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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032736/coccidioidomycosis-immunoglobulin-deficiency-safety-challenges-with-car-t-cells-therapy-for-relapsed-lymphoma
#1
Umar Zahid, Al-Aman Shaukat, Nida Hassan, Faiz Anwer
Treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory lymphoma may require allogenic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT), but treatment of post-transplant relapse disease remains very challenging. Donor lymphocyte infusion and blinatumomab have been used with limited success for the treatment of relapse. Initial data on donor-derived CAR T cells has shown this modality to be safe and highly effective in various hematological malignancies. We present a case of a patient with highly refractory, transformed follicular lymphoma who failed both autologous and allogenic HSCT...
October 2017: Immunotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935008/coccidioidomycosis-in-an-indoor-housed-rhesus-macaque-macaca-mulatta
#2
Mila C Kundu, Michael A Ringenberg, Denise L d'Epagnier, Heather L Haag, Sean Maguire
Coccidioides spp. are saprophytic, dimorphic fungi that are endemic to arid climates, are capable of infecting many species, and result in diverse clinical presentations. An indoor-housed laboratory rhesus macaque presented with weight loss and decreased activity and appetite. During the diagnostic evaluation, a bronchiolar-alveolar pattern in the cranial lung lobes, consistent with bronchopneumonia, was noted on radiographs. Given the poor prognosis, the macaque was euthanized. Confirming the radiographic assessment, gross necropsy findings included multifocal to coalescing areas of consolidation in the right and left cranial lung lobes...
October 1, 2017: Comparative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911256/immune-reconstitution-inflammatory-syndrome-in-patients-with-aids-and-disseminated-coccidioidomycosis-a-case-series-and-review-of-the-literature
#3
Anandit Mu, Thwe Thwe Shein, Priya Jayachandran, Simon Paul
Coccidioidomycosis causes substantial morbidity and mortality in endemic areas, and dissemination is frequent in patients with impaired cellular immunity such as AIDS. Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS) is paradoxical clinical worsening after initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in a patient with HIV and a simultaneous opportunistic infection (OI). Immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome has been well described for a host of mycobacterial, viral, and fungal OIs and malignancies such as Kaposi sarcoma...
January 1, 2017: Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857979/coccidioidomycosis-involving-lungs-and-skin-a-mimicker-of-metastatic-disease
#4
Barbara Saenz-Ibarra, Victor G Prieto, Carlos A Torres-Cabala, Auris Huen, Priyadharsini Nagarajan, Michael T Tetzlaff, Jonathan L Curry, Doina Ivan, Phyu P Aung
Coccidioidomycosis is the major systemic mycoses, considered to be 1 of the most infectious fungal diseases. In symptomatic patients, the most common manifestation is pulmonary disease, but many other organs can be affected. Disseminated disease occurs in 1%-5% of all patients affected by coccidioidomycosis and can affect any organ, with the skin, central nervous system, and musculoskeletal system being reported as the most prevalent. Here, we report a 42-year-old male farmer from the west Texas who presented with an approximately 2-month history of progressive shortness of breath and dyspnea on exertion, weight loss, and night sweats...
August 24, 2017: American Journal of Dermatopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28845574/enucleation-or-exenteration-in-two-dogs-with-previous-parotid-duct-transposition-parotid-duct-ligation-versus-reverse-parotid-duct-transposition
#5
Whitney M Young, Caroline M Betbeze, Stephen C Fisher, James P Boulay
Two dogs with previous parotid duct transpositions presented with unrelated ocular disease. In both cases, ophthalmic examination revealed the need for enucleation or exenteration. In case 1, systemic coccidioidomycosis was diagnosed with panuveitis and secondary glaucoma of the left eye. In this case, the parotid duct was ligated at the time of enucleation to stop salivary secretions. This dog encountered morbidity in the form of a sialocele that did not resolve for 11 months. In case 2, ultrasound and computed tomography revealed a discrete mass within the left medial orbit that was suspected to arise from the nictitating membrane...
August 27, 2017: Veterinary Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844921/spinal-coccidioidomycosis-a-current-review-of-diagnosis-and-management
#6
Eduardo Martinez-Del-Campo, Samuel Kalb, Leonardo Rangel-Castilla, Karam Moon, Ana Moran, Omar Gonzalez, Hector Soriano-Baron, Nicholas Theodore
OBJECTIVE: Coccidioidomycosis is an invasive fungal disease that may present with extrathoracic dissemination. Patients with spinal coccidioidomycosis require unique medical and surgical management. The authors review the risk factors and clinical presentations, discuss the indications for surgical intervention, and evaluate outcomes and complications after medical and surgical management. METHODS: A review of the English-language literature was performed. Eighteen articles included the management of 140 patients with spinal coccidioidomycosis...
August 24, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811115/recurrence-of-cutaneous-coccidioidomycosis-6-years-after-valley-fever-a-case-presentation-and-literature-review
#7
Rana Shahab, Nasir K Amra, Rola Rabah, Justin Saunar, Joan Soriano, Jaffar A Al-Tawfiq
Coccidioidomycosis is usually acquired by inhalation of spores of Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasii. The disease ranges from a self-limited acute pneumonia (Valley Fever) to a disseminated disease. We present a 44-year-old healthy male who had patchy hair loss of several months duration resembling discoid lupus. He developed a firm non-scaly red plaque on the right forehead. Initial biopsy showed spongiotic dermatitis, and he was treated with systemic steroids. He then developed forehead and periorbital cellulitis and was treated with systemic antibiotics...
July 8, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797486/diagnosis-and-management-of-coccidioidomycosis
#8
REVIEW
Luke M Gabe, Joshua Malo, Kenneth S Knox
Coccidioidomycosis is a leading cause of community-acquired pneumonia within its traditional endemic zone in the Southwestern United States and portions of Mexico and Central and South America. Its incidence has increased dramatically within the endemic region; its presence outside of the region, facilitated by a mobile society, is also now substantial. Although only a fraction of the incident disease progresses beyond subclinical illness, this proportion is large in absolute terms and causes substantial disease burden...
September 2017: Clinics in Chest Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796756/notes-from-the-field-increase-in-coccidioidomycosis-california-2016
#9
Gail Sondermeyer Cooksey, Alyssa Nguyen, Kirsten Knutson, Farzaneh Tabnak, Kaitlin Benedict, Orion McCotter, Seema Jain, Duc Vugia
Coccidioidomycosis, or Valley Fever, is an infectious disease caused by inhalation of Coccidioides spp. spores (1). This soil-dwelling fungus is endemic in the southwestern United States, with most (97%) U.S. cases reported from Arizona and California (1,2). Following an incubation period of 1-3 weeks, symptomatic patients most often experience self-limited, influenza-like symptoms, but coccidioidomycosis also can lead to severe pulmonary disease and to rare cases of disseminated disease, including meningitis (1)...
August 11, 2017: MMWR. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28769594/disseminated-coccidioidomycosis-with-molluscum-like-lesions-diffuse-lymphadenopathy-and-splenomegaly-in-an-immunocompetent-patient
#10
Ernest Fonocho, Richard Murray, Nail Aydin
Coccidioidomycosis is caused by a dimorphic fungus species endemic to the arid and semi-arid regions of the Americas. The species have a terranean habitat producing a primary pulmonary infection by inhalation of arthroconidia. We describe a case of extrapulmonary coccidioidomycosis presenting with extensive lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly, and florid cutaneous lesions. This case is intended to heighten clinical suspicion in patients with risk factors.
2017: International Medical Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720194/you-re-the-flight-surgeon
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Harris Graessle CL. You're the flight surgeon: coccidioidomycosis. Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2017; 88(8):796-800.
August 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717672/coccidioidomycosis-a-cause-of-sarcoidosis
#12
Tim Kuberski, Isaac Yourison
BACKGROUND: Sarcoidosis is a granulomatous disease of unknown etiology and coccidioidomycosis is a granulomatous fungal infection endemic to the southwestern United States. Clinical observations on patients with sarcoidosis and coccidioidomycosis simultaneously led to the hypothesis that sarcoidosis can be caused by the fungus Coccidioides. METHODS: Two patients with sarcoidosis and coccidioidomycosis were studied, one prospectively (ie, a patient with sarcoidosis was predicted to develop coccidioidomycosis) and the other retrospectively (ie, a patient with coccidioidomycosis develops sarcoidosis)...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28702025/cellular-and-molecular-defects-underlying-invasive-fungal-infections-revelations-from-endemic-mycoses
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REVIEW
Pamela P Lee, Yu-Lung Lau
The global burden of fungal diseases has been increasing, as a result of the expanding number of susceptible individuals including people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hematopoietic stem cell or organ transplant recipients, patients with malignancies or immunological conditions receiving immunosuppressive treatment, premature neonates, and the elderly. Opportunistic fungal pathogens such as Aspergillus, Candida, Cryptococcus, Rhizopus, and Pneumocystis jiroveci are distributed worldwide and constitute the majority of invasive fungal infections (IFIs)...
2017: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695649/single-center-experience-of-antifungal-prophylaxis-for-coccidioidomycosis-in-heart-transplant-recipients-within-an-endemic-area
#14
Graham M Lohrmann, Darko Vucicevic, Romy Lawrence, D Eric Steidley, Robert L Scott, Shimon Kusne, Janis E Blair
In endemic regions, coccidioidomycosis causes substantial morbidity and mortality for patients receiving solid organ transplants. We aimed to demonstrate the effect of antifungal coccidioidal prophylaxis in heart transplant (HT) recipients. We retrospectively reviewed the electronic health records of all patients who received HTs between October 19, 2005, and December 13, 2014. We collected information regarding antifungal regimens and determined whether patients subsequently developed infections. Our 174-person cohort all received antifungal prophylaxis for at least 6 months (mean follow-up, 53...
July 11, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656821/increased-coccidioidomycosis-among-inmates-at-a-california-prison-initial-investigation-in-2005-to-2006
#15
Lauren A Lee, Jean Yuan, Duc Vugia, Charlotte Wheeler, Robert Chapnick, Janet Mohle-Boetani
Since 2005, coccidioidomycosis has increased among inmates at a California prison. Our initial investigation found an incidence of 3,323 cases/100,000 persons. Black race, age ≥41 years, and residence on Yard C were significantly associated with coccidioidomycosis ( p < .05). Inmates at this prison have continued to be at risk for coccidioidomycosis.
January 1, 2017: Journal of Correctional Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644403/assessment-of-vulnerability-to-coccidioidomycosis-in-arizona-and-california
#16
Jennifer Shriber, Kathryn C Conlon, Kaitlin Benedict, Orion Z McCotter, Jesse E Bell
Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection endemic to the southwestern United States, particularly Arizona and California. Its incidence has increased, potentially due in part to the effects of changing climatic variables on fungal growth and spore dissemination. This study aims to quantify the county-level vulnerability to coccidioidomycosis in Arizona and California and to assess the relationships between population vulnerability and climate variability. The variables representing exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity were combined to calculate county level vulnerability indices...
June 23, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640687/dust-exposure-and-coccidioidomycosis-prevention-among-solar-power-farm-construction-workers-in-california
#17
Gail L Sondermeyer Cooksey, Jason A Wilken, Jennifer McNary, Debra Gilliss, Dennis Shusterman, Barbara L Materna, Duc J Vugia
OBJECTIVES: To investigate if work activities, dust exposure, and protection measures were associated with a 2011 to 2014 coccidioidomycosis outbreak among workers constructing 2 solar farms in California. METHODS: In 2013, we mailed self-administered questionnaires to employees who were onsite at the solar farms where the outbreak occurred to identify cases of clinical coccidioidomycosis and compare with asymptomatic workers by using multivariate logistic regression...
August 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611563/disseminated-coccidioidomycosis-presenting-as-carcinomatosis-peritonei-and-intestinal-coccidioidomycosis-in-a-patient-with-hiv
#18
Umer Malik, Hira Cheema, Ramcharitha Kandikatla, Yasir Ahmed, Kalyan Chakrala
Coccidioidomycosis (CM) is a fungal infection endemic in southwestern regions of the United States, northwestern regions of Mexico, and some areas of Brazil and Argentina. Clinical presentation varies depending on the extent of the infection and the immune status of the host. The most common presentation ranges from flu-like symptoms to self-limiting pneumonia. Extrapulmonary presentations are uncommon and may involve the meninges, skin, and bone. Gastrointestinal and peritoneal involvement is extremely rare...
January 2017: Case Reports in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28595294/coccidioidomycosis-an-underreported-cause-of-death-arizona-2008-2013
#19
Jefferson M Jones, Lia Koski, Mohammed Khan, Shane Brady, Rebecca Sunenshine, Ken K Komatsu
In Arizona during 1997-2013, coccidioidomycosis increased from 21 to 90 cases/100,000 population, but coccidioidomycosis-associated deaths remained stable at 3-6 deaths/million population. We used the capture-recapture method by using death certificates and hospital discharge data to more fully estimate the total number of coccidioidomycosis-attributable deaths and compared this with published estimates. Death certificates were included if any cause of death included coccidioidomycosis; hospital discharge data deaths were included if any discharge diagnosis included coccidioidomycosis and laboratory confirmation...
June 8, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584982/rational-design-of-t-lymphocyte-epitope-based-vaccines-against-coccidioides-infection
#20
Brady J Hurtgen, Chiung-Yu Hung
Coccidioidomycosis is a potentially life-threatening mycosis endemic to the Southwestern USA and some arid regions of Central and South America. A vaccine against Coccidioides infection would benefit over 30-million people who reside in or visit the endemic regions. Vaccine candidates against systemic fungal infections come in many forms. Live attenuated vaccines are derived from disease-causing pathogens and generally stimulate excellent protective immunity. Since attenuated vaccines contain living microbes, there is a degree of unpredictability raising concerns regarding safety and stability...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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