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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405488/multiple-intravitreal-ranibizumab-injections-for-persistant-choroidal-neovascularization-associated-with-presumed-ocular-histoplasmosis-syndrome
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Turgut Yılmaz, Seyhan Dikci, Oğuzhan Genç, Kayhan Mutlu
Presumed ocular histoplasmosis syndrome (POHS) is a clinical entity that is characterized by small, round, discrete, macular or mid peripheral atrophic (punched out) chorioretinal lesions (histo spots), peripapillary scarring, choroidal neovascularization (CNV), and the absence of anterior uveitis and vitritis. Diagnosis of this disorder is based upon characteristic clinical findings and a positive histoplasmin skin test or residence in an endemic region for Histoplasma capsulatum. There is no active systemic disease during diagnosis of POHS...
April 2017: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391953/-efficacy-of-the-treatment-and-secondary-antifungal-prophylaxis-in-aids-related-histoplasmosis-experience-at-the-francisco-j-mu%C3%A3-iz-infectious-diseases-hospital-in-buenos-aires
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Ricardo Negroni, Fernando Messina, Alicia Arechavala, Gabriela Santiso, Mario Bianchi
BACKGROUND: Classic histoplasmosis is a systemic endemic mycosis due to Histoplasma capsulatum var. capsulatum. A significant reduction in the morbidity and mortality of AIDS-related histoplasmosis has been observed since the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and secondary antifungal prophylaxis. AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine the current state of prognosis and treatment response of HIV-positive patients with histoplasmosis in the Francisco J...
April 5, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28349614/progressive-histoplasmosis-with-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-and-epithelioid-cell-granulomatosis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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A B Schulze, B Heptner, T Kessler, B Baumgarten, V Stoica, M Mohr, R Wiewrodt, V Warneke, W Hartmann, J Wüllenweber, C Schülke, M Schäfers, D Wilmes, K Becker, L H Schmidt, A H Groll, W E Berdel
Histoplasmosis in central Europe is a rare fungal disease with diverse clinical presentations. Apart from acute pulmonary histoplasmosis and involvement of the central nervous system, the most serious clinical presentation is progressive disseminated histoplasmosis which is generally associated with severe immunodeficiency and in particular, advanced HIV-infection. Here we report on an immunocompetent female residing in a non-endemic area, presenting with progressive disseminated histoplasmosis after a remote travel history to Thailand and Costa Rica...
March 27, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275076/laboratory-diagnostics-for-histoplasmosis
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Marwan M Azar, Chadi A Hage
The diagnosis of histoplasmosis is based on a multi-faceted approach that includes clinical, radiographic and laboratory evidence of disease. The gold standards for laboratory diagnosis include demonstration of yeast on pathologic examination of tissue and isolation of the mold in culture of clinical specimens but antigen detection has provided a rapid, non-invasive, and highly sensitive method for diagnosis as well as a useful marker of treatment response. Molecular methods with improved sensitivity on clinical specimens are being developed, but are not ready yet for widespread clinical use...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243758/burden-of-serious-fungal-infections-in-guatemala
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N Medina, B Samayoa, D Lau-Bonilla, D W Denning, R Herrera, D Mercado, B Guzmán, J C Pérez, E Arathoon
Guatemala is a developing country in Central America with a high burden of HIV and endemic fungal infections; we attempted to estimate the burden of serious fungal infections for the country. A full literature search was done to identify epidemiology papers reporting fungal infections from Guatemala. We used specific populations at risk and fungal infection frequencies in the population to estimate national rates. The population of Guatemala in 2013 was 15.4 million; 40% were younger than 15 and 6.2% older than 60...
February 27, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120605/hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis-mimics-many-common-conditions-case-series-and-review-of-literature
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A T Akenroye, N Madan, F Mohammadi, J Leider
Introduction. Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a rare but potentially fatal disease, is characterized by excessive immune activation and cytokine release which stimulates bone marrow macrophages to engulf hematopoietic cells. HLH could be secondary to infections: viral, fungal, and bacterial; malignancies and autoimmune diseases. The diagnosis of HLH is usually delayed due to the presence of non-specific symptoms at presentation. This delay contributes to increased mortality. Cases and review. We present the case of 4 patients who presented with subjective fevers and extreme fatigue...
January 2017: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086756/concomitant-disseminated-histoplasmosis-and-disseminated-tuberculosis-after-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitor-treatment-a-case-report
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Juan E Muñoz-Oca, Martha L Villarreal Morales, Aracelis Nieves-Rodriguez, Lemuel Martínez-Bonilla
BACKGROUND: Tumor necrosis factor antagonist inhibitors have transformed the approach to patients with severe autoimmune conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Although the therapy can be highly effective, TNF-α inhibitors are associated with an increased risk of opportunistic infections. CASE PRESENTATION: Here, we report a case of concomitant disseminated histoplasmosis and tuberculosis in a 65-year-old female with rheumatoid arthritis treated with TNF-α inhibitor...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070489/acute-disseminated-histoplasmosis-with-atypical-lymphocytosis-in-an-immunocompetent-host
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Ayman Elbadawi, Hamdy M A Ahmed, Hussain Adly, Mohamed A Elkhouly, Samar Abohamed, Ann R Falsey
65 year-old-male presented with a one-week history of high grade fever, fatigue and confusion which began abruptly two days after a cystoscopy procedure. Past medical history included pulmonary sarcoidosis diagnosed by mediastinal lymph biopsy, diabetes and hypertension. On admission he was febrile and confused with stable vital signs. Initial workup included negative Head CT and lumbar puncture. Blood work revealed normal metabolic and liver function tests with progressive anemia, thrombocytopenia and atypical lymphocytosis of 15-20%...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070050/-clinical-comparative-analysis-for-pulmonary-histoplasmosis-and-progressive-disseminated-histoplasmosis
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Yan Zhang, Xiaoli Su, Yuanyuan Li, Ruoxi He, Chengping Hu, Pinhua Pan
To compare clinical features, diagnosis and therapeutic effect between pulmonary histoplasmosis and progressive disseminated histoplasmosis.
 Methods: A retrospective analysis for 12 cases of hospitalized patients with histoplasmosis, who was admitted in Xiangya Hospital, Central South University during the time from February 2009 to October 2015, was carried out. Four cases of pulmonary histoplasmosis and 8 cases of progressive disseminated histoplasmosis were included. The differences of clinical features, imaging tests, means for diagnosis and prognosis were analyzed between the two types of histoplasmosis...
December 28, 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920657/disseminated-histoplasmosis-a-challenging-differential-diagnostic-consideration-for-suspected-malignant-lesions-in-the-digestive-tract
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Bernhard Doleschal, Therese Rödhammer, Oleksiy Tsybrovskyy, Karl J Aichberger, Franz Lang
Histoplasmosis is well characterized as an endemic fungal disease restricted to certain areas of the USA. In Middle Europe, most patients present with acute pulmonary symptoms after travelling to endemic areas. Here, we want to illustrate the case of a 67-year-old man who presented with persistent oral ulcers, hoarseness, dysphagia, diarrhea, and weight loss to our Department of Otorhinolaryngology in December 2014. He was a retired construction worker and had a history of soil-disruptive activities in Africa and Middle and South America during employment...
September 2016: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882146/pulmonary-histoplasmosis-in-a-immunocompetent-patient-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Cui Zhu, Ge Wang, Qiong Chen, Bixiu He, Lijing Wang
In the present study, the case of a 54-year-old male patient diagnosed with pulmonary histoplasmosis is reported, with the aim to increase the understanding of the disease characteristics and thereby facilitate the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary histoplasmosis. Clinical manifestations, diagnosis, treatment and clinical outcomes of the present case of pulmonary histoplasmosis were described. In addition, 76 histoplasmosis patients with complete clinical data were reviewed by searching the literature for relevant studies published during 1990 and 2015...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756991/cytodiagnosis-of-disseminated-histoplasmosis-in-an-immunocompetent-individual-with-molluscum-contagiosum-like-skin-lesions-and-lymphadenopathy
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Prajwala Gupta, Minakshi Bhardwaj
Disseminated histoplasmosis is caused by the dimorphic fungus Histoplasma capsulatum (H. capsulatum). The early clinical manifestations are nonspecific, often lead to diagnostic difficulty, and is misdiagnosed as tuberculosis and seen usually in immunosuppressed states. Fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) is a simple, safe, and quick technique to establish the initial diagnosis of H. capsulatum, thereby prompting early treatment. The skin involvement is rare in disseminated disease and we describe a case of disseminated histoplasmosis in an immunocompetent patient with unusual molluscum contagiosum like umbilicated skin lesions and FNAC of the cervical lymph node was the only tool for rapid and early confirmatory diagnosis...
July 2016: Journal of Cytology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752372/typical-facial-lesions-a-window-of-suspicion-for-progressive-disseminated-histoplasmosis-a-case-of-asian-prototype
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Prasan K Panda, Siddharth Jain, Rita Sood, Rajni Yadav, Naval K Vikram
Histoplasmosis is caused by a dimorphic fungus Histoplasma capsulatum in endemic areas, mainly America, Africa, and Asia. In India, it is being reported from most states; however, it is endemic along the Ganges belt. We report a case of an apparently immunocompetent male who presented with 3-month history of fever, cough, and weight loss with recent onset odynophagia and had hepatosplenomegaly and mucocutaneous lesions over the face. The differential diagnosis of leishmaniasis, tuberculosis, leprosy, fungal infection, lymphoproliferative malignancy, and other granulomatous disorders was considered, but he succumbed to his illness...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27744308/ast-to-alt-ratio-is-elevated-in-disseminated-histoplasmosis-as-compared-to-localized-pulmonary-disease-and-other-endemic-mycoses
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Andrej Spec, Christopher R Barrios, Usama Ahmad, Laurie A Proia
Severe pulmonary or disseminated histoplasmosis often necessitates presumptive antifungal treatment while awaiting definitive diagnosis. Histoplasma antigen assays have improved sensitivity but results may lag up to 7 days. In order to increase diagnostic certainty, "soft clues" may be looked for in laboratory and radiologic data, such as elevated alkaline phosphatase or ferritin levels and findings of mediastinal adenopathy or hepatosplenomegaly. To determine if elevated aspartate aminotransferase (AST) to alanine aminotransferase (ALT) ratio is specific to histoplasmosis or a non-specific marker for disseminated fungal infection or sepsis in general, we retrospectively examined records of all patients diagnosed with an endemic fungal infection (EFI) at Rush University Medical Center from January of 1997 to October of 2012, and a cohort of septic patients with elevated liver enzymes...
October 14, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27734587/canine-panuveitis-a-retrospective-evaluation-of-55-cases-2000-2015
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Benjamin E Bergstrom, Jean Stiles, Wendy M Townsend
OBJECTIVE: To determine the most common etiologies of panuveitis in a group of dogs, patient response to therapy, and visual outcome. DESIGN: Retrospective study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Medical records of 55 dogs diagnosed with panuveitis at the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital between December 2000 and December 2015 were reviewed. Data collected included signalment, season of diagnosis, descriptions of ocular lesions, diagnostic testing, treatment protocols, etiologic diagnoses (when determined), and visual outcome...
October 12, 2016: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27625302/prevalence-and-lethality-among-patients-with-histoplasmosis-and-aids-in-the-midwest-region-of-brazil
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Thaísa C Silva, Carolina M Treméa, Ana Laura S A Zara, Ana Flávia Mendonça, Cássia S M Godoy, Carolina R Costa, Lúcia K H Souza, Maria R R Silva
Histoplasmosis is a systemic mycosis that is considered an important public health problem. In this work, we performed a descriptive, observational, cross-sectional and retrospective study with a secondary data analysis of medical records from 2000 to 2012 at a tertiary hospital. The study sample consisted of 275 patients with laboratory-confirmed Disseminated Histoplasmosis (DH)/AIDS. The results showed that the prevalence of DH associated with AIDS was 4.4%. The majority of patients were young adult men with fever in 84...
January 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27535728/histoplasmosis-mimicking-non-hodgkin-lymphoma-in-a-40-year-old-man-with-aids
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Neetu Bhari, Piyush Pahadiya, Sudheer Arava, Somesh Gupta
In patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), advanced immunosuppression is associated with atypical presentation of dermatological conditions. Our patient presented with a single crusted plaque over the lower lip and large tender cervical lymphadenopathy. The enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for human immunodeficiency virus was found to be positive, and his CD4+ lymphocyte cell count was 4 cells/mm(3). The presence of multiple histoplasma spores in the biopsies from the crusted plaque over lip and cervical lymph node helped in the confirmation of the diagnosis of histoplasmosis, and the patient showed significant improvement within two months of treatment with conventional injection amphotericin B initially followed by oral itraconazole...
March 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27527560/utility-of-antigen-testing-for-the-diagnosis-of-ocular-histoplasmosis-in-four-cats-a-case-series-and-literature-review
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Kathryn M Smith, Ann R Strom, Margi A Gilmour, Elise LaDouceur, Christopher M Reilly, Barbara A Byrne, Verena K Affolter, Jane E Sykes, David J Maggs
CASE SERIES SUMMARY: This case series describes the clinical utility of antigen testing for the diagnosis of feline ocular histoplasmosis. Four cats with suspected (n = 2) or confirmed (n = 2) ocular histoplasmosis are described: three from Oklahoma and one from California. In one case, serial urine antigen tests, as well as a serum antigen test for Histoplasma capsulatum, were negative; however, light microscopy identified microorganisms consistent with H capsulatum in ocular tissues at necropsy...
August 15, 2016: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27499249/cutaneous-involvement-in-the-deep-mycoses-a-review-part-ii-systemic-mycoses
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J E Carrasco-Zuber, C Navarrete-Dechent, A Bonifaz, F Fich, V Vial-Letelier, D Berroeta-Mauriziano
In the second part of this review on the deep mycoses, we describe the main systemic mycoses-paracoccidioidomycosis, coccidioidomycosis, histoplasmosis, mucormycosis, and cryptococcosis-and their cutaneous manifestations. Skin lesions are only occasionally seen in deep systemic mycoses either directly, when the skin is the route of entry for the fungus, or indirectly, when the infection has spread from a deeper focus. These cutaneous signs are often the only clue to the presence of a potentially fatal infection...
December 2016: Actas Dermo-sifiliográficas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27374451/-clinical-characteristics-of-histoplamosis-in-8-patients-case-report-and-literature-review
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Li Zhou, Songqing Fan, Qingchun Liang, Yating Peng, Dandan Zong, Ruoyun Ouyang
To explore the clinical characteristics, imaging manifestation, diagnosis and treatment for histoplasmosis and to improve therapeutic level, we retrospectively analyzed the clinical data of 8 patients with biopsy-confirmed histoplasmosis from 2004 to 2014 in the Second Xiangya Hospital of Central South University and reviewed relevant literatures. The main clinical symptoms of histoplasmosis included fever, cough, expectoration, chest pain, blood-stained sputum, lymphadenectasis, etc. The major lung imaging features were mass, node or pneumonia-like performance...
June 28, 2016: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
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