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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909274/-three-mitral-valve-operations-in-a-patient-with-trousseau-syndrome-and-nonbacterial-thrombotic-endocarditis-caused-by-ovarian-cancer
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Masahito Saito, Naoki Asano, Kazunori Ota, Kazuho Niimi, Koyu Tanaka, Shigeyoshi Gon, Hiroshi Takano
A 52-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital for acute right hemi-paresis, left homonymous hemianopia, and fever. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed multiple cerebral infarctions and transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) revealed a vegetation on the posterior leaflet of her mitral valve. Mitral valve repair was performed under a diagnosis of infective endocarditis (IE). Further multiple cerebral infarctions occurred on the 11th postoperative day, resulting in left hemiplegia and dysarthria...
December 2016: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906037/integrated-therapy-for-hiv-and-cryptococcosis
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REVIEW
Sirawat Srichatrapimuk, Somnuek Sungkanuparph
Cryptococcosis has been one of the most common opportunistic infections and causes of mortality among HIV-infected patients, especially in resource-limited countries. Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common form of cryptococcosis. Laboratory diagnosis of cryptococcosis includes direct microscopic examination, isolation of Cryptococcus from a clinical specimen, and detection of cryptococcal antigen. Without appropriate treatment, cryptococcosis is fatal. Early diagnosis and treatment is the key to treatment success...
November 29, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904738/recent-developments-in-the-management-of-invasive-fungal-infections-in-patients-with-oncohematological-diseases
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REVIEW
Markus Ruhnke, Stefan Schwartz
Patients with hematological cancer have a high risk of invasive fungal diseases (IFDs). These infections are mostly life threatening and an early diagnosis and initiation of appropriate antifungal therapy are essential for the clinical outcome. Most commonly, Aspergillus and Candida species are involved. However, other non-Aspergillus molds are increasingly be identified in cases of documented IFDs. Important risk factors are long lasting granulocytopenia with neutrophil counts below 500/μl for more than 10 days or graft-versus-host disease resulting from allogeneic stem-cell transplantation...
December 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904061/diagnosis-and-treatment-of-mucormycosis-in-patients-with-hematological-malignancies
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Yuki Asano-Mori
The risk of invasive fungal infections (IFIs) is extremely high in patients with hematological malignancies due to the prolonged and profound neutropenia and immunosuppression after chemotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. There has been increasing interest in mucormycosis despite its relatively uncommon occurrence, because occasional breakthrough infections have been observed under anti-aspergillus prophylaxis. The aggressive nature of mucormycosis easily leads to high mortality because of delays in diagnosis and incorrect treatment decisions, which are due in part to lack of adjunctive diagnostic tools and having similar clinical and radiological features with aspergillosis...
2016: Medical Mycology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903025/-antifungal-medication-new-substances-new-experiences
#5
Dieter Buchheidt, Wolf-Karsten Hofmann
The incidence of life threatening invasive fungal infections in patients with hematological malignancies during intensive chemotherapy or after hematopoetic stem cell transplantation, patients after solid organ transplantation, ICU patients and premature infants is rising. Mortality rates of invasive fungal infections, caused by Aspergillus species or mucormycetes, may reach 100%, in spite of considerable progress in diagnosis, antifungal prophylaxis and therapy. Comprehensive, profound knowledge of specific diagnostic and current treatment algorithms is essential to improve the prognosis of patients suffering from systemic fungal infections; this article encompasses recent developments in the field of antifungal treatment...
November 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902424/clinical-evaluation-of-mucorales-specific-real-time-pcr-assay-in-tissue-and-serum-samples
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Jan Springer, Michaela Lackner, Christian Ensinger, Brigitte Risslegger, Charles Oliver Morton, David Nachbaur, Cornelia Lass-Flörl, Hermann Einsele, Werner J Heinz, Juergen Loeffler
Molecular diagnostic assays can accelerate the diagnosis of fungal infections and subsequently improve patient outcomes. In particular, the detection of infections due to Mucorales is still challenging for laboratories and physicians. The aim of this study was to evaluate a probe-based Mucorales-specific real-time PCR assay (Muc18S) using tissue and serum samples from patients suffering from invasive mucormycosis (IMM). This assay can detect a broad range of clinically relevant Mucorales species and can be used to complement existing diagnostic tests or to screen high-risk patients...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900097/post-transplant-lymphoproliferative-disorder-presenting-with-skin-ulceration-in-a-renal-transplant-recipient-who-achieved-sustained-remission-with-rituximab-therapy-a-case-report
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Man Fai Law, Hay Nun Chan, Ho Kei Lai, Chung Yin Ha, Celia Ng, Yiu Ming Yeung, Sze Fai Yip
Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD) is associated with a variety of clinical presentations, but rarely involves the skin. We herein report a case of PTLD presenting with skin ulceration in a renal transplant recipient. A biopsy of the ulcer confirmed the diagnosis of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. The patient was initially treated with immunosuppression reduction, but the skin ulcer persisted. He was then treated with two courses of chemotherapy, but his condition was complicated with cryptococcal infection...
November 2016: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891438/blastomycosis-like-pyoderma-a-rare-case-report
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Amrita A Hongal, Somashekar Gejje
Blastomycosis-like pyoderma is a rare, cutaneous bacterial infection of skin, seen in malnourished individuals, in a poor state of health and manifests as vegetating skin lesions. It is an unusual tissue reaction possibly to bacterial infection, the most common organism being Staphylococcus aureus. This case report is of a 35-year-old male who presented with thick verrucous surfaced plaques and papules on trunk and extremities since 2 months. Investigations revealed anaemia with hypochromasia, neutrophilic leucocytosis, hypo-proteinemia and hypo-albuminemia with reversal of A/G ratio...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869441/immunology-update-primary-immunodeficiency-diseases
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S Paul Starr
There are 264 primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs), most of which are rare. They are caused by complement deficiencies, defects in phagocyte function, impaired T-cell function, and/or impaired B-cell function with antibody deficiencies. Most patients with PIDs will present, at varying ages, with frequent infections. These infections can be common respiratory tract infections such as otitis media or pneumonia, or they can be unusual bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infections. Neonatal screening for severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome, one of the most common and serious PIDs, is now performed in most US states, but many PIDs manifest and are detected after birth...
November 2016: FP Essentials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865245/adolescent-with-recurrent-tuberculosis-can-it-be-chronic-granulomatous-disease
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Yashashree Gupta, Ira Shah
Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is an inherited primary immunodeficiency disorder with recurrent bacterial and fungal infections like Staphylococcus aureus, Nocardia spp, Serratia marcescens, Burkholderia cepacia, Salmonella spp. and Aspergillus species. We present a 13-year-old male child who had 3 episodes of tuberculosis (TB) at 5 years, 8 years and 13 years of age, respectively, with no other intercurrent infections and who was diagnosed as CGD at the age of 13 years. This case highlights the possibility of phenotypic variations of CGD...
July 2016: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863269/mortality-length-of-stay-bloodstream-and-respiratory-viral-infections-in-a-pediatric-intensive-care-unit
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Kam Lun Hon, Man Ping Luk, Wing Ming Fung, Cho Ying Li, Hiu Lee Yeung, Pui Kwun Liu, Shun Li, Kathy Yin Ching Tsang, Chi Kong Li, Paul Kay Sheung Chan, Kam Lau Cheung, Ting Fan Leung, Pei Lin Koh
OBJECTIVES: We investigated whether diagnostic categories and presence of infections were associated with increased mortality or length of stay (LOS) in patients admitted to a pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). METHODS: A retrospective study of all PICU admissions between October 2002 and April 2016 was performed. Oncologic vs nononcologic, trauma/injuries vs nontraumatic, infectious (gram-positive, gram-negative, fungal bloodstream infections, common respiratory viruses) vs noninfectious diagnoses were evaluated for survival and LOS...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862370/comparative-evaluation-of-pan-fungal-real-time-pcr-galactomannan-and-1-3-%C3%AE-d-glucan-assay-for-invasive-fungal-infection-in-paediatric-cancer-patients
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Prashant Gupta, Abrar Ahmad, Vineeta Khare, Archana Kumar, Gopa Banerjee, Nitya Verma, Mastan Singh
Limited specific data and investigations are available for the diagnosis of Invasive Fungal Infection (IFI) in paediatrics cancer patients. Three non-invasive tests; Platelia Aspergillus EIA for galactomannan (GM), β-D-glucan (BDG) assay and pan-fungal real-time PCR for fungal DNA in blood were evaluated. One hundred twenty-five paediatrics cancer patients at the high risk of IFI were enrolled. Single blood and serum samples were evaluated by all the three methods. Patients were classified into 10 proven, 52 probable and 63 no IFI cases in accordance with EORTC MSG 2008 revised guidelines...
November 16, 2016: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861481/-presence-of-lactoferrin-lf-in-lymphocutaneous-sporotrichosis-yeast-bound-antimicrobial-peptide
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Alejandro Palma-Ramos, Laura E Castrillón-Rivera, María Elisa Vega-Mémije, Roberto Arenas-Guzmán, Lucía Rangel-Gamboa
: Sporotrichosis is a common subcutaneous mycosis in Latin America, produced by dimorphic fungi belong to Sporothrix schenckii complex of cryptic species. Infection is acquired by traumatic inoculation with contaminated organic material. Host immune response includes polymorphonuclear neutrophils chemotaxis and release of granular components. Lactoferrin is a protein member of the transferrin family of iron-binding proteins, present inside polymorphonuclear granular structure, and has been reported to affect growth and development of infectious agents, including fungal organisms...
November 2016: Gaceta Médica de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837513/t2-magnetic-resonance-for-fungal-diagnosis
#14
Fainareti N Zervou, Ioannis M Zacharioudakis, Jaclynn Kurpewski, Eleftherios Mylonakis
Rapid diagnostic methods for fungal infections are long awaited and are expected to improve outcomes through early initiation of targeted antifungal therapy. T2Candida panel is a novel qualitative diagnostic platform that was recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for diagnosis of candidemia with a mean time to species identification of less than 5 h. T2Candida panel is performed on the fully automated T2Dx instrument in whole blood K2EDTA specimens and is able to detect 5 Candida spp...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837511/identification-of-fungal-pathogens-in-tissue-samples-from-patients-with-proven-invasive-infection-by-fluorescence-in-situ-hybridization
#15
Ilka McCormick Smith, Volker Rickerts
Identification of fungal pathogens in clinical samples by hybridization with short oligonucleotide probes is increasingly used in the diagnosis of invasive fungal infections. Rapid and specific fungal identification has been documented in different diagnostic settings allowing for specific patient management. Identification of fungal pathogens in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples appears to be rewarding as these materials are stored in pathology archives offering an insight into the etiology of deep fungal infections that is often not achieved by non-molecular tests...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837510/genus-and-species-specific-pcr-detection-methods
#16
Jan Springer, Jürgen Löffler
PCR-based detection of fungal pathogens offers a sensitive and specific tool for the diagnosis of invasive fungal infections. A large variety of different clinical specimen types can be used as original material. However, certain precautions, in addition to the published MIQE guidelines [1], need to be taken to prevent contaminations from airborne fungal spores and PCR reagents. In addition, the European Aspergillus PCR Initiative (EAPCRI) recently defined standards for Aspergillus PCR [2, 3], following these recommendations leads to superior sensitivity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837505/culture-based-techniques
#17
Birgit Willinger
The detection of fungal elements and their characterization in patient specimens provides fundamental information. Culture-based methods, though often slow, may yield the specific etiological agent, and may allow susceptibility testing to be performed. Proper collection and transportation of the specimen is essential. Particularly, sterile materials are important for diagnosis of invasive fungal infections.Therefore, culture and direct microscopy should be performed on all suitable clinical specimens when fungal disease is suspected...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837499/commercial-molecular-tests-for-fungal-diagnosis-from-a-practical-point-of-view
#18
Michaela Lackner, Cornelia Lass-Flörl
The increasing interest in molecular diagnostics is a result of tremendously improved knowledge on fungal infections in the past 20 years and the rapid development of new methods, in particular polymerase chain reaction. High expectations have been placed on molecular diagnostics, and the number of laboratories now using the relevant technology is rapidly increasing-resulting in an obvious need for standardization and definition of laboratory organization. In the past 10 years, multiple new molecular tools were marketed for the detection of DNA, antibodies, cell wall components, or other antigens...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837497/the-changing-epidemiology-of-invasive-fungal-infections
#19
David A Enoch, Huina Yang, Sani H Aliyu, Christianne Micallef
Invasive fungal infections (IFI) are an emerging problem worldwide with invasive candidiasis and candidemia responsible for the majority of cases. This is predominantly driven by the widespread adoption of aggressive immunosuppressive therapy among certain patient populations (e.g., chemotherapy, transplants) and the increasing use of invasive devices such as central venous catheters (CVCs). The use of new immune modifying drugs has also opened up an entirely new spectrum of patients at risk of IFIs. While the epidemiology of candida infections has changed in the last decade, with a gradual shift from C...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837496/current-challenges-in-the-diagnosis-of-fungal-infections
#20
Cornelia Lass-Flörl
Diagnosing fungal infections is a challenge, particularly in the immunocompromised host. Signs and symptoms are nonspecific, colonization is difficult to distinguish from invasive disease, blood cultures are commonly negative, and patients are often unable to undergo invasive diagnostic procedures. Culture and microscopic examination remain the "gold standard" but are insensitive. Antigen assays such as the galactomannan and glucan detection systems are frequently used, yet these tests vary in sensitivity and specificity, depending on the patient population involved...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
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