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Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218980/microbiologic-yield-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-specimens-from-stem-cell-transplant-recipients
#1
Kenneth K Sakata, Christine L Klassen, Kathryn B Bollin, Thomas E Grys, James L Slack, Lewis J Wesselius, Holenarasipur R Vikram
PURPOSE: Stem cell transplant (SCT) recipients commonly undergo bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) collection as an infectious pulmonary work-up. Previous studies report the utility and overall diagnostic yield of fiberoptic bronchoscopy with BAL in this vulnerable population, though none focused purely on microbiologic yield or made comparisons with less invasive means of pathogen detection. We sought to determine and elaborate on the microbiologic yield of BAL in SCT recipients, assess a correlation between BAL studies and less invasive means of pathogen detection, and assess the utility of repeating a BAL within 30 days...
February 20, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211139/scabies-in-a-bilateral-hand-allograft-recipient-an-additional-mimicker-of-acute-skin-rejection-in-vascularized-composite-allotransplantation
#2
Jean Kanitakis, Emmanuel Morelon
Vascularized composite tissue allografts include skin, which frequently undergoes, in the early post-graft period, acute rejections. The diagnosis of acute rejection may be difficult as it can be mimicked by several dermatoses. We present a bilateral hand allograft recipient who developed, 16.5 years post-graft, cutaneous lesions raising suspicion about rejection. Physical examination and skin biopsy were diagnostic of scabies. This ectoparasitosis should be added in the list of dermatoses that can mimic allograft rejection in vascular composite allografts...
February 17, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207975/stabilization-of-renal-function-after-the-first-year-of-follow-up-in-kidney-transplant-recipients-treated-for-significant-bk-polyomavirus-infection-or-bk-polyomavirus-associated-nephropathy
#3
Marie-Christine Simard-Meilleur, Paule Bodson-Clermont, Gilles St-Louis, Michel R Pâquet, Catherine Girardin, Marie-Chantal Fortin, Héloïse Cardinal, Marie-Josée Hébert, Reneé Lévesque, Edith Renoult
BACKGROUND: BK polyomavirus virus (BKPyV) screening and immunosuppression reduction effectively prevent graft loss due to BKPyV-associated nephropathy (BKPVAN) during the first year after transplantation. The aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of this infection during longer follow-up periods. METHODS: We reviewed the outcome of our screening and immunosuppression reduction protocol in 305 patients who received a kidney transplant between March 2008 and January 2013...
February 16, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207973/risk-factors-of-human-herpesvirus-6-encephalitis-myelitis-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
#4
Naohiro Miyashita, Tomoyuki Endo, Masahiro Onozawa, Daigo Hashimoto, Takeshi Kondo, Katsuya Fujimoto, Kaoru Kahata, Junichi Sugita, Hideki Goto, Toshihiro Matsukawa, Satoshi Hashino, Takanori Teshima
BACKGROUND: Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) encephalitis/myelitis is now a well-known complication after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), particularly after cord blood transplantation (CBT). In this study, we evaluated the risk factors of HHV-6 encephalitis/myelitis. METHODS: We evaluated 253 patients who received allo-HSCT from 2007 to 2015 at our institute. HHV-6 encephalitis/myelitis was defined as HHV-6 DNA detection in the cerebrospinal fluid or peripheral blood by polymerase chain reaction in the presence of typical manifestations without other concurrent condition which led to the manifestations...
February 16, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207190/diaporthe-soft-tissue-infection-in-a-heart-transplant-patient
#5
Robert M Rakita, Kevin D O'Brien, Lori Bourassa
Infections caused by Diaporthe species are very uncommon. We describe a heart transplant recipient 14 years post transplant who developed a soft tissue fungal infection due to a Diaporthe species that responded well to surgical excision and posaconazole therapy. The Aspergillus galactomannan index was markedly elevated, and returned to normal following treatment. Solid organ transplant patients remain at risk of infection long after transplant and should be counseled about risk avoidance. This article is protected by copyright...
February 16, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199763/disseminated-cat-scratch-disease-presenting-as-nausea-diarrhea-and-weight-loss-without-fever-in-a-heart-transplant-recipient
#6
Annukka A R Antar, Amit Goyal, Karly Murphy, Matthew Schimmel, Nisha A Gilotra, Isabella Martin, Genevieve Marie Crane, Christopher Sciortino, Robin K Avery, Brian A Houston
We report the case of an afebrile 59-year-old heart transplant recipient presenting with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, and diffuse lymphadenopathy. Lymph node biopsies revealed non-caseating granulomatous inflammation. Cat-scratch disease was confirmed by serologic studies, Warthin-Starry staining, and polymerase chain reaction testing of lymph node tissue. The patient's symptoms resolved with 3 months of doxycycline. We review clinical presentations of Bartonella henselae infection in and review diagnostic approaches for B...
February 15, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199755/incidence-and-risk-factor-of-hemorrhagic-cystitis-after-allogeneic-transplantation-with-fludarabine-busulfan-and-anti-thymocyte-globulin-myeloablative-conditioning
#7
Wilson Lam, Jan Storek, Haocheng Li, Michelle Geddes, Andrew Daly
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic cystitis (HC) is a complication of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT), associated with factors such as BK polyomavirus reactivation, age, conditioning regimen, and presence of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). The incidence and impact of HC in patients receiving fludarabine (Flu), busulfan (Bu), and anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) conditioning is unknown. METHODS: We conducted a case-control study of patients undergoing SCT at our center between January 1, 2003 and Dec 31, 2012, to determine the incidence of HC and its effect on patient outcomes including overall survival (OS), relapse, non-relapse mortality, GVHD, and healthcare resource use...
February 15, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178393/a-model-to-estimate-the-probability-of-human-immunodeficiency-virus-and-hepatitis-c-infection-despite-negative-nucleic-acid-testing-among-increased-risk-organ-donors
#8
Pallavi D Annambhotla, Brian M Gurbaxani, Matthew J Kuehnert, Sridhar V Basavaraju
BACKGROUND: In 2013, guidelines were released for reducing the risk of viral bloodborne pathogen transmission through organ transplantation. Eleven criteria were described that result in a donor being designated at increased infectious risk. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and hepatitis C virus (HCV) transmission risk from an increased-risk donor (IRD), despite negative nucleic acid testing (NAT), likely varies based on behavior type and timing. METHODS: We developed a Monte Carlo risk model to quantify probability of HIV among IRDs...
February 8, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176463/severe-chronic-norovirus-diarrheal-disease-in-transplant-recipients-clinical-features-of-an-under-recognized-syndrome
#9
Robin K Avery, Bonnie E Lonze, Edward S Kraus, Kieren A Marr, Robert A Montgomery
BACKGROUND: Norovirus (NV) infection has been reported as a cause of severe chronic diarrhea in transplant recipients, but this entity remains under-recognized in clinical practice, leading to diagnostic delays. Transplant clinicians should become familiar with this syndrome in order to facilitate early detection and management. METHODS: Demographic, clinical, and outcomes variables were summarized from a series of transplant recipients with positive stool NV reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assays at Johns Hopkins in 2013-2014...
February 7, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170135/diagnostic-potential-of-interferon-gamma-release-assay-to-detect-latent-tuberculosis-infection-in-kidney-transplant-recipients
#10
Jameela Edathodu, Bright Varghese, Abdulrahman A Alrajhi, Mohammed Shoukri, Ahmad Nazmi, Hazem Elgamal, Hassan Aleid, Fahad Alrabiah, Aattia Ashraff, Ihab Mahmoud, Sahal Al-Hajoj
BACKGROUND: Latent tuberculosis (TB) infection (LTBI) is screened by using clinical assessment, tuberculin skin test (TST), chest radiography and recently by interferon-gamma release assays (IGRA). The objective of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic potential of QuantiFERON(®) -TB Gold In-Tube test (QFT) for diagnosing LTBI in patients planned for kidney transplantation. METHODS: All adult patients with end-stage renal disease, evaluated for kidney transplantation in a referral center from August 2008 till May 2013, were enrolled, after consenting in a prospective, observational, non-interventional study...
February 7, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170133/optimal-strategies-for-the-diagnosis-of-community-onset-diarrhea-in-solid-organ-transplant-recipients-less-is-more
#11
Sonya A Trinh, Ignacio A Echenique, Sudhir Penugonda, Michael P Angarone
BACKGROUND: Diarrhea, a common complication after solid organ transplant (SOT), is associated with allograft failure and death. No evidence-based guidelines exist for the evaluation of diarrhea in SOT recipients. We performed a cost-analysis to derive a testing algorithm for the diagnosis of community-onset diarrhea that minimizes costs without compromising diagnostic yields. DESIGN: A cost-analysis was performed on a retrospective cohort of 422 SOT admissions for community-onset diarrhea over an 18-month period...
February 7, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166377/multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-in-transplant-recipients-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#12
Moises A Huaman, Robert Brawley, David Ashkin
Transplant recipients are at increased risk of tuberculosis (TB). We describe a case of pulmonary and vertebral multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) in a kidney transplant patient who required neurosurgical intervention and unfortunately developed fatal nosocomial complications. Thirteen transplant recipients with MDR-TB were previously reported in the literature (1 hematopoietic cell transplant, 1 heart transplant, 1 lung transplant, 1 heart-lung ransplant, and 9 kidney transplant recipients). Extrapulmonary disease, severe treatment complications, and deaths were observed in patients who developed MDR-TB after transplantation...
February 6, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164439/seasonal-changes-of-lower-respiratory-tract-infections-in-lung-transplant-recipients-during-the-first-post-transplant-year-the-hungarian-experience
#13
Zsuzsanna Kovats, Aniko Bohacs, Zoltan Sutto, Krisztina Vincze, Jozsef Lukacsovits, Gyorgy Losonczy, Veronika Müller
BACKGROUND: After lung transplantation (LuTX) a high level of immunosuppression is needed to prevent rejection of the graft. Together with earlier colonization by pathogens, immunosuppression makes recipients more susceptible to infections, especially during the first postoperative year. As seasonality of lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI) is well known in chronic lung diseases, we assessed seasonal changes of pathogen spectrum and number of infections in the first postoperative year in LuTX recipients...
February 5, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150374/nocardia-liver-abscess-post-liver-transplantation-a-rare-presentation
#14
Pavan Hanchnale, Mayank Jain, Joy Vargese, Jayanthi V, Mohamed Rela
Nocardiosis is usually a disseminated disease seen in immunocompromised individuals. We herein present a rare case of isolated Nocardia liver abscess post liver transplantation. The patient responded well to treatment and is on long-term antibiotics for Nocardia infection. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 1, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128496/allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant-recipients-and-parasitic-diseases-a-review-of-the-literature-of-clinical-cases-and-perspectives-to-screen-and-follow-up-active-and-latent-chronic-infections
#15
REVIEW
Silvia Fabiani, Simona Fortunato, Mario Petrini, Fabrizui Bruschi
BACKGROUND: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients are at substantial risk for a variety of infections depending upon numerous factors, such as degree of immunosuppression, host factors, and period after transplantation. Bacterial, fungal, viral, as well as parasitic infections can occur with high morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the magnitude of the occurrence of parasitic infections in allogeneic HSCT recipients...
January 27, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28122147/serum-scd30-a-promising-biomarker-for-predicting-the-risk-of-bacterial-infection-after-kidney-transplantation
#16
Mario Fernández-Ruiz, Patricia Parra, Francisco López-Medrano, Tamara Ruiz-Merlo, Esther González, Natalia Polanco, Julia Origüen, Rafael San Juan, Amado Andrés, José María Aguado
BACKGROUND: The transmembrane glycoprotein CD30 contributes to regulate the balance between Th1 and Th2 responses. Previous studies have reported conflicting results on the utility of its soluble form (sCD30) to predict post-transplant infection. METHODS: Serum sCD30 was measured by a commercial ELISA assay at baseline and post-transplant months 1, 3, and 6 in 100 kidney transplant (KT) recipients (279 monitoring points). The impact of sCD30 levels on the incidence of overall, bacterial and opportunistic infection during the first 12 months after transplantation was assessed by Cox regression...
January 25, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100042/diagnostic-open-brain-biopsy-following-initial-negative-results-of-cerebrospinal-fluid-assessment-for-toxoplasma
#17
LETTER
Yasushi Seno, Noritaka Sekiya, Shugo Sasaki, Kosuke Yoshioka, Kyoko Watakabe-Inamoto, Takeshi Hagino, Hideharu Muto, Yuho Najima, Aiko Igarashi, Noriko Doki, Takeshi Kobayashi, Kazuhiko Kakihana, Hisashi Sakamaki, Kazuteru Ohashi
Cerebral toxoplasmosis is a rare but fatal complication after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), and reaching an accurate antemortem diagnosis with pathological proof is difficult.(1,2) We describe herein the clinical course of a patient with cerebral toxoplasmosis following allogeneic HSCT. The diagnosis was successfully made by aggressive open brain biopsy following initial negative results from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) assessment for Toxoplasma. This article is protected by copyright...
January 18, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100037/donor-derived-infections-in-solid-organ-transplant-recipients-challenging-the-30-day-paradigm
#18
LETTER
Jose F Camargo
Organ transplantation carries a potential risk of transmission of infectious diseases and malignancy. Fortunately, donor-derived transmission events remain a rare complication of transplantation occurring in less than 1% of solid organ recipients.(1,2) Although uncommon, donor-derived infections (DDIs) can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality, and as the volume of patients undergoing solid organ transplantation increases the number of infections transmitted through organ donation can also be expected to rise...
January 18, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100036/hpv45-positive-condyloma-acuminata-of-the-bladder-in-a-renal-transplant-recipient
#19
Mehmet Sarier, Esin Özel, İbrahim Duman, Yücel Yüksel, Alper Demirbaş
Condyloma acuminata (CA) are warty lesions caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) that generally affect the external genitalia and mucocutaneous junctions. Involvement of the urinary tract is rare, and involvement of the urinary bladder is thought to be due to immunosuppression. A 30-year-old woman was diagnosed with urethral CA 12 months after renal transplantation. She underwent transurethral resection (TUR) of the urethral lesions. During the operation, multiple sessile warty lesions were found incidentally inside the bladder and were also removed by TUR...
January 18, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099778/pseudozyma-and-other-non-candida-opportunistic-yeast-bloodstream-infections-in-a-large-stem-cell-transplant-center
#20
Anupam Pande, Lemuel R Non, Rizwan Romee, Carlos A Q Santos
INTRODUCTION: Non-Candida opportunistic yeasts are emerging causes of bloodstream infection (BSI) in immunocompromised hosts. However, their clinical presentation, management, and outcomes in stem cell transplant (SCT) recipients are not well described. CASE REPORT AND REVIEW: We report the first case to our knowledge of Pseudozyma BSI in a SCT recipient. He had evidence of cutaneous involvement, which has not been previously described in the literature. He became infected while neutropenic and receiving empiric micafungin, which is notable because Pseudozyma is reported to be resistant to echinocandins...
January 18, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
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