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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333407/the-limited-role-of-serum-galactomannan-assay-in-screening-for-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-recipients-on-micafungin-prophylaxis-a-retrospective-study
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Ryul Kim, Youngil Koh, Dong-Yeop Shin, Pyoeng Gyun Choe, Nam Joong Kim, Sung-Soo Yoon, Myoung-Don Oh, Wan Beom Park, Inho Kim
Background: We evaluated the outcomes of serum galactomannan (GM) assay for the screening of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT) recipients while on primary antifungal prophylaxis (PAP). Methods: This study included patients with hematologic disorders who underwent alloHSCT from January 2013 to November 2015. Patients received routine PAP with fluconazole before 2014 and micafungin after 2014; serum GM tests were performed and retrospectively analyzed...
December 2017: Blood Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323188/a-tet-off-gene-expression-system-for-validation-of-antifungal-drug-targets-in-a-murine-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-model
#2
Yutian Peng, Hua Zhang, Min Xu, Man-Wah Tan
Aspergillus fumigatus is one of the major causes of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in immunocompromised patients. Novel antifungal therapy is in urgent need due to emerging resistance and adverse toxicity of current antifungal drugs. Gene products that are essential for Aspergillus viability during infection are attractive drug targets. To characterize these genes in vivo we developed a Tet-Off gene expression system in A. fumigatus, whereby the administration of doxycycline resulted in down regulation of the gene whose expression is under the control of the Tet-Off promoter...
January 11, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29322720/invasive-aspergillus-pseudomembranous-and-obstructive-tracheo-bronchitis-in-an-immuno-competent-patient
#3
Ramesh S Pal, Sonam Spalgais, Amit Kumar Murar, Umesh Chandra Ojha
A 19 year female, presented with life threatening haemoptysis and cough with minimum expectoration for 3 months. Bronchoscopy showed multiple nodules in airway. The direct microscopy and culture of sputum revealed fungal elements and Aspergillus flavus respectively. Serum Galactomannan was positive. Thus diagnosis of invasive aspergillus tracheo-bronchitis made. She responded to voriconazole. Aspergillus tracheo-bronchitis is a rare form of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in immuno-competent host. Aspergillus spp in respiratory samples should not be routinely discarded as colonization...
November 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29321933/acute-progression-of-aspergillosis-in-a-patient-with-lung-cancer-receiving-nivolumab
#4
Naohiro Uchida, Kohei Fujita, Koichi Nakatani, Tadashi Mio
A 65-year-old man with chronic progressive pulmonary aspergillosis (CPPA) was admitted for the treatment of lung adenocarcinoma while receiving an immune checkpoint inhibitor, nivolumab. The tumour responded well to the therapy, but the cavity of CPPA became large in contrast to the tumour after 20 courses of therapy. He was diagnosed as having exacerbation of CPPA and successfully and concurrently treated with an antifungal agent and nivolumab. Since there was absence of obvious immunosuppression and the presence of a drastic effect on tumour remission during nivolumab therapy, this phenomenon suggested that the trigger of CPPA progression was dependent not on immunosuppression but on a hyperreaction to microorganisms, which was similar to the immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome caused by nivolumab...
February 2018: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314357/vitamin-d-levels-in-asthmatic-patients-with-and-without-allergic-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis
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Ritesh Agarwal, Inderpaul S Sehgal, Sahajal Dhooria, Ashutosh N Aggarwal, Naresh Sachdeva, Sanjay K Bhadada, Mandeep Garg, Digambar Behera, Arunaloke Chakrabarti
Vitamin D deficiency is believed to a pathogenetic factor in patients with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) and cystic fibrosis. Whether vitamin D deficiency is also prevalent in ABPA complicating asthma, remains unknown. Herein, we evaluate vitamin D levels in asthmatic patients with and without ABPA. In a prospective study, plasma vitamin D (25[OH]D) levels were measured in consecutive subjects with asthma (n=75), ABPA (n=158) and healthy volunteers (n=50). Vitamin D levels <20 ng/mL were considered as vitamin D deficiency...
January 4, 2018: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29283878/occupational-cns-aspergillosis-in-an-immunocompetent-individual-a-diagnostic-challange
#6
Parul Punia, Nidhi Goel, Ishwar Singh, Uma Chaudhary
INTRODUCTION: Immunocompetent individuals are rarely affected by Aspergillus species and its prime importance lies in immunocompromised patients where it can cause disease, ranging from primarily pulmonary infections to dissemination anywhere in the body. Invasive aspergillosis (IA) occurs in patients with risk factors including prolonged neutropenia, neutrophil dysfunction, patient on cytotoxic drugs, steroid therapy, hematological malignancy, AIDS or in patients with bone marrow transplantation...
December 28, 2017: Archives of Environmental & Occupational Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29259396/galactomannan-in-bronchoalveolar-lavage-fluid-for-diagnosis-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-with-nonneutropenic-patients
#7
Qidong Zhuang, Hongying Ma, Yun Zhang, Lei Chen, Li Wang, Lin Zheng, Zaichun Deng, Zhongbo Chen
Background: We evaluated the utility of galactomannan (GM) in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) for the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in nonneutropenic patients. Methods: A total of 183 patients were included in the final analysis. Bronchoscopies and the detection of GM in BALF were all performed on them. Results: Ten cases of IPA were diagnosed. ROC data demonstrated that, for diagnosing IPA, an optimal cutoff value for GM in BALF of 0...
2017: Canadian Respiratory Journal: Journal of the Canadian Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245249/characteristics-of-culture-positive-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-patients-with-hematologic-diseases-comparison-between-aspergillus-fumigatus-and-non-fumigatus-aspergillus-species
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Sung-Yeon Cho, Dong-Gun Lee, Jae-Ki Choi, Hyo-Jin Lee, Si-Hyun Kim, Sun Hee Park, Su-Mi Choi, Jung-Hyun Choi, Jin-Hong Yoo, Yeon-Joon Park, Jong-Wook Lee
While the epidemiology and clinical differences of various Candida spp. has been relatively well-identified, data regarding invasive aspergillosis (IA) caused by different Aspergillus spp. are insufficient.We aimed to determine the epidemiology of culture-positive invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) and to compare the characteristics and outcomes of Aspergillus fumigatus IPA with those of non-fumigatus IPA in patients with hematologic diseases. All consecutive cases of IPA from 2011 to 2015 were reviewed retrospectively...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239468/the-importance-of-risk-factors-for-the-prediction-of-patients-with-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
#9
Selçuk Kaya, Eda Gençalioğlu, Mehmet Sönmez, Iftihar Köksal
OBJECTIVE: Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is a major challenge in the management of immunocompromised patients. Despite all the advances in diagnosis, it remains a problem. The purpose of our study was to investigate the risk factors associated with IPA seen in patients with hematological malignancies. METHOD: A total of 152 febrile neutropenia (FEN) patients with hematological malignancies aged over 18 years and receiving high-dose chemotherapy or stem cell transplant between January 1, 2010, and December 31, 2012 were included in the study...
September 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239266/epidemiology-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-patients-with-liver-failure-clinical-presentation-risk-factors-and-outcomes
#10
Xuan Zhang, Meifang Yang, Jianhua Hu, Hong Zhao, Lanjuan Li
Objective Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is a severe and often lethal infection. The possible risk factors, clinical presentation, and treatment of patients with simultaneous liver failure and IPA have received little attention in previous studies. The aim of this study was to investigate the epidemiology of IPA in patients with liver failure in an effort to reduce patient mortality. Methods The patients with liver failure (including acute liver failure , sub-acute liver failure , acute-on-chronic liver failure and chronic liver failure) were recruited from 2011 to 2016...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238334/evaluation-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-fluid-cytokines-as-biomarkers-for-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-at-risk-patients
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Samuel M Gonçalves, Katrien Lagrou, Cláudia S Rodrigues, Cláudia F Campos, Leticia Bernal-Martínez, Fernando Rodrigues, Ricardo Silvestre, Laura Alcazar-Fuoli, Johan A Maertens, Cristina Cunha, Agostinho Carvalho
Background: Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is an infection that primarily affects immunocompromised hosts, including hematological patients and stem-cell transplant recipients. The diagnosis of IPA remains challenging, making desirable the availability of new specific biomarkers. High-throughput methods now allow us to interrogate the immune system for multiple markers of inflammation with enhanced resolution. Methods: To determine whether a signature of alveolar cytokines could be associated with the development of IPA and used as a diagnostic biomarker, we performed a nested case-control study involving 113 patients at-risk...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229641/hyperbaric-oxygen-reduces-aspergillus-fumigatus-proliferation-in-vitro-and-influences-in-vivo-disease-outcomes
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Sourabh Dhingra, Jay C Buckey, Robert A Cramer
Recent estimates suggest that more than 3 million people have chronic or invasive fungal infections, causing more than 600,000 deaths every year. Aspergillus fumigatus causes invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in patients with compromised immune systems and is a primary contributor to increases in human fungal infections. Thus, developing new clinical modalities as standalone or adjunctive therapy for improving IPA patient outcomes is critically needed. Here we test the in vitro and in vivo impact of hyperbaric oxygen (100% oxygen, >1 ATA) (HBO) on A...
December 11, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213345/the-management-of-chronic-pulmonary-aspergillosis-the-uk-national-aspergillosis-centre-approach
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REVIEW
Firas Maghrabi, David W Denning
Purpose of Review: Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) is a serious long-term fungal disease of the lung with a worldwide prevalence. Treatment of CPA is not straightforward given the often-multiple associated co-morbidities, complex clinical picture, drug interactions, toxicities and intolerances. Recent Findings: First line treatment is oral itraconazole or voriconazole. In the event of intolerance or toxicity, patients may be swapped from itraconazole to voriconazole or vice versa...
2017: Current Fungal Infection Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29213115/modulation-of-immune-signaling-and-metabolism-highlights-host-and-fungal-transcriptional-responses-in-mouse-models-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
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Shiv D Kale, Tariq Ayubi, Dawoon Chung, Nuria Tubau-Juni, Andrew Leber, Ha X Dang, Saikumar Karyala, Raquel Hontecillas, Christopher B Lawrence, Robert A Cramer, Josep Bassaganya-Riera
Incidences of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, an infection caused predominantly by Aspergillus fumigatus, have increased due to the growing number of immunocompromised individuals. While A. fumigatus is reliant upon deficiencies in the host to facilitate invasive disease, the distinct mechanisms that govern the host-pathogen interaction remain enigmatic, particularly in the context of distinct immune modulating therapies. To gain insights into these mechanisms, RNA-Seq technology was utilized to sequence RNA derived from lungs of 2 clinically relevant, but immunologically distinct murine models of IPA on days 2 and 3 post inoculation when infection is established and active disease present...
December 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29190796/risk-factors-for-the-development-of-chronic-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-patients-with-nontuberculous-mycobacterial-lung-disease
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Byung Woo Jhun, Woo Jin Jung, Na Young Hwang, Hye Yun Park, Kyeongman Jeon, Eun-Suk Kang, Won-Jung Koh
Nontuberculous mycobacterial lung disease (NTM-LD) is increasingly recognized as an important predisposing condition for the development of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA), but there are limited data on the risk factors for CPA development in NTM-LD patients. We reviewed the medical records of 566 patients who, at the time of diagnosis of NTM-LD, did not have CPA and who received ≥12 months of treatment for NTM-LD between January 2010 and June 2015. Of these patients, 41 (7.2%) developed CPA (NTM-CPA group), whereas the remaining 525 patients did not develop CPA (NTM group)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188178/tumor-shape-pulmonary-mucormycosis-associated-with-sinonasal-aspergillosis-in-a-diabetic-patient
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Sophie Point, Frédéric Gabriel, Hugues Bégueret, Jacques Jougon, Fanny Lanternier, Frédéric Grenouillet, Manal Abdel Fattah, Emilie Catherinot, Chantal Raherison, Elodie Blanchard
Mucormycosis is a rare and life-threatening fungal infection of the Mucorales order occurring mainly in immunosuppressed patients. The most common forms are rhinocerebral but pulmonary or disseminated forms may occur. We report the case of a 61-year-old patient in whom pulmonary mucormycosis was diagnosed during his first-ever episode of diabetic ketoacidosis. While receiving liposomal amphotericin B, a sinusal aspergillosis due to Aspergillus fumigatus occurred. Evolution was slowly favorable under antifungal tritherapy by liposomal amphotericin B, posaconazole and caspofungin...
March 2018: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29185961/recommendations-for-the-management-of-pulmonary-fungal-infections-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#17
REVIEW
Massimo Galli, Spinello Antinori, Fabiola Atzeni, Luca Meroni, Agostino Riva, Carlo Scirè, Fulvio Adorni, Luca Quartuccio, Marco Sebastiani, Paolo Airò, Laura Bazzichi, Francesco Cristini, Valerio Del Bono, Andreina Manfredi, Ombretta Viapiana, Francesco De Rosa, Ennio Favalli, Enzo Petrelli, Carlo Salvarani, Marcello Govoni, Silvia Corcione, Rossana Scrivo, Loredana Sarmati, Adriano Lazzarin, Walter Grassi, Claudio Mastroianni, Giovanni Battista Gaeta, Gianfranco Ferraccioli, Maurizio Cutolo, Salvatore De Vita, Giovanni Lapadula, Marco Matucci-Cerinic, Orlando Armignacco, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini
Often life-threatening pulmonary fungal infections (PFIs) can occur in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) receiving disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Most of the data concerning PFIs in RA patients come from case reports and retrospective case series. Of the ve most widely described PFIs, Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) has rarely been seen outside Japan, pulmonary cryptococcosis has been diagnosed in only a small number of patients worldwide, pulmonary coccidioidomycosis has almost only been observed in endemic areas, the limited number of cases of pulmonary histoplasmosis have mainly occurred in the USA, and the rare cases of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis have only been encountered in leukopenic patients...
November 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29184111/non-invasive-and-invasive-diagnoses-of-aspergillosis-in-a-rat-model-by-mass-spectrometry
#18
Dominika Luptáková, Tomáš Pluháček, Miloš Petřík, Jiří Novák, Andrea Palyzová, Lucie Sokolová, Anton Škríba, Blanka Šedivá, Karel Lemr, Vladimír Havlíček
Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis results in 450,000 deaths per year and complicates cancer chemotherapy, transplantations and the treatment of other immunosuppressed patients. Using a rat model of experimental aspergillosis, the fungal siderophores ferricrocin and triacetylfusarinine C were identified as markers of aspergillosis and quantified in urine, serum and lung tissues. Biomarkers were analyzed by matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization (MALDI) and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry using a 12T SolariX Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometer...
November 28, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29179699/gastrointestinal-tuberculosis-following-renal-transplantation-accompanied-with-septic-shock-and-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-a-survival-case-presentation
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Andrea Cikova, Diana Vavrincova-Yaghi, Peter Vavrinec, Anna Dobisova, Andrea Gebhardtova, Zora Flassikova, Mark A Seelen, Robert H Henning, Aktham Yaghi
BACKGROUND: Post-transplant tuberculosis (PTTB) is a serious opportunistic infection in renal graft recipients with a 30-70 fold higher incidence compared to the general population. PTTB occurs most frequently within the first years after transplantation, manifesting as pulmonary or disseminated TB. Gastrointestinal TB (GITB) is a rare and potentially lethal manifestation of PTTB and may show delayed onset in renal transplant recipients due to the use of lower doses of immunosuppressants...
November 28, 2017: BMC Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162063/elevated-aspergillus-specific-antibody-levels-among-hiv-infected-ugandans-with-pulmonary-tuberculosis
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Richard Kwizera, Rosalind Parkes-Ratanshi, Iain D Page, Christine Sekaggya-Wiltshire, Joseph Musaazi, Jan Fehr, Barbara Castelnuovo, Andrew Kambugu, David W Denning
BACKGROUND: The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) is high among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infected Ugandans. Recent evidence suggests that Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis and Aspergillus sensitisation might be responsible for significant mortality in patients treated for tuberculosis in Uganda. METHODS: We retrieved and tested paired serum aliquots for 101 HIV-TB co-infected patients at the beginning and week 24 of TB treatment. We tested samples for Aspergillus-specific immunoglobulin G (IgG) and immunoglobulin E (IgE) using ImmunoCAP®; and Aspergillus-specific IgG and total serum IgE using Immulite® immunoassays...
November 21, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
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