Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Bacterial vaginosis

Bacterial vaginosis

Med Clin (Barc). 2009 May 15

Jesús De La Calle I, Jesús De La Calle MA.
Servicio de Microbiología, Hospital Universitario Puerto Real, Cádiz, España.

Bacterial vaginosis is a widely spread health problem with multiple connotations. It has been the subject of many studies and work during decades and it still remains a polemic entity, with contradictory finding. The polymicrobian etiology, unsolved epidemiology, obstetrico-gynecological complications and high recurrence rate following treatment, make this infection a target for researchers. It is not an inflammatory process -yet an immune response exists. In this disorder, vaginal discharge increases, and it is associated with a high risk of developing sexually transmitted diseases.

PMID: 19447450 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]



Hidradenitis suppurativa

Hidradenitis suppurativa
Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2009 May

Tolaas E, Knudsen CW, Sviland L, Tønseth KA.

Hudavdelingen Haukeland universitetssykehus 5021 Bergen * Nåvaerende adresse: Hudlegene på Nesttun Nesttunveien 109 5221 Nesttun.

BACKGROUND: Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic inflammatory skin disease characterized by recurrent tender nodules and boils, usually in the armpits and groins. Draining fistulas and hypertrophic scarring are hallmarks of more severe disease. The objective of this article is to review the clinical presentation, diagnostic considerations and treatment of the disease.

MATERIAL AND METHODS:. The article is based on a non-systematic literature search in PubMed, review of dermatology textbooks and the author's personal clinical experience.

RESULTS: Hidradenitis suppurativa, also known as acne inversa, is a follicular occlusion disease that can severely reduce quality of life. Staphylococci and other pathogenic bacteria frequently colonize the lesions, but the disease is not primarily a bacterial infection. Smoking and obesity can worsen disease activity. Moderate and severe disease is usually treated with excisional surgery. Antibiotics, often tetracyclines, are indicated for mild disease and as an adjunct to surgery in more severe disease. Antibiotics, however, are not curative. New treatment options, such as TNF-α inhibitors and zinc gluconate should still be considered experimental.

INTERPRETATION: Hidradenitis suppurativa is probably underdiagnosed. The disease is often recalcitrant to treatment. The effect of medical treatment is not supported by high quality evidence.

PMID: 19448752 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


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