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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437459/management-and-outcomes-of-severe-dengue-patients-presenting-with-sepsis-in-a-tropical-country
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Prapit Teparrukkul, Viriya Hantrakun, Nicholas P J Day, T Eoin West, Direk Limmathurotsakul
BACKGROUND: Dengue is a common cause of infection in adults in tropical countries. Sepsis is a syndrome of systemic manifestations induced by infection of any organisms; including bacterial, fungal and viral agents. Here, we investigated the diagnosis, management and outcomes of dengue patients presenting with sepsis in a prospective study of community-acquired sepsis in Thailand. METHODS: From June to December 2015, 874 adult patients (age≥18 years) with suspected or documented community-acquired infection, with ≥3 diagnostic criteria for sepsis according to the Surviving Sepsis Campaign 2012, and within 24 hours of admission were evaluated...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431569/co-colonisation-with-aspergillus-fumigatus-and-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-is-associated-with-poorer-health-in-cystic-fibrosis-patients-an-irish-registry-analysis
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Emma Reece, Ricardo Segurado, Abaigeal Jackson, Siobhán McClean, Julie Renwick, Peter Greally
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary infection is the main cause of death in cystic fibrosis (CF). Aspergillus fumigatus (AF) and Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA) are the most prevalent fungal and bacterial pathogens isolated from the CF airway, respectively. Our aim was to determine the effect of different colonisation profiles of AF and PA on the clinical status of patients with CF. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of data from the Cystic Fibrosis Registry of Ireland from 2013 was performed to determine the effect of intermittent and persistent colonisation with AF or PA or co-colonisation with both microorganisms on clinical outcome measures in patients with CF...
April 21, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429626/promising-immunotherapy-against-fungal-diseases
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Wilfried Posch, Marion Steger, Doris Wilflingseder, Cornelia Lass-Flörl
Despite the relatively high efficacy of antifungal drugs, invasive fungal infections (IFIs) are still associated with tremendous morbidity and mortality, since late diagnosis makes an antifungal drug therapy inefficient. Therefore, antifungal immunotherapies to specifically strengthen the host´s own immune mechanisms constitute an additional promising strategy in taking action against fungal pathogens. Areas covered: The authors summarize efforts in research and clinical trials to provide safe and efficient immunotherapeutic options against invasive fungal diseases...
April 21, 2017: Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427796/molecular-methods-for-septicemia-diagnosis
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Francesc Marco
Septicemia remains a major cause of hospital mortality. Blood culture remains the best approach to identify the etiological microorganisms when a bloodstream infection is suspected but it takes long time because it relies on bacterial or fungal growth. The introduction in clinical microbiology laboratories of the matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry technology, DNA hybridization, microarrays or rapid PCR-based test significantly reduce the time to results. Tests for direct detection in whole blood samples are highly desirable because of their potential to identify bloodstream pathogens without waiting for blood cultures to become positive...
April 17, 2017: Enfermedades Infecciosas y Microbiología Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426102/infection-related-complications-during-treatment-for-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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H Inaba, D Pei, J Wolf, S C Howard, R T Hayden, M Go, O Varechtchouk, T Hahn, J Buaboonnam, M L Metzger, J E Rubnitz, R C Ribeiro, J T Sandlund, S Jeha, C Cheng, W E Evans, M V Relling, C-H Pui
Background: Comprehensive studies on neutropenia and infection-related complications in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are lacking. Patients and methods: We evaluated infection-related complications that were grade ≥3 on National Cancer Institute's Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (version 3.0) and their risk factors in 409 children with newly diagnosed ALL throughout the treatment period. Results: Of the 2420 infection episodes, febrile neutropenia and clinically or microbiologically documented infection were seen in 1107 and 1313 episodes, respectively...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425571/clinical-factors-affecting-costs-in-patients-receiving-systemic-antifungal-therapy-in-intensive-care-units-in-greece-results-from-the-estimator-study
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A Armaganidis, S Nanas, E Antoniadou, K Mandragos, K Liakou, A Koutsoukou, G Baltopoulos, G Nakos, A Kounougeri, K Ganas, A Prekates, M Kompoti, D Georgopoulos, I Pneumatikos, E Zakynthinos
Invasive fungal infections are common in intensive care units (ICUs) but there is a great variability in factors affecting costs of different antifungal treatment strategies in clinical practice. To determine factors affecting treatment cost in adult ICU patients with or without documented invasive fungal infection receiving systemic antifungal therapy (SAT) we have performed a prospective, multicentre, observational study enrolling patients receiving SAT in participating ICUs in Greece. During the study period, 155 patients received SAT at 14 participating ICUs: 37 (23...
April 20, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425045/soluble-triggering-receptor-expressed-on-myeloid-cell-1-strem-1-a-potential-biomarker-for-the-diagnosis-of-infectious-diseases
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Changlin Cao, Jingxian Gu, Jingyao Zhang
Sensitive and useful biomarkers for the diagnosis and prognosis of infectious diseases have been widely developed. An example of these biomarkers is triggering receptor expressed on myeloid cell-1 (TREM-1), which is a cell surface receptor expressed on monocytes/macrophages and neutrophils. TREM-1 amplifies inflammation by activating the TREM-1/DAP12 pathway. This pathway is triggered by the interaction of TREM-1 with ligands or stimulation by bacterial lipopolysaccharide. Consequently, pro-inflammatory cytokines and chemokines are secreted...
April 19, 2017: Frontiers of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422828/gastrointestinal-mucormycosis-of-the-jejunum-in-an-immunocompetent-patient-a-case-report
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Mengqing Sun, Xianming Hou, Xiaoting Wang, Ge Chen, Yupei Zhao
RATIONALE: Gastrointestinal Mucormycosis (GIM) is a kind of opportunistic fungal infection with poor prognosis. It usually occurs in patients with immune deficiency. We reported a case of immunocompetent male patient. PATIENT CONCERNS: This patient was presented as abdominal distension and gastrointestinal bleeding. DIAGNOSES: A variety of hemostatic methods was ineffective to stop the bleeding. The patient finally received laparotomy, and the jejunum lesions were found...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422366/oral-paracoccidioidomycosis-retrospective-analysis-of-55-brazilian-patients
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Aline Heloísa Trindade, Henrique Côrtes Meira, Igor Figueiredo Pereira, Julio César Tanos de Lacerda, Ricardo Alves de Mesquita, Vagner Rodrigues Santos
Paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM) is a rare fungal infection in the world, but endemic and acquired exclusively in Latin America, with the highest prevalence in South America and Brazil, particularly. Changes in oral cavity are common and constitute the first clinical manifestation in many patients. The aim of this study was to describe the prevalence of oral PCM and analyse the profile of the disease and patients. Retrospective research, consisting of information present in the medical records in the period 1998-2015, whose histopathological diagnosis was oral PCM...
April 19, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422065/detection-of-1-3-%C3%AE-d-glucan-for-the-diagnosis-of-invasive-fungal-infection-in-liver-transplant-recipients
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Eric Levesque, Fadi Rizk, Zaid Noorah, Nawel Aït-Ammar, Catherine Cordonnier-Jourdin, Sarra El Anbassi, Christine Bonnal, Daniel Azoulay, Jean-Claude Merle, Françoise Botterel
Invasive fungal infections (IFI) are complications after liver transplantation involving high morbidity and mortality. (1,3)-β-d-glucan (BG) is a biomarker for IFI, but its utility remains uncertain. This study was designed to evaluate the impact of BG following their diagnosis. Between January 2013 and May 2016, 271 liver transplants were performed in our institution. Serum samples were tested for BG (Fungitell(®), Associates Cape Code Inc., Falmouth, MA, USA) at least weekly between liver transplantation and the discharge of patients...
April 19, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420334/mucormycosis-in-renal-transplant-recipients-review-of-174-reported-cases
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Yan Song, Jianjun Qiao, Gaffi Giovanni, Guangjun Liu, Hao Yang, Jianyong Wu, Jianghua Chen
BACKGROUND: Mucormycosis is a highly lethal fungal infection especially in immunocompromised individuals. METHODS: In order to review the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of mucormycosis in renal transplant recipients we searched publications of mucormycosis cases in renal transplant recipients in PUBMED database up to December 2015. RESULTS: A total of 174 cases in renal transplant recipients were included in this review. Most of the cases (76%) were male...
April 18, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414675/case-report-of-sarcoidosis-as-a-great-mimicker-in-various-populations
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C Bowe, F Jenssen, A Espinoza
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of sarcoidosis varies as much as 1-40 cases per 100,000 depending on region and population. Sarcoid typically occurs in people younger than 50 years old, with a peak incidence with ages between 20 and 40 years old. African Americans are 3 times more likely to develop sarcoidosis than Caucasian Americans, and woman are more likely than men to develop sarcoidosis in any ethnic group; nonetheless, it remains a valid differential across any population. CASE: A 32 year old Hispanic man presented to the Emergency Department with night sweats, fatigue, and 35 pound unintentional weight loss over the last several weeks...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407752/detection-of-high-serum-levels-of-%C3%AE-d-glucan-in-disseminated-nocardial-infection-a-case-report
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Toyomitsu Sawai, Takumi Nakao, Shota Yamaguchi, Sumako Yoshioka, Nobuko Matsuo, Naofumi Suyama, Katsunori Yanagihara, Hiroshi Mukae
BACKGROUND: β-D-glucan (BDG) is a helpful diagnostic marker for many invasive fungal infections, but not for nocardiosis. Here, we reported the first case of nocardial infection with high serum level of BDG. CASE PRESENTATION: A 73-year-old man was hospitalized because of fever, headache, and appetite loss after 10 months of steroid and immunosuppressive therapy for cryptogenic organizing pneumonia. With a diagnosis of bacterial pneumonia, treatment with ampicillin/sulbactam was initiated...
April 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405548/clinicoepidemiological-and-mycological-study-of-tinea-capitis-in-the-pediatric-population-of-kashmir-valley-a-study-from-a-tertiary-care-centre
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Yasmeen J Bhat, Sumaya Zeerak, Farhat Kanth, Atiya Yaseen, Iffat Hassan, Rubina Hakak
BACKGROUND: Tinea capitis is a superficial fungal infection that predominantly affects the pediatric population. The etiological factors vary from region to region, and the exact incidence remains obscure. The clinicoepidemiological and mycological aspects of this dermatophytosis were studied in a tertiary care centre in Kashmir valley. AIM: To determine the clinicoepidemiological aspects and mycological findings of dermatophytes involved in tinea capitis cases in Kashmir valley...
March 2017: Indian Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396741/renal-allograft-granulomatous-interstitial-nephritis-observations-of-an-uncommon-injury-pattern-in-22-transplant-recipients
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Alton B Farris, Carla L Ellis, Thomas E Rogers, W James Chon, Anthony Chang, Shane M Meehan
Background: Granulomatous interstitial nephritis (GIN) is uncommon in native kidneys, and descriptions in allografts are few. We report clinical and pathologic findings in 22 allograft recipients with GIN identified in renal allograft biopsies and nephrectomies. Methods: Renal allografts with GIN were retrieved from the pathology files of two academic medical centers. Available clinical and pathologic data were compiled retrospectively for a 23-year period. Results: GIN was present in 23 specimens from 22 patients (15 males and 7 females) with allograft dysfunction [serum creatinine averaged 3...
April 2017: Clinical Kidney Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393058/extranodal-nk-t-cell-lymphoma-with-destruction-of-the-uvulae-a-case-report
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Farahzad Jabbari Azad, Zahra Delavarian, Masoud Hatami, Hosein Rahimi, Mohammad Reza Abdolvahed
INTRODUCTION: Extranodal Natural Killer (NK)/T-cell lymphoma (NKTCL) nasal type is a rare but well-known disease with poor prognosis. NKTCL is more prevalent in Asia and comprises about 7-10% of all non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases in this region. The characteristic clinical pattern of NKTCL is the destruction of the midline structures of the mid-face. CASE REPORT: The present study examines a case of NKTCL in a 23-year-old man with a destructive ulcer of the palate and uvulae...
March 2017: Iranian Journal of Otorhinolaryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393004/pseudomembranous-tracheitis-caused-by-aspergillus-fumigatus-in-the-setting-of-high-grade-t-cell-lymphoma
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Prashant Malhotra, Karan Singh, Paul Gill, Sonu Sahni, Mina Makaryus, Arunabh Talwar
Pseudomembranous tracheitis (PMT) is a rare condition most commonly caused by fungal or bacterial infection that is characterized by a pseudomembrane that partially or completely covers the tracheobronchial tree. PMT is most commonly found in immunocompromised patient populations, such as post-chemotherapy, AIDS, post-transplant and hematological malignancies. Due to its rarity, PMT is often not included in the differential diagnosis. This case describes a 65 year old male with persistent fever and refractory cough despite high dose empiric antibiotics...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389891/a-unique-clinicopathological-manifestation-of-fungal-infection-a-case-series-of-deep-dermatophytosis-in-immunosuppressed-patients
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Ruben Kershenovich, Shany Sherman, Ofer Reiter, Shiran Reiss Huss, Elena Didkovsky, Daniel Mimouni, Emmilia Hodak, Rina Segal
BACKGROUND: Dermatophytes are the most common cause of superficial fungal infections in humans. Deep dermatophytosis, however, is rare, described to date only in isolated case reports, usually in the setting of systemic immunosuppression. OBJECTIVE: To present the 15-year experience of a tertiary dermato-mycology clinic with the diagnosis and treatment of deep dermatophytosis. METHODS: Patients were identified by database search. Clinical, mycological, histological, and treatment data were collected from the medical files...
April 8, 2017: American Journal of Clinical Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386282/ulcerated-lesion-of-the-tongue-as-manifestation-of-systemic-coccidioidomycosis
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Luis A Mendez, Sergio A Flores, Ricardo Martinez, Oslei Paes de Almeida
Systemic mycoses and their oral manifestations are very rare. We present a case of a 60-year-old man with an ulcerated lesion on the lateral border of the tongue. Histologic studies revealed a granulomatous fungal infection by Coccidioides immitis. After pharmacological treatment, the lesion resolved. Recently, northern Mexico has been reported to be an endemic zone of C. immitis infections; therefore it should be considered in the differential diagnosis of mouth lesions. A comprehensive clinical history, physical exploration, and complementary studies are essential for an accurate diagnosis...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384902/paecilomyces-keratitis-in-western-india-a-case-report
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Anmol Ulhas Naik, Shveta Bhimashankar Gadewar
Cases of ocular trauma with vegetative matter are commonly encountered in ophthalmic practice in India. Many of these present with keratitis/corneal ulceration, of which fungi have a predominant share. We report a case of fungal keratitis and graft infection with Paecilomyces lilacinus, which was successfully treated with topical and systemic Voriconazole. A farmer presented with corneal ulcer and hypopyon in left eye following vegetative trauma during farming. A provisional diagnosis of fungal corneal ulcer was made based on clinical features and topical anti-fungal therapy with Natamycin was initiated...
February 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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