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What are the tests for listeria infection?

What are the tests for listeria infection?

Listeria: Although acquired by ingestion of certain foods, it is difficult to culture from stool but, usually in immunocomprimised people, it can be isolated from CSF or blood. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Sandler
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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What are the tests for listeria infections?

What are the tests for listeria infections?

Culture: Best test for listeria is culture. Means isolation of bacteria from either blood or amniotic fluid. Once this is confirmed the treatment can be initiated. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of listeria infections?

What are the symptoms of listeria infections?

Fever: Fever, muscle aches, diarheea, nausea. If disease is preading to nervous system you may experience stiff neck, convulsions, headache, confusion, loss of balance. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for listeria infections?

Antibiotics: Ampicilin, ciprofloxacin, vancomycin can be used to treat listeriosis. These should be prescribed by doctor after a proper diagnosis has been made. ...Read more

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When can a listeria infection occur?

Contaminated Food: When you eat food contaminated with lysteria, it can take up to several months for you to have symptoms. Most people are real sick when they seek help. ...Read more

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What tests shall i go for to diagnose listeria infection ?

What tests shall i go for to diagnose listeria infection ?

Listeria: Any tissue or fluid can be tested for an infection: skin, semen, blood, urine, wound discharge, sputum, etc. We typically go for the most likely source for the infection. For example, tuberculosis likes to reside in the stomach, so we test gastric juices for tb. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: listeria infection?

Bacteria: Infection with listeria monocytogenes. This infection is associated with infants, older people (>50), and pregnant women. Route of infection is usually infected food. ...Read more

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I have a donated organ, will there be complications with a listeria infection?

Listeria infection: Yes there can be complications. Call your doctor to report the infection and discuss complications. ...Read more

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Besides washing and cooking food thoroughly, are there any other ways to avoid a listeria infection?

Besides washing and cooking food thoroughly, are there any other ways to avoid a listeria infection?

Good: washing and cooking food thoroughly is the best way to avoid a food borne infection. Also if you hear of a breakout in a shopping store, and you bought something there that was recalled, bring it back for a full refund. Don't take the chance of using it. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for a listeria infection?

Yes: While most listeria infections clear spontaneously, patients who are considered high risk due to pregnancy, old age or other factors, can be treated with antibiotics. Typically Ampicillin is the treatment of choice for listeria. ...Read more

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Help!i am worried about listeria infection! and my fetus?

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Help!i am worried about listeria infection! and my fetus?

See below: Here are dietary recommendations for people at high risk of listeriosis including pregnant women. * avoid soft cheeses * avoid foods from delicatessen counters, e.g., prepared salads, meats. * avoid raw or unpasteurized milk * avoid refrigerated pates and other meat spreads * cook leftover foods or ready-to-eat foods until steaming hot before eating. ...Read more

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I have diabetes, will there be complications with a listeria infection?

Risk increased: Diabetics have increased risk from infections due to the systemic effects of diabetes. However, an increased risk does not mean that you personally will get complications, and many diabetics do very well with standard treatment. It's always a good idea to monitor your blood sugars more frequently when you are sick. ...Read more

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Are there effective herbal therapies to treat a listeria infection?

Not really...: This post was already answered(and nicely so) by dr. Albert pizzo; please refer to it. Even if there were i would not recommend it; better to stick with more conventional treatments in this instance. ...Read more

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I am pregnant, will there be complications with a listeria infection?

See below: If you are pregnant and are infected with listeria, you are at an increased risk of : miscarriage premature delivery infection to the newborn death to the newborn (about 22% of cases of perinatal listeriosis result in stillbirth or neonatal death). Get checked asap if you think you might have been exposed or infected. ...Read more

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Can listeria infection manifest in hours and cause gullain barre syndrome?

Can listeria infection manifest in hours and cause gullain barre syndrome?

Not usually: The time it takes to get infected, then reproduce, then cause symptoms is usually days. While almost any infection can trigger a guillan barre syndrome, it can also be due to vaccines, medications or often times for unknown reasons. ...Read more

Dr. Scot Lewey
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Listeria Infection (Definition)

A serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with ...Read more