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Helmut J F Salzer, Jan Heyckendorf, Barbara Kalsdorf, Thierry Rolling, Christoph Lange
Recently, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and the European Society for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) in cooperation with the European Respiratory Society (ERS) and the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM) published guidelines for the diagnosis of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). Both guidelines, however, carry significant differences. We retrospectively applied the diagnostic recommendations on a patient cohort of 71 previously diagnosed CPA patients in order to compare both guidelines...
December 1, 2016: Mycoses
Olivier Lortholary, Mario Fernández-Ruiz, John R Perfect
Compared with major invasive mycoses such as aspergillosis and candidiasis, the antifungal stewardship management strategies of other fungal diseases have different opportunities and considerations. Cryptococcosis, fusariosis and mucormycosis are globally prevalent invasive fungal diseases (IFDs), but are not currently included in antifungal prophylaxis guidelines for immunocompromised hosts. Since the implementation of biomarkers as part of diagnostic screening strategies, the concept of pre-emptive antifungal therapy has emerged for these IFDs...
November 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Prashant Gupta, Abrar Ahmad, Vineeta Khare, Archana Kumar, Gopa Banerjee, Nitya Verma, Mastan Singh
Limited specific data and investigations are available for the diagnosis of Invasive Fungal Infection (IFI) in paediatrics cancer patients. Three non-invasive tests; Platelia Aspergillus EIA for galactomannan (GM), β-D-glucan (BDG) assay and pan-fungal real-time PCR for fungal DNA in blood were evaluated. One hundred twenty-five paediatrics cancer patients at the high risk of IFI were enrolled. Single blood and serum samples were evaluated by all the three methods. Patients were classified into 10 proven, 52 probable and 63 no IFI cases in accordance with EORTC MSG 2008 revised guidelines...
November 16, 2016: Mycoses
Jan Springer, Jürgen Löffler
PCR-based detection of fungal pathogens offers a sensitive and specific tool for the diagnosis of invasive fungal infections. A large variety of different clinical specimen types can be used as original material. However, certain precautions, in addition to the published MIQE guidelines [1], need to be taken to prevent contaminations from airborne fungal spores and PCR reagents. In addition, the European Aspergillus PCR Initiative (EAPCRI) recently defined standards for Aspergillus PCR [2, 3], following these recommendations leads to superior sensitivity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
João Paulo Zen Siqueira, Deanna A Sutton, Dania García, Josepa Gené, Pamela Thomson, Nathan Wiederhold, Josep Guarro
Aspergillus section Versicolores includes species of clinical relevance and many others that have been poorly studied but are occasionally found in clinical samples. The aim of this study was to investigate, using a multilocus phylogenetic approach, the spectrum of species of the section Versicolores and to determine their in vitro antifungal susceptibility. The study was based on a set of 77 clinical isolates from different USA medical centres, which had been previously identified as belonging to this section...
November 2016: Fungal Biology
Tobias Lahmer, Jürgen Held, Sebastian Rasch, Christopher Schnappauf, Analena Beitz, Roland M Schmid, Wolfgang Huber
INTRODUCTION: Invasive fungal disease (IFD) remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in critically ill patients. METHODS: Examination of 1,3-β-D-glucan (BDG) for IFD and as outcome parameter in immunocompromised critically ill patients with septic shock. RESULTS: Thirty-two (69 %) out of 46 included patients had BDG beyond the cutoff of >80 pg/ml (mean 320 pg/ml). Twelve (37 %) had findings of Aspergillus spp. in BAL (mean BDG 413 pg/ml)...
September 12, 2016: Mycopathologia
M Khalid Ijaz, Bahram Zargar, Kathryn E Wright, Joseph R Rubino, Syed A Sattar
Indoor air can be an important vehicle for a variety of human pathogens. This review provides examples of airborne transmission of infectious agents from experimental and field studies and discusses how airborne pathogens can contaminate other parts of the environment to give rise to secondary vehicles leading air-surface-air nexus with possible transmission to susceptible hosts. The following groups of human pathogens are covered because of their known or potential airborne spread: vegetative bacteria (staphylococci and legionellae), fungi (Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Cladosporium spp and Stachybotrys chartarum), enteric viruses (noro- and rotaviruses), respiratory viruses (influenza and coronaviruses), mycobacteria (tuberculous and nontuberculous), and bacterial spore formers (Clostridium difficile and Bacillus anthracis)...
September 2, 2016: American Journal of Infection Control
Martha F Mushi, Gustave Buname, Oliver Bader, Uwe Groß, Stephen E Mshana
BACKGROUND: Suppurative otitis media (SOM) is a major public health concern worldwide and is associated with increased morbidity. Cases of fungal suppurative otitis media were studied to establish the effect of fungi in otitis media. METHODS: Ear swabs from 410 patients were collected aseptically using sterile cotton swabs from discharging ear through perforated tympanic membrane. Swabs were subjected to microscopic and culture investigations. The species of fungal growing on Sabouraud's agar were identified using MALDI-TOF MS...
September 2, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Catriona L Halliday, Sharon C-A Chen, Sarah E Kidd, Sebastian van Hal, Belinda Chapman, Christopher H Heath, Andie Lee, Karina J Kennedy, Kathryn Daveson, Tania C Sorrell, C Orla Morrissey, Deborah J Marriott, Monica A Slavin
Antifungal susceptibilities of non-Aspergillus filamentous fungal pathogens cannot always be inferred from their identification. Here we determined, using the Sensititre(®) YeastOne(®) YO10 panel, the in vitro activities of nine antifungal agents against 52 clinical isolates of emergent non-Aspergillus moulds representing 17 fungal groups in Australia. Isolates comprised Mucorales (n = 14), Scedosporium/Lomentospora spp. (n = 18) and a range of hyaline hyphomycetes (n = 9) and other dematiaceous fungi (n = 11)...
October 2016: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents
Paul E Verweij, Pieter P A Lestrade, Willem J G Melchers, Jacques F Meis
Azole resistance is a growing concern with Aspergillus fumigatus, and may cause increased mortality in patients with azole-resistant invasive aspergillosis (IA). Microbial surveillance has been recognized as a fundamental component of resistance management. Surveillance information may be used to inform decisions regarding health services and research funding allocation, to guide local infection control in hospitals and communities, and to direct local and national drug policies and guidelines. Azole resistance frequencies have been based on screening of unselected A...
August 2016: Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy
Tzar Mohd Nizam, Rabiatul Adawiyah Ag Binting, Shafika Mohd Saari, Thivyananthini Vijaya Kumar, Marianayati Muhammad, Hartini Satim, Hamidah Yusoff, Jacinta Santhanam
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to determine the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of various antifungal agents against moulds isolated from dermatological specimens. METHODS: We identified 29 moulds from dermatological specimens between October 2012 and March 2013 by conventional methods. We performed antifungal susceptibility testing on six antifungal agents, amphotericin B, clotrimazole, itraconazole, ketoconazole, miconazole and terbinafine, according to the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute guidelines contained in the M38-A2 document...
May 2016: Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences: MJMS
Rajendra S Kadam, Johannes N Van Den Anker
Voriconazole is a potent antifungal agent used for the treatment of invasive fungal infections caused by Aspergillus and Candida species in adult and pediatric patients. Voriconazole has a narrow therapeutic index and a large intra- and inter-individual pharmacokinetics (PK) variability. Several factors including non-linear PK, age, body weight, cytochrome P450 2C19 genotype, concomitant drugs, liver function, and food are responsible for the large variability in voriconazole PK. A combination of a narrow therapeutic index with a large PK variability results in treatment failure in many patients at clinically recommended doses...
September 2016: Clinical Pharmacokinetics
Yvonne Schmiedel, Stephan Zimmerli
Every year, Candida, Aspergillus, Cryptococcus and Pneumocystis infect an estimated two million individuals worldwide. Most are immunocompromised or critically ill. Candida is the most common fungal pathogen of the critically ill and of recipients of transplanted abdominal organs. In high-risk haemato-oncological patients, in contrast, the introduction of antifungal prophylaxis with fluconazole and later with mould-active posaconazole has led to a remarkable reduction of invasive candidiasis and is likely to have a similar effect on invasive aspergillosis...
2016: Swiss Medical Weekly
David W Denning, Jacques Cadranel, Catherine Beigelman-Aubry, Florence Ader, Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Stijn Blot, Andrew J Ullmann, George Dimopoulos, Christoph Lange
Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) is an uncommon and problematic pulmonary disease, complicating many other respiratory disorders, thought to affect ~240 000 people in Europe. The most common form of CPA is chronic cavitary pulmonary aspergillosis (CCPA), which untreated may progress to chronic fibrosing pulmonary aspergillosis. Less common manifestations include: Aspergillus nodule and single aspergilloma. All these entities are found in non-immunocompromised patients with prior or current lung disease...
January 2016: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
A Espinel-Ingroff, A L Colombo, S Cordoba, P J Dufresne, J Fuller, M Ghannoum, G M Gonzalez, J Guarro, S E Kidd, J F Meis, T M S C Melhem, T Pelaez, M A Pfaller, M W Szeszs, J P Takahaschi, A M Tortorano, N P Wiederhold, J Turnidge
The CLSI epidemiological cutoff values (ECVs) of antifungal agents are available for various Candida spp., Aspergillus spp., and the Mucorales. However, those categorical endpoints have not been established for Fusarium spp., mostly due to the difficulties associated with collecting sufficient CLSI MICs for clinical isolates identified according to the currently recommended molecular DNA-PCR-based identification methodologies. CLSI MIC distributions were established for 53 Fusarium dimerum species complex (SC), 10 F...
February 2016: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
M Mansh, M Binstock, K Williams, F Hafeez, J Kim, D Glidden, R Boettger, S Hays, J Kukreja, J Golden, M M Asgari, P Chin-Hong, J P Singer, S T Arron
Voriconazole is a triazole antifungal used to prevent and treat invasive fungal infections after lung transplantation, but it has been associated with an increased risk of developing cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Despite widespread use, there are no clear guidelines for optimal prophylactic regimens that balance the competing risks and benefits. We conducted a retrospective cohort study of all lung transplant recipients at the University of California, San Francisco, who were transplanted between October 1991 and December 2012 (n = 455) to investigate whether voriconazole exposure affected development of SCC, Aspergillus colonization, invasive aspergillosis and all-cause mortality...
January 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
Maria Aigner, Cornelia Lass-Flörl
Triazole antifungals are frontline drugs for the treatment and prophylaxis of infections due to Aspergillus species. Azole resistance is an emerging problem and is associated with treatment failure in several case series. The management of azole-resistant invasive aspergillosis remains a challenge and there are no guidelines with appropriate recommendations. The current clinical practice suggests that liposomal amphotericin B or a combination of voriconazole or posaconazole with an echinocandin may be effective...
2015: Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy
Betsy Colon-Acevedo, Jaya Kumar, Michael J Richard, Julie A Woodward
OBJECTIVE: Invasive sino-orbital fungal infections are life-threatening complications of immunonosupression that are difficult to treat. Currently there are no standard treatment guidelines. The most widely accepted therapy includes parenteral anti-fungal therapy and surgical debridement of sinuses with orbital exenteration, a procedure that is not only disfiguring, but may increase morbidity. Injection of retrobulbar Liposomal Amphotericin B (L-AMB) is an alternative approach that provides local administration to infected tissues...
September 2015: Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Tomoko Okazaki, Shoichi Shiraishi, Naoki Iwasa, Emi Kitamura, Tetsu Mizutani, Yukiko Hanada, Takehiko Yanagihara
Central nervous system (CNS) aspergillosis with stroke has a high mortality and poor prognosis generally. We report a 78-years-old woman with diabetes mellitus, who developed invasive paranasal sinus aspergillosis with the orbital apex syndrome on the right side and cerebral infarction caused by intracranial occlusion of the right internal carotid artery. Based on the presence of a mass lesion in the ethmoid sinus extending to the orbital apex on the right side with cranial CT, the mass lesion was surgically removed and the pathological examination of the surgical specimen revealed aspergillus mold...
2015: Rinshō Shinkeigaku, Clinical Neurology
Bassel Sabbagh, Victor Costina, Dieter Buchheidt, Mark Reinwald, Michael Neumaier, Peter Findeisen
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) remains difficult to diagnose in immunocompromised patients, because diagnostic criteria according to EORTC/MSG guidelines are often not met and have low sensitivity. Hence there is an urgent need to improve diagnostic procedures by developing novel approaches. In the present study, we present a proof of concept experiment for the monitoring of Aspergillus associated protease activity in serum specimens for diagnostic purpose. Synthetic peptides that are selectively cleaved by proteases secreted from Aspergillus species were selected from our own experiments and published data...
July 2015: International Journal of Oncology
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