Posts Tagged ‘meningitis’

Lyme Disease

Posted by • May 2nd, 2014

The latest Clinical Practice article, Lyme Disease, comes from Dr. Eugene D. Shapiro of Yale University. Erythema migrans at the site of a tick bite is the most common sign of Lyme disease. Antibody testing is generally not helpful in patients with this condition. Treatment with doxycycline, amoxicillin, or cefuroxime is effective for early Lyme disease…. Read More…

Infective Endocarditis

Posted by • April 13th, 2013

Diagnosis of endocarditis is usually based on clinical, microbiologic, and echocardiographic findings. Treatment involves antimicrobial therapy targeted to the identified organism. Surgical indications include heart failure, uncontrolled infection, and prevention of embolic events. The latest article in our Clinical Practice series reviews diagnosis and treatment options for infective endocarditis. Infective endocarditis has an estimated annual incidence… Read More…

A 20-Year-Old Man with Ear Pain, Fever, and Headache

Posted by • January 18th, 2013

In the latest Case Record of the Massachusetts General Hospital, a 20-year-old man was transferred to the hospital because of recurrent ear pain for 8 months despite antibiotics, with new fever and headache. Imaging showed opacification of the middle ears and mastoid air cells and erosion of the right temporal bone. Intracranial bacterial infections can be… Read More…