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Wolfgang Miehsler, Clemens Dejaco, Hans-Peter Gröchenig, Harry Fuchssteiner, Christoph Högenauer, Lili Kazemi-Shirazi, Harald Maier, Andreas Mayer, Alexander Moschen, Walter Reinisch, Wolfgang Petritsch, Reingard Platzer, Pius Steiner, Herbert Tilg, Harald Vogelsang, Heimo Wenzl, Gottfried Novacek
Anti-TNFα-antibodies have revolutionized the therapy of inflammatory bowel diseases and other immune-mediated inflammatory diseases. Due to the increasing application of these substances, the Working Group of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases of the Austrian Association of Gastroenterology and Hepatology intended to update their consensus report on the safe use of Infliximab (published in 2010) and to enlarge its scope to cover all anti-TNFα-antibodies. The present consensus report summarizes the current evidence on the safe use of anti-TNFα-antibodies and covers the following topics: general risk of infection, bacterial infections (i...
March 2018: Zeitschrift Für Gastroenterologie
G Jutras, K Bélanger, N Letarte, J-P Adam, D Roberge, B Lemieux, É Lemieux-Blanchard, L Masucci, C Ménard, J P Bahary, R Moumdjian, F Berthelet, M Florescu
Background: Procarbazine, lomustine, and vincristine (pcv) significantly improve survival outcomes in lgg (low-grade gliomas). Administration of pcv to lgg patients increased tremendously over the past years as it went from 2 patients per year between 2005 and 2012 to 23 patients in 2015 only in our centre. However, serious hematological and non-hematological adverse events may occur. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the toxicity of pcv and its clinical relevance in our practice...
February 2018: Current Oncology
Daniela Fluxá, Jorge Segovia, Matías Florenzano, Jessica Salinas, Lilian Flores, Daniela Simian, Rodrigo Quera
There are no evidence-based guidelines about prophylaxis against Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia in inflammatory bowel disease. We report a case of P. jiroveci pneumonia in patient with Crohn's disease receiving infliximab and methotrexate. This case emphasizes the importance of considering the possibility of this infection in inflammatory bowel disease patients treated on biological therapy.
October 2017: Revista Chilena de Infectología: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad Chilena de Infectología
Ryoko Inaba Higashiyama, Shinichi Makita, Akiko Miyagi Maeshima, Dai Maruyama
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 17, 2018: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
April C Pettit, Mark J Giganti, Suzanne M Ingle, Margaret T May, Bryan E Shepherd, Michael J Gill, Gerd Fätkenheuer, Sophie Abgrall, Michael S Saag, Julia Del Amo, Amy C Justice, Jose M Miro, Matthias Cavasinni, François Dabis, Antonella D Monforte, Peter Reiss, Jodie Guest, David Moore, Leah Shepherd, Niels Obel, Heidi M Crane, Colette Smith, Ramon Teira, Robert Zangerle, Jonathan Ac Sterne, Timothy R Sterling
INTRODUCTION: HIV-1 infection leads to chronic inflammation and to an increased risk of non-AIDS mortality. Our objective was to determine whether AIDS-defining events (ADEs) were associated with increased overall and cause-specific non-AIDS related mortality after antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation. METHODS: We included HIV treatment-naïve adults from the Antiretroviral Therapy Cohort Collaboration (ART-CC) who initiated ART from 1996 to 2014. Causes of death were assigned using the Coding Causes of Death in HIV (CoDe) protocol...
January 2018: Journal of the International AIDS Society
M Sławińska, M Hlebowicz, E Iżycka-Świeszewska, M Sikorska, M Sokołowska-Wojdyło, T Smiatacz, R Nowicki, M Sobjanek
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 10, 2017: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Catherine King, Lorraine Harper
Purpose of review With established immunosuppressant treatment regimens for anti-neutrophil cytoplasm antibody-associated vasculitides (AAV), prognosis has significantly improved. The mainstay of treatment still comprises high-dose corticosteroids and cyclophosphamide for severe forms, although rituximab is being increasingly utilised instead of cyclophosphamide as induction therapy. AAV patients experience an excess of infections, malignancies and cardiovascular events as compared to the general population, which is a combination of the systemic inflammatory process associated with vasculitis and the adverse events from treatment...
2017: Current Treatment Options in Rheumatology
Cândida Abreu, António Sarmento, Fernando Magro
The standard of care in the management of immune-mediated inflammatory conditions relies on immunomodulators, glucocorticoids, and biologicals (including anti-tumour necrosis factor -α and other monoclonal antibodies). These agents have an overall favourable benefit/risk ratio; however, they modulate the immune response as part of their mechanisms of action, and therefore they may increase the risk of developing infections, particularly in older patients or in patients with concomitant corticosteroids. Some of these infections may be preventable by immunization, chemoprophylaxis or counselling...
December 2017: Digestive and Liver Disease
Katherine A Richards, Simon Raby
An 18-year-old female inpatient on a neurosciences intensive care unitwith new onset super-refractory epilepsy became hypoglycaemic 48 h after commencing co-trimoxazole. She had been placed on this for prophylaxis against Pneumocystis jiroveci infection in the context of significant immunosuppression with high-dose corticosteroid therapy. In order to maintain glucose control, she required a continuous infusion of 10% dextrose at rates of 15-25 ml/h. Recurrent attempts to wean this were limited by further hypoglycaemia, until she spontaneously regained normoglycaemia after 73 days...
February 2017: Journal of the Intensive Care Society
Y-M Lu, Y-T Lee, H-C Chang, H-S Yang, C-Y Chang, C-M Huang, J Wei
BACKGROUND: The echinocandins have shown anti-Pneumocystis jiroveci activity in nonhuman animal models; however, the corresponding human clinical experience has been rarely reported. We report a clinical picture of P jiroveci pneumonia (PJP) and determine the effects of concomitant therapy with echinocandins and trimethoprim (TMP)-sulfamethoxazole (SMZ). METHODS: We investigated a retrospective case series of heart transplantation (HT) recipients with PJP from July 1988 to December 2015...
October 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
Yevgeniy A Linnik, Edison W Tsui, Isabella W Martin, Zbigniew M Szczepiorkowski, Gregory A Denomme, Jerome L Gottschall, John M Hill, Nancy M Dunbar
BACKGROUND: Drug-induced immune hemolytic anemia (DIIHA) and drug-induced immune thrombocytopenia (DIIT) are rare but dangerous complications of pharmacotherapy that may be underrecognized in hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) patients due to overlap of signs and symptoms with those of more common disease processes. CASE REPORT: A 61-year-old woman with NK-cell deficiency and GATA-2-associated myelodysplastic syndrome, status post-recent allogeneic HSCT (Day +58), presented with 3 days of acute-onset severe back pain, muscle cramps, and increasingly dark urine...
December 2017: Transfusion
Arati Mane, Pankaj Gujar, Shraddha Gaikwad, Tilak Dhamgaye, Arun Risbud
INTRODUCTION: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) pneumonia is one of the frequent viral pneumonia reported in persons with HIV infection. Knowledge of pulmonary CMV infection is important for deciding appropriate diagnostic strategies. However, there is scanty literature addressing the role of CMV aetiology among HIV positive individuals presenting with Community Acquired Pneumonia (CAP) using Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL) samples from India. AIM: To detect CMV in BAL fluid from HIV-positive individuals presenting with CAP...
July 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
Kairav Shah, Kartikeya Cherabuddi, Stacy G Beal, Gautam Kalyatanda
BACKGROUND: Opportunistic infections with Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia (PCP) are common in patients with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and are encountered once the CD4 count decreases below 200 cells/mm3. Cytomegalovirus (CMV) tends to cause disease once the CD4 count drops below 50 cells/mm3. CMV pneumonitis is not common in this population. However, detecting its presence in broncho-alveolar lavage (BAL) fluid has been associated with increased morbidity and mortality. The role of antiviral therapy against CMV remains unclear...
2017: IDCases
Babar Ahmad Khan, Sania Khan, Benjamin White, Ambika Eranki
A 66 year old man was diagnosed with CNS diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and underwent treatment with Temozolomide, Dexamethasone, Rituximab, and radiation therapy, and prolonged steroid taper with Dexamethasone. Approximately one month after this, he presented with severe acute hypoxemic respiratory failure, and was admitted to the Medical Intensive Care Unit. Imaging showed diffuse ground glass opacities. Patient underwent diagnostic bronchoalveolar lavage which was positive for Pneumocystis jiroveci. He did not respond well to appropriate therapy and was transitioned to comfort care per his family's wishes, and expired...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
Kyle T Amber, Aniek Lamberts, Farzan Solimani, Arianna F Agnoletti, Dario Didona, Ilona Euverman, Emanuele Cozzani, Lee Haur Yueh, Giovanni Di Zenzo, Yael Anne Leshem, Daniel Mimouni, Michael Hertl, Barbara Horvath
Importance: Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) is a potentially lethal opportunistic infection that primary prophylaxis can help prevent. The risk of prophylactic therapy must be weighed against the incidence of PCP in the patient population. Prophylaxis most frequently involves trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, with second-line therapies, including atovaquone, dapsone, and pentamide. The indication for prophylaxis in immunocompromised patients without HIV is less well defined. Previously, an incidence of at least 3...
November 1, 2017: JAMA Dermatology
Andrew Nixon, Leanne Ogden, Alexander Woywodt, Ajay Dhaygude
Rituximab, an anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody, was originally used to treat B-cell malignancies. Its use has significantly increased in recent years, as it is now also used to treat a variety of autoimmune diseases including rheumatoid arthritis and ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Initial studies suggested that the adverse effects of rituximab were minimal. Though the risk of malignancy with rituximab-based immunosuppressive regimens appears similar to that of the general population, there are now concerns regarding the risk of infectious complications...
August 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
Aiham H Jbeli, John Yu
Malignant glioblastoma multiform (GBM) is the most common primary malignancy of the brain in the U.S. Temozolomide (TMZ) is the cornerstone of management along with surgical resection and radiotherapy. Because of the reduction in the CD4+ lymphocyte count as a side effect of TMZ use, this patient population is under risk for opportunistic infections like Pneumocystis jiroveci. A male patient with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiform presented with non-productive cough and chest pain. Before presentation, the patient received the standard therapy including surgical resection, radiation and TMZ...
October 2016: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
Szymon Białka, Maja Copik, Katarzyna Rybczyk, Hanna Misiołek
The aim of this paper is to describe the possibility of using Electrical Impedance Tomography (EIT) as a treatment monitoring tool in the ICU. It was based on case report and literature review. A 19-year-old female was admitted to ICU due to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome. Despite aggressive treatment there was no improvement. We decided to use EIT in the monitoring of treatment because of difficulties in transporting the patient to the radiology department in order to perform a control CT scan...
2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
Jing Xie, Evelyn Hsieh, Meng-Qing Sun, Huan-Ling Wang, Wei Lv, Hong-Wei Fan, Tai-Sheng Li
Delayed diagnosis of HIV infection is associated with advanced immunosuppression and increased risk of onward transmission. Little data exists regarding factors associated with diagnostic delays among patients presenting with advanced HIV disease in China. Medical records of patients with HIV/AIDS hospitalized at a 2000-bed tertiary hospital in Beijing, China between 1997 and 2012 were retrospectively reviewed. Demographic and clinical data of patients newly diagnosed with HIV at the hospital were abstracted...
2017: PloS One
Xavier Rios, Ivan K Chinn, Jordan S Orange, Celine I Hanson, Nicholas L Rider
Newborn screening for severe combined immunodeficiency has proven successful in identifying infants with T-cell deficiencies before they become severely ill. Additionally, the newborn screen can detect subtle early phenotypes that may become severe later in life. We present the case of siblings with features suggestive of T-cell lymphopenia identified as having low T-cell receptor excision circles counts by newborn screening. Expanded immune testing showed robust lymphocyte mitogen and antigen responses with normal vaccine responses and immunoglobulin levels for both boys over time...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
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