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2017 Article - "The potential influence of human parainfluenza viruses detected during hospitalization among critically ill patients in Kuwait, 2013–2015" (pdf, 485KB)
Summary: The aim of this study is to describe the spectrum, incidence and clinical features of of human parainfluenza viruses (PIV)-associated infections diagnosed during the hospital stay of patients admitted to pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) and intensive care unit (ICU) of 5 medical centers across Kuwait.This was a population-based, retrospective study from 2013 to 2015. Specimens were analyzed by FTD Respiratory pathogens 21. This analysis was performed using the database of Virology Unit, Mubarak Al-Kabeer Hospital. Data from 1510 admitted patients with suspected respiratory viral infections was extracted.The database contained a total of 39 (2.6%) patients infected with PIV (53.8% male and 46.2% females) and 20 (51.3%) were under 1 year of age. The most frequently isolated type was type 3 (28, 71.8%) followed by type 1 (9, 23.1%). At admission the most common clinical diagnosis was pneumonia in 12 patients (30.8%, p < 0.05) followed by bronchiolitis in 10 patients (25.6%).PIV plays an important yet unrecognized role in the outcomes of PIUC and ICU patients. These results contribute to the limited epidemiologic data of PIV in PIUC and ICU in this region.
Kit used: FTD Respiratory pathogens 21
2017 Article - "Viral aetiology of bronchiolitis in hospitalised children in Qatar" (pdf, 836KB)
Summary: Bronchiolitis is considered one of the earliest and most common causes of hospitalisation in young children. Development of molecular technologies allowed a better understanding of bronchiolitis aetiology. Results from cohort studies evaluating the association between single, multiple viral infections and clinical outcomes are conflicting. Data on viral bronchiolitis in children were found to be limited in Qatar. This study aimed to determine frequency and seasonal trends of viral pathogens causing acute bronchiolitis, and to explore association between viral pathogens, disease severity and length of stay (LOS). Multiplex, real-time, polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) using FTDResp21 kit (Fast Track Diagnostics, Silema, Malta) was used for the detection of respiratory pathogens.
Kit used: FTD Respiratory pathogens 21
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2017 Article - "Assessment of the Usefulness of Multiplex Real-Time PCR Tests in the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Process of Pneumonia in Hospitalized Children: A Single-Center Experience" (pdf, 1MB)
Summary: The aim of the study was assessment of the usefulness of multiplex real-time PCR tests in the diagnostic and therapeutic process in children hospitalized due to pneumonia and burdened with comorbidities. The study group included 97 children hospitalized due to pneumonia at the Karol Jonscher Teaching Hospital in Poznań, in whom multiplex real-time PCR tests (FTD Respiratory pathogens 33) were used. Positive test results of the test were achieved in 74 patients (76.3%). The average age in the group was 56 months. Viruses were detected in 61 samples (82% of all positive results); bacterial factors were found in 29 samples (39% of all positive results). The presence of comorbidities was established in 90 children (92.78%). The analysis demonstrated that the participation of viruses in causing severe lung infections is significant in children with comorbidities. Multiplex real-time PCR tests proved to be more useful in establishing the etiology of pneumonia in hospitalized children than the traditional microbiological examinations.
Kit used: FTD Respiratory pathogens 33
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