Background/Aims: Procalcitonin (PCT) may prove to be a useful marker to exclude or predict bloodstream infection (BSI). However, the ability of PCT levels to differentiate BSI from non-BSI episodes has not been evaluated in nosocomial BSI.
Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of..
Background/Aims: Brucellosis patients present various non-specific clinical symptoms, such as fever, fatigue, sweating, joint pain, arthritis, myalgia, and headache. Based on the nonspecifity of its clinical signs and symtoms, we decided to evaluate whether mean platelet volume (MPV) , neutrophil to..
Sung-Han Kim, Ho-Su Lee, Hyun-Jung Lee, Sun-Mi Kim, Sung Shin, Sang-Hyoung Park, Kyung-Jo Kim, Young-Hoon Kim, Heungsup Sung, Sang-Oh Lee, Sang-Ho Choi, Suk-Kyun Yang, Yang Soo Kim, Jun Hee Woo, Duck-Jong Han
Korean J Intern Med. 2017;32(5):900-909. Published online August 23, 2017
Background/Aims: We evaluated the proposed clinical application of the combined interpretation of host factors and viral factors in two different cytomegalovirus (CMV) co-infection models.
Methods: We prospectively enrolled all human immunodeficiency virus non-infected patients with confirmed P..
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is one of the most common life-threatening complications in immunocompromised patients. Voriconazole is currently the drug of choice for IA treatment. However, some patients with IA suffer clinical deterioration despite voriconazole therapy. Management of voriconazole-ref..
Background/Aims: Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS) is an emerging infectious disease caused by severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTSV), a novel bunyavirus. As yet, there is no effective antiviral therapy for SFTS. Ribavirin is a broad-spectrum antiviral agent, whic..
Background/Aims: Cat-scratch disease (CSD), caused by Bartonella henselae is one of the most common zoonosis. However, only several cases of B. henselae infection have been reported in Korea. This study investigated the seroprevalence of B. henselae in healthy adults and related..
Background/Aims: The pathogen Acinetobacter baumannii is increasingly causing healthcare-associated infections worldwide, particularly in intensive care units. Biofilm formation, a factor contributing to the virulence of A. baumannii, is associated with long-term persistence in hospita..
Background/Aims: Although multidrug resistance (MDR) among extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli (ESBL-EC) poses significant therapeutic challenges, little is known regarding the risk factors and epidemiology of community-onset MDR‑ESBL‑EC infections. We performed this study t..
Background/Aims: Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) in critically ill patients with prolonged length of hospital stay and increased medical costs. The aim of this study is to assess whether daily chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) bathing will significantly reduce the rates of HAIs in adult intensiv..
Tark Kim, Yu-Mi Lee, Sang-Oh Lee, Sang-Ho Choi, Yang Soo Kim, Jun Hee Woo, Heungsup Sung, Joo Hee Jung, Sung Shin, Young Hoon Kim, Young-Ah Kang, Young-Shin Lee, Jung-Hee Lee, Je-Hwan Lee, Kyoo-Hyung Lee, Su-Kil Park, Duck Jong Han, Sung-Han Kim
Korean J Intern Med. 2016;31(5):961-970. Published online April 8, 2016
Background/Aims: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) surveillance and preemptive therapy is a widely-used strategy for preventing CMV disease in transplant recipients. However, there are limited data on the incidence and patterns of CMV disease during the preemptive period. Thus, we investigated the incidence and..
Youn Jeong Kim, Jun Hee Woo, Min Ja Kim, Dae Won Park, Joon-Young Song, Shin Woo Kim, Jun Yong Choi, June Myung Kim, Sang Hoon Han, Jin-Soo Lee, Bo Youl Choi, Joo Shil Lee, Sung-Soon Kim, Mee-Kyung Kee, Moon Won Kang, Sang Il Kim
Korean J Intern Med. 2016;31(5):953-960. Published online April 27, 2016
Background/Aims: The frequencies of opportunistic diseases (ODs) vary across countries based on genetic, environmental, and social differences. The Korean HIV/AIDS cohort study was initiated in 2006 to promote research on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in Korea, and to provide a logist..
Background/Aims: Increasing incidences of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected men who have sex were reported in the United States and Europe. However, few studies regarding the epidemiology of HCV infection in HIV-infected patients in Asian countries have..
Background/Aims: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of computed tomography (CT)-guided bone biopsy for the diagnosis of spinal infection and compared the clinical outcomes between tuberculous and pyogenic spinal infections.
Methods: The retrospective cohort study included patients who receiv..
Background/Aims: To compare the epidemiological aspects of enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) between Korea and Japan by analyzing the current state of EHEC infection outbreaks and related risk factors.
Methods: We investigated the epidemiological aspects of EHEC infection cases betwe..
Background/Aims: Nosocomial infections caused by multidrug-resistant (MDR) Acinetobacter baumannii have become public-health problem. However, few studies have evaluated the control of endemic MDR A. baumannii in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). Therefore, we investigated the effectiveness..
Background/Aims: Surgical site infection (SSI) is a major complication after radical neck dissection (RND) in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC). We investigated the incidence, risk factors, and etiology of SSI among patients who underwent RND.
Methods: A retrospective cohort study was perfor..
Background/Aims: The number of urinary tract infections (UTIs) caused by extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli (ESBL-EC) is increasing. In an outpatient setting, there are limited therapeutic options to treat ESBL-producing pathogens. We evaluated the outcomes of amikacin..
Background/Aims: Efforts to decrease the use of extended-spectrum cephalosporins are required to prevent the selection and transmission of multi-drug resistant pathogens, such as extended-spectrum b-lactamase (ESBL)-producing Enterobacteriaceae. The objectives of this study were to assess the clinic..
A worsening scenario of drug-resistant tuberculosis has increased the need for new treatment strategies to tackle this worldwide emergency. There is a pressing need to simplify and shorten the current 6-month treatment regimen for drug-susceptible tuberculosis. Rifamycins and fluoroquinolones, as we..
Background/Aims: Advanced human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, despite sustained viral suppression by highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), is a risk factor for poor immunologic recovery. However, some patients with advanced infection do show immunologic recovery. In this study, pre..