Jung-Jr Ye

Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan, Taiwan

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    ABSTRACT: To identify the clinical characteristics and risk factors for mortality of patients with cefepime-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa (FRPa) bacteremia. This retrospective study analyzed adult patients with FRPa bacteremia hospitalized between January 2006 and December 2011. Seventy eight patients (46 male, 32 female; mean age: 72.2 ± 14.1 years) were included. Of them, 46 (59.0%) had ventilator use and 45 (57.7%) had intensive care unit stay. All the bacteremia episodes were health-care associated or hospital acquired, and 55.1% of FRPa blood isolates were multidrug resistant. The sources of bacteremia were identified in 42 patients (53.8%), with pneumonia being the most common one (28/42; 66.7%). The mean interval between admission and the sample date of the first FRPa-positive blood culture was 45.8 ± 52.6 days. The mean Pittsburgh bacteremia score was 5.0 ± 3.4. The 15-day and 30-day mortality rates were 50.0% and 65.4%, respectively. Patients (41; 52.6%) on appropriate antibiotic therapy within 72 hours of the first FRPa-positive blood culture had a higher 30-day survival rate than those without (48.8% vs. 18.9%, p = 0.011 by log-rank test). Multivariate analyses revealed that a higher Pittsburgh bacteremia score was an independent risk factor for either 15-day (p = 0.002) or 30-day mortality (p = 0.010), and appropriate antibiotic therapy within 72 hours was an independent protecting factor for either 15-day (p = 0.049) or 30-day mortality (p = 0.017). FRPa bacteremia had a high mortality rate. The disease severity and appropriate antimicrobial therapy within 72 hours of positive blood culture were related to the patients' outcome.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 09/2013; · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bloodstream infection (BSI) is a serious infection with a high mortality. We aimed to construct a predictive scoring system to stratify the severity of patients with BSI visiting the emergency department (ED). We conducted a retrospective cohort study consisting of patients who visited the ED of a tertiary hospital with documented BSI in 2010. The potential predictors of mortality were obtained via chart review. Multivariate logistic regression was utilized to identify predictors of mortality. Penalized maximum likelihood estimation (PMLE) was applied for score development. There were 1063 patients with bacteremia included, with an overall 28-day mortality rate of 13.2% (n = 140). In multiple logistic regression with penalization, the independent predictors of death were "predisposition": malignancy (β-coefficient, 0.65; +2 points); "infection": Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) bacteremia (0.69; +2 points), pneumonia (1.32; +4 points), and bacteremia with an unknown focus (0.70; +2 points); "response": body temperature <36°C (1.17; +3 points), band form >5% (1.00; +3 points), and red blood cell distribution width (RDW) >15% (0.63; +2 points); and "organ dysfunction": pulse oximeter oxygen saturation <90% (0.72; +2 points) and creatinine >2 mg/dL (0.69; +2 points). The area under receiver operating characteristic curve (AUROC) for the model was 0.881 [95% confidence interval (CI), 0.848-0.913], with a better performance than the Pitt bacteremia score (AUROC: 0.750; 95% CI 0.699-0.800, p < 0.001). The patients were stratified into four risk groups: (1) low, 0-3 points, mortality rate: 1.5%; (2) moderate, 4-6 points, mortality rate: 10.5%; (3) high, 7-8 points, mortality rate: 28.6%; and (4) very high, ≥9 points, mortality rate: 65.5%. The new scoring system for bacteremia could facilitate the prediction of the risk of 28-day mortality for patients visiting the ED with BSI.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 08/2013; · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The optimal combination ratio of imipenem to colistin methanesulfonate (CMS) against imipenem-nonsusceptible multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (INS-MDRAB) has not been determined in previous studies. To provide an alternative therapeutic option for clinical INS-MDRAB isolates, we investigated whether clinically achievable serum concentrations of CMS in combination with imipenem enhance the in vitro activity of imipenem against the INS-MDRAB isolates. Fifty-nine INS-MDRAB isolates with imipenem minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) values of ≥8 mg/L were selected randomly from the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory at a university-affiliated medical center between July 1998 and May 2005. The in vitro activity of imipenem among these 59 clinical isolates was explored via serial two-fold dilutions containing a range of imipenem concentration from 0.125 mg/L to 256 mg/L, in combination with two fixed CMS concentrations at 0.5 mg/L and 1 mg/L. Genotype classification was performed using the pulsed-field gel electrophoresis method and infrequent-restriction-site polymerase chain reaction. A significant reversal of imipenem resistance (i.e., MICs ≤ 4 mg/L) was observed in 34 (57.6%) isolates and 44 (74.6%) isolates with the tests of CMS concentrations at 0.5 mg/L and 1 mg/L, respectively (p = 0.041). Genotype 1 was predominant (43 isolates, 72.9%) with imipenem resistance reversal rates of 51.2% and 79.1% (p = 0.004) in the tests of CMS at 0.5 mg/L and 1 mg/L, respectively. The synergy of imipenem/CMS against INS-MDRAB was significantly better for the CMS concentration at 1 mg/L than that at 0.5 mg/L, especially in our predominant clone. Our results provided insightful information for treating INS-MDRAB infections in clinical practice.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 07/2013; · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The significance of candiduria remains unclear. We correlated Candida albicans candidemia with candiduria by molecular genotyping. 33 pairs of concurrent blood and urine C. albicans isolates from 31 adult (≥18 years) were genotyped with infrequent-restriction-site PCR. The molecular concordance rates of three major genotypes were 100% for I, 82% for II, and 71% for III. The molecular concordance between concurrent C. albicans candidemia and candiduria was frequent. Our findings substantiate the importance of candiduria in appropriate clinical context as the majority of our patients were from intensive care units.
    Diagnostic microbiology and infectious disease 04/2013; · 2.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Serratia marcescens is a rare pathogen of central nervous system infections. This study was to investigate the epidemiology, prognostic factors, and treatment outcomes of S marcescens meningitis. METHODS: This retrospective analysis included 33 patients with culture-proven S marcescens meningitis hospitalized between January 2000 and June 2011. RESULTS: Of the 33 patients enrolled, only one did not receive neurosurgery before the onset of S marcescens meningitis. Patients with S marcescens meningitis had higher ratios of brain solid tumors (54.5%) and neurosurgery (97.0%) with a mortality rate of 15.2%. The mean interval between the first neurosurgical procedure and the diagnosis of meningitis was 17.1 days (range, 4-51 days). Only one third-generation cephalosporin-resistant S marcescens isolate was recovered from the patients' cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens. Compared with the favorable outcome group (n = 20), the unfavorable outcome group (n = 13) had a higher percentage of brain solid tumors, more intensive care unit stays, and higher Sequential Organ Failure Assessment score, CSF lactate and serum C-reactive protein concentrations at diagnosis of meningitis. Under the multiple regression analysis, CSF lactate concentration ≥2-fold the upper limit of normal (ULN) was independently associated with unfavorable outcomes (odds ratio, 7.20; 95% confidence interval, 1.08-47.96; p = 0.041). CONCLUSION: S marcescens meningitis is highly associated with neurosurgical procedures for brain solid tumors. CSF lactate concentration ≥2x ULN may predict an unfavorable outcome. Its mortality is not high and empiric treatment with parenteral third-generation cephalosporins may have a satisfactory clinical response.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 08/2012; · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the clinical implication and prognostic predictors of tigecycline treatment for pneumonia involving multidrug-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB). A retrospective observational study over a 32-month period for adult patients receiving tigecycline treatment at least 7 days for pneumonia involving MDRAB. We reviewed 112 patients with 116 episodes of tigecycline-treated pneumonia involving MDRAB. The mean age was 70.8 years. The mean Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation (APACHE) II score was 21.7. Seventy episodes (60.3%) had clinical resolution. The episodes with monomicrobial MDRAB pneumonia had a significantly lower clinical resolution rate than polymicrobial pneumonia (14/31, 45.2% vs. 56/85, 65.9%; p = 0.044). The independent predictors for failure of clinical resolution were female gender, malignancy, bilateral pneumonia, monomicrobial pneumonia, and higher APHCHE II scores. Forty-two episodes (36.2%) had the 30-day mortality, and the only independent predictor was deterioration of pneumonia on chest radiographs. A high disease severity, bilateral pneumonia, and monomicrobial MDRAB pneumonia predicted failure of clinical resolution, and deterioration of pneumonia predicted mortality. MDRAB in monomicrobial pneumonia was the most certain to be causal. The clinical resolution rate from such pneumonia might reflect the ultimate efficacy of tigecycline in treating MDRAB pneumonia and the overall efficacy might be overestimated.
    The Journal of infection 08/2011; 63(5):351-61. · 4.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Fusobacterium nucleatum bacteremia is critical and not well defined. To identify the clinical characteristics and outcomes, we conducted a retrospective review of hospitalized patients from January 2004 to December 2009 at a tertiary center in northern Taiwan. Fifty-seven patients were enrolled. The mean age was 58.1 years, and the mean Pitt bacteremia score was 4.7. Males predominated (59.6%), and the overall 30-day mortality rate was up to 47.4%. Malignancy was the major comorbidity (26/57, 45.6%), especially oropharyngeal and gastrointestinal cancers (19/26, 73.1%). Pneumonia (17/57, 29.8%) was the most common presentation with high rates of respiratory failure (15/17, 88.2%) and mortality (11/17, 64.7%), followed by intra-abdominal infections (7/57, 12.3%). In multivariate analysis, higher Pitt bacteremia score, nosocomial infection, anemia, and intensive care unit stay were the independent factors for 30-day mortality. Nosocomial F. nucleatum bacteremia was a significant mortality predictor independent to other parameters of disease severities.
    Diagnostic microbiology and infectious disease 06/2011; 70(2):167-74. · 2.45 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the clinical features, etiology and predictors of in-hospital mortality in adults with post-neurosurgical bacterial meningitis. This retrospective analysis included 60 adult patients with culture-proven post-neurosurgical bacterial meningitis hospitalized between September 2006 and August 2008. Of the 60 patients, 88.3% had monomicrobial infection and 11.7% had mixed infection. The mean duration from the first neurosurgical procedure to the diagnosis of meningitis was 21 days (range, 1-134 days). The median frequency of neurosurgical procedure before meningitis was 1 (range, 1-5). A total of 69 isolates were identified from the cerebrospinal fluid, the most common pathogens were Gram-negative bacilli (43, 62.3%), followed by Gram-positive bacteria (24, 34.8%). The three most common Gram-negative bacilli were Serratia marcescens (7, 10.1%), Klebsiella pneumoniae (6, 8.7%), and Enterobacter cloacae (4, 5.8%). Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Acinetobacter baumannii isolates comprised less than 3%. Notably, glucose non-fermenting Gram-negative bacilli other than Acinetobacter and Pseudomonas spp. accounted for 11.6% of the total. Of the Gram-negative bacilli, resistance rates to the third-generation cephalosporins, ceftriaxone and ceftazidime, were 58.1% and 34.9%, respectively. The two most common Gram-positive pathogens were Staphylococcus aureus (10, 14.5%) and coagulase-negative staphylococci (including S. epidermidis) (10, 14.5%). The in-hospital mortality rate was 15.0%, which was significantly related to Gram-negative bacilli resistant to third-generation cephalosporins in multivariate analysis (adjusted odds ratio = 33.65; p = 0.047). These findings may portend the spread of serious resistance to third-generation cephalosporins in nosocomial Gram-negative bacilli throughout the neurosurgical units, suggestive of the need to reassess the empirical use of third-generation cephalosporins in post-neurosurgical bacterial meningitis.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 08/2010; 43(4):301-9. · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate the clinical features, laboratory test results, imaging data, and prognostic predictors of tuberculous meningitis (TBM) in adults. We retrospectively reviewed 108 adult patients with a diagnosis of TBM over a 6-year period. Patients were divided into "definite" and "probable" groups, depending on the diagnosis made by (1) positive culture, or polymerase chain reaction, of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (TB) from the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF); or (2) the isolation of TB elsewhere, or chest radiography consistent with active pulmonary TB, or imaging studies of the brain consistent with TBM, or clinical improvement on treatment. These two groups were compared for their clinical features, images, laboratory test results, and 9-month mortality rates to identify prognostic predictors. Compared with the "probable" group (n = 62), the "definite" group (n = 46) had a higher mortality rate (50.0%vs. 30.6%, p = 0.041) and more consciousness disturbance (78.3%vs. 51.6%, p = 0.005), hydrocephalus (63.4%vs. 40.7%, p= 0.029) and isolation of TB from extra-CSF specimens (41.3%vs. 22.6%, p = 0.037). Old age (p = 0.002), consciousness change (p = 0.032), and hydrocephalus (p = 0.047) were poor prognostic indicators in the "definite" group as assessed by univariate analysis. Severity of TBM at admission and delayed anti-TB therapy resulted in a poor prognosis for all patients. Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that old age and hydrocephalus were independent factors for mortality. Adjunctive steroid therapy over 2 weeks improved survival in both the "definite" (p = 0.002) and "probable" (p = 0.035) groups, but more than 4 weeks of use had no significant effect on mortality. Steroid treatment, therefore, may improve the outcome of patients with TBM. Old age, advanced stage of TBM at admission, hydrocephalus, and positive TB culture or polymerase chain reaction of CSF are factors associated with a poor prognosis for TBM. Early diagnosis and treatment, including short term steroid use, are mandatory for clinical care of adult patients with TBM.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 04/2010; 43(2):111-8. · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: With epidemics of influenza A virus infection, people and medical professionals are all concerned about symptoms or syndromes that may indicate the infection with influenza A virus. A prospective study was performed at a community clinic of a metropolitan area. Throat swab was sampled for 3-6 consecutive adult patients with new episode (<3 days) of respiratory tract infection every weekday from Dec. 8, 2005 to Mar. 31, 2006. Demographic data, relevant history, symptoms and signs were recorded. Samples were processed with multiplex real time PCR for 9 common respiratory tract pathogens and by virus culture. Throat swab samples were positive for Influenza A virus with multiplex real time PCR system in 12 of 240 patients. The 12 influenza A positive cases were with more clusters and chills than the other 228. Certain symptoms and syndromes increased the likelihood of influenza A virus infection. The syndrome of high fever plus chills plus cough, better with clustering of cases in household or workplace, is with the highest likelihood (positive likelihood ratio 95; 95% CI 12-750). Absence of both cluster and chills provides moderate evidence against the infection (negative likelihood ratio 0.51; 95% CI 0.29-0.90). Syndromic recognition is not diagnostic but is useful for discriminating between influenza A infection and common cold. In addition to relevant travel history, confirmatory molecular test can be applied to subjects with high likelihood when the disease prevalence is low.
    PLoS ONE 01/2010; 5(5):e10542. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Multidrug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii (MDRAB) is an important nosocomial pathogen usually susceptible to carbapenems; however, growing number of imipenem resistant MDRAB (IR-MDRAB) poses further clinical challenge. The study was designed to identify the risk factors for appearance of IR-MDRAB on patients formerly with imipenem susceptible MDRAB (IS-MDRAB) and the impact on clinical outcomes. A retrospective case control study was carried out for 209 consecutive episodes of IS-MDRAB infection or colonization from August 2001 to March 2005. Forty-nine (23.4%) episodes with succeeding clinical isolates of IR-MDRAB were defined as the cases and 160 (76.6%) with all subsequent clinical isolates of IS-MDRAB were defined as the controls. Quantified antimicrobial selective pressure, "time at risk", severity of illness, comorbidity, and demographic data were incorporated for multivariate analysis, which revealed imipenem or meropenem as the only significant independent risk factor for the appearance of IR-MDRAB (adjusted OR, 1.18; 95% CI, 1.09 to 1.27). With selected cases and controls matched to exclude exogenous source of IR-MDRAB, multivariate analysis still identified carbapenem as the only independent risk factor (adjusted OR, 1.48; 95% CI, 1.14 to 1.92). Case patients had a higher crude mortality rate compared to control patients (57.1% vs. 31.3%, p = 0.001), and the mortality of case patients was associated with shorter duration of "time at risk", i.e., faster appearance of IR-MDRAB (adjusted OR, 0.9; 95% CI, 0.83 to 0.98). Judicious use of carbapenem with deployment of antibiotics stewardship measures is critical for reducing IR-MDRAB and the associated unfavorable outcome.
    PLoS ONE 01/2010; 5(4):e9947. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bacteroides fragilis is a virulent anaerobic pathogen, resulting in considerable mortality. This study was conducted to investigate the clinical characteristics, significance of polymicrobial bacteremia, and treatment outcomes of B. fragilis bacteremia. This retrospective analysis enrolled 199 adult patients with B. fragilis bacteremia, who were admitted to hospital between January 2004 and May 2007. Chi-squared and Fisher's exact tests were used for comparison. A p value of <0.05 was considered statistically significant. 142 patients with B. fragilis bacteremia (71.4%) had at least 1 underlying disease. Malignancy was the commonest comorbidity (n = 62; 31.2%). Intra-abdominal infection accounted for 49.3% of the infection sources. Seventy seven patients (38.7%) had polymicrobial bacteremia and Escherichia coli was the most common concurrent isolate (n = 24). There was no significant difference in septic shock incidence and clinical outcome between the monomicrobial and polymicrobial groups. The overall 30-day crude mortality rate was 30.7%. Inappropriate early antimicrobial therapy did not affect outcome, but a higher mortality rate was noted for patients who never received appropriate antimicrobial therapy (55.2% vs 26.5%; p = 0.002). Independent risk factors for mortality were age 65 years and older (p = 0.010), malignancy (p = 0.001), shock (p < 0.001), thrombocytopenia (p = 0.026), and lack of surgical intervention (p = 0.035). B. fragilis bacteremia causes a high mortality rate, especially for elderly people and patients with cancer. Clinicians should be alert to the infectious focus, and appropriate surgical intervention may be necessary to improve outcomes.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 06/2009; 42(3):243-50. · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background: Candiduria is frequently encountered in clinical practice but its significance is not well defined. It can be ignored under current consensus. However, it has been repeatedly demonstrated that candiduria is associated with unfavorable outcomes for critically ill patients. Candiduria may be an indicator of invasive candidiasis. Methods: Adult (≥18 y/o) patients with Candida albicans candidemia in Chang Gung Memorial Hospital Linkou Medical Center were enrolled prospectively from Apr. 15 to Oct. 15, 2007, with urine screened for candiduria if applicable. C. albicans strains from these blood and urine samples were typed with infrequent-restriction-site (IRS)-PCR for molecular characterization. Results: Fifty-six patients with C. albicans candidemia were recorded, and urine cultures were done in 40 of them. Among the 40 urine cultures, 32 revealed C. albicans candiduria. Twenty one paired blood and urine C. albicans strains, i.e., blood and urine samples of the same patient, were available for molecular typing with IRS-PCR. The strain concordance of these paired blood and urine C. albicans strains was higher than the chance of co-incidence, as compared to urine C. albicans strains in general. The concordance rates for 3 major IRS-PCR types were 100% for type I (p=0.003), 86% for type II (p=0.007) and 63% for type III (p=0.132). Conclusions: The strain concordance beyond coincidence suggested that either the urine C. albicans ascended to cause candidemia or C. albicans in the blood seeded to urine as candiduria. Either way, C. albicans candiduria may be an indicator of invasive candidiasis, instead of an innocuous event independent of candidemia. As the majority of our patients were from intensive care units, candiduria can not be just ignored, especially for the critically ill patients.
    Infectious Diseases Society of America 2008 Annual Meeting; 10/2008
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    ABSTRACT: Diagnosis of renal or perinephric abscess is still a challenge for physicians. This study investigated the effect of location and size of abscess and the time of diagnosis on treatment outcomes. This retrospective analysis enrolled 159 adult patients with renal, perinephric or mixed-type (renal plus perinephric) abscess hospitalized between June 2001 and June 2006. The outcomes of these patients were classified into "poor" and "success" in order to elucidate associated risk factors. 106 patients had clear information of the timing of diagnosis and were categorized into "early" and "delayed" diagnosis groups, depending on whether the diagnosis was made within or after 5 days of admission. Compared with the early diagnosis group (n = 78), the delayed diagnosis group (n = 28) were older (59.9 +/- 15.9 vs 50.9 +/- 14.9 years, p=0.005) and had less costovertebral angle knocking pain (85.7% vs 51.3%, p=0.021), a higher rate of renal insufficiency (57.1% vs 15.4%, p<0.001) and hospital stay over 22 days (71.4% vs 24.4%, p<0.001). There was no significant difference between these two groups in clinical outcomes. Compared with renal abscess, both perinephric and mixed-type abscess had higher rates of larger abscess (>5 cm in diameter) [84.1% vs 25.6%, p<0.001; and 55.6% vs 25.6%, p=0.012, respectively] and lower rates of Escherichia coli infection (24.4% vs 59.4%, p<0.001; and 26.7% vs 59.4%, p=0.021, respectively). Among all culture-positive patients, the proportion of Klebsiella pneumoniae was 25.6%. Perinephric abscess had higher rates of percutaneous (56.3% vs 31.5%; p=0.005) and surgical drainage (29.2% vs 7.6%; p=0.001) than renal abscess. In multivariate analysis, age > or =65 years (p=0.006; odds ratio [OR], 7.008; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.75-28.141), thrombocytopenia (p=0.002; OR [95% CI], 10.434 [2.344-46.444]), and abscess without drainage (p=0.001; OR [95% CI], 9.984 [2.640-37.758]) were independent factors for poor outcome (mortality or nephrectomy). Old age, renal insufficiency and lack of costovertebral angle knocking pain may contribute to delayed diagnosis of renal or perinephric abscess, and prolonged hospital stay. The location and size of abscess did not affect clinical outcome in this study, which might be due to adequate abscess drainage. K. pneumoniae is not uncommon in renal or perinephric abscess in Taiwan.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 08/2008; 41(4):342-50. · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: To investigate factors that might affect the sputum conversion and treatment outcome of Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare complex (MAC) pulmonary disease. This retrospective study reviewed 46 patients diagnosed with MAC pulmonary disease at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Linkou between July 1998 and February 2005. The diagnosis was based on the American Thoracic Society criteria for diagnosis of disease due to non-tuberculous mycobacteria of 1997. Of the 46 patients reviewed, 30 were men and 16 women, with a mean age of 64.39 years (range, 28-87 years). Thirty one patients had preexisting lung diseases, including history of pulmonary tuberculosis in 23 patients. Follow-up of sputum cultures could be traced in 28 patients, and sputum conversion was found in 17 patients. Of the 28 patients, 9 were treated with anti-MAC drugs for <5 months or with a regimen not containing at least 2 anti-MAC drugs. These treatment regimens were significantly associated with failure of sputum conversion to culture negativity (adjusted odds ratio [OR], 16.83; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.16-245.06; p=0.039). Eleven of the remaining 19 patients were treated with an anti-MAC regimen containing clarithromycin for >5 months. However, there was no statistically significant association between sputum conversion and clarithromycin-containing anti-MAC regimens (OR, 0.42; 95% CI, 0.08-2.16; p=0.435). MAC pulmonary disease often occurs in the context of preexisting lung disease, especially pulmonary tuberculosis. Patients tend to be older. Inappropriate treatment might lead to failure of sputum conversion. Treatment with rational combination regimens for at least 5 months could be necessary for sputum conversion.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 09/2007; 40(4):342-8. · 1.63 Impact Factor