Hsiao-Chuan Lin

China Medical University Hospital, 臺中市, Taiwan, Taiwan

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    ABSTRACT: This prospective study aimed to investigate the immune responses and safety of an influenza vaccine in vaccine-naïve infants aged 6-12 months, and was conducted from November 2010 to May 2011. Fifty-nine infants aged 6-12 months received two doses of trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine 4 weeks apart. Hemagglutination inhibition titers were measured 4 weeks after the two doses of study vaccine. Based on the assumption that a hemagglutination inhibition titer of 1:40 or greater against the antigen would be protective in adults, two doses of the study vaccine generated a protective immune response of 63.2% against influenza A(H1N1), 82.5% against influenza A(H3N2) and 38.6% against influenza B viruses in infants aged 6-12 months. The geometric mean fold rises against influenza type A and B viruses also met the European Medicines Agency criteria for flu vaccines. The solicited events within 7 days after vaccination were mild in intensity. No deaths or adverse events such as optic neuritis, cranial neuropathy, and brachial neuropathy or Guillain-Barre syndrome were reported. Two doses of inactivated influenza vaccine were well tolerated and induced a protective immune response against influenza in infants aged 6-12 months.
    Vaccine 03/2014; · 3.77 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Streptococcus dysgalactiae subsp. equisimilis (SDSE) is increasingly recognized as a human pathogen responsible for invasive infection and streptococcal toxic shock syndrome (STSS). The pathogen possesses virulence genes that resemble those found in Streptococcus pyogenes (GAS). We analyzed the association between these specific toxic genes, clinical presentations, and outcome in patients with SDSE infections. Patients (older than 18 years) with community-acquired invasive bacteremia caused by SDSE bacteremia who were undergoing treatment at China Medical University Hospital from June 2007 to December 2010 were included in this study. Multiplex polymerase chain reaction was performed to identify virulence genes of the SDSE isolates. Demographic data, clinical presentations, and outcome in patients with SDSE infections were reviewed and analyzed. Forty patients with 41 episodes of SDSE bacteremia were reviewed. The median age of the patients with SDSE infection was 69.7 years; 55% were female and 78% had underlying diseases. Malignancy (13, 33%) and diabetes mellitus (13, 33%) were the most common comorbidities. The 30-day mortality rate was 12%. Compared with the survivors, the non-survivors had a higher rate of diabetes mellitus (80% vs. 26%), liver cirrhosis (60% vs.11%), shock (60% vs.17%), STSS (60% vs. 8%), and a high Pittsburgh bacteremia score >4 (40% vs. 6%). Most isolates had scpA, ska, saga, and slo genes, whereas speC, speG, speH, speI, speK, smez, and ssa genes were not detected. speA gene was identified only in one patient with STSS (1/6, 17%). All isolates were susceptible to penicillin, cefotaxime, levofloxacin, moxifloxacin, vancomycin, and linezolid. In invasive SDSE infections, most isolates carry putative virulence genes, such as scpA, ska, saga, and slo. Clinical SDSE isolates in Taiwan remain susceptible to penicillin cefotaxime, and levofloxacin.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 11/2013; · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Pediatric pyogenic liver abscess is uncommon. This study aimed to investigate the clinical characteristics, radiologic features, pathogens, duration of hospitalization, and management of pediatric pyogenic liver abscess. Pediatric patients with pyogenic liver abscess admitted to the China Medical University Hospital from 1995 to 2011 were reviewed. Their clinical characteristics, radiological features, laboratory data, clinical management, and outcomes were analyzed. Those with liver abscess due to the complication of oncologic disease were excluded. Fifteen patients were diagnosed with pyogenic liver abscess. Their most common symptoms were fever and abdominal pain. Eight (53.0%) had leukocytosis (>15000/μL) and elevated C-reactive protein (CRP) level (>10 mg/dL). The main imaging presentation was a single abscess in right lobe of the liver (13/15, 86.7%). Blood culture were mainly negative (12/15, 80.0%). Pathogenic microorganisms cultured from pus revealed Klebsiella pneumoniae (6/15, 40.0%) and Streptococcus spp. (6/15, 40.0%) as the two most common pathogens. Percutaneous abscess drainage followed by adequate parenteral antibiotics were effective interventions. Hospitalization of at least 2 weeks was needed in most cases. There were no mortalities. Pyogenic liver abscess should be considered in children presenting with fever, abdominal pain, and leukocytosis with a high CRP level. Most cases involve a single lesion on right lobe of the liver. K. pneumoniae and Streptococcus spp. are the two most common pathogens. Drainage with adequate antibiotics has significantly good response.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 10/2013; · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Complications regarding pneumonia occur in children during hospitalization and treatment. The objective of this study is to identify the risk factors of progressive pneumonia in order to institute early appropriate therapy. This was a prospective study which involved the pediatric departments of seven medical centers in Taiwan. Children aged from 6 weeks to 18 years old, hospitalized with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) from January 2010 to August 2011, were enrolled. Progressive pneumonia was defined by the deterioration of discharge diagnosis as compared to admission. Demographic, clinical, and laboratory variables, diagnosis, antimicrobial therapy, and pathogens were compared. Four hundred and two children were included and 57 (14.2%) had progressive pneumonia. Independent associated factors identified for the development of progressive disease, by multivariate logistic regression analysis, included the following, age < 2 years, pleural effusion as admission diagnosis, Hb < 10 g/dL, WBC count > 17,500/μL, tachypnea, and duration to defervescence > 3 days. Streptococcus pneumoniae was the main etiology for progressive pneumonia (57.9%). There was no difference in choice of initial parenteral antibiotics between groups of progressive and non-progressive pneumococcal pneumonia. We found six clinical factors for predicting progressive pneumonia. Further evaluation should be performed in hospitalized pneumonic children with persistent fever not responding to therapy within 72 hours. The initial parenteral antibiotics were not related to the progression of pneumococcal pneumonia.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 08/2013; · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Thromboembolism presenting with malignancy is common in adults but rare in children. We describe the case of a 17-year-old boy admitted to our hospital with syncope. Computed tomography revealed thromboembolism in both the lungs. Magnetic resonance imaging found thromboembolism in the inferior vena cava and a large heterogeneous mass in the pelvis. Pelvic osteosarcoma was confirmed by computed tomography-guided biopsy. Despite intensive chemotherapy and local radiation, only transient response was noted, the tumor remaining unresectable. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of simultaneous pulmonary and inferior vena cava thromboembolism secondary to pelvic osteosarcoma in children. We also emphasize syncope as a unique feature of pulmonary thromboembolism. Accordingly, thromboembolism should be kept in mind as the first manifestation of occult malignancy, even in children.
    Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology 12/2012; · 0.97 Impact Factor
  • Journal of the Formosan Medical Association 12/2012; 111(12):727-8. · 1.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mycoplasma pneumoniae accounts for 10-30% of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in children. This study reveals the epidemiology and clinical manifestations of children with macrolide-resistant (ML(r) ) M. pneumoniae pneumonia in Taiwan. Respiratory tract specimens were collected from children hospitalized with CAP for evaluation via PCR followed by DNA sequencing for several point mutations related to the ML(r) character. Of the 412 specimens collected during the study period, 60 (15%) were positive for M. pneumoniae, 14 (23%) of which presented point mutation (all A2063G) in 23S rRNA. Clinical symptoms and chest X-ray findings between the ML(s) and ML(r) groups were not significantly different. However, the ML(r) group had longer mean duration of fever after azithromycin treatment (3.2 days vs. 1.6 days, P = 0.02) and significantly higher percentage of changing antibiotics for suspected ML(r) strain (42% vs. 13%, P = 0.04). Although 58% of children in the ML(r) group did not receive effective antibiotics, all children were discharged without sequelae. In conclusion, 15% of CAP in children is caused by M. pneumoniae and the macrolide-resistance rate is 23% in Taiwan. Despite ineffective antibiotics, children with ML(r) M. pneumoniae pneumonia recover completely. Pediatr Pulmonol. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    Pediatric Pulmonology 11/2012; · 2.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Fungemia in preterm infants is associated with high mortality and morbidity. This study reports an outbreak of unusual fungemia in a tertiary neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). METHODS: Ten Candida pelliculosa bloodstream isolates were identified from six infants hospitalized in the NICU from February to March 2009. Environmental study was performed, and genetic relatedness among the 10 clinical isolates of C pelliculosa and six control C pelliculosa strains was characterized by randomly amplified polymorphic DNA assay. In vitro susceptibility of isolates to six antifungal agents was analyzed by broth microdilution method. Amphotericin B was given to infected infants and prophylactic fluconazole was prescribed to the other noninfected extremely low birth weight infants during the outbreak. RESULTS: Thrombocytopenia (platelet counts <100×10(9)/L) was the early laboratory finding in four infants. One of six patients died, making overall mortality 17%. Fluconazole, voriconazole, amphotericin B, and micafungin provided good antifungal activity. Cultures from the environment and hands of caregivers were all negative. Molecular studies indicated the outbreak as caused by a single strain. The outbreak was controlled by strict hand washing, cohort infected patients, confined physicians and nurses to take care of patients, prophylactic fluconazole to uninfected neonates, and proper management of human milk. CONCLUSION: The study demonstrated the clinical importance of emerged non-albicans Candida species in NICU. For unusual pathogen isolated from immunocompromised hosts, more attention should be paid to monitor the possibility of an outbreak.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 10/2012; · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: There is no national data on group B streptococcus (GBS) infection in Taiwan. We investigated incidence of maternal GBS colonization and neonatal GBS infection rate and clinical pictures of neonatal GBS infection to estimate the value of intrapartum chemoprophylactic strategy in Taiwan. From January 2004 to June 2005, a prospective study to estimate maternal colonization rate by maternal rectovaginal culture at six hospitals was conducted. Neonatal GBS infection rate based on inborn infants was calculated retrospectively from January 2001 to June 2005; clinical pictures of infants diagnosed with invasive GBS disease were reviewed. Maternal colonization rate of GBS was around 20% at hospital base, incidence of neonatal GBS infection was 1 per 1000 live births of infants born at hospitals. There were 221 infants with GBS infection: in 142, the disease occurred within 7 days of birth (early-onset disease, EOD), and in 79, it developed later (late-onset disease). Infantile EOD was more often seen in mothers with premature rupture of membrane, often accompanied by respiratory failure necessitating ventilator support. Infants with late-onset disease often manifested fever, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, and meningitis. Fifteen infants died, mostly of EOD type (12 of 15). Risk factors of mortality included rescue at delivery room, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, sepsis, respiratory distress, persistent hypertension of newborn, respiratory failure needing intensive respiratory support (intermittent mandatory ventilator and high frequency oscillatory ventilator), surfactant use, shock, and congenital heart diseases. We concluded that universal maternal rectovaginal culture of GBS with intrapartum antibiotic prophylaxis is an urgent call to reduce EOD and mortality because of GBS infection in neonates in Taiwan.
    Pediatrics & Neonatology 08/2011; 52(4):190-5. · 0.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Group B Streptococcus (GBS) (Streptococcus agalactiae) is an important pathogen in neonates, pregnant women, and adults with underlying disease. Fifty clinical isolates were collected during the period 2001-2004 and analyzed by multilocus sequence typing and capsular serotyping. The six major sequence types (STs) identified by multilocus sequence typing were ST1, ST12, ST19, ST17, ST23, and ST10. Five major clonal complexes (CCs) and one single ST (ST61) from 11 different STs were found. CC1 (n=14) was the most common one, followed by CC12 (n=13), CC19 (n=9), CC17 (n=7), and CC23 (n=6). The most common serotypes were serotype III, followed by Ib, V, Ia, and IV. The most invasive strains in adults belonged to ST1 (CC1) and serotype V, and those in neonates belonged to ST17 (CC17) and serotype III. In addition, ST19 was distributed in adults and neonates. These results are similar to those of previous reports, but some geographic differences were found, suggesting that limited clonal lineages play important roles in GBS-associated diseases worldwide. Continued tracking of GBS in the population through clinical isolates is important for epidemiologic investigations and vaccine development.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 06/2011; 44(6):430-4. · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Empiric antibiotics are frequently given for children with acute exudative tonsillitis. A few studies have investigated the causative agent of acute "exudative" tonsillitis in children to evaluate the necessity of antibiotic therapy. This study tried to explore the common causative agent of acute exudative tonsillitis among children. From April 2009 to March 2010, throat swabs were obtained and cultured for viruses and bacteria from children who visited the pediatric emergency rooms of two medical centers in central Taiwan with acute exudative tonsillitis. Demographic data and microbiological results were analyzed. A total of 294 children with acute exudative tonsillitis were enrolled during the 1-year prospective study, and 173 (58.8%) of them were younger than 7 years. Group A streptococci were isolated from only three (1.0%) children, and they were all older than 6 years. A total of 143 viruses were isolated from 140 (47.6%) children. Adenovirus (18.7%) and enterovirus (16.3%) were the most common viral etiologies, followed by influenza virus (5.4%), parainfluenza virus (5.1%), herpes simplex virus Type 1 (2.7%), and respiratory syncytial virus (0.3%). Group A streptococcus only contributed to a minimal portion of acute exudative tonsillitis. Routine or immediate antibiotic therapy for acute exudative tonsillitis in children is not necessary.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 01/2011; 44(5):328-32. · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Concomitant infections are frequent and usually the causes of death in patients with severe AA. HSCT can restore hematopoiesis in AA, but it is usually life threatening when patients simultaneously have an IFI. Mixed IFIs have been reported on rare occasions. The exact diagnosis of IFIs is difficult because of low fungus culture rate, difficultly obtaining tissue specimens in severely immunocompromised patients or those with bleeding tendencies. Otherwise, treatment with anti-fungal drugs alone for DMIFI was always lethal in previous reports. Surgical resection is crucial for invasive zygomycosis, but severe pancytopenia and bleeding tendency make therapy difficult. Herein, we report that with a combination of aggressive anti-fungal drugs, HSCT, and surgery, we successfully treated a 10-yr-old boy with severe AA and pulmonary zygomycosis before HSCT and disseminated mixed invasive zygomycosis and aspergillosis after HSCT.
    Pediatric Transplantation 10/2010; 16(2):E35-8. · 1.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is one of the most common diseases during childhood, and its features vary between countries. Death from CAP is rare in industrialized countries, but it is the leading cause of mortality in developing countries. The purpose of this study was to determine the epidemiology and morbidity of pneumococcal CAP (PCAP) in children hospitalized with pneumonia in Taiwan. We retrospectively screened the medical records of 12,914 children hospitalized with pneumonia at four hospitals in Taiwan from 2000 to 2005. This included a suspected PCAP group (2350 patients) and a group with likely/definite pneumococcal pneumonia (PP group, 901 patients). From 2000, the frequency of suspected PCAP increased gradually every year, and peaked in 2003 (22.14%); while the proportion of likely/definite PP was highest in 2004 (9.75%). The likely/definite PP group accounted for 6.98% of the hospitalized pneumonia patients from 2000 to 2005. Of children hospitalized with pneumonia, 17.9% of the suspected PCAP group and 21.3% of the PP group were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). Twenty-three patients died (14 in the PCAP and 9 in the PP groups) and nine (5 in the PCAP and 4 in the PP groups) were discharged with sequelae. Our results indicate that children hospitalized with PCAP are common in Taiwan. About 20% of these children need ICU admissions, and some still have a poor outcome. Effective immunization programs with pneumococcal conjugate vaccine are needed for disease control and prevention.
    Journal of the Formosan Medical Association 01/2009; 107(12):945-51. · 1.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to evaluate the antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of 364 Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates and studied the genotypes of S. pneumoniae with high level beta-lactam resistance in Taiwan. Clonal complexes related to Spain(23F)-1, Taiwan(19F)-14, and Taiwan(23F)-15 were responsible for the spread of isolates with high beta-lactam resistance.
    Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 07/2008; 52(6):2266-9. · 4.57 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A prospective study was initiated to study astroviral infections in Taiwan. A total of 415 stool samples were collected and assayed for astrovirus antigen using an enzyme immunoassay. Twelve (2.9%) stool samples from 12 patients were positive for astrovirus antigen. Most patients (8/12) had watery diarrhea which lasted for 2-6 days. The majority of patients recovered without specific treatment, except for two patients who were treated with antibiotics for possible bacterial infections. One patient developed chronic diarrhea and two episodes were nosocomially acquired. A clustering in the autumn and winter, with a peak in December (5/12), was noted. Growth on Caco-2 cells was performed for four specimens with positive astroviral RT-PCR results, and a characteristic cytopathic effect was observed after 4 days. Astroviral RNA was detected in six stool samples using RT-PCR. Five of six strains were serotype 1 and one strain was serotype 3. Sequence homology among the six strains was between 80.5% and 100%. A higher degree of homology (89.9-100%) was noted in the five strains of serotype 1. A phylogenetic study demonstrated two clusters in our strains and Oxford reference strain types 1 and 2. Our study results provide further information about the prevalence and span of clinical spectra associated with astroviral infections in Taiwan. The current study showed that infection with astroviruses may be an important cause of gastroenteritis, as well as respiratory symptoms, in infants and children in Taipei.
    Journal of the Formosan Medical Association 05/2008; 107(4):295-303. · 1.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We performed a prospective analysis to determine the prevalence of nosocomial infection and associated risk factors in our neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Data were collected prospectively on underlying diagnoses, therapeutic interventions/treatments, infections, and outcomes at 9 am every day from November 2004 through October 2005. Prevalence of nosocomial infection and infection site definitions were according to the National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance system of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 528 infants enrolled, 60 (11.4%) had 97 nosocomial infections. The survival rate was 92%. The prevalence of nosocomial infections was 17.5%: bloodstream infection, 4.7%, clinical sepsis, 6.3%, pneumonia, 5.1%, urinary tract infections (UTIs), 0.7%, surgical site infection, 0.7%. Intervention-associated infection rate: central intravascular catheter-associated bloodstream infection, 13.7%, TPN-associated bloodstream infection, 15.8%, ventilator-associated pneumonia, 18.6%, surgical site infection 13.7%, urinary catheter-associated UTI, 17.3%. Cut-off values of onset of central intravascular catheter-associated bloodstream infection and ventilator-associated pneumonia were 6 days and 10 days after intervention, respectively. Patients with a birth weight <1000 g (relative risk, 11.8, 95% confidence interval, 7.66-18.18; P < .001) were at the greatest risk for nosocomial infection. This study revealed the high prevalence of nosocomial infections in NICU patients, and the urgent need for a national surveillance and more effective prevention interventions.
    American Journal of Infection Control 04/2007; 35(3):190-5. · 2.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Actinomycosis is a chronic supportive granulomatosis disease caused by the anaerobic Gram-positive organism Actinomyces. We report a 16-year-old boy with abdominal actinomycosis who presented with a 2-week history of intermittent abdominal pain. He complained of oliguria during the 3 days prior to admission. Abdominal computed tomography revealed a large inflammatory mass obstructing the ureter, which led to hydronephrosis of the right kidney. Exploratory laparotomy was performed and actinomycosis was confirmed by the presence of sulfur granules and filamentous bacteria. Postoperatively, the patient was successfully treated with long-term penicillin and recovered completely.
    Journal of the Formosan Medical Association 10/2005; 104(9):666-9. · 1.00 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The primary goal of this study was to analyze the epidemiologic features of nosocomial bloodstream infection (NBSI) in a neonatal intensive care unit over a 7-year period. All neonatal patients with NBSI treated from January 1997 to December 2003 were retrospectively analyzed. 232 NBSI episodes were diagnosed in 208 patients. The average NBSI patient-day rates were 4.69 and 2.59 per 1000 patient-days in 1997-1999 and 2000-2003, respectively. The average NBSI rates were 5.00 and 1.50 per 1000 patient days in neonates <1500 g and > or =1500 g, respectively. The proportion of Gram-positive organisms increased from 24% in 1997-2001 to 41% in 2002-2003, whereas the proportion of Gram-negative isolates decreased from 65% in 1997-2001 to 47% in 2002-2003. The implementation of measures for the prevention of nosocomial infection was associated with the reduction of NBSI rates. Low birth weight was demonstrated to be a significant risk factor for NBSI. The fact that Gram-positive organisms were isolated in increasing frequency may impact on the appropriate selection of empiric antimicrobial therapy for NBSI in the neonatal intensive care unit.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 09/2005; 38(4):283-8. · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The possibility that a family history of asthma may have a role in susceptibility to bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) had been raised in several reports, and there was evidence of a strong association between transporter associated with antigen processing (TAP1) polymorphism and asthma in Taiwanese population. To test whether TAP polymorphism has a role in the BPD, we investigated the association between TAP1 polymorphism and BPD by analyzing the results of genotype distribution. The study included 224 ventilated preterm infants (<30 weeks) who had respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) and needed intermittent mandatory ventilation (IMV) during Jan. 1999 to July 2003. The typing of TAP1 polymorphism was performed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based restriction analysis. The demography between two groups of these ventilated preterm infants was not different. We observed no significant differences in genotype distribution or allele frequency of the TAPI polymorphisms between BPD and their respective control infants. There was also no significant difference in genotype distribution of the TAP1 polymorphism with duration of IMV. Therefor, we conclude that TAP1 polymorphism is not a useful marker for predicting the susceptibility or severity to BPD for Taiwanese.
    Acta paediatrica Taiwanica = Taiwan er ke yi xue hui za zhi 01/2005; 46(6):341-5.
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    ABSTRACT: Fifty-four pediatric cancer patients with a total of 100 febrile neutropenic episodes treated at China Medical College Hospital were randomized to receive meropenem or ceftazidime plus amikacin from January 2001 to April 2002. The characteristics of 76 assessable febrile episodes (39 with meropenem and 37 with ceftazidime plus amikacin) were compared between the 2 groups. The success rate with unmodified therapy was not significantly different between the meropenem group (72%) and the ceftazidime-plus-amikacin group (57%). The incidence of side effects was similar between the 2 groups and these side effects were reversible. Microbiologically documented infection, clinically documented infection, and unexplained fever accounted for 35%, 37%, and 28% of episodes, respectively. The clinical response rates in subgroups of documented infection and unexplained fever did not significantly differ between the 2 treatment groups. Meropenem was significantly more effective than ceftazidime plus amikacin in children at high risks of developing severe infection who had profound neutropenia (absolute neutrophil count [ANC] < 100/mm3), prolonged neutropenia (ANC < 500/mm3 lasting for > 10 days), or clinically deteriorating shock (p=0.045). As an empirical treatment, meropenem seems to be as effective and safe as ceftazidime plus amikacin for febrile episodes in children with cancer and neutropenia. Meropenem is more effective for pediatric cancer patients at the high risk of severe infection.
    Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi 01/2004; 36(4):254-9. · 1.63 Impact Factor

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66 Citations
35.52 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2008–2014
    • China Medical University Hospital
      • Department of Radiology
      臺中市, Taiwan, Taiwan
  • 2013
    • Mackay Memorial Hospital
      • Department of Pediatrics
      T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2008–2012
    • Buddhist Tzu Chi General Hospital
      T’ai-pei, Taipei, Taiwan
  • 2009
    • Chang Gung Memorial Hospital
      • Division of Infectious Diseases
      Taipei, Taipei, Taiwan