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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147593/rapidly-progressive-disseminated-sporotrichosis-as-the-first-presentation-of-hiv-infection-in-a-patient-with-a-very-low-cd4-cell-count
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Isis Cristine Morávia Ribeiro de Oliveira-Esteves, Guilherme Almeida Rosa da Silva, Walter de Araujo Eyer-Silva, Rodrigo Panno Basílio-de-Oliveira, Luciana Ferreira de Araujo, Carlos José Martins, Rogério Neves-Motta, Marcelo Costa Velho Mendes de Azevedo, Dario José Hart Pontes Signorini, Jorge Francisco da Cunha Pinto, Lívia Machado Moura, Rafael Jacyntho Laterça, Diogo Raphael Garcia de Oliveira Pereira, Isabela Vieira do Lago, Fernando Raphael de Almeida Ferry
Sporotrichosis is a human and animal disease caused by species of the Sporothrix schenckii complex. It is classically acquired through traumatic inoculation of fungal elements. Most frequently, sporotrichosis presents as a fixed cutaneous or as a lymphocutaneous form. A much smaller number of cases occur as cutaneous disseminated and disseminated forms. These cases require immediate diagnosis and management to reduce morbidity and mortality. We present the case of a 34-year-old male patient in whom the first presentation of HIV infection was a rapidly progressive sporotrichosis with multiple cutaneous lesions, a high fungal burden in tissues, and pulmonary involvement...
2017: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144965/role-of-serum-1-3%C3%AE-d-glucan-assay-in-early-diagnosis-of-invasive-fungal-infections-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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Abd Elazeez Shabaan, Lobna Mahmoud Elbaz, Wafaa M El-Emshaty, Basma Shouman
OBJECTIVES: To study the microbiological pattern of late onset neonatal sepsis cultures and to assess the diagnostic performance of serum (1,3)-β-d-glucan level for early diagnosis of invasive fungemia in high-risk infants admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit. METHODS: A prospective multicenter clinical trial conducted on infants at high risk for invasive fungal infections, with suspected late onset sepsis, admitted to a neonatal intensive care unit at Mansoura University Children's Hospital and Mansoura General Hospital between March 2014 and February 2016...
November 13, 2017: Jornal de Pediatria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140934/response-of-symptomatic-persistent-chronic-disseminated-candidiasis-to-corticosteroid-therapy-in-immunosuppressed-pediatric-patients-case-study-and-review-of-the-literature
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Vered Shkalim-Zemer, Itzhak Levi, Salvador Fischer, Hannah Tamary, Joanne Yakobovich, Gali Avrahami, Gil Gilad, Sara Elitzur, Isaac Yaniv, Ronit Elhasid, Michal Manistersky, Itamar Shalit
BACKGROUND: Chronic disseminated candidiasis (CDC) is a severe invasive fungal infection principally observed during neutrophil recovery in patients with acute leukemia treated with intensive chemotherapy. Its pathophysiology remains unclear. We describe the management of six children with symptomatic CDC who did not respond to antifungal therapy. METHODS: The databases of the hematology-oncology departments of two tertiary pediatric medical centers were searched for all patients diagnosed with CDC from 2003 to 2015 who responded to corticosteroids after failing antifungal therapy...
November 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133630/non-contact-lens-related-acanthamoeba-keratitis
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Prashant Garg, Paavan Kalra, Joveeta Joseph
The purpose of the study is to describe epidemiology, clinical features, diagnosis, and treatment of Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) with special focus on the disease in nonusers of contact lenses (CLs). This study was a perspective based on authors' experience and review of published literature. AK accounts for 2% of microbiology-proven cases of keratitis. Trauma and exposure to contaminated water are the main predisposing factors for the disease. Association with CLs is seen only in small fraction of cases. Contrary to classical description experience in India suggests that out of proportion pain, ring infiltrate, and radial keratoneuritis are seen in less than a third of cases...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128021/respiratory-fungal-infections-in-solid-organ-and-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation
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Oveimar De La Cruz, Fernanda P Silveira
Respiratory fungal infections are associated with high morbidity and mortality in hematopoietic stem cell (HSCT) and solid organ (SOT) transplant recipients, and are caused primarily by molds. Aspergillus is the most common pathogen. The net state of immunosuppression plays a major role in the risk of respiratory fungal infections after transplantation. Clinical presentation can be atypical and diagnosis can be delayed due to low sensitivity of diagnostic methods or inability to obtain adequate specimens. Fungal infections in HSCT and SOT carry a higher risk of dissemination...
December 2017: Clinics in Chest Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127615/fungal-and-parasitic-cns-infections
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Pratibha Singhi, Arushi Gahlot Saini
Central nervous system fungal infections can be broadly divided into those that infect a healthy host such as Cryptococcus, Coccidioides, Histoplasma, Blastomyces, Sporothrix spp., and those that cause opportunistic infections in an immunocompromised host such as Candida, Aspergillus, Zygomycetes, Trichosporon spp. The clinical manifestations of central nervous system fungal infections commonly seen in children in clinical practice include a chronic meningitis or meningoencephalitis syndrome, brain abscess, rhino-cerebral syndrome and rarely, a fungal ventriculitis...
November 11, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125145/the-2017-doyne-lecture-the-orbit-as-a-window-to-systemic-disease
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A A McNab
A very large number of disorders affect the orbit, and many of these occur in the setting of systemic disease. This lecture covers selected aspects of orbital diseases with systemic associations in which the author has a particular clinical or research interest. Spontaneous orbital haemorrhage often occurs in the presence of bleeding diatheses. Thrombosis of orbital veins and ischaemic necrosis of orbital and ocular adnexal tissues occur with thrombophilic disorders, vasculitis, and certain bacterial and fungal infections...
November 10, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112326/real-world-challenges-and-unmet-needs-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-suspected-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-patients-with-hematological-diseases-an-illustrative-case-study
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Martin Hoenigl, Juergen Prattes, Peter Neumeister, Albert Wölfler, Robert Krause
Recent years have seen important advances in the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA), complemented by the introduction of new therapies. Despite this, IPA remains a major cause of infection-related mortality in patients with hematological diseases. There are two main reasons for this. First, diagnosis of IPA remains a challenge, since risk factors and the clinical, radiological and mycological presentations vary not only by fungal disease stage, but also by patient group (e.g. neutropenic versus non-neutropenic patients)...
November 7, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111995/diagnostic-evaluation-of-co-occurrence-of-acanthamoeba-and-fungi-in-keratitis-a-preliminary-report
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Anita Raghavan, Shaffie Baidwal, Prabhu Vijayaraghavan, Sakthi Rajeswari, Revathi Rajaraman, Narendran Venkatapathy, Sunitha Menon, Ram Rammohan
PURPOSE: To test the hypothesis that the coexistence of Acanthamoeba with other forms of microbial keratitis, especially fungal keratitis (FK), is more prevalent than suspected. METHODS: A prospective diagnostic study whereby patients presenting with stromal keratitis were additionally tested for Acanthamoeba, irrespective of the initial diagnosis. In addition to the routine workup with Gram stain, KOH mount, and cultures on blood agar and potato dextrose agar, nonnutrient agar was included...
November 14, 2017: Cornea
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110332/is-mbl-serum-concentration-a-reliable-predictor-for-recurrent-vulvovaginal-candidiasis
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Mona Ghazanfari, Mehraban Falahati, Azam Fattahi, Fatemeh Bazrafshan, Sanam Nami, Morteza Hosseinzadeh, Fariba Heydarikohan, Mohsen Ghelman, Majid Khoshmirsafa, Ali Farzanegan
BACKGROUND: Recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (RVVC) is acommon opportunistic, mucosal fungal infection, predominantly caused by the fungus Candida albicans.Mannose-binding lectin (MBL) is an acute-phase protein that plays a key role in the innate immunity defense against infectious disease. OBJECTIVES: The present study was conducted to evaluate the relationship between the MBL serum level and the relative expression of MBL mRNA in RVVC using real-time PCR for the first time...
November 6, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109305/breath-based-diagnosis-of-fungal-infections
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Mahesh Jayamanna Thalavitiya Acharige, Seena Koshy, Nour Ismail, Obadah Aloum, Majd Jazaerly, Carmen Leon Astudillo, Sophia Koo
Invasive aspergillosis and other invasive fungal infections are associated with significant morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients, in large part due to limitations of existing diagnostic methods for these infections. Detection of species-specific volatile sesquiterpene metabolites of fungal origin in the breath of patients with invasive fungal infections allows the diagnosis and monitoring of these infections in vivo, noninvasively and more rapidly than possible with current diagnostic methods...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106862/an-investigation-of-operative-outcomes-pediatric-invasive-fungal-sinusitis
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Curtis Hanba, Peter F Svider, Wanda Lai, Syed Naweed Raza, Anthony Sheyn, Jean Anderson Eloy, Adam J Folbe
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: Invasive fungal sinusitis is an uncommon entity among children. Early recognition is crucial for facilitating successful treatment with minimal morbidity. The goal of this analysis was to identify patient characteristics associated with high-risk surgical disease through a population-based examination into this rare and deadly disease process. METHODS: A retrospective chart review of the 2009 and 2012 Kids' Inpatient Database (KID) was conducted...
November 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29104281/incidental-finding-of-cryptococcus-on-prostate-biopsy-for-prostate-adenocarcinoma-following-cardiac-transplant-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Sujal I Shah, Hai Bui, Nelson Velasco, Shilpa Rungta
BACKGROUND Cryptococcus is the third most common invasive fungal organism in immunocompromised patients, including transplant patients, and usually involves the central nervous system and lungs, with a median time to infection of 25 months. We report a case of Cryptococcus of the prostate gland, found as an incidental finding on prostate biopsy for prostate adenocarcinoma, four months following cardiac transplantation. CASE REPORT A 62-year-old male African-American who had a cardiac transplant four months previously, underwent a six-core prostate biopsy for a two-year history of increasing prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels, and a recent history of non-specific urinary tract symptoms...
November 6, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102972/urinary-tract-aspergillosis-in-a-patient-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Linghong Zhou, Huazhen Zhao, Zhongqing Chen, Liping Zhu
Invasive aspergillosis is a life-threatening fungal infection, especially in immunocompromised patients. Pulmonary aspergillosis is the most common type of the infection, while urinary tract infection is relatively rare. Here, we describe a case of a 46-year-old man with chronic renal disease presenting with intermittent abdominal pain. The diagnosis of aspergillosis was established by pathological findings of the fungal ball in the bladder. The patient underwent multiple antimicrobial treatments and surgical interventions and was finally cured by posaconazole...
November 3, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101992/acr-appropriateness-criteria-%C3%A2-sinonasal-disease
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Claudia F E Kirsch, Julie Bykowski, Joseph M Aulino, Kevin L Berger, Asim F Choudhri, David B Conley, Michael D Luttrull, Diego Nunez, Lubdha M Shah, Aseem Sharma, Vilaas S Shetty, Rathan M Subramaniam, Sophia C Symko, Rebecca S Cornelius
Imaging of sinonasal pathology may occur for assessment of rhinosinusitis or mass lesions. Rhinosinusitis is prevalent in up to 16% of the US population with annual economic burdens estimated at 22 billion dollars. Rhinosinusitis is characterized as acute or chronic based on symptom duration; if four or more episodes occur annually, the term recurrent acute rhinosinusitis (RARS) is used. In acute uncomplicated rhinosinusitis when inflammatory change remains in the paranasal sinuses and nasal cavity, imaging may not be required...
November 2017: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099103/detecci%C3%A3-n-molecular-de-especies-de-candida-en-espec%C3%A3-menes-de-pacientes-hospitalizados
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José Luis Camacho-Cardoso, María Ángeles Martínez-Rivera, Patricia Manzano-Gayosso, Luis Javier Méndez-Tovar, Rubén López-Martínez, Francisca Hernández-Hernández
Objective: To identify the most frequent Candida species in specimens from patients hospitalized in different medical centers of Mexico City, with suspected fungal infection. Methods: Specimens were grown on Sabouraud dextrose agar at 28°C for 72 h. In addition, DNA was extracted. Isolates were grown on CHROMagar Candida™, at 37°C for 48 h. The molecular identification was performed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using primers specific for four species. Results: Eighty one specimens were processed and included: bronchial lavage, pleural, cerebrospinal, peritoneal, ascites and bile fluids; blood, sputum, bone marrow, oro-tracheal cannula and ganglion...
2017: Gaceta Médica de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095722/pcr-based-tests-for-the-early-diagnosis-of-sepsis-where-do-we-stand
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Andrew N Ginn, Catriona L Halliday, Abby P Douglas, Sharon C-A Chen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Bloodstream infections are a major cause of hospital and ICU admission with high morbidity and mortality; however, early and targeted antimicrobial therapy reduces mortality in high-risk patients. This article focuses on the diagnosis of bloodstream infections by PCR-based approaches at an early stage to enable prompt treatment and prevent organ dysfunction. RECENT FINDINGS: PCR systems offering highly multiplexed targeting of bacterial and/or fungal pathogens (in whole blood) offer the best opportunity for clinical impact, as informed decisions can be made within 4-8 h of the blood draw...
December 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091912/diabetes-mellitus-increases-the-susceptibility-to-encephalitozoonosis-in-mice
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Aldo Francisco Neto, Paulo Ricardo Dell'Armelina Rocha, Elizabeth Christina Perez, José Guilherme Xavier, Giovani Bravin Peres, Diva Denelle Spadacci-Morena, Anuska Marcelino Alvares-Saraiva, Maria Anete Lallo
Microsporidiosis are diseases caused by opportunistic intracellular fungi in immunosuppressed individuals, as well as in transplanted patients, the elderly and children, among others. Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disease characterized by hyperglycemia and decreased T cell response, neutrophil function, humoral immunity failure, increasing the susceptibility to infections. Here, we investigated the susceptibility of streptozotocin (STZ)-induced type I diabetic and/or immunosuppressed mice to encephalitozoonosis by Encephalitozoon cuniculi...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089734/management-of-brain-abscess-changing-trend-and-experience-in-enugu-nigeria
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Chika Anele Ndubuisi, Samuel C Ohaegbulam, Wilfred C Mezue, Mark C Chikani, Sunday P Nkwerem, Ignatius I Ozor
BACKGROUND: Intracranial abscess remains a significant health-care problem. Its causes, diagnosis, treatment, and outcome are changing. AIM: This paper reviewed the demography, examined new trends, and compared outcomes with different treatment options. METHODOLOGY: Retrospective analysis of intracranial abscesses managed at Memfys Hospital, Enugu (2004-2014) and University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital (2009-2014). Patients were followed up for at least 6 months...
July 2017: Nigerian Journal of Surgery: Official Publication of the Nigerian Surgical Research Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089435/cryptococcus-neoformans-iron-sulfur-protein-biogenesis-machinery-is-a-novel-layer-of-protection-against-cu-stress
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Sarela Garcia-Santamarina, Marta A Uzarska, Richard A Festa, Roland Lill, Dennis J Thiele
Copper (Cu) ions serve as catalytic cofactors to drive key biochemical processes, and yet Cu levels that exceed cellular homeostatic control capacity are toxic. The underlying mechanisms for Cu toxicity are poorly understood. During pulmonary infection by the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans, host alveolar macrophages compartmentalize Cu to the phagosome, and the ability to detoxify Cu is critical for its survival and virulence. Here, we report that iron-sulfur (Fe-S) clusters are critical targets of Cu toxicity in both Saccharomyces cerevisiae and C...
October 31, 2017: MBio
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