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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527158/asymptomatic-cryptococcal-antigenemia-in-people-living-with-hiv-plhiv-with-severe-immunosuppression-is-routine-crag-screening-indicated-in-india
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S Anuradha, Abhaya Narayana H, Richa Dewan, Ravinder Kaur, K Rajeshwari
BACKGROUND: Cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is a common, life-threatening opportunistic infection (OI) among people living with HIV (PLHIV) in India. Serum Cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) positivity is predictive of future occurrence of CM and pre-emptive treatment reduces its mortality. Routine CrAg screening among PLHIV is not adopted by India's national programme. This study evaluated the prevalence of CrAg and assessed CrAg positivity in predicting all-cause mortality among PLHIV. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted in a tertiary care, public health facility in New Delhi, India...
April 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526427/atypical-presentations-of-cutaneous-leishmaniasis-a-systematic-review
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Camilla Barros Meireles, Laís Chaves Maia, Gustavo Coelho Soares, Ilara Parente Pinheiro Teodoro, Maria do Socorro Vieira Gadelha, Cláudio Gleidiston Lima da Silva, Marcos Antonio Pereira de Lima
Cutaneous Leishmaniasis (CL) is endemic in 88 countries, showing relevant prevalences. The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review on atypical lesions of CL around the world, addressing clinico-epidemiological, immunological and therapeutic aspects. A search of the literature was conducted via electronic databases Scopus and PubMed for articles published between 2010 and 2015. The search terms browsed were "cutaneous leishmaniasis", "atypical" and "unusual". Based on the eligibility criteria, 34 out of 122 articles were included in the final sample...
May 16, 2017: Acta Tropica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526270/risk-factors-for-urinary-tract-infections-in-geriatric-hospitals
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Raphaële Girard, Sylvain Gaujard, Véronique Pergay, Pascal Pornon, Géraldine Martin Gaujard, Laurent Bourguignon
BACKGROUND: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is the most frequent nosocomial infection in geriatric units. An understanding of risk factors for infection may help identify prevention strategies. AIM: Identification of the risk factors for UTI in elderly patients. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of 3 prospective cohorts. All hospitalized patients present in, or admitted to, a geriatric unit from June 1 to June 28, for the years 2009, 2012, and 2015 were included and followed until discharge or until June 30 of the year concerned...
May 16, 2017: Journal of Hospital Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524832/measles-outbreak-in-pediatric-hematology-and-oncology-patients-in-shanghai-2015
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Yan-Ling Ge, Xiao-Wen Zhai, Yan-Feng Zhu, Xiang-Shi Wang, Ai-Mei Xia, Yue-Fang Li, Mei Zeng
BACKGROUND: Despite substantial progress toward measles control are making in China, measles outbreaks in immunocompromised population still pose a challenge to interrupt endemic transmission. This study aimed to investigate the features of measles in pediatric hematology and oncology patients and explore the reasons behind the outbreak. METHODS: We collected demographic, epidemiological, and clinical data of immunocompromised measles children. All suspected measles cases were laboratory-confirmed based on the presence of measles IgM and/or identification of measles RNA...
June 5, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524434/unaffected-reaction-level-in-tuberculin-skin-test-by-long-term-therapy-with-tumor-necrosis-factor-inhibitors-for-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Shotaro Yamamoto, Katsuya Nagatani, Takeo Sato, Masahiro Iwamoto, Shino Takatori, Seiji Minota
AIM: The tuberculin skin test (TST) is used to diagnose tuberculosis; however, the influence of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors on the test is unclear. This study investigated whether therapy with TNF inhibitors suppresses the TST reaction due to immunosuppression or whether the TST reaction increases due to reactivation of latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection. METHOD: Ninety-one patients with rheumatoid arthritis receiving TNF inhibitors (40 using infliximab and 51 using etanercept) were studied...
May 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523327/complicated-diverticulitis-in-a-de-novo-kidney-transplanted-patient
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Liliana Ana TuŢă, Mădălina Boşoteanu, Eugen Dumitru, Mariana Deacu
Diverticular disease is frequent amongst the elderly and immunosuppressed patients. It mainly presents as sigmoid diverticulitis, but severe complications, like bleedings, infections and colon perforation may occur, frequently due to immunosuppressive therapy. Moreover, antibiotherapy and hemostatics may not efficiently control evolution in such cases. Early diagnose and adequate treatment of colonic diverticulosis complicated with lower gastrointestinal bleeding and diverticulitis in immunocompromised patients...
2017: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521905/harnessing-the-properties-of-dendritic-cells-in-the-pursuit-of-immunological-tolerance
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Christopher Horton, Kumaran Shanmugarajah, Paul J Fairchild
The acquisition of self-perpetuating, immunological tolerance specific for graft alloantigens has long been described as the "holy grail" of clinical transplantation. By removing the need for life-long immunosuppression following engraftment, the adverse consequences of immunosuppressive regimens, including chronic infections and malignancy, may be avoided. Furthermore, autoimmune diseases and allergy are, by definition, driven by aberrant immunological responses to ordinarily innocuous antigens. The re-establishment of permanent tolerance towards instigating antigens may, therefore, provide a cure to these common diseases...
April 2017: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520953/evolving-insights-into-the-epidemiology-and-control-of-clostridium-difficile-in-hospitals
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Daniel A Caroff, Deborah S Yokoe, Michael Klompas
Typing studies suggest most cases of hospital-onset Clostridium difficile infection are unrelated to other cases of active disease in the hospital. New cases may instead be due to transmissions from asymptomatic carriers or progression of latent C.difficile present-on-admission to active infection. Direct exposure to antibiotics remains the primary risk factor for C.difficile infection but ward-level antibiotic use, antibiotic exposure of the prior room occupant, and C.difficile status of the prior room occupant increase risk for C...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516725/the-need-for-better-preventative-strategies-for-inflammatory-bowel-disease-patients-at-risk-of-herpes-zoster-virus
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William Bye, Miles Sparrow, Susie Connor, Jane Andrews, Katie Ellard, Watson Ng, Georgia Hume, Sally Antoniades, Alissa Walsh
BACKGROUND: Immunosuppressed IBD patients have an increased risk of HZV infection. The existing live-attenuated HZV vaccine is contraindicated in some of these patients and can only be used with caution in others. AIMS: To describe characteristics of IBD patients suffering HZV to enable implementation of risk mitigation strategies for those at highest risk. METHODS: Gastroenterologists completed a proforma for IBD patients who experienced HZV infection: IBD phenotype, details of HZV infection, immunosuppression and any change to treatment upon diagnosis of HZV...
May 17, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516112/hemorrhagic-cystitis-in-a-liver-transplant-recipient-secondary-to-bk-virus
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Faisal Kamal, Bilal Ali, Matthew Barnes, Sehrish Kamal, Satheesh Nair, Humberto Gonzalez
The association between BK virus infection and hemorrhagic cystitis (HC) in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients is well established. However, BK virus-associated HC has not been described in liver transplant (LT) recipients. We present a case of BK virus-associated HC in a LT recipient. Our patient presented with worsening liver function tests 2 years after transplantation and was found to have acute cellular rejection. He was treated with increased immunosuppression and subsequently developed hematuria...
2017: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515716/antifungal-activity-of-the-biphosphinic-cyclopalladate-c7a-against-candida-albicans-yeast-forms-in-vitro-and-in-vivo
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Julian E Muñoz, Diego C P Rossi, Kelly Ishida, Cristina C Spadari, Marcia S C Melhem, Daniel M Garcia, Antonio C F Caires, Carlos P Taborda, Elaine G Rodrigues
Vulvovaginal and invasive candidiasis are frequent conditions in immunosuppressed individuals caused by Candida albicans and non-albicans Candida spp. Fluconazole and Amphotericin B are the main drugs used to fight the infection. However, resistance to fluconazole and other azole antifungal drugs is an important clinical problem that encourages the search for new therapeutic alternatives. In this work, we evaluate the antifungal activity of the biphosphinic cyclopalladate C7a in the in vitro and in vivo model...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513998/ibd-due-to-pid-inflammatory-bowel-disease-caused-by-primary-immunodeficiencies-clinical-presentations-review-of-literature-and-proposal-of-a-rational-diagnostic-algorithm
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REVIEW
Daniel Tegtmeyer, Maximilian Seidl, Patrick Gerner, Ulrich Baumann, Christian Klemann
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) including Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC) have a multifactorial pathogenesis with complex interactions between polygenetic predispositions and environmental factors. However, IBD can also be caused by monogenic diseases, such as primary immunodeficiencies (PID). Recently, an increasing number of these altogether rare diseases has been described to present often primarily, or solely as IBD. Early recognition of these conditions enables adaption of therapies and thus directly benefits the course of IBDs...
May 17, 2017: Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513813/hepatitis-b-virus-reactivation-after-effective-sofosbuvir-and-ribavirin-treatment-in-a-patient-with-occult-hepatitis-b-virus-infection
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Silvia Odolini, Paola Lanza, Angiola Angiola, Serena Zaltron, Lucia Urbinati, Andrea Vavassori, Paola Nasta, Elena Festa, Franco Gargiulo, Anna Rodella, Arnaldo Caruso, Salvatore Casari, Francesco Castelli, Mauro Viganò
Reactivation of the hepatitis B virus (HBV) has been reported in patients with occult infection (OBI), i.e. HBV surface antigen (HBsAg) negative, HBV core antibody (anti-HBc) positive ± antibodies against HBsAg (anti-HBs) and detectable HBV DNA in serum or liver, receiving immunosuppressive or cytotoxic therapies. Recently, concerns have been raised regarding the risk of HBV reactivation in OBI patients treated with direct acting antiviral agents (DAAs) for chronic hepatitis C (CHC). Here we describe a case of HBV reactivation in a 72-year-old woman with OBI as a possible consequence of effective treatment with sofosbuvir (SOF) and ribavirin (Rbv) for genotype 2a/2c CHC...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513810/epstein-barr-virus-encephalitis-in-solid-organ-transplantation
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Jillian S Y S Y, Zhi Mei Low, Iain Abbott, Lani Shochet, John Kanellis, Richard A Kitching, Tony M Korman
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is typically associated with post transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD) after solid organ and stem cell transplantation. However, it is rarely associated with neurological complications. We report a case of severe encephalitis complicating primary EBV infection six months post renal transplantation, and review the literature on EBV encephalitis in solid organ transplantation in adults. A 55-year-old male presented 6 months post cadaveric renal transplant with headache, fever and confusion...
May 17, 2017: New Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512588/severe-aplastic-anemia-following-parvovirus-b19-associated-acute-hepatitis
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Masanori Furukawa, Kosuke Kaji, Hiroyuki Masuda, Kuniaki Ozaki, Shohei Asada, Aritoshi Koizumi, Takuya Kubo, Norihisa Nishimura, Yasuhiko Sawada, Kosuke Takeda, Tsuyoshi Mashitani, Masayuki Kubo, Itsuto Amano, Tomoyuki Ootani, Chiho Ohbayashi, Koji Murata, Tatsuichi Ann, Akira Mitoro, Hitoshi Yoshiji
Human parvovirus (HPV) B19 is linked to a variety of clinical manifestations, such as erythema infectiosum, nonimmune hydrops fetalis, and transient aplastic anemia. Although a few cases have shown HPVB19 infection as a possible causative agent for hepatitis-associated aplastic anemia (HAAA) in immunocompetent patients, most reported cases of HAAA following transient hepatitis did not have delayed remission. Here we report a rare case of severe aplastic anemia following acute hepatitis with prolonged jaundice due to HPVB19 infection in a previously healthy young male...
2017: Case Reports in Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510089/porphyrin-based-cationic-amphiphilic-photosensitisers-as-potential-anticancer-antimicrobial-and-immunosuppressive-agents
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REVIEW
Nela Malatesti, Ivana Munitic, Igor Jurak
Photodynamic therapy (PDT) combines a photosensitiser, light and molecular oxygen to induce oxidative stress that can be used to kill pathogens, cancer cells and other highly proliferative cells. There is a growing number of clinically approved photosensitisers and applications of PDT, whose main advantages include the possibility of selective targeting, localised action and stimulation of the immune responses. Further improvements and broader use of PDT could be accomplished by designing new photosensitisers with increased selectivity and bioavailability...
April 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509128/a-case-of-rapid-amelioration-of-hepatitis-c-virus-associated-cryoglobulinemic-membranoproliferative-glomerulonephritis-treated-by-interferon-free-directly-acting-antivirals-for-hcv-in-the-absence-of-immunosuppressant
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Fumiaki Obata, Taichi Murakami, Junko Miyagi, Sayo Ueda, Taizo Inagaki, Masanori Minato, Hiroyuki Ono, Kenji Nishimura, Eriko Shibata, Masanori Tamaki, Sakiya Yoshimoto, Fumi Kishi, Seiji Kishi, Motokazu Matsuura, Kojiro Nagai, Hideharu Abe, Toshio Doi
Mixed cryoglobulinemic syndrome, which is a systemic vasculitis characterized by the immune complex deposition in small- and medium-sized arteries and most often due to chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, sometimes clinically manifests as refractory glomerulonephritis or nephritic syndrome. Patients with mixed cryoglobulinemic nephropathy who have a rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis should receive immunosuppressive therapy. After disease stabilization, patients should receive concurrent therapy for the underlying HCV infection...
November 21, 2016: CEN Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508573/regional-differences-in-the-management-and-outcome-of-kidney-transplantation-in-patients-with-human-immunodeficiency-virus-infection-a-3-year-retrospective-cohort-study
#18
Marina P Cristelli, Federico Cofán, Helio Tedesco-Silva, Joan Carles Trullàs, Daniel Wagner C L Santos, Cristian Manzardo, Fernando Agüero, Asunción Moreno, Federico Oppenheimer, Fritz Diekmann, Jose O Medina-Pestana, Jose Maria Miro
BACKGROUND: In the developed world, kidney transplantation (KT) in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection is well established. Developing countries concentrate 90% of the people living with HIV, but their experience is underreported. Regional differences may affect outcomes. OBJECTIVES: We compared the 3-year outcomes of patients with HIV infection receiving a KT in two different countries, in terms of incomes and development. METHODS: This was an observational, retrospective, double-center study, including all HIV-infected patients >18 years old undergoing KT...
May 16, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508096/-off-label-biologic-therapy-of-anca-associated-and-non-anca-associated-small-vessel-vasculitis-efficacy-and-safety-analysis-of-a-national-registry-graid2
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N Venhoff, F Proft, H Schulze-Koops, J Holle, R E Voll, C Iking-Konert, A M Jacobi, J Henes, L Unger, O Kneitz, T Dörner, J Thiel
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of off-label biological therapies in patients with ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV) and non-ANCA-associated small-vessel vasculitis (nAAV) in clinical practice. METHODS: The German Registry in Autoimmune Diseases 2 (GRAID2) is a national, retrospective, non-interventional, multicentre observational study (August 2006 until December 2013) on patients with autoimmune diseases refractory to standard immunosuppressive therapy treated with off-label biologicals...
May 15, 2017: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507842/pyoderma-gangrenosum-after-deep-inferior-epigastric-perforator-breast-reconstruction-systematic-review-and-case-report
#20
Justin T Zelones, John F Nigriny
BACKGROUND: Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is a rare skin disorder of the neutrophilic dermatoses spectrum that can mimic wound infections in surgical patients. PG after breast surgery has been reported but in limited amounts in autologous breast reconstruction patients. We present the first case of PG after a delayed bilateral deep inferior epigastric perforator flap breast reconstruction in the setting of systemic disease along with a systematic review. METHODS: PubMed, Ovid, and Web of Science were systematically searched to obtain cases of PG after autologous breast reconstruction...
April 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Global Open
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