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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349620/fatal-talaromyces-marneffei-infection-in-a-patient-with-autoimmune-hepatitis
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Sally C Y Wong, Siddharth Sridhar, Antonio H Y Ngan, Jonathan H K Chen, Rosana W S Poon, Susanna K P Lau, Patrick C Y Woo
Talaromyces marneffei, previously known as Penicillium marneffei, is the most important pathogenic thermally dimorphic fungus causing systemic mycosis in Southeast Asia. Traditionally, T. marneffei infection in human was mainly associated with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome caused by HIV infection. In recent years, there has been an increasing number of T. marneffei infections reported in non-HIV-infected patients with other immunocompromised conditions, including autoantibodies against interferon-gamma, systemic lupus erythematosis, solid organ transplantation, Job's syndrome, hematological malignancies, and use of novel targeted therapies...
January 18, 2018: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339229/a-rare-case-of-c-glabrata-spondylodiscitis-case-report-and-literature-review
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Manfredi Gagliano, Costanza Marchiani, Giulia Bandini, Paolo Bernardi, Nicolas Palagano, Elisa Cioni, Martina Finocchi, Silvia Bellando Randone, Alberto Moggi Pignone
BACKGROUND: Spondylodiscitis are vertebral column infections whose incidence is rising due to an increase of the susceptible population and improved ascertainment. They have been associated with a wide range of microorganisms. Fungal spondylodiscitis is uncommon (0.5%-1.6%) and strongly associated with immunodepression and diabetes (Gouliouris et al., 2010). We present a rare case of Candida glabrata spondylodiscitis in a non neutropenic diabetic patient with the review of the literature...
January 12, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330406/adjuvant-role-of-septifast-to-improve-the-diagnosis-of-sepsis-in-a-large-cohort-of-hematological-patients
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Raffaella Greco, Maria Chiara Barbanti, Nicasio Mancini, Lara Crucitti, Chiara Oltolini, Alessandra Forcina, Francesca Lorentino, Luca Vago, Carlo Messina, Daniela Clerici, Mara Morelli, Fabio Giglio, Maria Teresa Lupo Stanghellini, Laura Infurnari, Matteo G Carrabba, Sarah Marktel, Andrea Assanelli, Paolo Scarpellini, Massimo Bernardi, Jacopo Peccatori, Consuelo Corti, Massimo Clementi, Fabio Ciceri
Febrile neutropenia and sepsis are common and life-threatening complications in hematological diseases. This study was performed retrospectively in 514 patients treated for febrile neutropenia at our institute, to investigate the clinical usefulness of a molecular tool, LightCycler® SeptiFast test (SF), to promptly recognize pathogens causing sepsis in hematological patients. We collected 1837 blood samples of 514 consecutive hematological patients. The time of processing is short. Overall, 757 microorganisms in 663 episodes were detected by molecular test and standard blood cultures (BC): 73...
January 12, 2018: Bone Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326525/mucormycosis-in-a-diabetic-patient-a-case-report-with-an-insight-into-its-pathophysiology
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Syeda Neelam Afroze, Rajani Korlepara, Guttikonda Venkateswara Rao, Jayakiran Madala
Mucormycosis is one of the most rapidly progressing and fulminant forms of fungal infection which usually begins in the nose and paranasal sinuses following inhalation of fungal spores. It is caused by organisms of the subphylum Mucormycotina, including genera as Absidia, Mucor, Rhizomucor, and Rhizopus. The incidence of mucormycosis is approximately 1.7 cases per 1,000,000 inhabitants per year. Mucormycosis affecting the maxilla is rare because of rich blood vessel supply of maxillofacial areas although more virulent fungi such as Mucor can overcome this difficulty...
October 2017: Contemporary Clinical Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326340/rare-cause-of-pulmonary-cavitation-in-a-75-year-old-man
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Jaffar Al-Sheikhli, Hussein Taqi, John Drake, Ayaaz Habib
A 75-year-old man of Asian descent presented to the acute medical unit with signs and symptoms suggestive of a community-acquired pneumonia. He had multiple comorbidities and was relatively immunocompromised as a result. Initial investigations supported the diagnosis of community-acquired pneumonia complicated by a cavitating lung lesion, and the patient was treated as per hospital guidelines. He continued to deteriorate despite appropriate therapy and developed a hydropneumothorax, requiring the insertion of a chest drain...
January 10, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325597/disseminated-histoplasmosis-in-an-immunocompetent-patient-utility-of-skin-scrape-cytology-in-diagnosis-a-case-report
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Tummidi Santosh, Kanchan Kothari, Shruti S Singhal, Vyoma V Shah, Roshni Patil
BACKGROUND: Histoplasma capsulatum is a dimorphic fungus predominately found in soils enriched with bird and bat excreta. Although several cases of histoplasmosis have been reported in India, diagnosis using cytology has been done in very few cases. CASE PRESENTATION: We report here a case of disseminated histoplasmosis in a 46-year-old Indian man. CONCLUSION: Skin scrape cytology is a simple, safe, and rapid technique to establish the initial diagnosis, thus promoting early treatment and favorable outcome, in cutaneous fungal infections...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324504/aspergillus-and-other-respiratory-fungal-infections-in-the-icu-diagnosis-and-management
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José-Artur Paiva, Paulo Mergulhão, José Manuel Pereira
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Filamentous fungi respiratory infections, namely because of Aspergillus, Mucorales, Fusarium, or Scedosporium, show rising incidence and occur more in populations which are not classically immunosuppressed. This and their persistent dismal prognosis are the focus of this review. RECENT FINDINGS: Both an early diagnosis, rooted on a high level of suspicion and based on clinical picture, radiology, cultural microbiological exams, fungal biomarkers, PCR and biopsy, and an early therapy, including immunorecovery, whenever possible, good antifungal selection, and surgery for source control, are paramount to maximize the outcome in these diseases...
January 10, 2018: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29287097/standardization-and-validation-of-real-time-pcr-assays-for-the-diagnosis-of-histoplasmosis-using-three-molecular-targets-in-an-animal-model
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Luisa F López, César O Muñoz, Diego H Cáceres, Ángela M Tobón, Vladimir Loparev, Oliver Clay, Tom Chiller, Anastasia Litvintseva, Lalitha Gade, Ángel González, Beatriz L Gómez
Histoplasmosis is considered one of the most important endemic and systemic mycoses worldwide. Until now few molecular techniques have been developed for its diagnosis. The aim of this study was to develop and evaluate three real time PCR (qPCR) protocols for different protein-coding genes (100-kDa, H and M antigens) using an animal model. Fresh and formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded (FFPE) lung tissues from BALB/c mice inoculated i.n. with 2.5x106 Histoplasma capsulatum yeast or PBS were obtained at 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, 12 and 16 weeks post-infection...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286213/risk-factors-for-invasive-fungal-infection-among-thai-oncologic-patients-with-febrile-neutropenia-and-cutaneous-presentation-a-5-year-retrospective-study-in-southern-thailand
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Kumpol Aiempanakit, Surarit Naorungroj, Kanokphorn Chiratikarnwong, Sauvarat Auepemkiate, Benjawan Apinantriyo
Background: Febrile neutropenia (FNP) is a condition defined by fever and neutropenia. There are current only limited data on related cutaneous manifestations. This study aimed to assess cutaneous lesions and their etiologies in a Thai group of FNP patients. Methods: A retrospective analysis was conducted on 43 non-transplant febrile neutropenic patients with concurrent cutaneous lesions, as determined by dermatopathologic studies at Songklanagarind Hospital in Thailand over a five-year period. Results: The mean age was 39 years (SD: 18...
December 29, 2017: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286020/a-case-of-candida-septic-arthritis-with-rice-body-formation-in-a-2-month-old-infant
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Francesco d'Aleo, Roberta Bonanno, Angelina Midiri, Giuseppe Mancuso, Stefania Cordaro, Amiel Warm, Elisa Verduci, Concetta Beninati, Carmelo Biondo
We present a case of rice body formation in the left knee joint of a 2-month-old infant affected by Candida albicans septic arthritis which has never been reported before. Rice body formation has been described in association with rheumatoid or tuberculous arthritis and is very rare in Candida arthritis. After three weeks of therapy with amphotericin B administered intravenously, the infant recovered fully from infection. Septic arthritis is a serious cause of morbidity and for proper evaluation and treatment fungal septic arthritis should be included in the differential diagnosis...
December 1, 2017: Le Infezioni in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29285615/application-of-image-recognition-based-automatic-hyphae-detection-in-fungal-keratitis
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Xuelian Wu, Yuan Tao, Qingchen Qiu, Xinyi Wu
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the accuracy of two methods in diagnosis of fungal keratitis, whereby one method is automatic hyphae detection based on images recognition and the other method is corneal smear. We evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of the method in diagnosis of fungal keratitis, which is automatic hyphae detection based on image recognition. We analyze the consistency of clinical symptoms and the density of hyphae, and perform quantification using the method of automatic hyphae detection based on image recognition...
December 28, 2017: Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29281994/successful-treatment-of-cerebral-aspergillosis-case-report-of-a-patient-with-t-cell-large-granular-lymphocytic-leukemia-t-lgl
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Amin T Turki, Jassin Rashidi-Alavijeh, Jan Dürig, Guido Gerken, Peter-Michael Rath, Oliver Witzke
BACKGROUND: Invasive aspergillosis involving patients with neutropenia or severe immunosuppression, such as patients with hematologic malignancies is associated with high mortality. Patients with T-cell large granular lymphocytic leukemia (T-LGL) on the other hand are considered to be less vulnerable for severe opportunistic fungal infection as their course of disease is chronic and marked by less violent cytopenia then in e.g. Aplastic Anemia. Only neutropenia is regarded as independent risk factor for severe opportunistic infection in T-LGL patients...
December 28, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29276680/oropharyngeal-histoplasmosis-the-diagnosis-lies-in-the-biopsy
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Claudia Miranda, Michael A Jaker, Valerie A Fitzhugh-Kull, Lisa L Dever
Histoplasma capsulatum, a dimorphic fungus found world-wide, is endemic to regions of the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys and portions of Central and South America. Initial infection can present with acute pulmonary symptoms or remain clinically asymptomatic, with disease course generally guided by degree of inoculum and underlying immunosuppression. A chronic, progressive course of weight loss, oral ulceration, and fatigue has been associated with elderly males. We present a 79-year-old man with a chronic, progressive course of oral lesions, odynophagia, and weight loss who was found to have histoplasmosis on oral biopsy performed for suspicions of oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma...
2018: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273531/cns-aspergilloma-mimicking-tumors-review-of-cns-aspergillus-infection-imaging-characteristics-in-the-immunocompetent-population
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Devendra Kumar, Pankaj Nepal, Sumit Singh, Subraminayan Ramanathan, Maneesh Khanna, Rakesh Sheoran, S K Bansal, Santosh Patil
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: CNS Aspergillosis is very rare and difficult to diagnose clinically and on imaging. Our objective was to elucidate distinct neuroimaging pattern of CNS aspergillosis in the immunocompetent population that helps to differentiate from other differential diagnosis. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of brain imaging findings was performed in eight proven cases of central nervous system aspergillosis in immunocompetent patients. Immunocompetent status was screened with clinical and radiological information...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260773/-the-clinical-and-microbiological-characteristics-of-oropharyngeal-candidiasis-in-the-hiv-infected-patients-at-the-late-stages-of-the-disease
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A O Charushin, A M Elovikov, I P Charushina, N N Vorob'eva, G G Katretskaya
Oropharyngeal candidiasis in 512 HIV-infected patients at the late stages of the disease was studied with special reference to the clinical and microbiological characteristics of this condition. The diagnosis was established based on the results of the clinical and microbiological examination of the patients including investigation of the tissue samples taken from the oral cavity and the throat with the use of the device specially developed for this purpose. It was shown that the disease existed in various clinical forms the most common of which were monocomponent pathology represented by pseudomembranous candidiasis in 37...
2017: Vestnik Otorinolaringologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260748/-necrotizing-sarcoid-granulomatosis-with-clinical-presentations-of-recurrent-acute-abdomen-case-report-and-literature-review
#16
V I Vasilyev, S G Palshina, B D Chaltsev, S G Radenska-Lopovok, T N Safonova
The authors have described the world's first case of necrotizing sarcoid granulomatosis (NSG) in a 22-year-old woman with the clinical presentations of acute abdomen, which are associated with abdominal lymph nodal infiltration and necrosis, obvious constitutional disturbances (fever, nocturnal sweats, and significant weight loss), high inflammatory activity (anemia, leukocytosis, high erythrocyte sedimentation rates and C-reactive protein levels), the gradual appearance of splenic and hepatic necrotic foci, and infiltration into the lung and lacrimal glands with the development of unilateral uveitis...
2017: Terapevticheskiĭ Arkhiv
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29245251/severe-infections-in-sarcoidosis-incidence-predictors-and-long-term-outcome-in-a-cohort-of-585-patients
#17
Amélie Duréault, Catherine Chapelon, Lucie Biard, Fanny Domont, Léa Savey, Bahram Bodaghi, Valérie Pourcher, Matthieu Resche Rigon, Patrice Cacoub, David Saadoun
Sarcoidosis is associated with cell-mediated immunodeficiency and treatment of symptomatic sarcoidosis usually includes systemic immunosuppressants. Data relative to incidence, prognosis factors, and outcome of infections are scarce.Retrospective cohort study of 585 patients with biopsy proven sarcoidosis in a tertiary referral specialist clinic, with a nested case-control analysis. Twenty nine patients (4.9%) with severe infections were compared to 116 controls subjects with sarcoidosis, matched according to their gender, ethnicity, age at diagnosis, and treatment with corticosteroids...
December 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29244019/prevalence-healthcare-resource-utilization-and-overall-burden-of-fungal-meningitis-in-the-united-states
#18
Lefko T Charalambous, Alykhan Premji, Caroline Tybout, Anastasia Hunt, Drew Cutshaw, Aladine A Elsamadicy, Siyun Yang, Jichun Xie, Charles Giamberardino, Promila Pagadala, John R Perfect, Shivanand P Lad
PURPOSE: Previous epidemiological and cost studies of fungal meningitis have largely focused on single pathogens, leading to a poor understanding of the disease in general. We studied the largest and most diverse group of fungal meningitis patients to date, over the longest follow-up period, to examine the broad impact on resource utilization within the United States. METHODOLOGY: The Truven Health Analytics MarketScan database was used to identify patients with a fungal meningitis diagnosis in the United States between 2000 and 2012...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238336/combination-of-classifiers-identifies-fungal-specific-activation-of-lysosome-genes-in-human-monocytes
#19
João P Leonor Fernandes Saraiva, Cristina Zubiria-Barrera, Tilman E Klassert, Maximilian J Lautenbach, Markus Blaess, Ralf A Claus, Hortense Slevogt, Rainer König
Blood stream infections can be caused by several pathogens such as viruses, fungi and bacteria and can cause severe clinical complications including sepsis. Delivery of appropriate and quick treatment is mandatory. However, it requires a rapid identification of the invading pathogen. The current gold standard for pathogen identification relies on blood cultures and these methods require a long time to gain the needed diagnosis. The use of in situ experiments attempts to identify pathogen specific immune responses but these often lead to heterogeneous biomarkers due to the high variability in methods and materials used...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236649/deadly-sphenoid-fungus-isolated-sphenoid-invasive-fungal-rhinosinusitis-a-case-report
#20
Jason E Gilde, Christopher C Xiao, Victoria A Epstein, Jonathan Liang
INTRODUCTION: Acute invasive fungal rhinosinusitis (AIFRS) is a potentially fatal infection, usually affecting immunocompromised patients. Isolated sphenoid sinus involvement is rare and has been reported in only a few cases. We discuss the clinical characteristics, histopathologic features, and differential diagnosis of AIFRS of the sphenoid sinus. CASE PRESENTATION: A 57-year-old man with a history of refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma and neutropenia presented with a 1-week duration of left-sided headache and ipsilateral cheek paresthesia...
2017: Permanente Journal
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