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1. Acute Encephalopathy in Cirrhosis A. GENERAL MEASURES. Tracheal intubation in patients with deep encephalopathy should be considered. A nasogastric tube is placed for patients in deep encephalopathy. Avoid sedatives whenever possible. Correction of the precipitating factor is the most important measure. B. SPECIFIC MEASURES i. Nutrition. In case of deep encephalopathy, oral intake is withheld for 24-48 h and i.v. glucose is provided until improvement. Enteral nutrition can be started if the patient appears unable to eat after this period. Protein intake begins at a dose of 0.5 g/kg/day, with progressive increase to 1-1.5 g/kg/day. ii. Lactulose is administered via enema or nasogastric tube in deep encephalopathy. The oral route is optimized by dosing every hour until stool evacuation appears. Lactulose can be replaced by oral neomycin. iii. Flumazenil may be used in selected cases of suspected benzodiazepine use. 2. Chronic Encephalopathy in Cirrhosis i. Avoidance and prevention of precipitating factors, including the institution of prophylactic measures. ii. Nutrition. Improve protein intake by feeding dairy products and vegetable-based diets. Oral branched-chain amino acids can be considered for individuals intolerant of all protein. iii. Lactulose. Dosing aims at two to three soft bowel movements per day. Antibiotics are reserved for patients who respond poorly to disaccharides or who do not exhibit diarrhea or acidification of the stool. Chronic antibiotic use (neomycin, metronidazole) requires careful renal, neurological, and/or otological monitoring. iv. Refer for liver transplantation in appropriate candidates. For problematic encephalopathy (nonresponsive to therapy), consider imaging of splanchnic vessels to identify large spontaneous portal-systemic shunts potentially amenable to radiological occlusion. In addition, consider the combination of lactulose and neomycin, addition of oral zinc, and invasive approaches, such as occlusion of TIPS or surgical shunts, if present. Minimal or Subclinical Encephalopathy Treatment can be instituted in selected cases. The most characteristic neuropsychological deficits in patients with cirrhosis are in motor and attentional skills (60). Although these may impact the ability to perform daily activities, many subjects can compensate for these defects. Recent studies suggest a small but significant impact of these abnormalities on patients' quality of life (61), including difficulties with sleep (62). In patients with significant deficits or complaints, a therapeutic program based on dietary manipulations and/or nonabsorbable disaccharides may be tried. Benzodiazepines should not be used for patients with sleep difficulties.
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The EAL regimen can achieve an efficacy similar to that of the standard EBTM therapy. It may be very useful in countries where bismuth salts are not available. Compliance, CYP2C19 genotype and resistances to antibiotics may influence the outcome of levofloxacin-based rescue therapy. It seems advisable to reserve levofloxacin for rescue treatment to avoid an increase in the resistance phenomenon.
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High quality evidence shows that antibiotic treatment for sexual partners of women with BV, compared with placebo, does not increase the rate of clinical or symptomatic improvement during the first, between the first and fourth or after the fourth week into the women. Low quality evidence suggests that antibiotic treatment does not led to a lower recurrence rate during the first and fourth or after the fourth week of treatment into the women, but increases the frequency of adverse events reported by sexual partners. Finally, compared with no intervention, antibiotic treatment does not decrease the recurrence rate after the fourth week and does not increase the frequency of clinical or symptomatic improvement between the first and fourth or after the fourth week into the women, respectively.
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The eradication rate was 87.1% (169/194, intention to treat [ITT]) in the OAM group and 77% (137/ 178, ITT) in the RAM group. The difference of 10.1% (95% CI 2.5-18%) is statistically significant (P= 0.0104). The ulcer healing rate was 93.3% in the OAM group (181/194, ITT) and 92.1% in the RAM group (164/178, ITT, NS). With regard to the speed and intensity of pain reduction, the OAM group was superior to the RAM group. In patients in whom H. pylori eradication was successful, the reduction in the antral and gastric body gastritis score was significantly greater than in patients without eradication. In the OAM group, 39.1% of the patients (n = 90) reported one or more side effects, compared with 44.7% (n = 101) in the RAM group (P= 1.5449, NS).
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Eradication of H. pylori based on a second 13C-urea breath test was successful in 95% (95% confidence interval (CI) = 90-100%) of patients receiving omeprazole triple therapy and 53% (95% CI = 41-65%) of those receiving omeprazole dual therapy (P < 0.0001 between groups, all data available analysis). The all-patients-treated analysis gave eradication rates of 80 and 44% for omeprazole triple therapy and omeprazole dual therapy, respectively. Symptomatic relapse occurred in 16% (18/116) of the H. pylori-negative patients who entered the 12-month follow-up period, and there were significant reductions in the number of consultations, investigations and prescriptions relating to upper gastrointestinal symptoms compared with the 12 months prior to the eradication therapies (all P < 0.0001). The two treatment strategies were comparable in terms of the number of adverse events reported.
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Demodex mites are common commensals of the pilosebaceous unit in mammals. In humans, only two species (Demodex folliculorum and D. brevis) have been identified and have been implied to play a role in at least three facial conditions: pityriasis folliculorum, rosacea-like demodicidosis and so-called "demodicidosis gravis". However, there is no consensus to what degree the mites are causative of the skin pathology and how they might contribute to the disease. This review presents a demodicidosis case, discusses the clinical features of Demodex infestation in man and reviews its pathogenetic implications and the therapeutic options.
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Sporulation of Clostridium difficile during infection and persistence of spores within the gut could partly explain treatment failures and recurrence. However, the influence of antibiotics on sporulation is unclear. The objective of our study was to evaluate the impact of ciprofloxacin, metronidazole, piperacillin/tazobactam, tigecycline, and vancomycin on C. difficile sporulation in vitro.
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The purpose of the present study was to develop and optimize the emulgel system for MTZ (Metronidazole), a poorly water soluble drug. The pseudoternary phase diagrams were developed for various microemulsion formulations composed of Capmul 908 P, Acconon MC8-2, and propylene glycol. The emulgel was optimized using a three-factor, two-level factorial design, the independent variables selected were Capmul 908 P, and surfactant mixture (Acconon MC8-2 and gelling agent), and the dependent variables (responses) were a cumulative amount of drug permeated across the dialysis membrane in 24 h (Y 1) and spreadability (Y 2). Mathematical equations and response surface plots were used to relate the dependent and independent variables. The regression equations were generated for responses Y 1 and Y 2. The statistical validity of the polynomials was established, and optimized formulation factors were selected. Validation of the optimization study with 3 confirmatory runs indicated a high degree of prognostic ability of response surface methodology. Emulgel system of MTZ was developed and optimized using 2(3) factorial design and could provide an effective treatment against topical infections.