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A patient with a heart pacemaker received antibiotic therapy for streptococcal bacteremia....?

A patient with a heart pacemaker received antibiotic therapy for streptococcal bacteremia (bacteria in the blood). One month later, he was treated for recurrence of the bacteremia. When he returned 6 weeks later, again with bacteremia, the physician recommended replacing the pacemaker. Why did this cure his condition?

The risk of infection related to the insertion of arrhythmia-management devices climbed sharply during a recent eight-year period, rising far faster than the increase in device implantations, according to an analysis of US data.

Like any other foreign bodies, implanted cardiac devices (ie, pacemakers and implantable cardioverter-defibrillators [ICDs]) can become infected. The presentation, consequences, and treatment of device infections vary according to the location and extent of infection and the clinical characteristics of the patient.

Device infections are generally considered in two categories:

•Pocket infections — The term pocket infection is used when the infection involves the subcutaneous pocket containing the device and the subcutaneous segment of the leads (ie, not the transvenous segment). In some cases, part of the device or lead erodes through the overlying skin. Such an erosion can occur without overt evidence of infection, but there is inescapable contamination of the site and these cases are managed as pocket infections.

•Deeper infection — This term is used when the infection involves the transvenous portion of the lead, usually with associated bacteremia and/or endovascular infection. Deep infection can occur with or without involvement of the generator pocket and can include device-related endocarditis in which there may be vegetations on the intracardiac portion of the lead.

The only way to tackle recurrent ifection is to change the device.  (+ info)

What is the Most common type of bacteremia /pneumonia(IVDA)?

Only a trained professional can accurately answer this question.  (+ info)

Please help! sign of bacteremia in older people?

what is the only sign of bacteremia in the elderly?

Bacteremia (also Bacteraemia or Bacteræmia) is the presence of bacteria in the blood.  (+ info)

How come this patient is still having symptoms after giving her ceftraxitone antibiotic?

Blood samples were taken from several sites for culture and analysis to rule out bacteremia or sepsis due to contamination via her peripheral IV line. Another urine sample was taken from her collection bag for culture and analysis and antibiotic sensitivity. Both the blood and the urine samples contained Gram negative rods which were identified as E. coli. There was no apparent contamination of the blood due to the peripheral IV line.Question: How is this finding consistent with the patient’s deterioration and shock despite antibiotic treatment?

Either there is a resistance to the antibiotic or the source of infection has not been properly identified and treated.

Replace entire cathater. If the line is cloudy, begin levaquin. Central lines run a high risk of infection especially if they aren't being tended to properly. Try another broad-spectrum antibiotic and if by tomorrow things aren't better, you may want an MRI of the digestive organs. GL  (+ info)

Can dental carries cause bacteremia?

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is bacteremia dangerous?

i think i have it for months.
I m so scared please help, and how to diagnose it?
i m affraid of loosing my legs because they are purple for months and coldf, my whole circulation s a mess.
Please tell me will it be able to cure with antibiotics ?

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Please explain that blood is a sterile fluid and if bacteria invade?

it causes bacteremia- A sample of blood on a slide was shown in an example of treating someone who had bacteria in their blood-with substance called Goji- a Himalayan berry. The specimen looked as though it had some small cocci moving among the rbc's- but I was taught that the blood could not have bacteria in it, unless the person was in a dangerous condition.

Bacteremia is different from scepticemia. Bacteremia is just the prescence of bacteria in the blood. They can be in small quantities which are entirely dealable by the immune system, and so it is often detrimental to take antibiotics, although in most cases they are perscribed to be on the safe side. Scepticemia is the dangerous one of the two - it is an infection of the blood and I would expect hospitalisation with this as it is very serious.
I agree with the other two - this Goji isn't worth buying. If the blood sample was just from someone with bacteremia then i would expect the immune system to deal with it, at least to a certain extent.

All this being said, it jas just occured to me that you normally get bacteremia when an infection is spreading from one site to another, so then antibiotics would be perscribed.  (+ info)

Will you please name me a herb which can act against these diseases which is caused by staphylococcus aureus?

Im Azmath, a B-Tech Biotechnology Engineering student from India. I'm doing a research project on 'antimicrobial properties of herbal plants'. I have chosen staphylococcus aureus as the microbe for my experiment.

Will you please name me a herb which can act against these diseases which is caused by staphylococcus aureus in a broad spectrum:

Cutaneous Infections:
Wound infections
Toxin-Mediated Infections:
Scaled skin syndrome
Toxic-shock syndrome
Food poisoning
Other infections:
Septic arthritis
Sepic embolization
Metastatic infections
Waiting for your reply...
Peace be upon you.

Mint, verbena, mugwort, olive tree leaves  (+ info)

Is Diabetes (type 2) related to any of these........?

3)gastroesophageal reflux
4)DVT (deep vein thrombosis)
5)transient bacteremia related to recen percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube feedings
6)multiinfarction dementia
8)Hx. of diverticulitis
9)Post partial colectomy

I'd say yes to : 7 and possibly 2. High (and constant level )of stress can also lead to diabetes II. Also excess weight and high levels of sugar can lead to it. And when you have diabetes, then you're at higher risk for strokes and heart attacks (not the other way around).  (+ info)

will i die? i m so scared?

i have a bacterial infection for a long time and doctors just found it yesterday,they was constantly saying that everything s fine with me, but they were so wrong.
now i have bacteremia and my immune system s bad
I have many symptoms, very bad circulation in legs.
I m so scared, please help me.
I m 19

Bacteremia is bacteria in blood, which happens only if your immune system is very weak, and this is very serious infection should be proved by Blood Culture and empirical antibiotics should be started imediatelly. Bacteremia is usually secondary to some other infection like tooth infection, endocarditis, HIV etc. You need to get hospitalised Investigated and treated with higher antibiotics and antibiotics should be given intravenously. So you need to go to hospital.  (+ info)

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