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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166146/bone-scan-pet-ct-and-mri-in-disseminated-coccidioidomycosis
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John Randolph Dryden, Michael David Starsiak, Mickaila James Johnston, Eugene David Silverman
Coccidioidomycosis (valley fever) is a systemic fungal infection resulting from inhalation of the Coccidioides immitis or posadasii spores. In many cases, infection causes a self-limited community-acquired pneumonia; however, in patients with risk factors, such as immunosuppression or African or Pacific Island ancestry, significant morbidity and mortality from disseminated disease may occur. Presented here are comparative images using Tc-MDP bone scan, F-FDG PET/CT, and MRI. Each demonstrates particular strengths, which aid in assessing the extent of systemic involvement of a biopsy-proven case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis...
February 3, 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143444/peritoneal-and-genital-coccidioidomycosis-in-an-otherwise-healthy-danish-female-a-case-report
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Ole Bæk, Karen Astvad, Reza Serizawa, Lawrence J Wheat, Pia T Brenøe, Ann-Brit E Hansen
BACKGROUND: Coccidioidomycosis is a fungal infection that usually presents as a primary lung infection. The fungus is endemic to the Southwest United States of America, northern Mexico and parts of Central and South America the infection is rare outside these areas. However, some patients develop disseminated infection that can lie dormant for several years and can present itself in travelers. We report the first case of extra pulmonary Coccidioidomycosis in a non-immunocompromised individual in Denmark...
January 31, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28134743/donor-related-coccidioidomycosis-transmitted-through-left-liver-transplant-to-a-child-recipient-in-a-non-endemic-area
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Corentin Tanné, Frédérique Dijoud, Meja Rabodonirina, Damien Dupont, Christine Rivet, Sophie Collardeau-Frachon, Yves Gillet, Rémi Dubois, Frédéric Hameury, Jérome Dumortier, Alain Lachaux
This first observation of donor-transmitted cocciodioidomycosis to a pediatric liver transplant recipient underlines a rare condition in transplanted patients in a non-endemic area. Moreover, this transmission was observed following a liver split, the patient being contaminated by the left liver while the right liver recipient was not.
January 26, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098554/risk-factors-for-disseminated-coccidioidomycosis-united-states
#4
Camila D Odio, Beatriz E Marciano, John N Galgiani, Steven M Holland
Of 150,000 new coccidioidomycosis infections that occur annually in the United States, ≈1% disseminate; one third of those cases are fatal. Immunocompromised hosts have higher rates of dissemination. We identified 8 patients with disseminated coccidioidomycosis who had defects in the interleukin-12/interferon-γ and STAT3 axes, indicating that these are critical host defense pathways.
February 2017: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053850/disseminated-coccidioidomycosis-presenting-with-intramedullary-spinal-cord-abscesses-management-challenges
#5
Kristina L Bajema, Mark F Dalesandro, David N Fredricks, Meena Ramchandani
Coccidioides species are endemic to the southwestern United States and typically cause a mild or asymptomatic primary infection. In some instances, infection can disseminate and involve the central nervous system with meningitis being the most common manifestation. Non-osseous spinal cord involvement is exceedingly rare. We report a case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis in an otherwise healthy 20 year old man with diffuse leptomeningeal enhancement, cerebrospinal fluid findings suggestive of meningitis, and intramedullary spinal cord abscesses...
March 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053216/enhanced-antibody-detection-and-diagnosis-of-coccidioidomycosis-with-the-miravista-igg-and-igm-detection-enzyme-immunoassay
#6
Joshua Malo, Eric Holbrook, Tirdad Zangeneh, Chris Strawter, Eyal Oren, Ian Robey, Heidi Erickson, Racquel Chahal, Michelle Durkin, Cindy Thompson, Susan E Hoover, Neil M Ampel, L Joseph Wheat, Kenneth S Knox
BACKGROUND: Coccidioidomycosis is a common cause of community-acquired pneumonia in endemic areas of the southwestern United States. Clinical presentations range from self-limited disease to severe, disseminated disease. As such, early and accurate diagnosis is essential to ensure appropriate treatment and monitoring. Currently available diagnostic testing has variable accuracy, particularly in certain patient populations, and new tests may offer improved accuracy for the diagnosis of coccidioidomycosis...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927853/intrathecal-amphotericin-b-a-60-year-experience-in-treating-coccidioidal-meningitis
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Jackie Ho, Pete Fowler, Arash Heidari, Royce H Johnson
Coccidioidal meningitis (CM) is a devastating complication of coccidioidomycosis. Since the late 1950s, intrathecal (IT) amphotericin B deoxycholate (AmBd) has been successfully used to treat and often cure this disease, reducing mortality rates from 100% to approximately 30%. The introduction of azoles further revolutionized the treatment of coccidioidal infections. However, IT AmBd remains the only known curative option in the management of CM. While the use of IT AmBd is well described in many articles, few discuss the actual methods behind preparation, titration, and dosing strategies utilized...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903576/first-reported-case-of-peroneal-tenosynovitis-caused-by-coccidioides-immitis-successfully-treated-with-fluconazole
#8
Aneela Majeed, Waqas Ullah, Auon Abbas Hamadani, Anca Georgescu
Coccidioidomycosis is an insidious infection caused by Coccidioides spp (C. immitis and C. posadasii). Disseminated disease occasionally involves tendon sheaths and synovium of the joints leading to tenosynovitis. Here, we describe the case of a 72-year-old woman from southern Arizona, who presented with right ankle pain, redness and swelling for 2 months. Her serum IgG was positive for C. immitis on complement fixation, and her MRI of the right ankle joint showed extensive tenosynovitis of the right peroneal tendons, and subtalar joint effusions with associated synovitis...
November 30, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851559/1924-a-rare-case-of-ards-from-overwhelming-coccidioidomycosis
#9
Erik Dong, Phillip Zakowski, Joshua Chung, Michael Nurok, Oren Friedman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27851532/1897-unique-enhanced-susceptibility-of-hla-drb1-alleles-leading-to-severe-pulmonary-coccidioidomycosis
#10
Kenneth Juenger, Daya Upadhyay
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Critical Care Medicine
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/27740893/coccidioidomycosis-surgical-issues-and-implications
#12
Joseph D Forrester, Haiwei Henry Guo, Thomas G Weiser
BACKGROUND: Coccidioidomycosis, commonly called "valley fever," "San Joaquin fever," "desert fever," or "desert rheumatism," is a multi-system illness caused by infection with Coccidioides fungi (C. immitis or C. posadasii). This organism is endemic to the desert Southwest regions of the United States and Mexico and to parts of South America. The manifestations of infection occur along a spectrum from asymptomatic to mild self-limited fever to severe disseminated disease. METHODS: Review of the English-language literature...
December 2016: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27724885/the-habitat-of-coccidioides-spp-and-the-role-of-animals-as-reservoirs-and-disseminators-in-nature
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María Del Rocío Reyes-Montes, María Ameyali Pérez-Huitrón, Jorge Luis Ocaña-Monroy, María Guadalupe Frías-De-León, Erick Martínez-Herrera, Roberto Arenas, Esperanza Duarte-Escalante
BACKGROUND: Coccidioidomycosis, a potentially fatal fungal infection, is considered an emergent mycotic disease because of the increased incidence of fungal infections registered over recent years. Infection occurs through the inhalation of arthroconidia from two main species of Coccidioides: Coccidioides immitis and C. posadasii, which are both endemic to arid and semi-arid regions of North America. Coccidioides species not only infect humans but can also infect other mammals (land, aquatic, wild or domestic), reptiles and birds...
October 10, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27717191/clinicopathologic-and-histopathologic-renal-abnormalities-in-dogs-with-coccidioidomycosis
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L R Mehrkens, F C Mohr, J E Sykes
BACKGROUND: We observed evidence of protein-losing nephropathy in some dogs with coccidioidomycosis, suggestive of immune complex glomerulonephritis (ICGN). The goal of this study was to understand the prevalence of renal histopathologic lesions and proteinuria in dogs with coccidioidomycosis. HYPOTHESIS: Biochemical and histopathological evidence of glomerular lesions is present in dogs with coccidioidomycosis. ANIMALS: Hundred and fifty-six dogs with naturally occurring coccidioidomycosis...
September 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27703017/hospitalized-burden-and-outcomes-of-coccidioidomycosis-a-nationwide-analysis-2005-2012
#15
Ruihong Luo, Alan Greenberg, Christian D Stone
The incidence of coccidioidomycosis (CM) infection has increased over the last 20 years. We investigated recent trends of CM-associated hospitalization in the United States. patients with CM-associated hospitalization were identified from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, 2005-2012. The outcomes of interest were the trend of annual hospitalization, in-hospital mortality, and independent risk factors for mortality. A total of 30,870 hospitalizations with CM (29,584 of adults; 1,286 of children) were identified...
October 4, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27649029/effect-of-geography-on-the-analysis-of-coccidioidomycosis-associated-deaths-united-states
#16
Jason A Noble, Robert G Nelson, Gudeta D Fufaa, Paul Kang, Shira Chani Shafir, John N Galgiani
Because coccidioidomycosis death rates vary by region, we reanalyzed coccidioidomycosis-associated mortality in the United States by race/ethnicity, then limited analysis to Arizona and California. Coccidioidomycosis-associated deaths were shown to increase among African-Americans but decrease among Native Americans and Hispanics. Separately, in a Native American cohort, diabetes co-varied with coccidioidomycosis-associated death.
October 2016: Emerging Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27635942/treatment-considerations-in-pulmonary-coccidioidomycosis
#17
Carlos A Hartmann, Wint T Aye, Janis E Blair
INTRODUCTION: Coccidioidomycosis is an endemic fungal infection caused by the soil-dwelling fungi, Coccidioides species. Coccidioidal infections may be asymptomatic in up to two-thirds of infected persons. Pulmonary coccidioidomycosis is the most common form of symptomatic infection. Fluconazole is the antifungal agent typically used to treat pulmonary coccidioidomycosis. Other azoles and amphotericin B products may be prescribed to treat nuanced aspects of coccidioidomycosis. AREAS COVERED: This review discusses current literature regarding medical treatment options, including the various triazoles and amphotericin B products...
October 2016: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27617214/rare-dysuria-prostatic-abscess-due-to-disseminated-coccidioidomycosis
#18
Pedram Ansari Pirsaraei, Kareem Tabsh, Jacob Lentz
We present a case of disseminated coccidioidomycosis with formation of a prostatic abscess in a 28-year-old diabetic male. Though rare, Coccidiodes prostatitis should be included in the differential for patients who have spent time in endemic areas and present with prostatitis or other genitourinary tract symptoms, especially in the setting of immunocompromise. The small number of Coccidiodes prostatitis cases described in the literature previously are reviewed, along with a wider discussion of coccidioidomycosis...
November 2016: Urology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27613208/mortality-from-fungal-diseases-in-the-us-air-force-from-1970-to-2013
#19
Richard K Kugblenu, Will K Reeves
We review a unique set of documents, death certificates, catalogued in the US Air Force Mortality Registry, which tracks deaths for current and retired Air Force service members. We screened the records for all deaths caused by fungal diseases between 1970 and 2013. There were 216 deaths caused by a variety of diseases such as aspergillosis, blastomycosis, candidiasis, coccidioidomycosis, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, mucormycosis, pneumocystosis, sporotrichosis, and zygomycosis. The single most common identified cause of death was opportunistic candidiasis...
October 2016: U.S. Army Medical Department Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27559032/executive-summary-2016-infectious-diseases-society-of-america-idsa-clinical-practice-guideline-for-the-treatment-of-coccidioidomycosis
#20
John N Galgiani, Neil M Ampel, Janis E Blair, Antonino Catanzaro, Francesca Geertsma, Susan E Hoover, Royce H Johnson, Shimon Kusne, Jeffrey Lisse, Joel D MacDonald, Shari L Meyerson, Patricia B Raksin, John Siever, David A Stevens, Rebecca Sunenshine, Nicholas Theodore
It is important to realize that guidelines cannot always account for individual variation among patients. They are not intended to supplant physician judgment with respect to particular patients or special clinical situations. Infectious Diseases Society of America considers adherence to these guidelines to be voluntary, with the ultimate determination regarding their application to be made by the physician in the light of each patient's individual circumstances.Coccidioidomycosis, also known as San Joaquin Valley fever, is a systemic infection endemic to parts of the southwestern United States and elsewhere in the Western Hemisphere...
September 15, 2016: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
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