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Epidemic measures: Effective control must include an under- standing of the local ecology and transmission cycle , followed by adoption of practical measures to reduce mortality , stop trans- mission and avoid geographic extension of the epidemic, spe- cially in anthroponotic foci. International measures: Institute coordinated programs of control among neighboring countries where the disease is endemic. Identification—A chronic bacterial disease of the skin, peripheral nerves and (in lepromatous patients) the upper airway. The clinical manifestations of the disease vary in a continuous spectrum between 2 polar forms: i) lepromatous (multibacillary) leprosy: symmetrical and bilateral nodules, papules, macules and diffuse infiltrations, usually numer- ous and extensive; involvement of the nasal mucosa may lead to crusting, obstructed breathing and epistaxis; ocular involvement leads to iritis and keratitis; ii) tuberculoid (paucibacillary) leprosy: skin lesions single or few, sharply demarcated, anaesthesic or hypoaesthesic; bilateral asymmetrical involvement of peripheral nerves tends to be severe. Indeterminate leprosy is characterized by hypopigmented maculae with ill-defined borders; if untreated, it may progress to tuberculoid, borderline or lepromatous disease. The operational case definition includes retrieved defaulters with signs of active disease and relapsed cases who have previously completed a full course of treatment. Search for signs of peripheral nerve involvement (hyperesthaesia, anesthaesia, paral- ysis, muscle wasting or trophic ulcers) with bilateral palpation of periph- eral nerves (ulnar nerve at the elbow, peroneal nerve at the head of the fibula and the great auricular nerve) for enlargement and tenderness. Test skin lesions for sensation (light touch, pinprick, temperature discrimina- tion). Differential diagnosis includes many infiltrative skin diseases, including lymphomas, lupus erythematosus, psoriasis, scleroderma and neurofibro- matosis. Diffuse cutaneous leishmaniasis, some mycoses, myxoedema and pachydermoperiostosis may resemble lepromatous leprosy, but acid-fast bacilli are not present. Several skin conditions, such as vitiligo, tinea versicolor, pityriasis alba, nutritional dyschromia, nevus and scars may resemble tuberculoid leprosy. In the paucibacillary form the bacilli may be so few that they are not demonstrable. Leprosy cases can be classified as follows: - Multibacillary leprosy: more than 5 patches or lesions on the skin - Paucibacillary leprosy: 1 to 5 patches or lesions on the skin. Occurrence—During 2002, 620 000 persons were diagnosed with leprosy, 90% of them in Brazil, India, Madagascar, Mozambique, Nepal, and in the United Republic of Tanzania. Most of these cases are in immigrants and refugees whose disease was acquired in their native countries; however, the disease remains endemic in California, Hawaii, Louisiana, Texas and Puerto Rico. Naturally acquired leprosy has been observed in a mangabey monkey and in a chimpanzee captured in Nigeria and Sierra Leone, respectively. The disease is in all likelihood transmitted from the nasal mucosa of a patient to the skin and respiratory tract of another person. Although the bacillus can survive up to 7 days in dried nasal secretions, indirect transmission is unlikely. Incubation period—This ranges from 9 months to 20 years, the average is probably 4 years for tuberculoid leprosy and twice that for lepromatous leprosy. The disease is rarely seen in children under age 3; however, more than 50 cases have been identified in children under 1, the youngest at 2. Susceptibility—The persistence and form of leprosy depend on the ability to develop effective cell-mediated immunity. The immunological lepromin test used earlier should be reserved for research activities. Methods of control—The availability of effective and time-limited ambulatory treatment, with rapid elimination of infectiousness, has changed management. Hospitalization should now be limited only to cases such as the surgical correction of deformities, treatment of ulcers resulting from anaesthesia, and severe leprosy reactions. Dapsone chemoprophylaxis is not recommended (limited effec- tiveness and danger of resistance). The availability of drugs effective in treatment and in rapid elimination of infectiousness, such as rifampicin, has changed the management of the patient with leprosy, from societal isolation with attendant despair, to ambulatory treatment without the need for hospitalization. Control of patient, contacts and the immediate environment: 1) Report to local health authority: Case report obligatory in many and countries and desirable in all, Class 2 (see Report- ing). The duration of therapy for multibacillary leprosy can be shortened to 12 months from the previously recom- mended 24 months. Patients under treatment should be monitored for drug side-effects, for leprosy reactions and for development of trophic ulcers. Adults with multibacillary leprosy: the standard regimen is a combination of the following for 12 months: » Rifampicin: 600 mg once a month » Dapsone: 100 mg once a day » Clofazimine: 50 mg once a day and 300 mg once a month. Adults with paucibacillary leprosy: the standard regimen is a combination of the following for 6 months: » Rifampicin: 600 mg once a month » Dapsone: 100 mg once a day. Patients must be advised to complete the full course of treatment and to seek care in the event of drug side-effects (allergic reaction) and immunological reactions (neuritis lead- ing to damage of the peripheral nerve trunks). Treatment of reactions: Corticosteroids are drugs of choice in the management of reactions associated with neuritis. In view of the risk of deformed births among users, and despite its possible usefulness for other conditions, thalidomide has no place in the treatment of leprosy. During wars, diagnosis and treatment of leprosy patients has often been neglected. Identification—A group of zoonotic bacterial diseases with pro- tean manifestations. Common features are fever with sudden onset, headache, chills, severe myalgia (calves and thighs) and conjunctival suffusion. Other manifestations that may be present are diphasic fever, meningitis, rash (palatal exanthem), hemolytic anemia, hemorrhage into skin and mucous membranes, hepatorenal failure, jaundice, mental con- fusion and depression, myocarditis and pulmonary involvement with or without hemorrhage and hemoptysis. In areas of endemic leptospirosis, a majority of infections are clinically inapparent or too mild to be diagnosed definitively. The severity of illness tends to vary with the infecting serovar; the same serovar may cause mild or severe disease in different hosts. Cases are often misdiagnosed as meningitis, encephalitis or influenza; serological evidence of leptospiral infection occurs in 10% of cases with otherwise undiagnosed meningitis and encephalitis. Generally, there are two phases in the illness: the leptospiraemic or febrile stage, lasting 4 to 9 days, followed by the convalescent or immune phase on the sixth to twelvth day. Deaths are due predominantly to renal failure, cardiopulmonary failure and widespread hemorrhage, rarely to liver failure; the case-fatality rate is low but increases with advancing age and may reach 20% or more in patients with jaundice and kidney damage (Weil disease) who have not been treated with renal dialysis. There- fore, the standard serological test (microscopic agglutination test) prefer- ably uses a panel of locally occurring leptospire serovars. Difficulties in diagnosis have compromised disease control in a number of settings and resulted in increased severity and elevated mortality. Pathogenic leptospires belong to the species Leptospira interrogans, subdivided into serovars. More than 200 pathogenic serovars have been identified, and these fall into 25 serogroups based on serologic relatedness. The disease is an occupational hazard for rice and sugarcane fieldworkers, farmers, fish workers miners, veterinarians, workers in animal husbandry, dairies and abattoirs, sewer workers, and military troops; outbreaks occur among those exposed to fresh river, stream, canal and lake water contaminated by the urine of domestic and wild animals, and to the urine and tissues of infected animals. The disease is a recreational hazard for bathers, campers and sportsmen in infected areas, and predominantly a disease of males, linked to occupation. It appears to be increasing as an urban hazard, especially during heavy rains when floods occur. In recent years outbreaks have been reported from Asia, Europe, Australia and the Americas. Reservoir—Pathogenic leptospires are maintained in the renal tubules of wild and domestic animals; serovars generally vary with the animal affected, e. Other animal hosts, some with a shorter carrier state, include feral rodents, insectivores, badgers, deer, squirrels, foxes, skunks, racoons and opossums. Reptiles and amphibians (frogs) have been found to carry pathogenic leptospires but are unlikely to play an important epidemiological role. In carrier animals, an asymptomatic infection occurs in the renal tubules, and leptospiruria persists for long periods or even for life, especially in reservoir species. Mode of transmission—Contact of the skin, especially if abraded, or of mucous membranes with moist soil, vegetation—especially sugar- cane—contaminated with the urine of infected animals, or contaminated water, as in swimming, wading in floodwaters, accidental immersion or occupational abrasion; direct contact with urine or tissues of infected animals; occasionally through drinking of water and ingestion of food contaminated with urine of infected animals, often rats; also through inhalation of droplet aerosols of contaminated fluids. Leptospires may be excreted in the urine, usually for 1 month, although leptospiruria has been observed in humans and in animals for months, even years, after acute illness. Preventive measures: 1) Educate the public on modes of transmission, to avoid swimming or wading in potentially contaminated waters and to use proper protection when work requires such exposure. Management of sugarcane fields such as controlled preharvest burning reduces risks in harvesting. Control of patient, contacts and the immediate environment: 1) Report to local health authority: Obligatory case report in many countries, Class 2 (see Reporting). However, prompt specific treatment, as early in the illness as possible and preferably before the 5th day of illness, may reduce duration of fever and hospital stay. Doxycycline (2 times a day 100 mg orally for 7 days), ampicillin or erythromycin can be used in patients allergic to penicillin and for less severe cases. Epidemic measures: Search for source of infection, such as a contaminated swimming pool or other water source; eliminate the contamination or prohibit use. Disaster implications: A potential problem following flooding of certain areas with a high water table. Identification—A bacterial disease usually manifested as meningo- encephalitis and/or septicemia in new-borns and adults; in pregnant women, as fever and abortion. Those at highest risk are neonates, the elderly, immunocompromised individuals, pregnant women and alco- holic, cirrhotic or diabetic adults. The onset of meningoencephalitis (rare in pregnant women) can be sudden, with fever, intense headache, nausea, vomiting and signs of meningeal irritation, or subacute, particularly in immunocompromised or elderly hosts. Endocarditis, granulomatous lesions in the liver and other organs, localized internal or external abscesses, and pustular or papular cutaneous lesions may occur on rare occasions. The normal host acquiring infection may exhibit only an acute mild febrile illness; in pregnant women infection can be transmitted to the fetus. Infants may be stillborn, born with septicemia, or develop menin- gitis in the neonatal period even though the mother may be asymptomatic at delivery. The postpartum course of the mother is usually uneventful, but the case-fatality rate is 30% in newborns and approaches 50% when onset occurs in the first 4 days. In a recent epidemic, the overall case-fatality rate among nonpregnant adults was 35%: 11% in those below 40 and 63% in those over 60. Listeria monocytogenes can be isolated readily from normally sterile sites on routine media, but care must be taken to distinguish this organism from other Gram-positive rods, particularly diphtheroids. Selective enrichment media improve rates of isolation from contaminated specimens. Infectious agent—Listeria monocytogenes, a Gram-positive rod- shaped bacterium; human infections are usually ( 98%) caused by serovars 1/2a, 1/2b, 1/2c and 4b. In Europe, it is often associated with consumption of non-pasteurized milk or milk products including cheese. It often occurs sporadically; several outbreaks have been recognized in recent years. About 30% of clinical cases occur within the first 3 weeks of life; in nonpregnant adults, infection occurs mainly after 40. Asymptomatic infections probably occur at all ages, although they are of importance only during pregnancy. The seasonal use of silage as fodder is frequently followed by an increased incidence of listeriosis in animals. Asymptomatic fecal carriage is common in humans (up to 10%) and can be higher in abattoir workers and laboratory workers who work with Listeria mono- cytogenes cultures. Soft cheeses may support the growth of Listeria during ripening and have caused outbreaks. Unlike most other foodborne pathogens, Listeria tends to multiply in refrigerated foods that are contaminated. Mode of transmission—Outbreaks have been reported in associ- ation with ingestion of raw or contaminated milk, soft cheeses, vegetables, and ready-to-eat meats, such as paˆte´. Papular lesions on hands and arms may occur from direct contact with infectious material. In neonatal infections, the organism can be transmitted from mother to fetus in utero or during passage through the infected birth canal. There are rare reports of nursery outbreaks attributed to contaminated equipment or materials. Incubation period—Variable; cases have occurred 3–70 days following a single exposure to an implicated product. Period of communicability—Mothers of infected newborn in- fants can shed the infectious agent in vaginal discharges and urine for 7–10 days after delivery, rarely longer. Children and young adults generally are resistant, adults less so after age 40, especially the immunocompromised and the elderly. There is little evidence of acquired immunity, even after prolonged severe infection. Preventive measures: 1) Pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals should avoid ready-to-eat foods, smoked fish and soft cheeses made with unpasteurized milk. They should also avoid contact with potentially infective materi- als, such as aborted animal fetuses on farms. Irradiate soft cheeses after ripen- ing or monitor nonpasteurized dairy products, such as soft cheeses, by culturing for Listeria. Control of patient, contacts and the immediate environment: 1) Report to local health authority: Obligatory case report required in many countries, Class 2; in others, report of clusters required, Class 4 (see Reporting).

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Jaramillo D extra super levitra 100mg, Shapiro F (1998) Musculoskeletal trauma in chil- Bensahel H extra super levitra 100 mg, Hassan M (1997) Dynamic Gadolinium-enhanced dren 100mg extra super levitra. Jaramillo D 100 mg extra super levitra, Shapiro F (1998) Growth cartilage: normal ap- nosis of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease: preliminary results . J Pediatr magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomogra- Orthop 17:230-239 phy in the assessement of synovial volume and glucose me- 23 . J Radiol 78:289-292 joint fluid with intravenously administered gadopentetate demeg- 16 . Imaging techniques ventional radiography still remains the first step in the must be adequately chosen according to each different analysis of a bone tumor . The tumor may also be an incidental finding on a ra- diograph performed for another reason . The analysis should fol- low a systematic approach: Bone tumors in children may be benign or malignant , 1. Situation within the bone long axis: epiphysis, meta- physis, diaphysis or several: articular involvement, for example an epiphyseal lesion in a child is most likely a chondroblastoma: in the axial plane: medullary, cor- tical, juxta-cortical; Table 2 summarizes possible eti- ologies according to the axial situation. Geographic: in which there is a relatively large, well chondroma, defined hole or a few confluent holes with sharply chondroblastoma, chondromyxoid fibroma Fibrous tissue Cortical defect, Fibrosarcoma non ossifying fibroma, periosteal desmoid, fibrous dysplasia Table 2. Etiology according to axial position within the bone Hematologic Eosinophilic granuloma Metastases, lymphoma Central Bone cyst, enchondroma, osteoblastoma, Ewing Unknown Giant cell tumor, Ewing sarcoma bone cyst, aneurysmal Lateral Giant cell tumor, chondromyxoid fibroma, bone cyst aneurismal bone cyst, osteosarcoma, osteoblastoma Vascular Hemangioma Epithelioid Cortical Cortical defect, osteoid osteoma, aneurismal hemangioendothelioma bone cyst, osteosarcoma, Ewing, osteoblastoma Others Dermoid or epidermoid Chordoma, Juxta-cortical Osteochondroma, chondroma, aneurismal bone cyst adamantinoma or paraosteal cyst, osteosarcoma, Ewing Imaging the Osseous and Soft Tissue Tumors in the Child 181 defined edges (Lodwick type 1a) (Fig. The epiphyseal location suggests Mixed, lytic and Malignant tumors, osteomyelitis chondroblastoma. Cortical layer appearance: ruptured or blown out if the Magnetic Resonance Imaging tumor is aggressive, thickened in a slowly growing tu- mor. A periosteal reaction is due to reactive osteogenesis niques in the evaluation of malignant tumors. Its appearance performed before any biopsy because bleeding secondary depends on the rapidity of the abnormal process. A soft tissue mass may be due to extra-osseous devel- ization of the whole bone, including both articulations opment of some tumors, such as osteochondromas or above and below the tumor. This may be completed paraosteal sarcoma, or associated with the bone tumor, with a spin echo T1 (Fig. In this case, it the long axis of the bone (double obliquity is often is considered aggressive. The other sequences (spin echo T1 and T2) may then tion, and radiological appearance of the tumor. The tumor dysplasia, chondroma, osteochondroma, simple bone appears hypointense on T1 weighted sequences, allow- cyst, and vertebral angioma, should be recognized on ing clear delineation between infiltrated marrow and normal bright fatty marrow. A very short T1 sequence is though it may aid in visualizing the soft tissue mass. This method may be used Computerized Tomography also during follow-up, allowing evaluation of the tu- moral response to treatment. It can also be used to analyze the tumoral ma- marrow edema in the case of an osteoid osteoma, which trix (Fig. Edema has ill defined margins but not specific of aneurysmal bone cyst) or particular lo- and is faintly hypointense on T1 weighted images com- cations, such as pelvis and spine. Another point is the absence of a soft helpful in diagnosing sarcomas, but may only be per- tissue mass in the case of benign tumor. Part of the biopsy should be may assess the diagnosis of specific tumors, such as kept frozen in all cases for further analysis. Ultrasonography is very convenient as a first approach Follow-Up Under Treatment and may be sufficient in pseudotumoral lesions (adenitis, cysts, hematomas), benign tumors (hemangiomas, fibro- On plain film, the tumoral matrix calcifies during matosis colli), or vascular malformations. Doppler, using chemotherapy, soft-tissue mass should reduce and may parameters adapted to slow flows, demonstrates avascu- also calcify. The best way to appreciate tumor reduction lar or cystic lesions, and solid tumors vascularization. Fat saturation after gadolinium improves the contrast and should be performed in all cas- Soft-Tissue Tumors es. It may also help during follow-up to demon- Soft tissue tumors are frequent in children, and are most- strate residual tumor or local recurrences. Malignant tumors are rare, often misdiagnosed spectroscopy have been used recently but are still being at the beginning and inadequately treated by surgery. Diagnosis relies on pathology with immunohistochemical There is no specificity and malignant lesions may ap- analysis. Total absence of flux suggests a be- tions, such as demonstrating calcifications in cases of nign lesion. After clinical and imaging evaluation, a decision of As for bone tumors, imaging must take the following follow up only may be made if suspicion of a benign le- into account: sion is high. Hyposignal T2 treatment planning of primary malignant bone tumors in chil- area suggests a benign lesion, such as fibrous tumor, dren. Dubois J, Garel L (1999) Imaging and therapeutic approach of he- However, it is not always possible to recognize a ma- mangiomas and vascular malformations in the pediatric age group. A vascularization pattern on power Doppler netic resonance imaging with histologic correlation. Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus fasciitis, pyomyositis, infectious bursitis and arthritis, os- pyogenes account for the majority of the infections. Selection ma of the subcutaneous fat, showing swelling, in- of the optimal techniques for each individual patient is creased echogenicity of the subcutaneous fat with de- essential, and factors such as cost, radiation dose and creased acoustic transmission, blurring of tissue planes, need for sedation should all be considered. This appearance is non-specific infections in children because it is rapid, non-ionizing, and cannot be distinguished from non-infectious caus- and very sensitive for (infectious) fluid collections and es of soft-tissue edema [3]. Moreover, cellulitis, especially in the vicinity of bone, Scintigraphy (three-phase bone scan with technetium- 99m) has a high sensitivity for bone disease but a low specificty. Combining bone scintigraphy with gallium-67 and indium-111 can improve diagnostic performance [1]. Because of the variable ultrasonographic appearance, erogeneous enhancement and normal deep fascial and many diseases may simulate abscesses: seromas, muscle compartments [6, 7]. Hematomas and solid masses show shaped area of low T1 and high T2 signal intensity with hypoechoic contents; solid and necrotic tumors, hypere- an interspersed, network-like appearance of the subcuta- choic contents; and cellulitis or edema, isoechoic contents neous fat. To confirm the liquid nature of a non-anechoic mass, the presence of “ultrasonographic fluctuation” should be looked for. This sign implies the motion of par- Necrotizing Fasciitis ticles induced by gentle pressure of either the transducer or the finger of the sonographer [5, 10, 11]. Especially, Necrotizing fasciitis is a rare, rapidly progressive, and of- small sinus tracts can be detected with this technique. An abscess shows absence of flow within its contents adequate therapy (extensive surgical debridement and an- and hyperemia in its direct surroundings. Although necro- fectious fluid collections from non-inflammatory collec- tizing fasciitis in its early phase can mimic cellulitis, tions, but it is not possible to discriminate between in- imaging can be helpful in the diagnosis. The central cavity seen dissecting along fascial planes and deeper fluid col- is surrounded by a thick irregular rim that enhances after lections appear [7]. Abnormal gadolinium enhancement is caused by contrast extravasation from damaged capillaries in areas of necrosis. The depth of the soft-tissue involvement does not seem to be a reliable parameter to differentiate be- tween cellulitis and necrotizing fasciitis [6, 9]. Soft-Tissue Abscess An abscess is defined as a collection of necrotic tissue, neutrophils, inflammatory cells, and bacteria walled off a b by highly vascular connective tissue [7]. Clinical inspection showed minor cellulitis but subsequently liquefy to form a localized pus swelling but normal aspect of the skin. Deep abscesses, such as subperiosteal ab- part of the orthopedic hardware and extreme varus deformity of femoral neck, suggesting loosening. The presence of an enhancing rim on post-gadolinium images has a high sensitivity and specificity for the diagnosis of soft-tissue abscess. In infants, dia- physeal vessels penetrate the growth plate to reach the c epiphysis, facilitating epiphyseal and joint infections in this age group [17]. In older children, the growth plate constitutes a barri- A 13-year-old girl presented er for the diaphyseal vessels. Vessels at the metaphysis with complaints of periods of terminate in slow-flow venous sinusoidal lakes, predis- low-grade fever and a progres- d posing the metaphysis as the starting point for acute sive swelling of the proximal hematogenous osteomyelitis. A metaphyseal defect is present, as shown with ultra- The increased pressure within the medullary cavity sonography (a) and radiography (b). Conventional radiography is usually the initial modality demonstrating deep soft-tissue swelling in early disease. Bone destruction and periosteal reaction become obvious only 7-10 days after the onset of disease. Nonetheless, con- ventional radiography is a screening method that may sug- gest the diagnosis, exclude other pathology, and can be correlated with other imaging findings. A 9-year-old girl changes comprises deep edema, thickening of the perios- with a 7-month history of teum, intra-articular fluid collection, and subperiosteal ab- arthralgia presented with a 3- scess formation (elevation of the periosteum by more than week history of a swelling at the sternoclavicular joint on 2 mm) [19]. The de- Although the cortex (vertical tection of subperiosteal abscesses is especially important arrows) appears to be intact, there are echoes from the because in these patients ultrasonographically guided as- b medulla (curved arrows), piration or surgical drainage has to be considered, where- suggesting subtle permeative as patient with osteomyelitis without abscesses can be changes of the cortex facilitating the passage of sound waves into treated with antibiotics only. The proximal left clavicle (arrows) shows increased signal intensity of medulla, cortex and surrounding soft tissues. Note nor- band of decreased echogenicity bordered by a line of in- mal right clavicle. Robben periosteal abscesses are spindle-shaped fluid collections along the cortex of a bone, either with increased or de- creased echogenicity. Pus collections with increased or decreased echogenicity will present as avascular pe- riosteal masses with peripheral hyperemia [26]. However, it should be noted that color Doppler flow is not detectable earlier than 4 days after the onset of symptoms [26]. Predictors of early osteomyelitis are ill-defined, low T1 and high T2 signal intensity; poor- Fig. A 9-year-old boy with ly defined soft-tissue planes; lack of cortical thickening; fever and pain of the right thigh, 6 month after surgery for an ade- and poor interface between normal and abnormal mar- nocarcinoma of the left kidney. In chronic osteomyelitis, there is a good differentia- Ultrasonography shows reflec- tion between diseased marrow and soft-tissue abnormal- tions in quadriceps muscle with ities [1]. Blood cultures revealed c Pyomyositis gram-negative bacteria Pyomyositis is a suppurative bacterial infection in striat- ed muscle. It is rare because striated muscle is relatively resistant to bacterial infection and is encountered most The detection of an abscess in myositis is important frequently in tropical regions. All striated muscles of the because it requires drainage for complete resolution skeleton can be involved, but there is a predilection for whereas stage 1 disease can be treated with antibiotic muscles in the thigh and pelvis [27]. Pyomyositis can be difficult to diagnose with soft-tissue inflammatory stranding and skin thicken- because initially the infection is confined to the muscu- ing and loss of delineation between tissue planes. It is often difficult for the child to localize the pain, eas of osteomyelitis and septic arthritis. In stage 2 disease, abscess formation is in non-tropical settings, may cause diagnostic delay. Stage 2 Septic arthritis (suppurative) shows liquefaction corresponding with ab- scess formation. The echogenicity of the pus may be ei- The hip joint is the most frequent location of septic ther increased, decreased, or equal to that of the sur- arthritis in childhood, with the knee, shoulder and elbow rounding tissues. Early diagnosis is with the transducer to visualize the motion of particles can mandatory to prevent cartilage destruction, joint defor- be useful in equivocal cases (see sections on osteomyelitis mity, growth disturbance and eventually premature and soft-tissue abscesses). Most commonly, it is caused by hematogeneous inflamed muscle is very suggestive of abscess formation seeding or, less frequently, by extension into the joint caused by anaerobic organisms (Fig. The presenting sympoms are fever, non-weight bearing, erythrocyte sedimentation rate >40, and a peripheral white blood count of >12,000. If all these symptoms are present, the likelihood of septic arthritis is 99% [33]. Unfortunately, many children do not show such an obvious clinical picture; thus, imaging techniques are important tools to give additional infor- mation of the suspected joint. Conventional radiographs may be normal or demon- strate joint-space widening with adjacent soft-tissue swelling. The absence of joint effusion virtually excludes septic arthritis [35], although Gordon et al. Neither the size, nor the echogenicity of the effusion can distinguish infectious from non-infectious effusion [35, 37-39] (Fig. Physiological synovial fluid in asymptomatic joints can be visualized during specific maneuvers (endorotation of the hip) and appear as multi- ple small reflections, even more numerous than in patho- logical effusions (Fig. However, it does not reliably distinguish inflammatory collections of in- fectious and non-infectious origin, because both infec- tious and non-infectious inflammatory fluid collections show the same degree of hyperemia [14]. In c later stages, the joint effusion tends to have a more inter- mediate signal intensity and seems heterogeneous. Ultrasound shows small particles (arrow) can be seen jection and fat suppression techniques, a sensitivity of floating in the effusion. The fluid shows identical reflec- b tions as the samples in a Infectious Bursitis margins of the bursa will show enhancement. Occasionally, adjacent bone shows some edema on fat- Infectious bursitis in childhood is rare. As Foreign Body in adults, local trauma is the most common risk factor in childhood [44, 45]. The prepatellar bursa is most common- tivity of 83% for foreign bodies (93% for wooden foreign ly affected; less frequently the olecranon bursa is in- bodies and 73% for plastic foreign bodies). The fluid pends on the material involved and the reaction of the may be clear or turbid, with or without septations. As in infectious arthritis, it is not possible to cause posterior reverberation artifacts whereas wood re- differentiate between infectious and non-infectious in- sults in posterior acoustic shadowing [47]. Secondary in- flammatory bursitis (post-traumatic and rheumatoid fection are responsible for a suppurative or granuloma- bursitis). In order to confirm the diagnosis, aspiration tous reaction around the foreign body, facilitating its de- of fluid is necessary. Imaging studies play an important when the needle tip is inadvertently placed into the role.

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Her skin was toxic with strontium and her kidneys had cadmium, silver and beryllium deposits inhibiting ex- cretion. In spite of using parasite herbs for months she got no improvement until the baby was out of diapers. His urinalysis showed “amorphous” crystals (stones of all kinds) and a trace of protein. He was started on kidney herbs so there would be good excretion after killing the Trichinella. His thyroid and kidneys were full of zirconium and titanium from all the lotions he used for his skin. It took four months to clear his Trichinella although there were no young children or pets in the house. His face was beginning to heal, but three months later he had a recurrence, although his parent was not a carrier. Evan Knight, 36, had psoriasis at elbows and knees from age 9 but now it was spreading to his fingers and scalp. He occasionally had bronchitis and puffy eyelids, indicative of Ascaris but at the time of his visit he had Trichinella fluke stages and Echinostomum in his skin. He was started on the parasite program and in three weeks it was clearing instead of advancing. He switched to milk for his beverage to raise his immunity and removed the arsenic, formaldehyde and thulium (from his vitamin C) by doing the necessary cleanups. He killed it in the office with a frequency generator and got imme- diate improvement but four weeks later it was back. This situation would make recovery impossible since he was no doubt reinfecting himself. He also had titanium, platinum and silver accumulated in his tissues and needed to replace his dentalware before expecting a permanent cure. He killed the Leishmanias with a frequency generator and started himself on the kidney herb program. This was discovered decades ago when an outbreak of heart disease occurred in England. It was traced to a pub (where they all partook) where cobalt was added to the beer to make the foam rise higher! Grethe Driscoll, middle aged, wore tons of make up, so skillfully applied that scars from a face lift could never be detected. When she had minor breakouts, which usually occurred while away on a trip, it seemed like a catastrophe. She tried everything available but could not get to her parasite herbs until she was back home several weeks later. After one week on them (5 day high dose plus maintenance) her complexion was perfect again. He had As- caris, hookworm and Strongyloides (he also had migraines) all re- acting in the skin. He killed parasites electronically and with herbs and got a considerable improvement. Nevertheless, he had seen the connection and he knew it was just a matter of persistence to a clear complexion. But after learning how to get rid of them, you will probably know how you got them. In fact, they might all be different: each one is made up of 5 or 6 different viruses, not just one as we had believed. But also search electronically in your liver, spleen, muscles, stomach, heart, pancreas. Without a zapper, you will need to find the frequency of each virus to completely destroy it. When you find its resonant frequency, kill it by treating yourself for three minutes at 10 volts from a frequency generator. After a week you may lose one or two completely, and find that several more have become smaller. Notice that they are not necessarily gone from the pancreas or other organs at the same time as they are gone from the skin. They may, in fact, ride into the body on some common bacteria, like Salmo- nella, or common parasite like pinworms or tapeworm stages. Maybe his benzene buildup was responsible for letting so many parasites (and their viruses) survive and multiply in his body. He was given different chores, too, to reduce his contact with animals and their parasites. Georgianna Mills, a middle age music teacher, broke out with warts all over her hands, at least 30 in total. A few months later she was diagnosed with bone cancer; she always wondered if there was a connection. She cleared up her cancer and killed her viruses and bacteria with a frequency generator. But her indoor pet brought new parasites daily, especially Moniezia tapeworm stages. I concluded that each wart is actually composed of 3 to 6 vi- ruses and these viruses are distributed throughout our bodies! How satisfying to be able to rid our bodies of them, once and for all even in internal organs. Tapeworms lead complicated lives, much like insects with their caterpillars, larvae, larval molts, pupae and eventual adults. A vege- tarian animal nibbling vegetation near this filth, or licking dirt and dust off its coat, swallows the eggs. The Jewish society discovered the great importance of washing hands before eating, thousands of years ago. In our own relatively short life times we cannot see the whole picture as well as the prophets and seers of ancient cultures could. Dog and cat tapeworms are most prevalent, but sheep, cow, pig, and sea- gull tapeworms are also common. Whatever animal species you live near, or once lived near, you probably swallowed some of its filth and some tape eggs. The eggs hatch in your stomach and the tiny larvae burrow into a neighboring organ without any consideration that this is your stomach Fig. The larva is about ¼ inch long, surrounded by a “sac of wa- ters,” like a tiny water balloon. Looking very closely at this sac, called a cysticercus, we see a head (scolex), complete with hooks and suckers, turned inside out, inside a bladder. You can find these larval cysts in your organs using slides of the cysticercus stage of various common tapeworms. Search in your muscles, liver, stomach, pancreas, spleen, intestine and even brain. My explanation for this curious finding is that the tapeworm leaves no debris to be cleaned up by your white blood cells. Evidently your body builds a cyst wall around the larva to tightly encase it and prevent toxins and debris from entering your body. Of course, the larva is much too big to be devoured by tiny white blood cells anyway. Yet, it seems that if a pack of white blood cells had attacked the larva just as soon as it hatched from the egg they would have been able to devour it. The short life span of these other hosts might mean that the life span of the cysticercus is also quite short, not 40 years! When they die, the white blood cells do clean them up and we can see them in our white blood cells at this time. It can take several weeks for the cysticercus to be completely gone by this natural method. Some cysticercus varieties consist of many heads, and each head has even more heads inside it! Remember bacteria and viruses are released by killing tapeworms, so always follow with a second zapping in 20 minutes, and a third zapping 20 minutes after that. If you do nothing, your body will be kept busy killing bacte- ria and viruses as the tape cysticercus wears down and eventu- ally dies. You may not wish to identify all of them (but at least search for Adenovirus, the common cold) and just note where you are being attacked: your nose, throat, ears, lungs, bronchi. It seldom takes more than three weeks, though, for your body to clean up a tape stage even without any help from a zapper. What initiated the death or dying process of the tapeworm stage in the first place? By taking a herbal combination, Rascal, you can soon find a tapeworm stage in your white blood cells where you could not find it earlier. Since we all eat dirt and inhale dust that is laden with dog feces or other animal excrement, we all harbor tapeworm stages, although none may be present in our white blood cells. Perhaps they are living out their lives as quietly as they can in our organs, the way mice or ants try to live in our dwellings. Yet, when tapeworm stages are being killed, either spontaneously by your body or with a zapping device, we see an assortment of bacteria and viruses spread through the body, including the common cold. Since each of us has been associated with dozens of animal species in our past, we probably have dozens of varieties of tapeworm stages in us. You can find them without identifying first, though, by listening to their emission frequencies. Their emissions are often extremely weak, possibly due to being encased in a cyst. You may be disappointed not to feel any different after rid- ding yourself of numerous tapeworms and their pathogens. It is easily transmitted from person to person and in less than a year can spread across the planet. However, much that is called “flu” is actually caused by a bacterium, either Salmonella or Shigella. If someone in your family is “catching” a flu, test their saliva for the presence of dairy products, implicating the Salmonellas and Shigellas. Throw away all milk, cheesecakes, buttermilk, cream, butter, yogurt and cottage cheese, deli food and leftovers. Use the sick person as a subject, searching for foods that appear in her white blood cells (or search their saliva sample for the food offender). Obviously, when a contaminated shipment of dairy products arrives in your grocery stores, quite a few people will be consuming it, setting the stage for a “bad flu” that “goes around”. After a seri- ous bout with Salmonellas or Shigellas the body does not com- pletely clear itself of them. Especially if you believe you have “lactose intolerance,” pay attention to Salmonella and Shigella. Re- member, the zapper current does not penetrate the bowel con- tents, which is exactly where Salmonella lives! Besides zapping to clear them from your tissues, you must eliminate them from the bowel by using the Bowel Program (page 546). Lugol’s iodine solution (see Recipes) can quite quickly get rid of Salmonella throughout the body. Use 6 drops (small drops from an eyedropper) in ½ glass of water four times a day. Most fevers, especially “fevers of unknown origin” are due to Salmonellas and Shigellas.

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