formulations than with the estolate preparation, erythromycin estolate 50 mg/kg/d in divided doses over a 14-day period is recommended for the treatment of pertussis. None of the studies, however, have directly compared various forms of erythromycin in these patients to establish superiority of one form over the others. Treatment should be initiated as soon as possible and patients should be followed closely to achieve maximal efficacy and minimize the spread of the disease.
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Six groups, each containing 50 patients with acute maxillary sinusitis, were treated with ampicillin plus nasal decongestant, ampicillin plus irrigation, cephradine plus nasal decongestant, cephradine plus irrigation, erythromycinestolate plus nasal decongestant, erythromycinestolate plus irrigation. The diagnosis was radiologically established and the healing likewise radiologically assessed on the fifth, tenth and fifteenth day. Treatment was given for 10 days. All groups demonstrated a similar radiological healing except cephradine plus nasal decongestant which was inferior to the others. Contrarily, side effects were least frequent in the cephradine groups and most frequent in patients cured with ampicillin. The difficulty in choosing the best treatment is discussed in relation to such factors as therapeutic results, side effects, long-term consequences of antibiotic treatment, establishment of any bacterial etiology and penetration characteristics of antibiotics into the diseased sinus.
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A noncompliance rate of >30% is unsatisfactory. Whereas some variables significantly associated with compliance cannot be influenced (patient age; place of residence in town or city), others are amenable to modifications. These include the physician-patient interaction and the choice of antibiotic. Agents should be preferred that are well-accepted by patients, that enable short-term therapy with few daily doses and with a package that contains a dose-taking reminder.
This paper reports a one-month-old female with a one-week history of low grade fever and rhinorrhea, and one day of intermittent cough and cyanosis. The signs and symptoms are typical for pertussis in an infant less than six months old. The incidence of pertussis in the neonate and infant appears to be increasing. The disease still carries significant morbidity and mortality, especially in this age group. Pertussis should be included in the differential diagnosis of protracted cough with cyanosis or vomiting, persistent rhinorrhea, and marked lymphocytosis in children under six months of age.
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Because of the lack of a UV chromophore and their much smaller abundances in comparison with the major component, the minor components in erythromycin estolate preparations are difficult to analyze by high performance liquid chromatography ultraviolet (HPLC-UV). Tentative assignment of the major and minor components can be achieved with the combination of full scan and ZoomScan using an ion trap mass spectrometer. Tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) provided an effective method to quickly identify most components without chromatographic separation, and all the related compounds, except the isobaric pair ECE and PdMeEA, could be identified in this way. The best result was obtained by using liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry (LC/MS/MS) operated in selected reaction monitoring mode. The major compound, the estolate of erythromycin A (EAE), and seven other minor components, could be separated and identified, with semiquantitative estimates of relative concentrations.
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Children with suspected group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal pharyngitis are encountered daily in outpatient settings. Despite the ubiquity of this condition, important management issues still remain unresolved. This article will review selected epidemiologic, diagnostic, and therapeutic topics germane to clinical practice.
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The purpose of this study was to describe and compare the pharmacokinetic properties of different formulations of erythromycin in dogs. Erythromycin was administered as lactobionate (10 mg/kg, IV), estolate tablets (25 mg/kg p.o.) and ethylsuccinate tablets or suspension (20 mg/kg p.o.). After intravenous (i.v.) administration, the principal pharmacokinetic parameters were (mean +/- SD): AUC((0-infinity)) 4.20 +/- 1.66 microg x h/mL; C(max) 6.64 +/- 1.38 microg/mL; V(z) 4.80 +/- 0.91 L/kg; Cl(t) 2.64 +/- 0.84 L/h.kg; t((1/2)lambda) 1.35 +/- 0.40 h and MRT 1.50 +/- 0.47 h. After the administration of estolate tablets and ethylsuccinate suspension, the principal pharmacokinetic parameters were (mean +/- SD): C(max), 0.30 +/- 0.17 and 0.17 +/- 0.09 microg/mL; t(max), 1.75 +/- 0.76 and 0.69 +/- 0.30 h; t((1/2)lambda), 2.92 +/- 0.79 and 1.53 +/- 1.28 h and MRT, 5.10 +/- 1.12 and 2.56 +/- 1.77 h, respectively. The administration of erythromycin ethylsuccinate tablets did not produce measurable serum concentrations. Only the i.v. administration rendered serum concentrations above MIC(90) = 0.5 microg/mL for 2 h. However, these results should be cautiously interpreted as tissue erythromycin concentrations have not been measured in this study and, it is recognized that they can reach much higher concentrations than in blood, correlating better with clinical efficacy.
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In this study, organized and financed by the German Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases, 42 pediatricians in private practice who were selected to represent the 3 main regions of Germany and residence in large cities or small towns, respectively, enrolled consecutive patients who had bacterial infections that required therapy with oral antibiotics. Choice of agent and duration of treatment were left to the study physicians. Compliance was measured by a standardized telephone interview on the penultimate day and a urine bioassay for antibacterial activity on the last day of the planned treatment period. Parents did not know the true purpose of the study.
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Only penicillin has been adequately studied in treating syphilis during pregnancy. It is safe for the fetus and highly effective in doses currently recommended by the USPHS. Since these schedules appear to represent a minimal effective dose, smaller amounts should never be used. Whether higher doses would produce higher cure rates is not known. Penicillin is the drug of choice and the standard against which all others must be measured. Tetracyclines in any dose or form should not be used because of toxicity to both mother and child. Erythromycin (except the estolate) and cephalosporins are promising because of low toxicity, but their efficacy has not been established.
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The potential value of oral erythromycin for antitetanus prophylaxis in non-immune patients with open wounds was assessed. Serum obtained by venepuncture from health persons 2 h after an oral dose of an erythromycin preparation was used as a culture medium rendered anaerobic by addition of cooked meat. Strains of Clostridium tetani inoculated into these sera failed to multiply when the donor had taken 500 mg of erythromycin estolate before a meal; other erythromycin preparations and the estolate at a dosage of 250 mg were ineffective or inconsistent in their inhibition of the growth of Cl. tetani. Human antitetanus globulin (ATG) was given to 12 patients, 9 with severe injuries and 3 with extensive burns, all of whom were judged, from their history, to be non-immune (or with expired immunity); all except one had received large intravenous infusions of blood and/or other fluids. Serum antitoxin assays by a mouse protection technique on days 0, 1--2, 3--5, 6--10 and 14+ showed no detectable antitoxin (less than 0.01) unit/ml) in the initial (pre-ATG) sample from three patients with severe injuries and in one with extensive burns. All the patients in the severely injured group showed an early appearance or increase in tetanus antitoxin to protective titres. Two of the three severely burned patients showed, respectively, a delayed appearance or an increase in antitoxin; the other burned patients showed a reduction from the initial pre-ATG titre, followed by a return to that titre after day 5.
We searched the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group's Trials Register (31 May 2011).
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Chlamydia trachomatis is an obligate intracellular parasite responsible for many clinical syndromes, including neonatal conjunctivitis and pneumonia. The gold standard of diagnosis has been isolation in cell culture. However, this requires days of processing. Several rapid diagnostic tests are available. Giemsa staining of conjunctival smears, enzyme immunoassay, and the fluorescein-conjugated monoclonal antibody test. Both the EIA and the FA tests show promise as ideal rapid diagnostic tests. Treatment of chlamydial conjunctivitis must focus upon the eradication of nasopharyngeal carriage as well as cure of ophthalmic symptoms. The need for nasopharyngeal eradication is underscored by the fact that it is the source for chlamydial pneumonia as well as for conjunctival re-infection. Clinical studies have shown that oral erythromycin estolate or ethylsuccinate suspension 50 mg/kg/day twice-daily or four times a day for 14 to 21 days are the therapeutic regimens of choice. Neonatal ocular prophylaxis is currently under study. One per cent silver nitrate does not prevent chlamydial conjunctivitis but preliminary studies do show favorable results with topical erythromycin. Nevertheless, neither 1 per cent silver nitrate nor topical erythromycin eradicate nasopharyngeal carriage, elimination of which is necessary for the prevention of neonatal chlamydial pneumonia.
Reaction mechanism of macrolide 2'-phosphotransferase [MPH(2')] from Escherichia coli to the 2'-modified macrolide antibiotics was analyzed by using microbioassay, nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometric assay and mass spectrometry. It was found by microbioassay that the 2'-modified macrolide antibiotics as triacetyloleandomycin (TAO), erythromycin ethyl succinate (EME) and erythromycin estolate were inactivated with adenosine triphosphate (ATP) by MPH(2'). The NMR spectrometric assay for the analysis of the reaction with the 2'-modified macrolide antibiotics and MPH(2') was established using guanosine triphosphate, which was higher reaction rate than ATP, as a cofactor. It was clearly shown by NMR spectrometric assay and mass spectrometry that the C2'-side chain of TAO and EME was naturally released in phosphate buffer solution, and then, the C2' position was phosphorylated with GTP by MPH(2').
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The tetracyclines are active in vitro against many urinary tract pathogens such as Chlamydia, Mycoplasma pneumoniae, Brucella, rickettsiae, and Nocardia. Chloramphenicol is used primarily for anaerobic infections, Haemophilus influenzae meningitis, and infections due to Salmonella typhi. Erythromycin is active in vitro against M. pneumoniae, Legionella spp., Streptococcus pneumoniae, and group A beta-hemolytic streptococci; it may also be used as prophylactic therapy for subacute bacterial endocarditis and for recurrence of acute rheumatic fever in patients who are allergic to penicillin. Clindamycin should be used primarily for the treatment of anaerobic infections. The tetracyclines may cause gastrointestinal upset; phototoxic dermatitis; hepatitis, especially in pregnant women; discoloration of the teeth and bone dysplasia in the human fetus and in children; and superinfections, especially oral and anogenital candidiasis. The tetracyclines should be used with caution in patients with renal insufficiency. The most important toxic effect of chloramphenicol is bone marrow suppression, which is dose related or idiosyncratic. The incidence of undesirable side effects associated with the use of erythromycin is low; gastrointestinal irritation is the most common, and cholestatic hepatitis may occur with the use of erythromycin estolate. Pseudomembranous colitis is the most important toxic effect associated with the use of clindamycin.
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A combined cholestatic and hepatocellular injury occurred in nine patients, following therapy with erythromycin estolate (EE) or other erythromycin derivatives. Eight of the nine patients developed jaundice within three weeks after initiation of treatment; pain was one of the main symptoms in five patients while fever and itching were noted in four patients. Symptoms and signs subsided and abnormal tests of liver function returned to normal after withdrawal of the drug. The major histologic finding was cholestasis, but the majority of cases also had evidence of hepatocellular injury of variable severity; one biopsy specimen showed centrilobular necrosis. Ultrastructural findings in one case included changes related to cholestasis as well as hepatocellular injury with striking mitochondrial abnormalities. Our data are compared with those of the literature, with special reference to morphologic features.