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M-P Ledoux, J Denis, Y Nivoix, R Herbrecht
Isavuconazole, the active moiety of its prodrug isavuconazonium, is a new extended-spectrum triazole whose activity against yeasts, molds, including Aspergillus and mucorales, and dimorphic fungi has been shown in vitro and in preclinical models. The most relevant pharmacokinetics features are water-solubility of the prodrug, rapid cleavage of the prodrug into active moiety and cleavage product by plasmatic esterases, high oral bioavailability of isavuconazole with an extensive penetration into most tissues and a good safety profile even in case of renal impairment...
March 15, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
S Dolatabadi, B Ahmadi, A Rezaei-Matehkolaei, H Zarrinfar, A Skiada, H Mirhendi, R Nashibi, F Niknejad, M Nazeri, A Rafiei, M Gharaghani, M Erami, S Taghipour, F Piri, K Makimura
Mucormycosis is a devastating infection caused by Mucoralean fungi (Mucormycotina, Mucorales). Data concerning the global epidemiology of mucormycosis are scarce and little is known about the characteristics of mucormycosis in Iran. In this study, we aimed to understand the distribution of this infection in Iran retrospectively and to ascertain whether the patterns of infection are associated with specific host factors or not. A total of 208 cases were included in this study occurring during 2008-2014 and were validated according to (EORTC/MSG) criteria...
March 12, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
N Gholinejad Ghadi, Z Seifi, T Shokohi, S R Aghili, M Nikkhah, L Vahedi Larijani, M Ghasemi, I Haghani
Mucormycosis is a rare but fulminant opportunistic fungal infection, which occurs most often in diabetic and immunocompromised patients. Dental extractions may create a portal of entry for the fungal infection. The mucormycosis may be the original cause of the pain and can be misdiagnosed as dental pain. In this paper, two cases of mucormycosis are reported after dental extractions and successfully treated with amphotericin B (case #1) and combined with posaconazole (case #2). The two cases we describe exemplify the fulminant mucormycosis of maxillary sinuses after dental extraction inpatients with uncontrolled diabetic support the findings that this predisposing condition created a suitable environment for the Mucorales growth...
March 12, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Seyedmojtaba Seyedmousavi, Sandra de M G Bosco, Sybren de Hoog, Frank Ebel, Daniel Elad, Renata R Gomes, Ilse D Jacobsen, An Martel, Bernard Mignon, Frank Pasmans, Elena Piecková, Anderson Messias Rodrigues, Karuna Singh, Vania A Vicente, Gudrun Wibbelt, Nathan P Wiederhold, Jacques Guillot
The importance of fungal infections in both human and animals has increased over the last decades. This article represents an overview of the different categories of fungal infections that can be encountered in animals originating from environmental sources without transmission to humans. In addition, the endemic infections with indirect transmission from the environment, the zoophilic fungal pathogens with near-direct transmission, the zoonotic fungi that can be directly transmitted from animals to humans, mycotoxicoses and antifungal resistance in animals will also be discussed...
April 1, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
A Skiada, C Lass-Floerl, N Klimko, A Ibrahim, E Roilides, G Petrikkos
The diagnosis and treatment of mucormycosis are challenging. The incidence of the disease seems to be increasing. Hematological malignancies are the most common underlying disease in countries with high income and uncontrolled diabetes in developing countries. Clinical approach to diagnosis lacks sensitivity and specificity. Radiologically, multiple (≥10) nodules and pleural effusion are reportedly associated with pulmonary mucormycosis. Another finding on computerized tomography (CT) scan, which seems to indicate the presence of mucormycosis, is the reverse halo sign...
April 1, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
J Denis, M-P Ledoux, Y Nivoix, R Herbrecht
Triazoles compounds are first-line agents for the treatment of invasive fungal diseases. Isavuconazole is the most recent triazole compound, approved in 2015 by the FDA and the EMA to treat invasive aspergillosis and mucormycosis. We reviewed here the in vitro activity of isavuconazole against a vast spectrum of species. Isavuconazole MICs were evaluated using CLSI, EUCAST or Etest methods, with no significant differences between the technics. Low MIC50 and MIC90 (<1μg/mL) were described for isavuconazole against the majority of Candida spp...
March 10, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Yukihiro Kaneko, Ken-Ichi Oinuma, Tsuneko Terachi, Yasuaki Arimura, Mamiko Niki, Koichi Yamada, Hiroshi Kakeya, Tetsu Mizutani
A 53-year-old woman was hospitalized due to septic shock after developing pneumococcal pneumonia after undergoing esophageal cancer surgery. Her transverse colon became perforated after receiving antimicrobial chemotherapy; therefore, emergency subtotal colectomy was performed. Fungi detected in both her colon tissue and a drainage sample indicated intestinal mucormycosis. Early intensive treatment with high-dose liposomal amphotericin B was successful, and she was subsequently discharged from the hospital...
March 9, 2018: Internal Medicine
Alia Zehani, Ines Smichi, Jihene Marrakchi, Ghazi Besbes, Slim Haouet, Nidhameddine Kchir
Mucormycosis is a rare and acute fungal infection which is frequently lethal, usually observed in non-controlled diabetic patients. The infection usually begins in the nose but it can invade the lung, the digestive tract, and the skin. Rhinocerebral mucormycosis accounts for 40 to 49% of mucormycosis cases. We report the case of a 44-year-old diabetic man, presenting with rhinocerebral mucormycosis. Our patient was treated by an association of amphotericin B and surgical debridement.
May 2017: La Tunisie Médicale
Mihai Mareș, Valentina Ruxandra Moroti-Constantinescu, David W Denning
OBJECTIVE: To estimate for the first time the burden of fungal infections in Romania. METHODS: Data derived from the World Health Organization (WHO), National Institute of Statistics, Romanian public health agencies and non-profit health organizations, and published annual reports on local epidemiology were used in the present study. When no data were available, specific at-risk populations were used to calculate frequencies of serious fungal diseases, using previously published epidemiological parameters...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Deepak Venkatesh, Satyajit Dandagi, Pramod Redder Chandrappa, K N Hema
Mucormycosis or zygomycosis, also called phycomycosis, is an uncommon, invasive, potentially lethal and an aggressive fungal infection of the order Mucorales that usually affects patients with alteration of their immunological system. From its initial description (Paltauf, 1885), this entity still has a high mortality. Imaging techniques are not usually diagnostic, and cultures are not totally reliable. Definitive diagnosis is exclusively obtained by means of histopathological examination. Early recognition and aggressive treatment are of paramount importance and have reduced the mortality and morbidity...
January 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
Evgenii Shumilov, Ulrike Bacher, Christina Perske, Alexander Mohr, Helmut Eiffert, Justin Hasenkamp, Lorenz Trümper, Gerald G Wulf, Philipp Ströbel, Ashraf S Ibrahim, Vivek Venkataramani
Mucormycosis is probably the most devastating and hard to diagnose invasive mold infection caused by fungi belonging to the order Mucorales.….
February 26, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
Mark M Hammer, Rachna Madan, Hiroto Hatabu
OBJECTIVE: Pulmonary mucormycosis is an aggressive opportunistic fungal infection. We set out to evaluate the CT and MRI features of pulmonary mucormycosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Through a search of the electronic medical record from 2007 to 2017, we identified 30 patients with definite or probable mucormycosis. Two radiologists reviewed the initial chest CT examinations for the presence of features including the "reverse halo" sign, large ground-glass halo, and peripheral lesion distribution...
February 22, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Ingvild Nordøy, Liv Hesstvedt, Cecilie Torp Andersen, Haima Mylvaganam, Nicola Isabelle Kols, Birgit Margrethe Falch, Ståle Tofteland, Fredrik Müller, David William Denning
The aim of this study was to examine the burden of fungal disease in Norway, contributing to a worldwide effort to improve awareness of the needs for better diagnosis and treatment of such infections. We used national registers and actual data from the Departments of Microbiology from 2015 and estimated the incidence and/or prevalence of superficial, allergic and invasive fungal disease using published reports on specific populations at risk. One in 6 Norwegians suffered from fungal disease: Superficial skin infections (14...
February 21, 2018: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Jonathon S Jundt, Mark E K Wong, Alexander M Tatara, Nagi M Demian
Mucormycosis, also known as zygomycosis, is an aggressive infection caused by a ubiquitous group of molds known as mucormycetes and is often associated with immune suppression or trauma among immunocompetent populations. We present the case of a 19-year-old woman who was involved in a motor vehicle accident in whom rapidly progressive invasive cutaneous facial mucormycosis subsequently developed. The diagnosis, treatment options, and incidence of this disease process are discussed in the context of trauma.
February 16, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Vivek Kumar Pathak, Rohit Saxena, Sanjeev Awasthi, Sushil Gaur, Sunil Kumar Singh
Mucormycosis is a rare opportunistic fungal infection in immunocompromised patients, Rhizopus species are most common, sometimes mucormycosis can be life threatening we report a case of rhinoorbitocerebral mucormycosis a patient with diabetic ketoacidosis secondarily infected by maggots with altered consciousness and metabolic decompensation.
March 2018: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Chien-Yuan Chen, Wang-Huei Sheng, Feng-Ming Tien, Po-Chu Lee, Shang-Yi Huang, Jih-Luh Tang, Woei Tsay, Hwei-Fang Tien, Po-Ren Hsueh
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: This study was aimed to investigate clinical characteristics and treatment outcomes of pulmonary invasive fungal infection (IFI) among patients with hematological malignancy. METHODS: All patients with hematological malignancy who were treated at a medical centre from 2008 to 2013 were evaluated. Pulmonary IFI was classified according to the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer 2008 consensus. RESULTS: During the study period, 236 (11...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infection, Wei Mian Yu Gan Ran za Zhi
Muhammet Sayan, Huseyin Arpag, Mahmut Tokur, Abdulkadir Yasir Bahar
Mucormycosis is an opportunistic fungal infection that can infect different regions of the body. This entity may present in rhinocerebral, pulmonary, cutaneous, and disseminated forms. Although pulmonary mucormycosis is usually seen as an invasive parenchymal consolidation or cavitation, it may rarely present as an endobronchial mass. We describe a case of endobronchial mucormycosis in which the fungal mass was completely removed via rigid bronchoscopy before medical therapy.
January 1, 2018: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
Shefali K Sharma, Prasanth Balasubramanian, Bishan Radotra, Manphool Singhal
Mucormycosis, a rare opportunistic infection seen in immunocompromised hosts, is caused by fungi of Mucorales family. It may be confined to the organs, such as rhinocerebral and pulmonary mucormycosis, or may cause disseminated infection. A 14-year-old boy presented to our clinic with fever and left upper quadrant abdominal pain, and on evaluation was found to have pancytopaenia, and imaging revealed ill-defined splenic collection with thrombus in the splenic vein. He was started on empirical intravenous antibiotics, followed by antifungals empirically as he did not show any improvement clinically...
February 8, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
E Fréalle, S Rocchi, M Bacus, H Bachelet, L Pasquesoone, B Tavernier, D Mathieu, L Millon, M Jeanne
BACKGROUND: Cutaneous mucormycoses, mainly due to Lichtheimia (Absidia), have occurred on several occasions in the Burn Unit of the University Hospital of Lille, France. AIM: To investigate the potential vector role of non-sterile bandages used to hold in place sterile gauze used for wound dressing. METHODS: Mycological analysis by conventional culture, Mucorales qPCR, and Lichtheimia species-specific qPCR were performed on 8 crepe and 6 elasticized bandages that were sampled on two independent soccasions in March 2014 and July 2016...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Hospital Infection
Wenqi Xu, Jingwen Peng, Dongmei Li, Clement K M Tsui, Zhimin Long, Qiong Wang, Huan Mei, Weida Liu
Mucormycosis is one of the most invasive mycosis and has caused global concern in public health. Cutaneous mucormycosis caused by Mucor irregularis (formerly Rhizomucor variabilis) is an emerging disease in China. To survive in the human body, M. irregularis must overcome the hypoxic (low oxygen) host microenvironment. However, the exact molecular mechanism of its pathogenicity and adaptation to low oxygen stress environment is relatively unexplored. In this study, we used Illumina HiSeq technology (RNA-Seq) to determine and compare the transcriptome profile of M...
October 9, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
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