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Yeast Infection No More

In the ebook Yeast Infection No More, Linda Allen starts with a basic 12 hourtreatment which is designed to provide powerful, effective and total relief from the symptoms of yeast infection almost immediately, and certainly in no more than a maximum of 6 to 12 hours. The first chapters give a brief introduction about the disease, its symptoms and myths related with it and what treatment must be adopted to cure this infection. In the later chapters Linda mentions about the many different treatments that are available nowadays such as medicines, lotions and crmes which would never be able to cure your yeast infection. Based on scientific principles, Yeast Infection No More is certainly an intelligent approach to good health, one which tackles both the root cause of yeast infection, eliminates its symptoms, and overcomes the factors that have caused the imbalances in your body that allow Candida to grow in the first place. Read more here...

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Candida Infections

Candidiasis of the alimentary tract mucosa responds to amphotericin, fluconazole, ketoconazole, miconazole or nystatin as lozenges (to suck, for oral infection), gel (held in the mouth before swallowing), suspension or tablets. Vaginal candidiasis is treated by clotrimazole, econazole, isoconazole, ketoconazole, miconazole or nystatin as pessaries or vaginal tablets or cream inserted once or twice a day with cream or ointment on surrounding skin. Failure may be due to a concurrent intestinal infection causing reinfection and nystatin tablets may be given by mouth

Oral Candidiasis

Hyperplastic Candidiasis

F'.arly oral lesions of IllV-related candidiasis are usually responsive to topical antifungal therapy (Fig. SI-1). More advanced lesions, including hyperplastic candidiasis, may require systemic antifungal drugs systemic therapy is mandatory for esophageal candidiasis d ig. SI-2).' 11 Willi any therapy, lesions tend to recur after the drug is discontinued, and resistant strains of candidal organisms have been described, especially with the use ol systemic agents. 1' Box 51-1 identifies therapeutic agents commonly prescribed lor treatment ol candidal infections. Most oral topical antifungal agents contain large quantities ol sucrose, which may be cariogenic after long-term use. lor this reason, some authorities recommend oral use of vaginal tablets because they do not contain sucrose. However, suc h tablets are relatively low-In active units (100,000) versus usual oral dosages ol 200,000 to b()(),()()0 units. Sucrose-free nystatin is also available in a powder form, which may he mixed...

Candidiasis

Any condition compromising a patient's immune system can he considered a risk lac tor lor candidiasis. Oral candidiasis can occur with long-term use ol medications such as antibiotics, steroid therapies, or chemotherapy. Diabetes mcllitus, head and neck radiation therapy, and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are risk factors for acute pseudomembranous Candida. Pseudomembranous Candida presents as white lesions that can be wiped away with gau e, leaving an erythematous area.11 Chronic atrophic candidiasis presents most commonly as an erythematous area under a maxillary denture and is associated with poor oral hygiene. In patients without a prosthesis, chronic atrophic candidiasis may present is a generalized redness or even generalized burning of the mouth.11 ( hronic atrophic candidiasis, or angular cheilitis, can also manifest itsell in the creases or commissures of the lips. I his occurs when a patient has a tendency to pool saliva around the corners ol the mouth or constantly...

The Paradox of Foreign Antigen Recognition by Regulatory T Cells

To complicate matters further, recognition of foreign antigen by the naturally arising CD25+ T cell population has also been demonstrated using immunization with hapten 2,4-dinitrofluorobenzene, or infection with Candida albicans or Leishmania major (Belkaid et al. 2002 Dubois et al. 2003 Montagnoli et al. 2002). For example, adoptive transfer studies revealed that the Leishmania-reactive CD25+ T cells accumulating at the sites of infection were derived primarily from the naturally arising CD25+, and not CD25-, donor T cells. In fact, it was observed that persistent immunologic memory to Leishmania as well as Candida requires the presence of these adaptive TR

Fungal Pathogens Including Emerging Fungi

Fungal infections occur with increasing frequency when neutropenia is prolonged (see below). In the past, most fungal infections were caused by species of Candida or Aspergillus. Candida are frequent colonizers of skin, oropharynx, and the gastrointestinal tract, and may cause localized or disseminated infection. Aspergillus spores are widespread in the environment and can also be nosocomial pathogens, particularly in relation to building construction. Sinus or airway colonization may become an invasive infection in the setting of neutrope-nia. Those with a history of marijuana use, gardening, farming, or construction work are at a higher risk for being colonized. In recent years, resistance to antifungal agents has increasingly occurred. Fluconazole has been used for therapy or prophylaxis of yeast infections, as it avoids the toxicities of amphotericin B. However, pathogens such as Candida glabrata (frequently fluconazole resistant) and Candida krusei (always resistant) have emerged...

Antifungal Therapy Timing of antifungal therapy

Lipid formulations of amphotericin, including amphotericin B lipid complex (ABLC) and liposomal amphotericin, are less nephrotoxic than conventional amphotericin, but are costly infusion-related reactions may still occur (less so with liposomal amphotericin). Fluconazole is primarily useful for prevention of infection with sensitive Candida species, and does not have activity against Aspergillus. Centers with extensive flu-conazole use may see a rise in fluconazole-resistant yeast, including C. glabrata and C. krusei. Itraconazole has activity against Aspergillus and is sometimes used as antifungal prophylaxis. However, oral tolerability is decreased in patients with chemotherapy-induced nausea, and the i.v. formulation cannot be used in patients with renal dysfunction. Voriconazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent with both i.v. and oral formulations. It covers many Candida species resistant to other azoles, has excellent activity against Aspergillus, and also a number of...

Dermatophyte Infections

Longstanding remedies such as Compound Benzoic Acid Ointment (Whitfield's ointment) are still acceptable for mild infections but a topical imidazole (clotrimazole, econazole, miconazole, sulconazole), which is also effective against Candida, is now usually preferred. Tioconazole is effective topically for nail infections. If multiple areas are affected, especially if the scalp or nails are included, and if topical therapy fails, oral itraconazole or terbinafine are used. Griseofulvin has largely been superseded for these indications.

Allergy diets and pollutants

Food intolerances together with chronic candidiasis has been a particularly popular CFS attribution. Candidiasis is an infection caused by a yeast-like fungus which can affect the gut and other internal organs. Sylvia Horne, a CFS sufferer, describes the problem of chronic candidiasis as follows Judith Lopez, in an article entitled 'What's eating you', describes her long-term battle with CFS and how a nutritionist finally diagnosed her problem as candidiasis She also told me I had all the symptoms of Candidiasis, or yeast infestation, and gave me an antifungal herb called Paramycocidin Something had in fact been 'eating me' all those years, a strange To date, none of the diets promoted for the relief of CFS symptoms and to combat Candida has been substantiated by clinical research (Morris and Stare 1993). Some studies have made remarkable claims for the effectiveness of dietary supplements in CFS, but these results have not been replicated in subsequent randomised trials (see Wessely,...

TABLE 520 Abnormalities of the Lips

Angular cheilitis starts with softening of the skin at the angles of the mouth, followed by Assuring. It may be due to nutritional deficiency or, more commonly, to overclosure of the mouth, as in persons with no teeth or with ill-fitting dentures. Saliva wets and macerates the infolded skin, often leading to secondary infection with Candida, as in this example.

Viral Budding out of the Host Cell

The assembled particles are released out of the host cell membrane by a process called budding, which leaves behind a hole, or several holes, in the T4 cell membrane, which may contribute to the CD4 cell death. The host cells normally do not survive the invasion by HIV. They either disintegrate because of the large number of viruses budding off, or the body's immune system recognizes the viral envelope proteins in the cell membrane and destroys the damaged cells. This destruction of CD4 cells causes severe immunodeficiency because of the role of helper T-cells in mediating the system immunity. This paves the way for the so-called opportunistic infections such as candidiasis in the bronchi or lungs, cryptococ-cus, cytomegalovirus retinitis, herpes simplex infections, and pneumonia.

Oral And Periodontal Manifestations Of Hiv Infection

Hairy Leukoplakia

Oral lesions are very common in HIV-infected patients, although geographic and environmental variables may exist.* Previous reports indicate that most AIDS patients have head and neck lesions, - while oral lesions are quite common in HIV positive individuals who do not yet have AIDS.1' Several reports have identified a strong correlation between HIV infection and oral candidiasis, oral hairy leukoplakia, atypical periodontal diseases, oral Kaposi's sarcoma, and oral non-1 lodgkin's lymphoma.--47'77'9'1 I he differential diagnosis of OHl must consider white lesions of the mucosa, which include dysplasia, carcinoma, frictional and idiopathic keratosis, lichen planus, tobacco-related leukoplakia, psoriasiform lesions (e.g., geographic tongue), and hyperplastic candidiasis. Ihe microscopic confirmation of Olll of the tongue in a high-risk patient is considered to be a specific early sign of HIV infection and a strong indicator that the patient will develop AIDS.,S However, earlier...

Marine Invertebrates of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Dolastatin 10, a novel pentapeptide isolated from the marine mollusk Dolabella auriculata is in phase II clinical trials. Further studies revealed that it is unlikely to have substantial activity in the treatment of melanoma.238 Aurantosides D, E and F exhibiting high order of antifungal activity against Aspergillus fumigatus and Candida albicans were isolated from marine sponge

Diseases Clinically Presenting As Desquamative Gingivitis

Localized Gingival Margin Enlargement

Although there are several clinical forms of oral lichen planus (reticular, patch, atrophic, erosive and bullous), the most common are the reticular and erosive subtypes. I he typical reticular lesions are asymptomatic, bilateral, and consist of interlacing white lines on the posterior region of the buccal mucosa. The lateral border and dorsum ol the tongue, hard palate, alveolar ridge, and gingiva may also be affected. In addition, it is not unusual for the reticular lesions to have an erythematous background, a feature that is associated with the coexistence of candidiasis. Oral lichen planus lesions follow a chronic course and have alternating, unpredictable periods of quiescence and flares.

Bioactive Metabolites of Marine Sponges

Kalihinol From Sponges

Marine sponges are a good source of unusual sterols. Some of these sterols have phylogenetic significance. These sterols are also of interest to understand the function of biological membranes. The sulphated and alkaloidal sterols exhibit antimicrobial activity. Halistanol (38)82 from Halichondria mooriei and the sterols (39-41) from Toxadocia zumi83 inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Bacillus subtitis at 100 g disc and 50 g disc. A hydroxy sterol (42) with unusual features is isolated from Dysidea species.84 Two steroidal alkaloids, plakinamine A (43) and plakinamine B (44) as antimicrobial metabolites, were obtained from Plakina spp.85 The compound (43) and (44) inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans. sponge Agelas spp.102,103 The same compound was isolated from an unidentified Agelas species collected at Palau, Western Caroline Islands. Spongia officinalis, the common bath sponge is a rich source of terpenoids. Antifungal and antimicrobial...

HE Spinnler and MN Leclercq Perlat

The main microorganisms able to raise the pH of Camembert type cheeses are yeasts and Penicillium camemberti. Normally, owing to the low buffering capacity of the curd 22 , consumption of lactate changes the pH at the surface very easily, during the first phase of ripening. Yeasts and G. candidum develop quickly immediately after moulding, consuming residual lactose and starting to consume the lactate produced by lactic acid bacteria. The main yeasts found in these cheeses are Debaryomyces hansenii, Kluyveromyces lactis and Kluyvero-myces marxianus. G. candidum grows somewhat later than the yeasts. Other species such as Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Yarrowia lipolytica and Candida spp. are also sometimes present. These organisms may have different metabolisms for example Kluyveromyces spp. will consume residual lactose first and, only after its exhaustion, lactate will be metabolised though Debaryomyces will consume both simultaneously. In mould-ripened cheese it is not uncommon that the...

Drug Therapy By Inhalation

To ensure optimal drug delivery it is necessary to coordinate activation of the inhaler with inspiration and a final hold of breath. Many patients, especially the young and the elderly, find this very difficult and 'spacer' devices are often used between the inhaler and lips these act as an aerosol reservoir and also reduce impaction of aerosol in the oropharynx. Topical deposition can cause local side effects in the mouth, particularly Candida with inhaled glucocorticoids a spacer abolishes this problem.

Bioactivity of Marine Organisms

Investigation unmasked their diuretic activity. The saponin fraction from sea cucumber Stichopus japonica has been reported to possess antifungal activity against Trichophyton asteroid and Candida albicans and other fungal species in vitro.82 This activity was, however, not observed in the species examined. Some of these saponins are also reported to have sperm immobilising properties and cause induction of egg and sperm shedding effects.83 The saponin fraction of the Cuvierian glands of the species showed antiimplantation activity. It is not possible to suggest the mechanism of this effect on the basis of available data. Extracts of sponges have been reported to show antibacterial and antifungal properties.84 But none of the species examined exhibited similar activity. The most promising activity observed was, perhaps, the antiimplantation activity found in five species of corals. Preliminary experiments conducted on mice have shown that these extracts were 100 active.

Nonspecific Oral Ulcerations And Recurrent Aphthae

Topical corticosteroid therapy (fluocinonide gel applied three to six times daily) is safe and efficacious for treatment of recurrent aphthous ulcer or other mucosal lesions in immunocompromised individuals1 ,K d ig. 51-6). However, topical corticosteroids may predispose immunocompromised individuals to candidiasis. Consequently, prophylactic antifungal medications should he prescribed.

Five Degrees of Etherization

Snow used this lecture to cover many aspects of ether anesthesia. Early in the lecture, he suffered a mishap. He placed a thrush in a jar containing one-third ether vapor and two-thirds air. He turned to his audience and summarized the two principles of etherization he had formulated that while all animals are susceptible, differences in the time it takes to render a particular animal insensible and to recover depend on differences in the activity of the respiratory and circulating functions.59 When he next looked at the jar the bird was dead. Snow was embarrassed and immediately admitted, It is a result I did not intend, and it has arisen from my going on with the lecture, and looking at my notes, instead of directing my whole attention to the animal. Snow recovered quickly even if the thrush did not. He immediately emphasized the object lesson This accident shows the power of the agent60 Ether required the administrator's undivided attention. Such an accident should never happen to...

Nitrogenous Biomarkers Of Nutritional Status

Immunocompetence is also affected by nutritional status. Malnutrition is associated with progressive decline of immune function. Total lymphocyte levels, T lymphocyte levels, immunoglobulin levels, and complement levels are all affected by protein malnutrition. The loss of immunocompetence will lead to infections. Candida and other opportunistic infections may be acquired following the loss of immunocompetence due to malnutrition.

Materials and Methods

Microbiological study controls in phase 1 were internal controls for amplification (DNA from Escherichia coli ATCC 25922, Staphylococcus aureus ATCC 25923, P. aeruginosa ATCC 35218, Candida albicans ATCC 90028) whole blood of 20 healthy blood donors, and dialysis ultrapure water collected from different points of the treatment plant.

Infections Associated With Purine Analog Therapy

Was substantially shorter for the latter group. Considering only the 188 patients who received fludarabine alone, 77 experienced at least one febrile episode, and 29 developed a major infection. The most frequent sites of infection were the lower respiratory tract (14 of patients) and skin and soft tissue (7 of patients). The most frequent infections were herpes zoster, occurring in 13 of patients, followed by herpes simplex (10 ), Gram-positive cocci (8 ), Gram-negative bacilli (5 ), Candida species (3 ), and P. carinii (0.5 ). Only 19 of major infections occurred when patients were neutropenic, and none of them died of infection. Infections during cladribine therapy may be caused by neutropenia or lymphopenia. In one study of patients with hematological malignancies, 68 of patients who developed neutropenia had fever or infection. The frequency of infection among patients with hematological malignancies almost doubled during the 6 mo following the first course of cladribine compared...

Measures Against Infection

During periods of increased immunosuppression within the initial 6 to 12 months, most centers prescribe medical prophylaxis against cyto-megalovirus, herpes simplex reactivation, pneu-mocystis, aspergillus and candida species. It should be stressed, however, that the recipient of a transplant is expected to show an increased responsibility for himself by complying with the recommendations of his transplant center concerning personal hygiene and general measures to avoid those infections that are not due to latent viruses (Table 49-2). Medical personnel dealing with HTRs should be aware of the immunosup-pression-induced impairment of the inflammatory response, which attenuates the signs and symptoms of invasive infection.

Antimicrobial Prophylaxis

In recent years, ciprofloxacin has been used most extensively for prevention of bacterial infections in patients with prolonged severe neutropenia. Although it has reduced the frequency of Gram-negative bacterial infections, its use has been associated with an increase in Grampositive infections and the emergence of resistance among Gram-negative bacilli. Also, in most studies, its use did not reduce the frequency of fever and empiric antibacterial therapy. Hence, its use should be restricted to those patients who are likely to experience severe neutropenia following chemotherapy. Outpatients at risk for pneumococcal or Listeria infections could be given a supply of amoxicillin-clavulanate to be initiated at the onset of fever, as should splenectomized patients (3). Since serious fungal infections occur rather infrequently in CLL patients, it is difficult to justify the routine use of antifungal prophylaxis, especially since it has been associated with colonization by resistant...

Fungal Diseases and Pathogens

Invasive candidiasis is the most common nosocomial mycosis, per- haps because the causative organism is a component of the endogenous flora of the human alimentary tract. There has been debate over the significance of positive blood cultures (can-didemia) in the progression of fungal disease. Given the high mortality rates (up to 75 ) in cases of invasive candidiasis, the current consensus is that all high risk patients with can-didemia should receive therapy (1). C. glabrata, C. krusei, C. tropicalis, and C, parapsilosis have emerged in recent years as troublesome organisms, challenging the supremacy of C. albicans in Candida infections. The most common manifestation of these infections, particularly in AIDS patients, is oral or esophageal candidiasis (thrush white plaques that cause pain or difficulty upon swallowing) studies suggest that up to 90 of those suffering from AIDS have had at least one such episode (2). Catheter-related candida infections are also very...

Epidemiology of Resistance

Systemic diseases are not contagious), the spread of resistance by such means occurs at a negligible rate. Here, there are two major ways in which resistance becomes manifest. The first arises when initial antifungal therapy (combined with a defective immune system) fails to eradicate the organism from the patient. Under these circumstances, repeated sublethal exposure to the drug allows a variety cf resistance mechanisms to be induced, in much the same way as resistant strains are deliberately generated in the laboratory. The second mechanism for the emergence of infections that are refractory to therapy arises (like all resistance phenomena) from the use of antifungal agents inevitably, any agent is less efficacious for some fungal species than for others. Thus, the use of any drug is bound to an environmental stress on the most susceptible strains, allowing the less susceptible to become more prevalent. In the clinical context, the most obvious manifestation of this phenomenon has...

Diagnostic and Microbiological Issues

Second, only recently have standard methods begun to emerge for routine susceptibility testing, further confounding attempts to interpret historical data in a comparative manner (8).The variable morphology of important pathogens (the dimorphism of Candida spp. between yeast and hyphal forms, or the vastly different morphology of Cryptococcus neoformans in vitro and in vivo, for example), the differing correlations of growth time in vitro with clinical outcomes across species, trailing effects with important classes of agents confounding the definition of a minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), and difficulties in defining interpretative breakpoints for use in a predictive manner clinically, all combine to render the definition of broadly useful methods extremely problematic the need for different methods for different organisms further increases the burden on clinical microbiology laboratories.

Antifungal Chemical Classes 31 Polyenes Amphotericin B and Nystatin

Amphotericin B (Fig. 17.2), produced by Strepto-myces nodosus, was discovered in 1955 by Gold and coworkers. It is the archetypal polyene antifungal and was the first systemic agent available to treat invasive fungal infections. The primary indications of its current therapy include invasive candidiasis, ciypto-coccosis, aspergillosis, and histoplasmosis. It is the treatment of choice for empirical therapy in febrile neutropenic patients.

Prophylaxis And Therapy

Routine decontamination of the gut is not recommended for HSCT candidates.2 The use of oral fluoroquinolones and an agent active against Gram-positive cocci in asymptomatic neutropenic patients reduces the occurrence of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteremias, but has no impact on fever-related morbidity or infection-related mortality.33 A novel strategy to reduce the occurrence of oral mucositis after intensive chemotherapy using palifermin (recombinant human keratinocyte growth factor) has demonstrated promise. In a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial involving patients with hematologic malignancies, palifermin recipients had less severe mucositis, a shorter duration of mucositis, and a lower incidence of fever during neutropenia and bacteremia compared with placebo recipients.34 Acyclovir prophylaxis is indicated for all HSV-seropositive HSCT candidates and has been shown to reduce the occurrence of viral reactivation.35 Prophylaxis should commence at the initiation of the...

Overview and Mode of Action

Allylamines are the most prominent of a number of antifungal classes (see also Section 3.5.1.1) that exert their activity by inhibition of squalene epoxidase the intracellular accumulation of squalene that results is thought to be the primary cause of the fungicidal consequences of exposure to the drug (87). The predominant example of this class of antifungal agent is terbinafine (Fig. 17.6), which is one of the mainstays for the treatment of dermato-phytosis. In the treatment of onychomycosis, in particular, it is safer, more efficacious, and requires shorter duration of therapy than griseofulvin (the previous standard, but inadequate, agent) its efficacy in this indication is enhanced by the propensity of the compound to accumulate in nails and hair. It has seen some use, particularly in combination with fluconazole, in the treatment of oropharyngeal infections arising from Candida spp. (88,

Changing Contours Of The Primigravid Abdomen

Hegar Sign

Many anatomical changes take place in the pelvis through the course of pregnancy. The early diagnosis of pregnancy is based in part on changes in the vagina and the uterus. With the increased vascularity throughout the pelvic region, the vagina takes on a bluish or violet color. The vaginal walls appear thicker and deeply rugated because of increased thickness of the mucosa, loosening of the connective tissue, and hypertrophy of smooth muscle cells. Vaginal secretions are thick, white, and more profuse. Vaginal pH becomes more acidic due to the action of Lactobacillus acidophilus on the increased levels of glycogen stored in the vaginal epithelium. This change in pH helps protect the woman against some vaginal infections, but increased glycogen may contribute to higher rates of vaginal candidiasis (see p. 405).

Biotechnological Production of Flavour Active Lactones

Biotechnology lends itself to the production of natural flavour materials, which can either be obtained as complex mixtures or pure, individual flavour components. Examples of the latter category are acids, alcohols, esters, aldehydes, ketones and lactones. Biotechnological processes are reviewed which can be used to produce those y- and 8-lactones which are important to the flavour industry. Emphasis is placed upon fermentative processes using microorganisms capable of performing p-oxidative degradation reactions. The preferred substrates in this type of biotransformation are hydroxy fatty acids which can themselves be obtained enzymatically or extracted from natural sources. Certain microorganisms are capable of hydroxylating fatty acids, thereby giving rise to the immediate precursors of y- and 8-lactones. The intramolecular esterification of hydroxy fatty acids can be catalysed by certain lipases. The lipase from Candida antarctica is also capable of converting some cyclic ketones...

Microautophagy Might Regulate Basal Long Lived Protein Degradation in Rat Liver

The autophagic degradation of organelles has been demonstrated in yeasts such as Saccharo-myces cerevisiae, Pichia pastoris, Hansenula polymorpha, Candida boidinii and Yarrowia lipolyticaAmong these model systems, the macroautophagy-mediated organelle degradation pathway has been extensively studied in S. cerevisiae and H. polymorpha (see chapters 7, 9 and 11). P. pastoris and H.polymorpha exhibit both macroautophagic and microautophagic degradation of peroxisomes, a process termed pexophagy, in response to different environmental conditions,11 thus making it possible to determine proteins that overlap or are distinct for the two types of autophagic processes (see chapters 10 and 11). In brief, a transfer of H pastoris cells from glucose to methanol results in an increase in peroxisome levels in order to metabolize methanol. Once the culture is shifted from methanol to ethanol, selective degradation of peroxisomes by the macroautophagic pathway is activated. In contrast, the...

Bilateral Visual Field Obliteration

A 2-week-old infant is brought into your clinic by his parents because they have noticed that their child is having some difficulty with feeding and that there is something strange in his mouth. You diagnose thrush. What is the most likely physical finding you will see upon examination of his mouth

Chlamydia trachomatis Immunoproteome

The above described approach, in which 2-DE is combined with immunoblot-ting with patient sera, is now widely used to identify immunogenic proteins in different pathogens. For example, some studies have been performed to investigate immunorelevant Borrelia garinii antigens in patients affected by Lyme disease 28 , to identify possible vaccine candidates in infections of Staphylococcus aureus, using pooled sera from different patients 29 or for mapping immunoreactive antigens in Francisella tularensis 30 . (See Chapter 16 for reference maps and comparative analysis of F. tularensis.) A number of studies have been performed to investigate the antigenicity of Helicobacter pylori, some using 2-DE and immunoblotting with a pooled sera from patients 31, 32 , others using sera from individual patients to evaluate the frequency of the antigens during different gastroduodenal pathologies 33, 34 , or analyzing only the proteins present on the cell surface 35 . Other humoral immune responses to...

Bioactive Marine Peptides 31 Marine Algae

Bioactive Peptides And Origin

Marine sponges continue to be source of secondary metabolites with unusual chemical diversity and remarkable biological activity. Large number of peptides have been isolated from marine sponges. They have attracted considerable attention because of their unique structural framework, rich physiochemical properties, and thus potential as important drug candidates.4649 The sponges so far had furnished only a few ftuepeptides. Most sponge peptides are highly modified whereas some contains unusual amino acids. Sponges provide lodging to many organisms, such as brittle stars, bivalve, gastropods, crustaceans, and annelid worms. Sponge peptides are suspected to be of microbial origin because some of them contain D-amino acids and unusual amino acids. Fusetani et al50 were the first to isolate bioactive peptide discodermin A from the marine sponge Discodermia kiiensis in 1985. The peptide contained the rare tert leucine, cysteic acid and several D-amino acids. Since this report many peptides...

Selected Examples Of Potential Medical Applications Of Liposomes

A highly successful use of a liposomal carrier system in infectious diseases which seems to be more promising from a commercial point of view is the therapy of systemic fungal infections with amphotericin B (AMB) incorporated into liposomes. Systemic fungal infections occur frequently in patients suffering from cancer or an immunodeficiency disorder (e.g., AIDS). For example, fungi, in particular Candida albicans, are responsible for about 20 of the lethal infections in leukemia patients. The use of AMB, a polyene antibiotic, is hindered by acute (fever, chills) and chronic toxicity to kidneys, central nervous system, and hematopoietic system (Miller and Bates, 1969). Amphotericin B has a certain preference to interact with fungal membranes due to their ergostefol content. However, it also binds to the cholesterol-containing mammalian membranes resulting in toxicity. Despite the serious side effects, limited efficacy and the development of several new antifungals, AMB is still the...

Clinical Approach

CVCs are in widespread use and are a common site of infection in hospitalized patients and in those receiving outpatient infusion therapy. Infection may occur as a consequence of contamination by gram-positive skin flora or by hematogenous seeding, usually by enteric gram-negative organisms or Candida spp. Erythema, purulent drainage, and induration are evidence of infection. A variety of CVCs are frequently used, with different rates of infection. Staphylococcus aureus and coagulase-negative Staphylococcus are the most common causes of catheter-associated infections. With coagulase-negative Staphylococcus bacteremia, response to antibiotic therapy without catheter removal is possible up to 80 of the time that is, one may seek to sterilize the CVC if it is deemed necessary. However, this is usually not advisable in critically ill or hemodynamically unstable patients in whom immediate catheter removal and rapid administration of antibiotics are essential. Bacteremia as a consequence of...

Answers To Case 7 HIV and Pneumocystis Carinii Pneumonia

Summary A 32-year-old man with known HIV infection but unknown CD4 count presents with subacute onset of fever, dry cough, and gradually worsening dyspnea. He is not undergoing any antiretroviral therapy or taking prophylactic medications. Diffuse bilateral pulmonary infiltrate is seen on chest x-ray. and he is tachypneic and hypoxemic. The presence of oral thrush suggests that he is immunosuppressed. His leukocyte count is decreased, and his LDH level is elevated. This individual with HIV, currently not taking antiviral medications or any antibiotic prophylaxis, presents with subacute dyspnea and cough. His lack of sputum production and elevated LDH level is suggestive of PCP. The presence of oral thrush suggests a CD4 count < 250. If the CD4 count is < 200, then PCP seems the most likely explanation for his symptoms and chest x-ray findings. Obtaining an arterial blood gas measurement will provide information about prognosis and help guide therapy. Arterial oxygen concentration...

Pretransplant Evaluation

A careful pretransplant infectious disease history should be obtained in all HSCT candidates (Table 99.1). This should include a history of prior bacterial, mycobacterial, and opportunistic infections, especially invasive fungal infections produced by Aspergillus or Candida species. In those with prior invasive fungal disease, a careful clinical and radiographic evaluation should be performed to exclude residual active disease, which would require aggressive treatment prior to HSCT. Antimicrobial susceptibility profiles of recent bacterial pathogens should be noted, as patients may remain colonized with these organisms. Patients with a prior history of tuberculosis, exposure to tuberculosis, or positive skin test for tuberculosis should be evaluated clinically and with chest radiograph for evidence of active disease. A travel history should be obtained to identify potential exposure, even in the remote past, to Strongyloides stercoralis, which may reactivate in the face of...

Phagocytosis Cure Cancer

In addition to their role in B-cell activation, cytokines secreted by activated CD4+ T cells play a significant role in immunity to Candida species. IFNy augments the production of reactive oxygen intermediates, nitric oxide, and reactive nitrogen intermediates by phagocytes. The role of CD4+ cytokines is underscored by the fact that individuals who lack T cells with antigen specific T-cell receptors recognizing Candida peptide class II MHC have recurrent candidiasis. This disorder is termed chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis and results from a so-called hole in the T-cell repertoire.

Approach To Suspected Endocarditis

Culture-negative endocarditis, an uncommon situation in which routine cultures fail to grow, is most likely a result of prior antibiotic treatment, fungal infection (fungi other than Candida species often require special culture media), or fastidious organisms. These organism can include Ahiotrophia spp, Bartonella spp, Coxiella burnetii. Legionella spp. Chlamydia, and the HACEK organisms (Haemophilus aphrophilus paraphrophilus, Actinobacillus

Approach To Vaginal Infections

The three most common types of vaginal infections are BV. trichomonal vaginitis, and candidal vulvovaginitis (Table 58-1). CANDIDAL VULVOVAGINITIS Candidal vaginitis usually is caused by the fungus Candida albicans, although other species may be causative. The lactobacilli in the vagina inhibit fungal growth thus, antibiotic therapy may decrease the lactobacilli concentration, leading to Candida overgrowth. Diabetes mellitus, which suppresses immune function, may predispose patients to these infections. Candidiasis usually is not a sexually transmitted disease. The patient usually presents with intense vulvar or vaginal burning, irritation, and swelling. Dyspareunia may be a prominent complaint. The discharge usually appears curdy or like cottage cheese, in contrast to the homogeneous discharge of BV. Also, unlike the alkaline pH of BV and Trichomonas infection, the vaginal pH in candidiasis typically is normal (< 4.5). Microscopic diagnosis is confirmed by identification of the...

Indwelling iv catheters

Tunneled catheters are subject to several types of infection exit site cellulitis, bacteremia with or without external signs, tunnel infection, and septic thrombophlebitis. The most common causative organisms are coagulase-negative staphylococci, but Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus, Gram-negative bacilli, other skin flora, yeast, and occasionally nontuberculous mycobac-teria also may be causative organisms. Decisions regarding catheter removal often must be made in the face of fever, neutropenia, and need for multilumen access. In general, tunnel infections require catheter removal regardless of the organism, and pain over the tunnel may be the only sign in a neutropenic patient. In Candida, VRE, or Bacillus infection, it is particularly important to remove the catheter, and it is often desirable to do so for Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative bacilli. On the other hand, in the absence of tunnel infection, coagulase-negative staphylococcal infection can often be cleared...

Structure Activity Relationship From the many series of azoles that have been re

Resistance to azoles has become a significant problem since their use in the treatment of systemic fungal infections has increased (38). Target modification is clearly a common contributor to clinical resistance to azole therapy and has been implicated directly for C. neoformans (39), C. albicans (40-42), C. glabrata (43), and by inference for other Candida spp. (44). Different mutations have been documented, making it difficult to eluding all the clinically important pathogens (54-60). Voriconazole is clearly more potent than itraconazole against Aspergillus spp. (59) and is comparable to posaconazole and ravueonazole in its activity against C. albicans however, it appears slightly more potent against C. glabrata (61). In general, Candida spp. that are less susceptible to fluconazole also exhibit higher MICs to voriconazole and other azoles (62). Despite this, the voriconazole MIC for 1300 bloodstream isolates was utable to extensive metabolism pharmacokinetics are...

Defects in Phagocytic Cell

Neutropenia may be caused by replacement of the bone marrow by CLL cells, suppression by tumor products, or, most often, myelosuppressive chemotherapy. Although alkylating agents cause myelosuppression, resulting in neutropenia, most conventional regimens usually do not cause severe or prolonged neutropenia (9). Although not studied in CLL patients specifically, the risk of infection is inversely related to the degree of neutropenia and is directly related to its duration (10). Also, the risk of hematogenous dissemination is related to the degree of neutropenia. Neutropenia is a pre-eminent factor in predisposing to most bacterial infections and also to systemic Candida and mold infections. Furthermore, response to appropriate therapy, especially in fungal infections, is largely dependent on neutrophil recovery.

Architecture

Macronuclei of Oxytricha nova are protected. A protein has been isolated that has led to a model of telomere end protection based on a single protein species that would bind and sequester the single-strand overhang. Until recently, few examples of single-stranded telomere overhang binding proteins outside of Oxytricha were known. One such example was found in Candida parapsilosis (171), where a single-stranded binding protein was shown to bind a single-stranded overhang of linear mitochondrial DNA. Recently, a single-stranded telomere-binding protein termed Pot1 (protection of telomeres 1) was isolated and characterized in fission yeast and human cells (28). Pot1 has high affinity for single-stranded DNA with the sequence motif of Schizosaccharomyces pombe telomeric repeat or the G-strand overhang in mammalian telomeres. It has been proposed that Pot1 might serve to protect the telomere end from degradation and regulate the ability of telomerase to elongate the telomere. Whether this...

Radiographic Studies

The abdominal CT scan is helpful in patients with abdominal pain, as the physical exam may lack classic signs. The CT can reveal abscesses, adenopathy, intestinal wall thickening, or phlegmon suggestive of typhlitis, lesions of hepatosplenic candidiasis, and other conditions.8

Skin lesions

As disseminated infections with filamentous fungi or mycobacteria are difficult to diagnose in a timely fashion, biopsies and cultures of suspicious skin lesions are often helpful. Pseudomonas, Candida spp., and Fusarium are particularly likely to be associated with skin lesions. Lesions of ecthyma gangrenosum most often reflect disseminated infection with Pseudomonas. Disseminated candidiasis can present with nodular or papular scat

Allyl Amine

Griseofulvin is effective against all superficial ringworm (dermatophyte) infections but is ineffective against pityriasis versicolor, superficial candidiasis and all systemic mycoses. Flucytosine (5-fluorocytosine) is metabolised in the fungal cell to 5-fluorouracil which inhibits nucleic acid synthesis. It is well absorbed from the gut, penetrates effectively into tissues and almost all is excreted unchanged in the urine (t , 4 h). The dose should be reduced for patients with impaired renal function, and the plasma concentration should be monitored. The drug is well tolerated when renal function is normal. Candida albicans rapidly becomes resistant to flucytosine which ought not to be used alone it may be combined with amphotericin (see Table 14.2) but this increases the risk of adverse effects (leucopenia, thrombocytopenia, enterocolitis) and it is reserved for serious infections where the risk-benefit balance is favourable (e.g. Cryptococcus neoformans meningitis).

Complex Flavours

In addition to the use of biocatalyst to produce individual flavour molecules, bioprocesses have also been developed to produce chemically complex flavours or flavour blocks, such as those that give soy sauce its distinctive flavour. The traditional process for making soy sauce takes several months. Koji, produced by the solid-state fermentation of soy beans and wheat by Aspergillus sojae and A. oryzae, is mixed with brine. Enzymes from the koji, including peptidases, proteases and amylases, hydrolyse the biopolymers to amino acids, peptides and sugars, which are then fermented by salt-tolerant microorganisms into a variety of flavour compounds including the taste-enhancer glutamic acid. Lactic acid is produced by Pediococcus halopilus, ethanol is produced by Zygosaccharomyces rouxii and 4-ethyguaiacol and 4-ethylphenol are often produced by Candida species. Recently an improved process has been developed that uses columns of immobilised P. halophilus, Z. rouxii and Candida strains in...

Fragrances

One major attempt to produce a musk using biotransformation involves the bioconversion of palmitic acid, which is readily available from renewable palm tree sources into co-hydroxypalmitic acid. The yeast Torulopsis bombicola which has been mutated to minimise p-oxidation and co-l-hydroxylation of palmitic acid was able to form co-hydroxypalmitic acids in concentrations of greater than 100 gl-1 34 . However the subsequent cyclization of this precursor into hexa-decanolide lactone musk was very difficult, principally because when reasonable high concentrations of the co-hydroxypalmitic acid were used, intermolecular reactions to form the polymer occurred in preference to the required intramolecular cyclization reaction. A second approach involves the bioconversion reaction of C10-C18 alkanes into dicarboxylic acids for instance by Candida tropicalis. Productivities of 140 gl-1 of the C13 dicarboxylic acid per litre and production on a scale of 150 tons per annum have been reported, but...

Lipids

All patients were under antiretroviral treatment and secondary prophylaxis for opportunistic infections (6 for MACD, 3 for neurotoxoplasmosis, 5 for PCP, 3 for CMV, 3 for candida). Patients with intractable diarrhoea, acute opportunistic infections, and or a Karnofsky score < 50 were excluded. The caloric needs were calculated for each patient according to a modified Harris-Benedict equation, and extra calories were prescribed in relation to the patient's clinical condition. Caloric

Yeasts

Yeasts are the initial organisms to grow on the surface of smear-ripened cheeses directly after manufacture and salting brining. The conditions of low pH ( 4.9-5.2), relatively low ripening temperature and high salt concentration on the cheese surface favour their growth. Although considerable variation occurs, the most prevalent yeasts reported in many smear cheeses include Debaryomyces hansenii, Candida spp., Trichosporon spp., Yarrowia lipolytica, Kluyveromyces spp., Rhodotorula spp. and Torulaspora spp. Geotrichum candidum is also prevalent and has the characteristics of both a yeast and a mould. A succession of different species may also occur during ripening.

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Our task was simplified enormously by the wonderful editorial staff at Springer-Verlag who shepherded us through the entire publication process. In particular, we thank Laura Gillan, Carol Wang, and Cindy Chang for their excellent support and responsiveness to all of the issues that we raised during the production of the book. We also thank Eliane Duarte-Franco, Elvira Rocco Ickowicz, Nicolas Schlecht, Anita Koushik, Jason Parente, Javier Pintos, Marie-Claude Rousseau Sarah Mitchell-Weed, and Candida Piz-zolongo, for their superb assistance with valuable discussions, locating references, and other tasks associated with the writing and editing of the book. J. Baron (author of the chapter on colorectal lesions) received helpful advice and photomicrographs from Jeremy Bass and Daniel Longnecker. Grants NCI CA54053, CA63933,and PHS 5M01-RR-00079 provided support for the work of J. Palefsky (chapter on anal lesions). The latter acknowledges

Cephalosporins

Cephalosporins are well tolerated. The most usual unwanted effects are allergic reactions of the penicillin type. There is cross-allergy between penicillins and cephalosporins involving about 7 of patients if a patient has had a severe or immediate allergic reaction or if serum or skin testing for penicillin allergy is positive (see p. 217), then a cephalosporin should not be used. Pain may be experienced at the sites of i.v. or i.m. injection. If cephalosporins are continued for more than 2 weeks, thrombocytopenia, haemolytic anaemia, neutropenia, interstitial nephritis or abnormal liver function tests may occur especially at high dosage these reverse on stopping the drug. The broad spectrum of activity of the third generation cephalosporins may predispose to opportunist infection with resistant bacteria or Candida albicans and to Clostridium difficile diarrhoea. Ceftriaxone achieves high concentrations in bile and, as the calcium salt, may precipitate to cause...

Granuloma Inguinale

Bacterial vaginosis is a common form of vaginal discharge in which neither Trichomonas vaginalis nor Candida albicans can be isolated and inflammatory cells are not present. There is evidence to associate the condition with overgrowth of several normal commensals of the vagina including Gardnerella vaginalis, Gram-negative curved bacilli, and anaerobic organisms, especially of the Bacteroides genus, the latter being responsible for the characteristic fishy odour of the vaginal discharge. The condition responds well to a single 2 g oral dose of metro- Candida vaginitis see page 263.

Medical Evidence

Erythema and an erosion of the hard palate have also been described after fellatio (74,75), but the reliability of such findings is questionable. Indeed, in one such case, the mucositis was eventually diagnosed as oral candidiasis contracted from direct contact with an infected penis (75).

Superinfection

When any antimicrobial drug is used, there is usually suppression of part of the normal bacterial flora of the patient which is susceptible to the drug. Often, this causes no ill effects, but sometimes a drug-resistant organism, freed from competition, proliferates to an extent which allows an infection to be established. The principal organisms responsible are Candida albicans and pseudomonads. But careful clinical assessment of the patient is essential, as the mere presence of such organisms in diagnostic specimens taken from a site in which they may be present as commensals does not necessarily mean they are causing disease.

Fungal Infections

P. carinii (now considered to be a fungus) occasionally caused pneumonia in CLL patients prior to the introduction of fludarabine therapy, but most cases of Pneumocystis pneumonia have occurred in patients who were treated with fludarabine plus prednisone (46,58). The association of this infection with adrenocorticosteroid therapy is well recognized hence, the role of fludarabine is less certain. Systemic Candida infections have been reported in patients receiving fludarabine, as well as sporadic cases of infection caused by Aspergillus species, Fusarium species, Histoplasma capsulatum, and Onchocronis species (59). It is somewhat surprising that superficial Candida infections and Aspergillus sinusitis have not been reported more frequently, the former infections being associated with low CD4+ lymphocyte counts and the latter with neutropenia and adrenal corticosteroid therapy.

Transmission

Oropharyngeal candidiasis to treat vaginal candidiasis Candidiasis of bronchi, trachea or lungs Esophageal candidiasis For classification purposes, a patient's HIV is defined by the highest clinical category in which the patient has ever qualified. For example, someone with oral candidiasis (category B) who is treated and now asymptomatic remains in clinical category B. Similarly, once a category C condition has occurred, the person will remain in category C.

Microbiology

Candida species against influenza of health care workers and at-risk HSCT candidates pretransplant, and influenza prophylaxis on HSCT units during outbreaks.219 Influenza, parainfluenza, and RSV may produce lower respiratory tract infection in the early posttransplant period with significant morbidity and mortality2021 tracheobron-chitis and pneumonia are usually heralded by the onset of upper respiratory tract symptoms, such as rhinor-rhea, sinus congestion, and sore throat. Lymphopenia appears to be a risk factor for progression to lower respiratory tract infection in HSCT recipients with influenza.21 Other pathogens, such as Aspergillus species, are frequently isolated in patients with influenza involving the lower respiratory tract. Antiviral therapy in HSCT recipients with influenza with a neuraminidase inhibitor is preferred to amanti-dine or rimantidine, as neuraminidase inhibitors appear to shorten the duration of viral shedding.21 Inhaled ribavirin and intravenous...

Pyrrole Alkaloids

Several simple brominated pyrroles have been isolated from marine bacteria and sponge. A highly brominated pyrrole derivative (87) and low molecular weight biologically active compounds have been obtained from a bacterial source.150151 The compound (87) is composed of more than 70 bromine by weight and is characterized by X-ray crystallographic analysis.152 It displays impressive in vitro antibiotic properties against Grampositive bacteria. However, it was found inactive in vivo. It also displayed antitumor activity. The alkaloid (87) has been synthesized.153 The purple colored bacterium of the genus Alteromonas154 yielded a tetrabromo pyrrole (88) along with other metabolites. The compound (88) displays moderate antimicrobial activity in vitro against Stayphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans. Number of brominated pyrrole alkaloids have been isolated from sponge Agelas sventres.155157 The dichloromethane-methanol extract of this sponge...

Cooh

Farbood et al. 19 have developed several patented processes for the production of 4-decanolide and other lactones from castor oil and ricinoleic acid. Thus, Candida petrophilium can convert castor oil to a mixture of various hydroxy fatty acids which can be recovered by acidification and extraction.

Natural Selection

Darwin noticed structural differences among members of sexually reproducing species. Except for identical (monozygotic) twins, individuals in a population vary in their physical features. Thus, birds like the thrush show variation in color of plumage, length of wings, and thickness of beak. Based on differences in their features, some individuals in a population are more successful than others at surviving and producing offspring. Differences in reproductive success occur when certain members of a species possess attributes that make them more likely to survive and reproduce in a given environment. Generally, individuals with features that meet the survival requirements of a habitat produce more offspring than others. As the number of descendants increases, the genetic traits of these individuals are more frequently represented in the population. This process of differential reproduction is called natural selection, and the change in the genetic makeup of the species is evolution.

Goals of Therapy

A thorough oral examination will determine the patient's dental treatment needs. I he primary goals of dental therapy should be the restoration and maintenance of oral health, comfort, and function. t Ihe vers least, periodontal treatment goals should he directed toward control of FfiV-associated mucosal diseases such as chronic candidiasis and recurrent oral ulcerations. Acute periodontal and dental infections should he managed, and the patient should receive detailed instruct ons in performance of effective oral hygiene procedures.1 ( on-servative, nonsurgical periodontal therap should be a treatment option lor virtualh all HIV-positive patients, and performance ol elective surgical periodontal procedures to include implant placement has been reported. 1 Necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis (NUP) or necrotizing ulcerative stomatitis (Nt S) can be severely destructive to periodontal structures, bill a his.orv ol these conditions does not automatically dictate extraction ol involved...

Endocarditis Cases

Etienne and coworkers reported a series of 10 cases of Chlamydial endo-cardit is collected between 1983 and 1990 in 1992.(28) The cases were all men with a mean age of 42 (26-59). None had a history of bird contacts. They had all been symptomatic for at least 2 months with weight loss, anorexia, and fever (8 10). Hemodynamic failure was found in seven patients and neurological signs in four. Repeated blood cultures were negative in all. Complement fixation tests for Chlamydia spp. were positive in 6 of 10 cases and MIF showed cross-reacting antibodies in all nine cases studied, with transient IgM antibodies in six cases. IgG titers varied from 16 to 2048 for C. trachomatis and C. psittaci, and from 64 to 4096 for C. pneumoniae. IgA was found in 5 of 10 cases but no tiler values were reported. Serology for C. burnetii, Candida, Aspergillus, B. burgdorferi, M. pneumoniae, and Brucella were all negative. Six of the 10 patients had preexisting cardiac anomalies. Infection involved the...

Skin Infections

Fungal infections superficial dermatophyte or Candida infections purely involving the skin can be treated with a topical imidazole (e.g. clotrimazole, miconazole). Pityriasis versicolor, a yeast infection, primarily involves the trunk in young adults it responds poorly to imidazoles but topical terbinafine or selenium sulphide preparations are effective severe infection may require systemic itraconazole. Invasion of hair or nails by a dermatophyte or a deep mycosis requires systemic therapy terbinafine is the most effective drug. Terbinafine and griseo-fulvin are ineffective against yeasts, for which itraconazole is an alternative. Itraconazole can be used in weekly pulses each month for 3-4 months it is less effective against dermatophytes than terbinafine.

Direct Combustion

Traditional fermentation yeasts, such as S. cerevisiae, are not adapted to utilize inulin. However, a number of yeast strains have been discovered with inulinase activity, which can both hydrolyze inulin and ferment the resulting sugars (Echeverrigaray and Tavares, 1985 Guiraud et al., 1981a, 1981b Padukone, 1996). It is therefore possible to produce ethanol from Jerusalem artichoke juice using these yeasts in a single vessel, without prior hydrolysis or saccharification, in a process called simultaneous saccharification and fermentation (SSF) (Figure 7.1b). In practice, enzymatic hydrolysis may still be conducted under acidic conditions, for instance, to utilize the enzymes present in the plant material and to start saccharification prior to the addition of inulinase-producing yeasts. High rates of ethanol production from tuber extracts have been obtained with inulin-fermenting strains of K. marxianus, K. fragilis, Candida pseudotropicalis, C. kefyr, C. macedoniensis, Saccha-romyces...

Cure Your Yeast Infection For Good

Cure Your Yeast Infection For Good

The term vaginitis is one that is applied to any inflammation or infection of the vagina, and there are many different conditions that are categorized together under this ‘broad’ heading, including bacterial vaginosis, trichomoniasis and non-infectious vaginitis.

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