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See detailEpidemiological profiles of human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C virus infections in Malian women: risk factors and relevance of disparities
Bouare, N; GOTHOT, André ULg; DELWAIDE, Jean ULg et al

in World journal of hepatology (2013), 27(5), 196-205

AIM: To document the epidemiologic patterns and risk factors of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in Mali in order to develop prevention means for both diseases ... [more ▼]

AIM: To document the epidemiologic patterns and risk factors of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in Mali in order to develop prevention means for both diseases. METHODS: Two prospective studies were conducted in Bamako in 2009 among 1000 pregnant women (i.e. , young women) who consulted six reference health centers, and in 2010, among 231 older women who attended general practice in two hospitals. Antibody tests and molecular analysis (performed only for HCV) were used to quantify the frequencies of both infections. The data were collected from patients recruited through a questionnaire. Transmission risk factors of both diseases were identified by univariate and multivariate analysis. RESULTS: HCV seroprevalence was 0.2% for young and 6.5% for older women. HIV prevalence was similar in both populations (4.1% vs 6.1%). In older women, the analysis of risk factors highlighted an association between HCV infection and episodes of hospitalization (P < 0.01). The study did not show an association between HIV infection and the variables such as hospitalization, transfusion, tattoo, dental care, and endoscopy. A significant decrease of HIV seroprevalence was detected in young women who used condoms for contraception more than for other purposes (P < 0.01). By contrast, HIV seroprevalence was significantly increased in young women using condoms mainly to prevent sexual infections rather than for contraception (P < 0.01). No HCV/HIV coinfection was detected in our study. CONCLUSION: Risk factors and epidemiologic data of HIV and HCV as well as the absence of co-infection strongly suggest epidemiological disparities between these diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailDarbepoetin-alfa and intravenous iron administration after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation : A prospective multicenter randomized trial
BEGUIN, Yves ULg; Maertens, Johan; DE PRIJCK, Bernard ULg et al

in American Journal of Hematology (2013), 88

We conducted a randomized study analyzing the impact of darbepoetin alfa (DA) administration with or without intravenous (i.v.) iron on erythroid recovery after autologous hematopoietic cell ... [more ▼]

We conducted a randomized study analyzing the impact of darbepoetin alfa (DA) administration with or without intravenous (i.v.) iron on erythroid recovery after autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). Patients were randomized between no DA (Arm 1), DA 300 lg every 2 weeks starting on Day 28 after HCT (Arm 2), or DA plus i.v. iron 200 mg on Days 28, 42, and 56 (Arm 3). The proportion achieving complete hemoglobin (Hb) response within 18 weeks (primary end point) was 21% in Arm 1 (n524), 79% in Arm 2 (n525), and 100% in Arm 3 (n523; P < 0.0001). Erythropoietic response was shown to be significantly higher in Arm 3 (n546) than in Arm 2 (n550; P50.008), resulting in lower DA use, reduced drug costs, and improved quality of life scores, but the effect on transfusions was not significant. In multivariate analysis, DA administration (P< 0.0001), i.v. iron administration (P50.0010), high baseline Hb (P< 0.0001), and low baseline creatinine (P50.0458) were independently associated with faster achievement of complete Hb response. In conclusion, DA is highly effective to ensure full erythroid reconstitution after autologous HCT when started on Day 28 post-transplant. I.v. iron sucrose further improves erythroid recovery. [less ▲]

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See detailSerum calprotectin as a biomarker for Crohn's disease.
Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULg; Vernier-Massouille, G.; Grimaud, J. C. et al

in Journal of Crohn's & colitis (2013), 7(12), 678-83

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In Crohn's disease, correlation between clinical assessment and disease activity at tissue level is weak. Our aim was to evaluate the value of serum calprotectin as a biomarker for ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In Crohn's disease, correlation between clinical assessment and disease activity at tissue level is weak. Our aim was to evaluate the value of serum calprotectin as a biomarker for Crohn's disease. METHODS: The STORI trial patients (n=115) were studied at baseline, in clinical remission before infliximab withdrawal, or at the time of relapse after infliximab withdrawal. Forty healthy controls were also studied. Serum calprotectin level was measured by ELISA. Data were analyzed through correlation analyses, Kaplan Meier curves and Cox model, using available Crohn's Disease Activity Index (CDAI), Crohn's Disease Endoscopic Index of Severity (CDEIS), fecal calprotectin and C-reactive protein levels (hsCRP). RESULTS: Median serum calprotectin was 8892 ng/mL (range: 410-125,000 ng/mL) in Crohn disease patients as compared with 1318 ng/mL (range: 215.8-3770 ng/mL) in controls (P<0.0001). Serum calprotectin was significantly higher for active disease (median=19,584 ng/mL) than for inactive disease (median=8353 ng/mL) (P<0.0001). Serum calprotectin correlated with hsCRP (r=0.4092, P<0.0001) and CDAI (r=0.4442, P<0.0001), but not with CDEIS, on the contrary to fecal calprotectin (r=0.6458, 0.5515, 0.2577 with P<0.0001, P<0.0001, P=0.019 respectively). In multivariate analysis, serum calprotectin used as a discrete variable (threshold: 5675 ng/ml), appeared complementary to hsCRP (>5 mg/l) and fecal calprotectin (>250 mug/g) to predict relapse after infliximab withdrawal (P=0.0173, 0.0024 and 0.0002; HR: 3.191, 3.561 and 4.120). CONCLUSIONS: As a CD biomarker, serum calprotectin has a similar profile as hsCRP. It is also complementary to fecal calprotectin and hsCRP for prediction of relapse after infliximab withdrawal. [less ▲]

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See detailLetter: should immunosuppressive therapy be started with adalimumab in Crohn's disease? Authors' reply.
Reenaers, C.; Louis, Edouard ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg et al

in Alimentary pharmacology & therapeutics (2013), 37(7), 752-3

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See detailThe weather-beaten dorsal hand. Clinical rating, shadow casting optical profilometry and skin capacitance mapping.
Delvenne, Marie; FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg; SEIDEL, Laurence ULg et al

in BioMed Research International (2013), 2013

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See detailDistribution of sputum cellular phenotype in a large asthma cohort: predicting factors for eosinophilic vs neutrophilic inflammation.
SCHLEICH, FLorence ULg; Manise, Maïté ULg; Sele, Jocelyne et al

in BMC Pulmonary Medicine (2013), 13(1), 11

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Phenotyping asthma according to airway inflammation allows identification of responders to targeted therapy. Induced sputum is technically demanding. We aimed to identify predictors ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Phenotyping asthma according to airway inflammation allows identification of responders to targeted therapy. Induced sputum is technically demanding. We aimed to identify predictors of sputum inflammatory phenotypes according to easily available clinical characteristics. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted in 508 asthmatics with successful sputum induction recruited from the University Asthma Clinic of Liege. Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve and multiple logistic regression analysis were used to assess the relationship between sputum eosinophil or neutrophil count and a set of covariates. Equations predicting sputum eosinophils and neutrophils were then validated in an independent group of asthmatics. RESULTS: Eosinophilic (>=3%) and neutrophilic (>=76%) airway inflammation were observed in 46% and 18% of patients respectively. Predictors of sputum eosinophilia >=3% were high blood eosinophils, FENO and IgE level and low FEV1/FVC. The derived equation was validated with a Cohen's kappa coefficient of 0.59 (p < 0.0001). ROC curves showed a cut-off value of 220/mm3 (AUC = 0.79, p < 0.0001) or 3% (AUC = 0.81, p < 0.0001) for blood eosinophils to identify sputum eosinophilia >=3%. Independent predictors of sputum neutrophilia were advanced age and high FRC but not blood neutrophil count. CONCLUSION: Eosinophilic and paucigranulocytic asthma are the dominant inflammatory phenotypes. Blood eosinophils provide a practical alternative to predict sputum eosinophilia but sputum neutrophil count is poorly related to blood neutrophils. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetics of IL-7 and IL-15 Levels after Allogeneic Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation following Nonmyeloablative Conditioning
De Bock, Muriel; Fillet, Marianne ULg; Hannon, Muriel ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2013), 8(2), 55876

Background: We analysed kinetics of IL-7 and IL-15 levels in 70 patients given peripheral blood stem cells after nonmyeloablative conditioning. Methods: EDTA-anticoagulated plasma and serum samples were ... [more ▼]

Background: We analysed kinetics of IL-7 and IL-15 levels in 70 patients given peripheral blood stem cells after nonmyeloablative conditioning. Methods: EDTA-anticoagulated plasma and serum samples were obtained before conditioning and about once per week after transplantation until day 100. Samples were aliquoted and stored at 280uC within 3 hours after collection until measurement of cytokines. IL-7 and IL-15 levels were measured by ELISAs. Results: Median IL-7 plasma levels remained below 6 pg/L throughout the first 100 days, although IL-7 plasma levels were significantly higher on days 7 (5.1 pg/mL, P = 0.002), 14 (5.2 pg/mL, P,0.001), and 28 (5.1 pg/mL, P = 0.03) (but not thereafter) than before transplantation (median value of 3.8 pg/mL). Median IL-15 serum levels were significantly higher on days 7 (12.5 pg/mL, P,0.001), 14 (10.5 pg/mL, P,0.001), and 28 (6.2 pg/mL, P,0.001) than before transplantation (median value of 2.4 pg/mL). Importantly, IL-7 and IL-15 levels on days 7 or 14 after transplantation did not predict grade II–IV acute GVHD. Conclusions: These data suggest that IL-7 and IL-15 levels remain relatively low after nonmyeloablative transplantation, and that IL-7 and IL-15 levels early after nonmyeloablative transplantation do not predict for acute GVHD. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence of HIV and HCV infections in two populations of Malian women and serological assays performances
Bouare, Nouhoum; VAIRA, Dolorès ULg; GOTHOT, André ULg et al

in World Journal of Hepatology (2012), 4(12), 365-73

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See detailA methodological approach to assessing alveolar ridge preservation procedures in humans: hard tissue profile.
LAMBERT, France ULg; Vincent, Kim; VANHOUTTE, Vanessa ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Periodontology (2012), 9

AIMS: Multiple surgical protocols using biomaterials have been proposed to limit the typical post-extraction bone resorption. However, because of the heterogeneity of the studies, particularly the ... [more ▼]

AIMS: Multiple surgical protocols using biomaterials have been proposed to limit the typical post-extraction bone resorption. However, because of the heterogeneity of the studies, particularly the differences in assessment methods, it is difficult to determine the superiority of one technique over another. The objective of this study was to describe a new radiographic method to draw a map of alveolar bone remodelling after alveolar ridge preservation procedures to compare different surgical techniques more accurately. The newly developed measuring method was applied to a case series describing a specific preservation technique. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fourteen extraction sites (in 14 patients) located in the upper anterior maxilla were treated with bovine hydroxyapatite (0.25- to 1-mm particles) and a saddled connective tissue graft. A radiographic three-dimensional assessment of the hard tissues was performed at baseline and 3 months after the procedure. Standardized horizontal measurements were taken at three corono-apical levels (-2, -5 and -9 mm) and at three mesio-distal levels (mesial, centre and distal) in the buccal and palatal aspects. Vertical measurements were also recorded in nine regions superior to the alveolar crest. The measurements were performed by two independent observers and intra- and inter-observer effects were evaluated. RESULTS: No inter- and intra-observer effects were found when analysing the measurements from these two observers. The horizontal dimension of the crest decreased by 1.6 mm (20%) in the cervical regions (-2 mm level), decreased moderately, by 1 mm (12%), at the -5 mm level and decreased very little, 0.5 mm (6%), at the apical (-8 mm) level. The losses were always significantly higher in the buccal than in the palatal aspect. Buccally, the maximal bone remodelling at the cervical level remained below 1 mm. Vertical bone resorption was homogeneous and<1 mm in the nine measured regions. DISCUSSION: The radiographic measuring methodology proved to be reproducible. It can be applied in other clinical settings. It successfully assessed the alveolar ridge preservation technique (BHA+saddle connective tissue graft). [less ▲]

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See detailPatient morbidity after 2 different surgical protocols to treat miller class I recession in the anterior maxilla: A Comparaitive Ramdomized Control Trial.
SALHI, Leila ULg; ROMPEN, Eric ULg; LECLOUX, Geoffrey ULg et al

Conference (2012, June)

Aim: The objective of this study was to compare two different periodontal plastic surgery procedures to treat Miller’s class I recession: a coronally advanced flap (control group) versus the pouch ... [more ▼]

Aim: The objective of this study was to compare two different periodontal plastic surgery procedures to treat Miller’s class I recession: a coronally advanced flap (control group) versus the pouch technique (test group), both of which were associated with connective tissue graft. Methods: Forty consecutive patients were included, with 20 patients being allocated for each group. The level of recession coverage, the keratinised tissue quantity, gingival aesthetics (PES), and postoperative outcomes were assessed for a follow-up period of 6 months. Results: After 6 months, both techniques allowed for the excellent mean root coverage of 96.3 ± 12.1% in the control group and of 91.3 ± 17.6% in the test group. Complete root coverage was achieved in 89.5% (17/19) and 79% (15/19) of the recession cases in the control and the test groups, respectively. A significant increase in keratinised tissue height (p=0.0011) was observed in the test group. A significant improvement in the pink aesthetic score was found in the 2 groups, but gingival texture displayed significantly better results in the test group (p<0.0001). No significant difference between the 2 groups was found in terms of the morbidity outcomes. Pain killer consumption was similar in the 2 groups and significantly decreased over time. [less ▲]

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See detailAn in vitro evaluation of leakage of two Etch and Rinse and two Self-Etch adhesives after thermocycling
Geerts, Sabine ULg; BOLETTE, Amandine ULg; SEIDEL, Laurence ULg et al

in International Journal of Dentistry (2012)

Our experiment evaluated the microleakage in resin composite restorations bonded to dental tissues with different adhesive systems. 40 class V cavities were prepared on the facial and lingual surfaces of ... [more ▼]

Our experiment evaluated the microleakage in resin composite restorations bonded to dental tissues with different adhesive systems. 40 class V cavities were prepared on the facial and lingual surfaces of each tooth with coronal margins in enamel and apical margins in cementum (root dentin). The teeth were restored with Z100 resin composite bonded with different adhesive systems: Scotchbond! Multipurpose (SBMP) a 3-step Etch and Rinse adhesive, Adper! Scotchbond! 1 XT (SB1) a 2-step Etch and Rinse adhesive, AdheSE® One (ADSE-1) a 1-step Self-Etch adhesive and AdheSE® (ADSE) a 2-step Self-Etch adhesive. Teeth were thermocycled and immersed in 50 % silver nitrate solution. When both interfaces were considered, SBMP has exhibited significantly less microleakage than other adhesive systems (respectively for SB1, ADSE-1 and ADSE, p = 0.0007, p < 0.0001 and p < 0.0001). When enamel and dentin interfaces were evaluated separately: 1) for the Self-Etch adhesives, microleakage was found greater at enamel than at dentin interfaces (for ADSE, p = 0.024 and for ADSE-1, p < 0.0001); 2) for the Etch and Rinse adhesive systems, there was no significant difference between enamel and dentin interfaces; 3) SBMP was found significantly better than other adhesives both at enamel and dentin interfaces. In our experiment Etch and Rinse adhesives remain better than Self-Etch adhesives at enamel interface. In addition, there was no statistical difference between 1-step (ADSE-1) and 2-step (ADSE) Self-Etch adhesives. [less ▲]

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See detailDiffuse large B-cell lymphoma of Waldeyer's ring has distinc clinicopathologic features: a GELA study.
de Leval, Laurence ULg; Bonnet, Christophe ULg; Copie-Bergman, C. et al

in Annals of Oncology (2012), 23(12)

Background Diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCLs) arising in specific extranodal sites have peculiar clinicopathologic features. Patients and methods We analyzed a cohort of 187 primary Waldeyer's ring ... [more ▼]

Background Diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCLs) arising in specific extranodal sites have peculiar clinicopathologic features. Patients and methods We analyzed a cohort of 187 primary Waldeyer's ring (WR) DLBCLs retrieved from GELA protocols using anthracyclin-based polychemotherapy. Results Most patients (92%) had stage I–II disease. A germinal center B-cell-like (GCB) immunophenotype was observed in 61%, and BCL2 expression in 55%, of WR DLBCLs. BCL2, BCL6, IRF4 and MYC breakpoints were observed in, respectively, 3 of 42 (7%), 9 of 36 (25%), 2 of 26 (8%) and 4 of 40 (10%) contributive cases. A variable follicular pattern was evidenced in 30 of 68 (44%) large biopsy specimens. The 5-year progression-free survival (PFS) and the overall survival (OS) of 153 WR DLBCL patients with survival information were 69.5% and 77.8%, respectively. The GCB immunophenotype correlated with a better OS (P = 0.0015), while BCL2 expression predicted a worse OS (P = 0.037), an effect overcome by the GCB/non-GCB classification. Compared with matched nodal DLBCLs, WR DLBCLs with no age-adjusted international prognostic index factor disclosed a better 5-year PFS rate (77.5% versus 70.7%; P = 0.03). Conclusions WR DLBCLs display distinct clinicopathologic features compared with conventional DLBCLs, with usual localized-stage disease, common follicular features and a high frequency of GCB immunophenotype contrasting with a low rate of BCL2 rearrangements. In addition, they seem to be associated with a better outcome than their nodal counterpart. [less ▲]

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See detailIs FE(NO50) useful diagnostic tool in suspected asthma?
SCHLEICH, FLorence ULg; ASANDEI, Raluca ULg; Manise, Maïté ULg et al

in International Journal of Clinical Practice (2012), 66(2), 158-65

Background: Asthma diagnosis is based on the presence of symptoms and the demonstration of airflow variability. Airway inflammation measured by fractional exhaled nitric oxide, measured at a flow rate of ... [more ▼]

Background: Asthma diagnosis is based on the presence of symptoms and the demonstration of airflow variability. Airway inflammation measured by fractional exhaled nitric oxide, measured at a flow rate of 50 ml/s (FE(NO50) ) remains a controversial diagnostic tool. Aim: To assess the ability of FE(NO50) to identify bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR) to methacholine (provocative concentration of methacholine causing a 20% fall in FEV(1) ; PC20M </= 16 mg/ml) and to establish whether or not symptoms relate to FE(NO50) and PC20M in patients with no demonstrated reversibility to beta(2) -agonist. Methods: We conducted a prospective study on 174 steroid naive patients with respiratory symptoms, forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV(1) ) >/= 70% predicted and no demonstrated reversibility to beta(2) -agonist. Patients answered to a standardised symptom questionnaire and underwent FE(NO50) and methacholine challenge. Receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve and logistic regression analysis assessed the relationship between PC20M and FE(NO50) , taking into account covariates (smoking, atopy, age, gender and FEV(1) ). Results: A total of 82 patients had a PC20M </= 16 mg/ml and had significantly higher FE(NO50) (19 ppb vs. 15 ppb; p < 0.05). By constructing ROC curve, we found that FE(NO50) cut-off value of 34 ppb was able to identify not only BHR with high specificity (95%) and positive predictive value (88%) but low sensitivity (35%) and negative predictive value (62%). When combining all variables into the logistic model, FE(NO50) (p = 0.0011) and FEV(1) (p < 0.0001) were independent predictors of BHR whereas age, gender, smoking and atopy had no influence. The presence of diurnal and nocturnal wheezing was associated with raised FE(NO50) (p < 0.001 and p < 0.05, respectively). Conclusion: The value of FE(NO50) > 34 ppb has high predictive value of PC20M < 16 in patients with suspected asthma in whom bronchodilating test failed to demonstrate reversibility or was not indicated. However, FE(NO50) </= 34 ppb does not rule out BHR and should prompt the clinician to ask for a methacholine challenge. [less ▲]

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See detailHCV screening in African (Malian) women : relevancy of the HCV NS3 epitope
BOUHARE, NOUHOUM; VAIRA, Dolorès ULg; GOTHOT, André ULg et al

Poster (2012)

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See detailStudy of HCV and HIV infections in Mali: Comparative Epidemiology and Risk Factors
BOUHARE, NOUHOUM; VAIRA, Dolorès ULg; GOTHOT, André ULg et al

Poster (2012)

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See detailDoes co-treatment with immunosuppressors improve outcome in patients with Crohn's disease treated with adalimumab?
Reenaers, C.; LOUIS, Edouard ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg et al

in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2012), 36(11-12), 1040-8

BACKGROUND: There is clear benefit from combination therapy with infliximab and immunosuppressive drugs (IS), but few data are available for adalimumab (ADA). AIM: To assess the efficacy of ADA ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: There is clear benefit from combination therapy with infliximab and immunosuppressive drugs (IS), but few data are available for adalimumab (ADA). AIM: To assess the efficacy of ADA monotherapy and ADA+IS for induction and maintenance therapy in Crohn's disease. METHODS: Retrospective study of patients with Crohn's disease treated with ADA in Oxford, UK or Liege, Belgium. Treatment periods were divided into 6-month semesters. A combination therapy semester was defined as ADA+IS for at least 3 months; successful induction meant clinical response; a semester with flare as ADA dose escalation, starting steroids, perianal complication, or surgery; and ADA failure as ADA withdrawal for secondary loss of response or intolerance. Semesters with and without flares were compared through univariate and multivariate analysis. RESULTS: Successful induction was achieved in 171/207 (83%) patients, with no significant difference between ADA+IS and ADA monotherapy (85% vs. 82%, P = 0.50). Five hundred and sixty-two semesters in 181 patients were included for maintenance analysis. ADA+IS was not associated with fewer semesters with flare (34% vs. 35%, P = 0.96), or with ADA failure (6% vs. 8%, P = 0.43). Nevertheless, combination therapy in the first semester was associated with a lower risk of ADA failure (5% vs. 10%, P = 0.04, OR = 0.48) and combination therapy beyond 6 months was associated with fewer semesters with flares (14% vs. 36%, P = 0.02, OR = 0.31). CONCLUSIONS: There may be a benefit from adalimumab+immunosuppressive drugs combination therapy during the first semester of initiating adalimumab, with a slight decrease in adalimumab failure and lower need for adalimumab dosage escalation. [less ▲]

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See detailNEONATAL INVASIVE GROUP B STREPTOCOCCAL (GBS) INFECTIONS IN EUROPE
MELIN, Pierrette ULg; Berner, Reinhard; Afshar, Baharak et al

Poster (2011, September)

Objectives: To describe clinical characteristics and capsular type of GBS isolates responsible of invasive infections in infants from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech-Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain and ... [more ▼]

Objectives: To describe clinical characteristics and capsular type of GBS isolates responsible of invasive infections in infants from Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech-Republic, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom, representing one of the main objectives of the DEVANI (DEsign of a Vaccine Against Neonatal Infections) project. Methods: Surveillance of invasive GBS infections in infants was performed from mid-2008 through December 2010. For each case, a standardized case report form was filled. Samples from cases were processed using local procedures. GBS isolates were characterised in national central labs using standardised type-specific (Ia, Ib-IX) latex agglutination and molecular typing methods. Results: Data on 188 infants with invasive infection were analysed: 144 (60.6%) early onset diseases (EOD) and 74 (39.4%) late onset diseases (LOD). In EOD, mean/median ages at onset were 14/0 hours and the male:female ratio was 1.25. The predominant manifestation at onset was respiratory distress (42% cases); 83% cases were associated with sepsis/bacteremia, 15% with pneumonia and 6% with meningitis. Late-prenatal screening cultures were obtained from 51% of cases’ mothers and only half of these were positive for GBS. Non-elective C-section, intrapartum fever and rupture of membrane (>18h) were more frequent in EO-cases’ mothers versus healthy babies’ GBS-positive mothers. The major serotypes were III (43%), V (21%) and Ia (18%). In LOD, mean/median ages at onset were 42/34 days and the male:female ratio was 0.9. The predominant characteristic at onset was fever (62% cases); 70% cases were associated with sepsis and 30% with meningitis. Very rare manifestations were osteomyelitis and cellulitis. Serotype III was highly predominant (80.6%) followed mainly by Ia (12.5%). Death rates were 4.7/1.5% in EOD/LOD. Conclusions: Clinical presentations were associated with age at onset of infection. Serotype III predominated in neonatal infections. Prenatal screening was not universal neither sensitive. Study funded through the European Commission Seventh Framework. [less ▲]

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See detailSeverity of ICU-acquired pneumonia according to infectious microorganisms
DAMAS, Pierre ULg; LAYIOS, Nathalie ULg; SEIDEL, Laurence ULg et al

in Intensive Care Medicine (2011), 37(7), 1128-35

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See detailEtude comparative de cinq techniques de préparation plaquettaire (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Le Goff, Caroline ULg; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Pathologie Biologie (2011), 59

Aim of the study: Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) constitute a new therapeutic for treating chronic tendinopathies. The injection being carried out in the tendon, the volume of PRP should thus be ... [more ▼]

Aim of the study: Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) constitute a new therapeutic for treating chronic tendinopathies. The injection being carried out in the tendon, the volume of PRP should thus be minimal (to decrease the intra-tendinous pressure and to minimize pain). This PRP should also have a raised platelet count. The quantity of released growth factors could be related to the system of preparation employed. We thus carried out a comparative study of 5 techniques of preparation of PRP described in the literature. Patients and methods: Samples of venous blood were taken among 5 patients in order to compare 5 techniques of preparation of PRP: University Hospital of Liège technique, Curasan® PRP Kit, Plateltex®, GPS® and RegenLab®. Results: The various techniques make it possible to obtain more important platelet concentration than in blood, with variable volumes (0,3 mL to 6 mL). The number of platelets/microlitre appears higher with Plateltex® and obtains smallest volume of PRP. The other techniques also give small volumes excepted for the GPS® II. The number of collected platelets with this technique appears thus higher. The best collect efficiency is obtained with RegenLab®. Conclusion: The technique Plateltex® makes it possible to collect the highest concentration of platelets in the smallest volume available. [less ▲]

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