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Diagnosis fungal infections

Ignacio Javier Fernandez, Francesco Maria Crocetta, Marco Demattè, Paolo Farneti, Marta Stanzani, Russel E Lewis, Martina Fornaciari, Ernesto Pasquini, Vittorio Sciarretta
Objective The aims of the present study were to evaluate the clinical significance of the delay for surgical treatment and the prognostic value of other clinical, pathologic, and microbiological variables among hematologic patients affected by acute invasive fungal rhinosinusitis (AIFRS). Furthermore, we propose our early diagnosis and treatment protocol, reporting its 10-year results. Study Design Monocentric retrospective analysis. Setting The study was conducted from 2001 to 2017 at the University Hospital of Bologna, Italy...
March 1, 2018: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Juyoung Yoo, Seung Min Jung, Jason Jungsik Song, Yong-Beom Park, Sang-Won Lee
We investigated the development rate and time, risk factors, predictors, and aetiologies of hospitalised infection in Korean patients with anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis (AAV). We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 154 patients with AAV. Hospitalised infection was considered only when patients were admitted for serious infection related to AAV or AAV treatment. The gap-time was defined as the period from diagnosis to the first hospitalised infection or to the last visit for uninfected patients...
March 20, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
M Boyle, J E Moore, J L Whitehouse, D Bilton, D G Downey
Aspergillus fumigatus is commonly found in the airways of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF), and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is the most recognized associated clinical condition. However, accurate diagnosis remains challenging, and there is a paucity of clinical trials to guide clinical management of fungal disease. The aim of this survey was to assess the variability in current practice across the UK in diagnosis and management of fungal lung disease in CF patients. A 21 question anonymous online survey was sent to 94 paediatric and adult CF consultants in the UK...
March 15, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
H Tligui, W Oudaina, S El Ftouh, F Madda, L Hesseissen
Human cutaneous infections due to Rhodotorula species as an emerged pathogens yeasts are rarely reported, particularly in skin folds, with the ability to infect immunocompromised as well as immunocompetent patient. In present case, we describe a fungal cutaneous infection due to Rhodotorula mucilaginosa in immunocompromised child, the patient has been diagnosed with retinoblastoma; the diagnosis was established by the cytological and clinical examination. However, the cytological examination found fungal forms...
March 15, 2018: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Johannes Stein, Stefan Latz, Jörg Ellinger, Guido Fechner, Maher Safi, Philipp Krausewitz, Simone Müller, Karin Weyer, Stefan C Müller
BACKGROUND: Renal fungal bezoars are remarkably rare and mostly occur in immunodeficient patients. Only a small number of cases with immunocompetent patients have been published so far. The published treatment approaches comprised systemic antimycotic therapy and surgical or minimal invasive removal of the fungal balls. In some cases irrigation of the renal duct system with amphotericin B was performed. By obstruction of the urinary tract bezoars can lead to infected hydronephrosis and severe urosepsis with high lethality...
March 16, 2018: BMC Urology
Xueping Yue, Aiping Wang, Qing Li
Purpose: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the role of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) in the direct diagnosis of suspected onychomycosis with negative mycological test results. Methods: Outpatients diagnosed with suspected onychomycosis with negative mycological test results, including direct microscopic examination with 10% potassium hydroxide (KOH) and fungal culture, on 3 separate occasions were recruited. A small piece of infected nail was obtained for SEM examination...
2018: Scanning
Sam Hanna, Anneke Andriessen, Jennifer Beecker, Martin Gilbert, Eric Goldstein, Sunil Kalia, Aaron King, John Kraft, Carrie Lynde, Davindra Singh, Irina Turchin, Catherine Zip
BACKGROUND: Recently, experience and knowledge have been gained using effective topical treatment for onychomycosis, a difficult-to-treat infection. METHODS: This project aims to help understand and improve patient-focused quality of care for fungal nail infections. A panel of dermatologists who treat onychomycosis convened on several occasions to review and discuss recent learnings in the treatment of onychomycosis. The panel developed and conducted a survey on diagnosis, treatment and prevention, discussed the results, and provided recommendations...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
Karl-Heinz Deeg
Prenatal, neonatal meningoencephalitis and infections of the brain in older infants are often associated with serious complications which can be diagnosed by sonography through the open fontanelles. Most frequently postmeningitic hydrocephalus and subdural effusions occur. Rarer complications are brain abscesses and ventriculitis which are caused by gram negative bacteria such as E. coli, Serratia marcescens, Proteus and Enterobacter. A serious complication after ventriculitis is the development of compartment hydrocephalus...
March 13, 2018: Ultraschall in der Medizin
Sebastian Gnat, Aneta Nowakiewicz, Dominik Lagowski, Aleksandra Troscianczyk, Przemyslaw Zieba
Dermatophyte infections are extremely frequent worldwide, and their epidemiological features and distribution make them one of the most frequent infections all over the world. We identified and analysed multiform T. mentagrophytes strains isolated from a silver fox (Vulpes vulpes) kept on a breeding farm. Identification of dermatophyte strains was carried out traditionally by correlating both the clinical manifestations of the infection with a micro- and macroscopic examination. To confirm the species affiliation fully, molecular differentiation methods were used...
March 8, 2018: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Chunyan Yue, Yingying Ding, Yang Gao, Li Li, Yan Pang, Zenghui Liu, Hang Zhang, Yang Xiao, Zujun Jiang, Haowen Xiao
OBJECTIVES: In patients with very severe aplastic anemia (VSAA), neutropenia is prolonged and persistent, resulting in refractory overwhelming infections. Hematopoiesis recovery is urgently needed. METHODS: Six patients with de novo VSAA lacking HLA-identical sibling donors and those who experienced refractory infections, underwent haploidentical related donor (HRD) hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) as a first-line therapy. The conditioning regimen consisted of busulfan, cyclophosphamide and rabbit antithymocyte globulin...
March 12, 2018: European Journal of Haematology
Nova Zairina Lubis, Kamaliah Muis, Lukmanul Hakim Nasution
BACKGROUND: Onychomycosis is a fungal infection of one or more units of the nail caused by dermatophytes, or mould and nondermatophytes yeast. Investigations are needed to establish the diagnosis of onychomycosis before starting treatment. Several investigations methods for diagnosing onychomycosis are microscopic examination with 20% KOH, fungal culture, histopathology examination with PAS staining (Periodic acid Schiff) and PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction). Polymerase Chain Reaction-Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) is a method after PCR amplification allowing more specific results...
February 15, 2018: Open Access Macedonian Journal of Medical Sciences
Dorina Esendagli, Irem Serifoglu, Serife Savas Bozbas, Merih Tepeoglu, Sule Akcay, Mehmet Haberal
Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis is an infection seen in patients receiving intensive immunosuppressive regimens, such as transplant recipients. Some risk factors that increase the incidence of infection have been determined, and patients defined as having high risk are recommended to take antifungal prophylaxis and be monitored closely. Here, we present a liver transplant patient with mild respiratory symptoms and a normal chest radiography on day 26 posttransplant. However, he had acute renal failure and underwent hemodialysis, which are both defined to increase significantly the risk of aspergillosis...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
G Yu, W J Wang, D R Liu, Z F Tao, X Y Hui, J Hou, J Q Sun, X C Wang
Objective: To investigate the clinical characteristics of 8 immunodeficiency cases caused by human recombination activating gene 1 (RAG1) mutations, and to explore the relationship among genotypes, clinical manifestations and immunophenotypes. Methods: Clinical data were collected and analyzed from patients with RAG1 mutations who visited the Department of Clinical Immunology, Children's Hospital of Fudan University between October 2013 and June 2017. The data included clinical manifestations, immunophenotypes and genotypes...
March 2, 2018: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
Khalid Gafoor, Shalin Patel, Francis Girvin, Nishant Gupta, David Naidich, Stephen Machnicki, Kevin K Brown, Atul Mehta, Bryan Husta, Jay Ryu, George Sarosi, Tomas Franquet, Johny Verschakelen, Takeshi Johkoh, William Travis, Suhail Raoof
Cavities are occasionally encountered on thoracic imaging. Their differential diagnosis is large and includes, among others, various infections, autoimmune conditions and primary and metastatic malignancies. We offer an algorithmic approach to their evaluation by initially excluding mimics of cavities then broadly classifying them according to the duration of clinical symptoms and radiological abnormalities.. An acute or subacute process (<12 weeks) suggests common bacterial and uncommon nocardial and fungal causes of pulmonary abscesses, necrotizing pneumonias, and septic emboli...
March 5, 2018: Chest
Nattachai Anantasit, Noramon Nuntacharruksa, Pimpin Incharoen, Aroonwan Preutthipan
Introduction: Invasive' pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) has been one of the major causes of mortality in immunocompromised patients. The gold standard method for a diagnosis of IPA is histopathological examination of the lung tissue; however, post-procedural bleeding limits the feasibility of lung biopsy. The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer/Invasive Fungal Infections Cooperative Group and The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease Mycoses Study Group (EORTC/MSG) defined IPA...
2018: Frontiers in Pediatrics
E Fiani, F Guisset, Q Fontanges, J Deviere, A Lemmers
INTRODUCTION : Esophagitis dissecans superficialis (EDS) is a rare desquamative disorder of the eso-phagus, characterized by sloughing of the superficial mucosa. It is a benign entity of uncertain etiology. Most cases of EDS are idiopathic but can be caused by medications, hot beverages, chemical irritants, celiac disease and many skin conditions. AIM AND METHODS: Knowing that few case series have described this entity, we decided to review all the cases diagnosed in our center to characterize them...
July 2017: Acta Gastro-enterologica Belgica
Davut Eren, Eray Eroglu, Aysegul Ulu Kilic, Mustafa Altay Atalay, Necati Mumcu, Murat Hayri Sipahioglu, Ozlem Canoz, Ayse Nedret Koc, Oktay Oymak
Skin infections caused by Paecilomyces species have been rarely described in patients with solid organ transplantation. Cutaneous manifestations are highly variable and include erythematous macules, nodules, pustules, and vesicular and necrotic lesions. The diagnosis of these infections is generally made by examination of a skin biopsy. Management of these fungal infections is difficult due to the immunocompromised state of the patients. Moreover, antifungal therapy and immunosuppressive drug interactions should be considered during treatment management...
March 7, 2018: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
Anna Grancini, Anna Orlandi, Giovanna Lunghi, Dario Consonni, Cristina Pozzi, Valeria Rossetti, Alessandro Palleschi, Nicola Fracchiolla, Ernesto Melada, Monica Savioli, Milena Arghittu, Rita Maiavacca, Anna Prigitano
The present study investigated the improvement in the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) adding a molecular test on bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) to the routine diagnostic approach including microscopy, culture and galactomannan (GM) immunoassay. A total of 133 BAL samples were retrospectively tested for the Aspergillus DNA: 112 samples were from immunocompromised patients at risk of invasive fungal infection and 21 were from patients not at risk and without clinical evidence of IPA. The latter samples were used to identify the cut-off of positivity for the molecular test...
January 2018: New Microbiologica
Xiaoming Yu, Xueding Cai, Xiaomei Xu, Lin Zhang, Xiaoying Huang, Liangxing Wang, Yanfan Chen
RATIONALE: This report describes a rare case in Wenzhou city of Zhejiang province that a non-HIV infected male recovering from fungemia caused by Penicillium marneffei (P. marneffei). Interestingly, it's very easy to misdiagnose with aspergillosis, a fungal disease prevalent in Wenzhou, during the whole procedure. PATIENT CONCERNS: An 80-year-old Chinese male subject with pre-existing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) presented with symptoms of chest tightness and high fever for a month...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Deepak Venkatesh, Satyajit Dandagi, Pramod Redder Chandrappa, K N Hema
Mucormycosis or zygomycosis, also called phycomycosis, is an uncommon, invasive, potentially lethal and an aggressive fungal infection of the order Mucorales that usually affects patients with alteration of their immunological system. From its initial description (Paltauf, 1885), this entity still has a high mortality. Imaging techniques are not usually diagnostic, and cultures are not totally reliable. Definitive diagnosis is exclusively obtained by means of histopathological examination. Early recognition and aggressive treatment are of paramount importance and have reduced the mortality and morbidity...
January 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology: JOMFP
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