Early Corticosteroid Therapy for Mycoplasma pneumoniae Pneumonia Irrespective of Used Antibiotics in Children

By Eun-Ae Yang, Hyun-Mi Kang, Jung-Woo Rhim, Jin-Han Kang and Kyung-Yil Lee

Journal of Clinical Medicine, May 22, 2019


Antibiotics’ effect on Mycoplasma pneumoniae (MP) infection still remains controversial. A prospective study of 257 children with MP pneumonia during a recent epidemic (2015–2016) was conducted. All MP pneumonia patients were treated with corticosteroids within 24–36 h after admission. Initially, oral prednisolone (1 mg/kg) or intravenous methylprednisolone (IVMP; 1–2 mg/kg) was administered for mild pneumonia patients, and IVMP (5–10 mg/kg/day) for severe pneumonia patients. If patients showed a persistent fever for 36–48 h or disease progression, additive IVMP (5 mg/kg or 10 mg/kg) was given. Thirty-three percent of patients received only a broad-spectrum antibiotic without a macrolide. The mean age and the male-to-female ratio was 5.6 ± 3.1 years and 1:1, respectively. Seventy-four percent of patients showed immediate defervescence within 24 h, and 96% of patients showed defervescence within 72 h with improvements in clinical symptoms. Three percent of patients (8/257) who received additive IVMP also showed clinical improvement within 48 h without adverse reactions. There were no clinical or laboratory differences between patients treated with a macrolide (n = 172) and without (n = 85). Early corticosteroid therapy might reduce disease morbidity and prevent disease progression in MP pneumonia patients without side effects, and antibiotics may have limited effects on MP infection.

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Efficacy, safety and impact on antimicrobial resistance of duration and dose of amoxicillin treatment for young children with Community-Acquired Pneumonia: a protocol for a randomIsed controlled Trial (CAP-IT).

By Mark D Lyttle, Julia A Bielicki, Sam Barratt, David Dunn, Adam Finn, Lynda Harper, Pauline Jackson, Colin V E Powell, Damian Roland, Wolfgang Stohr, Kate Sturgeon, Mandy Wan, Paul Little, Saul N Faust, Julie Robotham, Alastair D Hay, Diana M Gibb, Mike Sharland, On behalf of PERUKI, GAPRUKI and the CAP-IT trial team

BMJ Open, May 22, 2019


Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a common indication for antibiotic treatment in young children. Data are limited regarding the ideal dose and duration of amoxicillin, leading to practice variation which may impact on treatment failure and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Community-Acquired Pneumonia: a randomIsed controlled Trial (CAP-IT) aims to determine the optimal amoxicillin treatment strategies for CAP in young children in relation to efficacy and AMR.

The CAP-IT trial is a multicentre, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled 2×2 factorial non-inferiority trial of amoxicillin dose and duration. Children are enrolled in paediatric emergency and inpatient environments, and randomised to receive amoxicillin 70-90 or 35-50 mg/kg/day for 3 or 7 days following hospital discharge. The primary outcome is systemic antibacterial treatment for respiratory tract infection (including CAP) other than trial medication up to 4 weeks after randomisation. Secondary outcomes include adverse events, severity and duration of parent-reported CAP symptoms, adherence and antibiotic resistance. The primary analysis will be by intention to treat. Assuming a 15% primary outcome event rate, 8% non-inferiority margin assessed against an upper one-sided 95% CI, 90% power and 15% loss to follow-up, 800 children will be enrolled to demonstrate non-inferiority for the primary outcome for each of duration and dose.

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Non-lytic antibiotic treatment in community-acquired pneumococcal pneumonia does not attenuate inflammation: the PRISTINE trial.

By Geert H Groeneveld, Tanny J van der Reyden, Simone A Joosten, Hester J Bootsma, Christa M Cobbaert, Jutte J C de Vries, Ed J Kuijper, Jaap T van Dissel

Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, May 18, 2019


The inflammatory response in pneumococcal infection is primarily driven by immunoreactive bacterial cell wall components [lipoteichoic acid (LTA)]. An acute release of these components occurs when pneumococcal infection is treated with β-lactam antibiotics.

We hypothesized that non-lytic rifampicin compared with lytic β-lactam antibiotic treatment would attenuate the inflammatory response in patients with pneumococcal pneumonia.

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The efficacy and safety of sitafloxacin and garenoxacin for the treatment of pneumonia in elderly patients: A randomized, multicenter, open-label trial.

By Taiga Miyazakia, Shigeki Nakamuraa, Kohji Hashiguchib, Tsutomu Kobayashic, Kiyoyasu Fukushimad, Yuichi Fukudae, Akira Kondof, Yuichi Inoueg, Hironobu Kogag, Eisuke Sasakih, Yosuke Nagayoshii, Yasuhito Higashiyamaj, Masataka Yoshidak, Takahiro Takazonoa, Tomomi Saijoa, Yoshitomo Morinagaa, Kazuko Yamamotoa, Yoshifumi Imamuraa, Shinya Mikushia, Koichi Izumikawaa, Katsunori Yanagiharaa, Shigeru Kohnoa, Hiroshi Mukaea

Journal of Infection and Chemotherapy , May 18, 2019


Oral treatment for elderly outpatients with pneumonia is becoming increasingly important in this super-aged society from the perspective of cost-effectiveness and limited hospital capacities. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of two oral respiratory quinolones, sitafloxacin and garenoxacin, in elderly patients with pneumonia. This randomized, multicenter, open-label trial was conducted among patients aged ≥65 years with clinically and radiographically confirmed pneumonia in Japan. Patients were randomly assigned (1:1) to receive either sitafloxacin (100 mg/day) or garenoxacin (400 mg/day) for 3-10 days. The primary efficacy endpoint was the clinical cure rate at 5-10 days after the end of treatment. From December 2013 to November 2017, we enrolled 120 patients at 11 hospitals and randomly assigned 59 patients to the sitafloxacin group (1 patient withdrew) and 61 patients to the garenoxacin group. These included 30 patients with nursing and healthcare-associated pneumonia (NHCAP) (18 receiving sitafloxacin, 12 receiving garenoxacin) and 37 patients with aspiration pneumonia (16 receiving sitafloxacin, 21 receiving garenoxacin). The clinical cure rates in the sitafloxacin and garenoxacin groups were 88.5% (95% confidence interval: 76.6-95.6) and 88.9% (95% confidence interval: 77.4-95.8), respectively. No significant differences were observed in the incidence rates of drug-related adverse events between the sitafloxacin (20.7%; 12/58 patients) and garenoxacin (27.9%; 17/61 patients) groups. The most common adverse event was hepatic dysfunction, which occurred in seven patients in each group. We conclude that sitafloxacin and garenoxacin are comparably effective and safe for the treatment of pneumonia, including NHCAP and aspiration pneumonia, in elderly patients.

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Pleural Tap-Guided Antimicrobial Treatment for Pneumonia with Parapneumonic Effusion or Pleural Empyema in Children: A Single-Center Cohort Study

By Patrick M. Meyer Sauteur, Ariane Burkhard, Ueli Moehrlen, Christa Relly, Christian Kellenberger, Kerstin Ruoss, and Christoph Berger

Journal of Clinical Medicine, May 16, 2019


Parapneumonic effusion or pleural empyema (PPE/PE) is a frequent complication of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in children. Different management approaches exist for this condition. We evaluated a 14-day treatment with amoxicillin (AMX) with/without clavulanic acid (AMC) confirmed or modified by microbiological findings from pleural tap. Children ≤16 years of age with radiologically diagnosed PPE/PE and initial diagnostic pleural tap were included at University Children's Hospital Zurich from 2001-2015. AMX/AMC was given for 14 days and rationalized according to microbiological pleural tap results. Clinical and radiological follow-up was scheduled until six months or full recovery. In 114 of 147 (78%) children with PPE/PE a pathogen was identified by culture, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), and/or antigen testing. Streptococcus pneumoniae was detected in 90 (79%), S. pyogenes in 13 (11%), and Staphylococcus aureus in seven cases (6%), all but two cultured pathogens (96%) were sensitive to AMX/AMC. One-hundred two of 147 (69%) patients received treatment with AMX/AMC for 14 days. They recovered more rapidly than patients with a different management (p = 0.026). Of 139 children with follow-up, 134 (96%) patients fully recovered. In conclusion, 14-day AMX/AMC treatment confirmed and rarely modified by microbiological findings from pleural tap resulted in full recovery in >95% of children with PPE/PE.

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