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Articles by Saffar H.
Total Records ( 3 ) for Saffar H.
  Saffar M.J. , Enayti A.A. , Abdolla I.A. , Razai M.S. and Saffar H.
  To determine the frequency and pattern of antibiotic susceptibility of uropathogens in urinary tract infection [UTI] from 3 university hospitals we carried out a retrospective review of urine culture and antibiotic sensitivity testing from symptomatic outpatients and inpatients during 2002-2003. Of 5600 samples, 703 [12.6%] were culture positive, 38.7% of which were from hospitalized patients. Escherichia coli was the leading cause of UTI in both groups of patients. The rates and roles of other pathogens, including Pseudomonas spp. [5.3%-10.4%], Enterobacter spp. [0%-5.7%], Staphylococcus spp.] 5.4%-26.4%], differed in each hospital. Differences in antibacterial susceptibility patterns were observed. Ampicillin [82%-100%] and co-trimoxazole [50%-90%] resistance were the most frequent. Methicillin resistance in Staphylococcus spp. ranged from 17% to 60%.
  Saffar M.J. , Farhadi R. , Ajami A. , Khalilian A.R. , Babamahmodi F. and Saffar H.
  The seroprevalence of hepatitis E virus infection [HEV] in children and young adults was determined in a community-based survey in an area of northern Islamic Republic of Iran. Serum samples were taken from 1080 randomly selected apparently healthy 2-25-year-olds from urban and rural regions of Sari district. Anti-HEV IgG antibodies were detected in 25 individuals [2.3%]. Seroprevalence increased significantly with age from 3/255 [1.2%] in children < 10 years to 8/110 [7.3%] in those aged 20-25 years. No differences in HEV status were noted between the sexes. Earlier age at exposure to infection and a higher infection rate were found in people residing in rural areas than in urban areas.
  Saffar M.J. , Saffar H. , Khalilian A.R. and Naqshvar F.
  Treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus [HCV] infection in transfusion-dependent betathalassaemia major patients is complicated by existing hepatic siderosis and the fear of ribavirinassociated haemolysis. We evaluated the efficacy and side-effects of combination interferon-alpha [INF] and ribavirin therapy for HCV-infected thalassaemia patients. A total of 17 patients were enrolled [10 nonresponders to INF monotherapy, 7 naive to treatment, mean age 23.1 years] and they received 12 months of combination therapy. The sustained virological response rate 6 months after treatment was 58.8%. Blood transfusion requirements during treatment temporarily increased by 36.6%. Combination therapy was tolerated by, and may be useful for, HCV-infected thalassaemia major patients.
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