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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639462/onychomycosis-in-the-21st-century-an-update-on-diagnosis-epidemiology-and-treatment
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Aditya K Gupta, Sarah G Versteeg, Neil H Shear
Onychomycosis accounts for 50% of all nail disease cases and is commonly caused by dermatophytes. Diabetes, human immunodeficiency virus, immunosuppression, obesity, smoking, and advancing age are predisposing factors of this fungal infection. Potassium hydroxide and culture are considered the current standard for diagnosing onychomycosis, revealing both fungal viability and species identification. Other diagnostic tests currently available include periodic acid-Schiff staining, polymerase chain reaction techniques, and fluorescent staining...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636889/complications-of-hematopoietic-stem-transplantation-fungal-infections
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REVIEW
Ali S Omrani, Reem S Almaghrabi
Patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) are at increased risk of invasive fungal infections, especially during the early neutropenic phase and severe graft-versus-host disease. Mold-active prophylaxis should be limited to the highest risk groups. Empiric antifungal therapy for HSCT with persistent febrile neutropenia is associated with unacceptable response rates, unnecessary antifungal therapy, increased risk of toxicity, and inflated costs. Empiric therapy should not be a substitute for detailed work up to identify the cause of fever in such patients...
June 13, 2017: Hematology/oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631431/phaeohyphomycosis-breast-masquerading-as-fibroadenoma-in-a-young-teenage-girl
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Amita Jain Gupta, Meeta Singh, Surekha Yadav, Nita Khurana, Shyam Lata Jain, Rohit Chawla, Sunil Laka, Anurag Mishra
Phaeohyphomycosis is an unusual granulomatous fungal infection, observed in immunocompromised or diabetic patients; however, it is even rarer in immunocompetent patients. Cytological findings of the same have been infrequently reported. The histopathological diagnosis or fungal culture helps in definitive diagnosis to identify the exact fungal species. Hereby, we report a rare case of invasive fungal infection in a breast lump in a young female, presenting as fibroadenoma breast. Fine needle aspiration cytology from the breast lesion showed the presence of septate acute-angled branching fungal hyphae with focal pigmentation, morphologically suggestive of phaeohyphomycosis which was positive with fungal stains...
June 19, 2017: Diagnostic Cytopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630839/septic-arthritis-of-the-hip-complicated-by-secondary-fungal-superinfection
#4
Scott Matthews, Sam Sloan, Daniel McCaffrey, Angel Ruiz
INTRODUCTION: Fungal joint infection can lead to serious consequences for those affected. It can often be a delayed diagnosis due to initial negative organism growth or lack of clinician awareness. Treatment should be early and aggressive to prevent patient morbidity and mortality. CASE REPORT: We present a case of staphylococcal septic arthritis of the native hip joint with secondary superinfection by Candida albicans in a young patient with no appreciable risk factors...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630831/unusual-presentation-of-mycetoma-of-the-foot-a-rare-case-report
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Amit Grover, Prashanth Nagaraj, Vinay M Joseph, Daksh Gadi
INTRODUCTION: Mycetoma is a chronic granulomatous infection. It is caused by actinomycetes or fungi. It is common in tropical countries and males. Predisposing conditions include malnutrition, poor hygiene, history of trauma, wounds on barefeet, and systemic infections. Eumycotic mycetoma commonly involves lower extremities whereas actinomycosis affects the cervicofacial, thoracic, and abdominal regions. Mycetoma presents with a chronic indurated ulcerated plague with swelling and yellowish discharge of sulfur granules...
January 2017: Journal of Orthopaedic Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625762/fungal-peritonitis-by-thermoascus-crustaceus-in-a-peritoneal-dialysis-patient-from-chile
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Eduardo Alvarez, Alvaro Castillo, Isabel Iturrieta
BACKGROUND: Fungal peritonitis is a relatively uncommon infection in peritoneal dialysis patients. However, it can be associated with significant morbimortality. In recent reports, Candida species and other filamentous fungi have been reported as being aetiological agents. Thermoascus species are ubiquitous, thermophilic fungi, with an anamorph in the Paecilomyces genus. Here we present the first report of fungal peritonitis by Thermoascus crustaceus from Chile. CASE REPORT: We present the case of an 83-year-old female patient, with a history of cholecystectomy, hernia repair, severe arterial hypertension, hip and knee osteoarthritis and several episodes of peritoneal dialysis with a cloudy exudate...
June 15, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622118/imaging-spectrum-of-invasive-fungal-and-fungal-like-infections
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Hilary L P Orlowski, Sebastian McWilliams, Vincent M Mellnick, Sanjeev Bhalla, Meghan G Lubner, Perry J Pickhardt, Christine O Menias
Invasive fungal and fungal-like infections contribute to substantial morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised individuals. The incidence of these infections is increasing-largely because of rising numbers of immunocompromised patients, including those with neutropenia, human immunodeficiency virus, chronic immunosuppression, indwelling prostheses, burns, and diabetes mellitus, and those taking broad-spectrum antibiotics. Invasive fungal pathogens include primary mycotic organisms such as Histoplasma capsulatum, Coccidioides immitis, Blastomyces dermatitidis, and Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, which are true pathogens and inherently virulent...
June 16, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602386/respiratory-infections-associated-with-anti-tnf%C3%AE-agents
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REVIEW
E Blanchard, M-E Truchetet, I Machelart, J Séneschal, C Raherison-Semjen
Anti-TNFα agents have proved effective in the treatment of various inflammatory, rheumatologic, dermatologic, and gastrointestinal diseases. Severe respiratory tract infections of bacterial or fungal origin have emerged as important complications in patients receiving such treatments. The risk of infection due to anti-TNFα therapy is difficult to assess in these patients who are immunocompromised because of the underlying disease itself and of previous or concomitant immunosuppressive drugs. This excessive infection risk seems real, particularly in the first six months following treatment initiation, and higher for patients receiving anti-TNFα monoclonal antibodies than for those receiving soluble TNFα receptor...
June 8, 2017: Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599686/diagnostic-accuracy-of-ct-scan-in-diagnosing-paranasal-fungal-infection
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Junaid Iqbal, Sadia Rashid, Jaideep Darira, Muhammad Kashif Shazlee, Muhammad Saad Ahmed, Sumayya Fatima
OBJECTIVE: To assess the diagnostic accuracy of CTscan in detecting paranasal sinus fungal infections. STUDY DESIGN: Cross-sectional, observational study. PLACE AND DURATION OF STUDY: Department of Radiology, Ziauddin University Hospital, Karachi, from April to September 2014. METHODOLOGY: Patients with clinical suspicion of fungal sinusitis were included in this study. Patients with already diagnosed or history of recurrent fungal infections were excluded...
May 2017: Journal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons—Pakistan: JCPSP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594779/clinical-validation-of-a-test-for-the-diagnosis-of-vaginitis
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Charlotte A Gaydos, Sajo Beqaj, Jane R Schwebke, Joel Lebed, Bonnie Smith, Thomas E Davis, Kenneth H Fife, Paul Nyirjesy, Timothy Spurrell, Dorothy Furgerson, Jenell Coleman, Sonia Paradis, Charles K Cooper
OBJECTIVE: Vaginitis may be diagnosed as bacterial vaginosis, vulvovaginal candidiasis, trichomoniasis, or coinfection. A new molecular test assays the vaginal microbiome and organisms that cause three common infections. The objective of the trial was to evaluate the clinical accuracy of the investigational test for vaginal swabs collected by patients (self) or clinicians. The primary and secondary outcomes were to compare the investigational test with reference methods for the three most common causes of vaginitis and compare clinician-collected with self-collected swabs...
June 6, 2017: Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592049/-the-chinese-guidelines-for-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-invasive-fungal-disease-in-patients-with-hematological-disorders-and-cancers-the-fifth-revision
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Invasive fungal disease(IFD) is a common yet highly lethal complication in patients with hematological malignancies receiving chemotherapy or stem cell transplantation, as well as immune suppressive conditions including aplastic anemia and other malignancies. According to the diagnostic criteria, patients are defined as proven, probable, possible and undefined IFD based on the evidence provided by histopathologic/cytologic, culture, radiographic and biomarker examinations. For the management of IFD, the major treatment strategies consist of prophylaxis, empirical, diagnostic-driven and target therapy...
June 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585248/specific-pcr-detection-of-fusarium-oxysporum-f-sp-raphani-a-causal-agent-of-fusarium-wilt-on-radish-plants
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Hun Kim, Sung-Min Hwang, Ji Hyun Lee, Mira Oh, Jae Woo Han, Gyung Ja Choi
Fusarium oxysporum, a causal agent of Fusarium wilt, is one of the most important fungal pathogens worldwide, and detection of F. oxysporum DNA at the forma specialis level is crucial for disease diagnosis and control. In this study, two novel F. oxysporum f. sp. raphani (For)-specific primer sets were designed, FOR1-F/FOR1-R and FOR2-F/FOR2-R, to target FOQG_17868 and FOQG_17869 ORFs, respectively, which were selected based on the genome comparison of other formae speciales of F. oxysporum including conglutinans, cubense, lycopersici, melonis, and pisi...
June 5, 2017: Letters in Applied Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584756/disseminated-cutaneous-trichosporonosis-in-an-adult-bone-marrow-transplant-patient
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A M Y Yong, S S Yang, K B Tan, S A Ho
The Trichosporon species are yeast-like opportunistic pathogens in immunocompromised patients. Trichosporon asahii infections have been reported in pediatric bone marrow transplant (BMT) patients. However, its incidence is low in the adult literature. A 52-year-old Chinese woman who was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia received induction chemotherapy and underwent allogenic bone marrow transplant, which was complicated by a relapse and required salvage chemotherapy. She developed persistent non-neutropenic fever secondary to presumed hepatosplenic candidiasis...
May 2017: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28582375/pythium-insidiosum-keratitis-histopathology-and-rapid-novel-diagnostic-staining-technique
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Ruchi Mittal, Shipra K Jena, Alisha Desai, Sunil Agarwal
PURPOSE: To elucidate the histopathology of Pythium insidiosum keratitis and to describe a novel, simple, and rapid staining technique for identification of oomycete Pythium insidiosum and to differentiate it from fungi. METHODS: This is a laboratory investigation study of 38 nonconsecutive cases (37 ocular samples and 1 colonic biopsy); 14 microbiologically diagnosed as Pythium insidiosum keratitis and 24 as fungal keratitis. Review of clinical, demographic details, microbiological results, and identification of cases that necessitated evisceration was performed...
June 2, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579084/j%C3%A3-vea-consensus-guidelines-for-the-treatment-of-candida-peritonitis-and-other-intra-abdominal-fungal-infections-in-non-neutropenic-critically-ill-adult-patients
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Javier Pemán, Gerardo Aguilar, Juan Carlos Valía, Miguel Salavert, David Navarro, Rafael Zaragoza
BACKGROUND: Although the management of the invasive candidiasis has improved in the last decade, controversial issues yet remain, especially in the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to Candida peritonitis and other forms of intra-abdominal fungal infections. AIMS: We sought to identify core clinical knowledge about intra-abdominal fungal infections and to achieve high-agreement recommendations required to care for critically ill adult patients with Candida peritonitis and other forms of intra-abdominal fungal infection...
May 31, 2017: Revista Iberoamericana de Micología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577521/seven-chronic-granulomatous-disease-cases-in-a-single-center-experience-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Şeyhan Kutluğ, Gülnar Şensoy, Asuman Birinci, Berkay Saraymen, Mustafa Yavuz Köker, Alişan YΙldΙran
BACKGROUND: Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is a rare primary immunodeficiency caused by defects in the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) oxidase enzyme system. This disease causes the disordered functioning of phagocytic cells. It is characterized by life-threatening and/or recurrent infections by bacteria and fungi. CGD has one X-linked recessive subtype (X-CGD) and four autosomal recessive subtypes (AR-CGD), and the differential diagnosis is important in such chronic inflammatory disorders...
June 1, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Allergy and Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576330/first-report-of-two-cases-of-cryptococcosis-in-tripoli-libya-infected-with-cryptococcus-neoformans-isolates-present-in-the-urban-area
#17
M S Ellabib, Z A Krema, A A Allafi, M Cogliati
Cryptococcosis is a potentially fatal fungal disease caused by the basidiomycetes yeasts Cryptococcus neoformans and C. gattii with high predilection to invade the central nervous system mainly in immunocompromised hosts. Skin can be secondarily involved in disseminated infection or be exceptionally involved as primary cutaneous infection by inoculation with contaminated materials. We report the first two Libyan cases of cryptococcal meningitis in HIV patients, in which one of them presented a secondary cutaneous involvement due to systemic dissemination...
May 30, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28573322/plasmonic-gold-nanoparticles-for-detection-of-fungi-and-human-cutaneous-fungal-infections
#18
Tobiloba Sojinrin, João Conde, Kangze Liu, James Curtin, Hugh J Byrne, Daxiang Cui, Furong Tian
Fungi, which are common in the environment, can cause a multitude of diseases. Warm, humid conditions allow fungi to grow and infect humans via the respiratory, digestive and reproductive tracts, genital area and other bodily interfaces. Fungi can be detected directly by microscopy, using the potassium hydroxide test, which is the gold standard and most popular method for fungal screening. However, this test requires trained personnel operating specialist equipment, including a fluorescent microscope and culture facilities...
June 2, 2017: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28568970/the-changing-trends-and-profile-of-pneumocystosis-mortality-in-the-united-states-1999-2014
#19
Ranjana N Wickramasekaran, Mirna Ponce Jewell, Frank Sorvillo, Tony Kuo
Pneumocystosis (PCP) mortality in the U.S. has received less attention in recent years. This study describes recent trends in mortality and the estimated burden of PCP in the U.S., using the national multiple cause of death data during 1999-2014. PCP mortality rates were calculated for age, sex, race and year. Demographic differences were presented for decedents with and without a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) co-diagnosis. Matched odds ratios (MOR) were generated to describe associations between non-HIV conditions and PCP mortality...
May 31, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566667/dermatophyte-antigen-kit
#20
Yuichiro Tsunemi
The dermatophyte antigen kit uses monoclonal antibodies that react with polysaccharides present in the dermatophyte cell wall to detect dermatophyte antigens in specimens based on the principle of immunochromatography. Clinical studies showed that the kit was very useful in the diagnosis of tinea unguium but not tinea pedis. The kit was therefore further developed as an in vitro diagnostic tool for tinea unguium and was approved by the Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency of Japan. The kit's extraction solution can extract antigens from nail specimens quickly and efficiently...
2017: Medical Mycology Journal
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