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  • British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery - BRIT J ORAL MAXILLOFAC SURG. 01/2010; 48.
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    ABSTRACT: The primary treatment of deep neck spaces odontogenic infection (DNSOI) with suppuration is surgery. Systemic antimicrobial therapy is an important adjunct. The initial prescription of antimicrobial therapy is empirical. Over the last decade we have observed a change in practice with the use of second-generation cephalosporins, in conjunction with metronidazole, replacing benzylpencillin and metronidazole. More recently evidence has emerged suggesting that antimicrobial resistance in nosocomial infections could be related to the widespread use of second and third-generation cephalosporins. This study was therefore initiated to determine whether this change in prescribing was justified. A total of 75 cases were retrospectively identified by scrutiny of the operating theatre data. These patients presented with significant DNSOI that required surgical drainage. Streptococcus milleri and mixed anaerobes were predominant. Only in three cases (4%) there were penicillin-resistant microorganisms. The substitution of benzylpenicillin for cefuroxime as an initial empiric therapy for DNSOI seems likely to have been equally efficacious in the large majority of cases. On the other hand, studies in preference of cephalosporins are based on in vitro trials. A multi-centre randomized controlled clinical trial directly comparing initial empiric second-generation cephalosporin therapy with benzylpenicillin in non-allergic patients is justified.
    British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 02/2009; 48(1):37-9. · 2.72 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To determine the bacterial species associated with spreading odontogenic infections (SOIs). Pus samples from 4 cases of SOI were analyzed by microbiological culture methods for the presence of bacteria, and by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification, cloning, and sequencing of bacterial 16S rRNA genes. Culture methods identified species from the genera Prevotella, Streptococcus, and Fusobacterium, as well as anaerobic streptococci. Molecular detection methods identified a far more diverse microflora. The predominant genus detected was Prevotella, representing 102 (50.2%) of 203 clones analyzed. Prevotella oris was the most abundant species identified, representing 45 (22.2%) of 203 clones analyzed. Twelve clones (5.9%) represented uncultivable species, namely Prevotella PUS9.180, an uncultured Peptostreptococcus species, and an uncultured bacterium belonging to the Bacteroidetes phylum. Prevotella species may play an important role in SOIs, and further work to examine in more detail the pathogenicity determinants of these organisms and associated host responses is warranted.
    Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology, and Endodontology 06/2007; 103(5):610-7. · 1.50 Impact Factor