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Chagas disease congenital

V Balouz, F Agüero, C A Buscaglia
Chagas disease, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, is a lifelong and debilitating illness of major significance throughout Latin America and an emergent threat to global public health. Being a neglected disease, the vast majority of Chagasic patients have limited access to proper diagnosis and treatment, and there is only a marginal investment into R&D for drug and vaccine development. In this context, identification of novel biomarkers able to transcend the current limits of diagnostic methods surfaces as a main priority in Chagas disease applied research...
2017: Advances in Parasitology
Maggie L Westfal, Allan M Goldstein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Neurointestinal diseases are increasingly recognized as causes of significant gastrointestinal morbidity in children. This review highlights the most common pediatric enteric neuropathies and their diagnosis and management, emphasizing insights and discoveries from the most recent literature available. RECENT FINDINGS: The embryologic and histopathologic causes of enteric neuropathies are varied. They range from congenital aganglionosis in Hirschsprung disease, to autoimmune-mediated loss of neuronal subtypes in esophageal achalasia and Chagas disease, to degenerative neuropathies in some cases of chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction and gastroparesis...
March 17, 2017: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Alba Abras, Carmen Muñoz, Cristina Ballart, Pere Berenguer, Teresa Llovet, Mercedes Herrero, Silvia Tebar, María-Jesús Pinazo, Elizabeth Posada, Carmen Martí, Victoria Fumadó, Jordi Bosch, Oriol Coll, Teresa Juncosa, Gemma Ginovart, Josep Armengol, Joaquim Gascón, Montserrat Portús, Montserrat Gállego
The immigration of Latin American women of childbearing age has spread the congenital transmission of Chagas disease to non-endemic areas, and the disease is now a worldwide problem. Some European health authorities have implemented screening programs to prevent vertical transmission, but the lack of a uniform protocol calls for the urgent establishment of a new strategy, common for all laboratories. Our aims were (i) to analyze the trend of passive IgG antibodies in the newborn by means of five serological tests for the diagnosis and follow-up of congenital Trypanosoma cruzi infection, (ii) to assess the utility of these techniques for diagnosing a congenital transmission, and (iii) to propose a strategy for a prompt, efficient and cost-effective diagnosis of T...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Rachel Curtis-Robles, Karen F Snowden, Brandon Dominguez, Lewis Dinges, Sandy Rodgers, Glennon Mays, Sarah A Hamer
BACKGROUND: Trypanosoma cruzi is the etiologic agent of Chagas disease throughout the Americas. Few population-level studies have examined the epidemiology of canine infection and strain types of T. cruzi that infect canines in the USA. We conducted a cross-sectional study of T. cruzi infection in working hound dogs in south central Texas, including analysis of triatomine vectors collected within kennel environments. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPLE FINDINGS: Paired IFA and Chagas Stat-Pak serological testing showed an overall seroprevalence of 57...
January 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Amaya Sánchez-Gómez, William Cevallos, Mario J Grijalva, Luis C Silva-Ayçaguer, Susana Tamayo, Jerry O Jacobson, Jaime A Costales, Rodrigo Jiménez-Garcia, Valentín Hernández-Barrera, Suzanne Serruya, Celia Riera
Objectives: Prenatal care is a pillar of public health, enabling access to interventions including prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and congenital syphilis. This paper describes social factors related to use of prenatal care in Ecuador. Methods: In 2011 and 2012, participant clinical history and interview information was analyzed from a national probability sample of 5 998 women presenting for delivery or miscarriage services in 15 healthcare facilities in Ecuador, to estimate prevalence of HIV, syphilis, and Chagas disease, and prenatal care coverage...
November 2016: Revista Panamericana de Salud Pública, Pan American Journal of Public Health
Rafael Hernán Navarrete-Sandoval, Maximiliano Servín-Rojas
BACKGROUND Chagas disease is a chronic parasitosis transmitted by the inoculation of infected triatomine feces into wounds or conjunctival sac, transfusion, congenitally, organ transplantation, and ingestion of contaminated food. The disease is classified into an acute and chronic phase; the latter is a life-long infection that can be asymptomatic or progress to cardiac or digestive complications. CASE REPORT We report a case of acute-phase Chagas disease, transmitted by the splash of gut content from an infected triatomine into the conjunctival mucosa...
December 29, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
Sreekanth Thota, Carlos M Morel
Congenital T. cruzi infection occurs in 1-10% of infants of infected mothers. Treatment of Chagas disease focuses on killing the parasite in acute infection and managing signs and symptoms in later stages. Mothers who test positive should not be treated until they have given birth and have finished breast-feeding. Screening of newborns and other children of infected mothers to provide early diagnosis and treatment. There are only two drugs currently available for the treatment of paediatric chagas disease, nifurtimox and benznidazole...
December 26, 2016: Mini Reviews in Medicinal Chemistry
Daniel Droguett, Ileana Carrillo, Christian Castillo, Fresia Gómez, Miguel Negrete, Ana Liempi, Lorena Muñoz, Norbel Galanti, Juan Diego Maya, Ulrike Kemmerling
Congenital transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi) is partially responsible for the progressive globalization of Chagas disease. During congenital transmission the parasite must cross the placental barrier where the trophoblast, a continuous renewing epithelium, is the first tissue in contact with the parasite. The trophoblast turnover implies cellular proliferation, differentiation and apoptotic cell death. The epithelial turnover is considered part of innate immunity. We previously demonstrated that T...
February 2017: Experimental Parasitology
Rafael Bello Corassa, Carmen Aceijas, Paula Aryane Brito Alves, Hemda Garelick
AIMS: This article aimed to provide a critical review of the evolution of Chagas' disease (ChD) in Brazil, its magnitude, historical development and management, and challenges for the future. METHODS: A literature search was performed using PubMed, SciELO and Google Scholar and throughout collected articles' references. Narrative analysis was structured around five main themes identified: vector transmission, control programme, transfusion, oral and congenital transmission...
October 10, 2016: Perspectives in Public Health
Rodolfo A Kolliker-Frers, Ivan Insua, Gabriela Razzitte, Francisco Capani
INTRODUCTION: Argentina has been a preferential target for Bolivian immigrants for decades. The relatively recent migratory flux includes Germany, France, the United States, Australia, Japan, and some Latin American countries. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to describe the prevalence of Chagas disease in pregnant women, analyzing the Bolivian-specific Chagas prevalence as the main contributor of migratory populations from Chagas disease-endemic areas to Buenos Aires city, Argentina, and to evaluate the impact of these migrant influxes on the process of the "urbanization" of the disease in reference hospital José Maria Ramos Mejia (JMRM)...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Infection in Developing Countries
C Díaz-Luján, M F Triquell, C Castillo, D Hardisson, U Kemmerling, R E Fretes
American trypanosomiasis has long been a neglected disease endemic in LatinAmerica, but congenital transmission has now spread Chagas disease to cause a global health problem. As the early stages of the infection of placental tissue and the vertical transmission by Trypanosoma cruzi are still not well understood, it is important to investigate the relevance of the first structure of the placental barrier in chorionic villi infection by T. cruzi during the initial stage of the infection. Explants of human chorionic villi from healthy pregnant women at term were denuded of their syncytiotrophoblast and co-cultured for 3h, 24h and 96h with 800,000 trypomastigotes (simulating acute infection)...
December 2016: Acta Tropica
Laura Mayela Montes-Rincón, Lucio Galaviz-Silva, Francisco Ernesto González-Bravo, Zinnia Judith Molina-Garza
Chagas disease is caused by an infection with the protozoan hemoflagellate Trypanosoma cruzi, and it is a major endemic health problem in Latin America. The congenital route is one of the main non-vectorial pathways of transmission, which can arise either in the chronic or acute phase of maternal infection. Serological screening of T. cruzi infection was performed in 520 pregnant women and newborns at the Hospital General Regional de León, Guanajuato, Mexico, between 2014 and 2015. Anti-T. cruzi antibodies were detected in 20 mothers (4%) by ELISA and HIA with four PCR-positive newborn cases...
December 2016: Acta Tropica
Ana Liempi, Christian Castillo, Ileana Carrillo, Lorena Muñoz, Daniel Droguett, Norbel Galanti, Juan Diego Maya, Ulrike Kemmerling
Congenital Chagas disease, caused by Trypanosoma cruzi, is partially responsible for the progressive globalization of Chagas disease despite of its low transmission rate. The probability of congenital transmission depends on complex interactions between the parasite, the maternal and fetus/newborn immune responses and placental factors, being the latter the least studied one. During transplacental transmission, the parasite must cross the placental barrier where the trophoblast, a continuous renewing epithelium, is the first tissue to have contact with the parasite...
October 2016: Microbial Pathogenesis
Jorge Murillo, Lina M Bofill, Hector Bolivar, Carlos Torres-Viera, Julio A Urbina, Daniel Benhayon, Jaime R Torres
Two brothers with congenitally-acquired Chagas' disease (CD) diagnosed during adulthood are reported. The patients were born in the USA to a mother from Bolivia who on subsequent assessment was found to be serologically positive for Trypanosoma cruzi. Serologic screening of all pregnant women who migrated from countries with endemic CD is strongly recommended.
2016: IDCases
Genevieve A Houston-Ludlam, A Trey Belew, Najib M El-Sayed
Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas Disease, is phylogeneticaly distributed into nearly identical genetic strains which show divergent clinical presentations including differences in rates of cardiomyopathy in humans, different vector species and transmission cycles, differential congenital transmission in a mouse model, and differing immune and heart inflammation response in dogs. The population structure of these strains divides into two groups, which are geographically and clinically distinct...
2016: PloS One
Andrés Alarcón, Mackenzie Morgan, Susan P Montgomery, Louis Scavo, Edward C C Wong, Andrea Hahn, Barbara Jantausch
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December 2016: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
Susan P Montgomery, Monica E Parise, Ellen M Dotson, Stephanie R Bialek
Chagas disease, caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi, affects more than 5 million people worldwide leading to serious heart and gastrointestinal disease in a proportion of chronically infected patients. Important modes of transmission include vector-borne, congenital, and via blood transfusion or organ transplant from an infected donor. Vector-borne transmission of Chagas disease occurs in the Americas, including the southern half of North America, where the specific vector insects (triatomines), T. cruzi, and infected reservoir mammalian hosts are found...
December 7, 2016: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Rocio Paucar, Elsa Moreno-Viguri, Silvia Pérez-Silanes
Chagas disease or American trypanosomiasis is a neglected tropical disease caused by the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Although the number of infected individuals has decreased, about 6-7 million people are infected worldwide. The chemotherapy drugs currently used are limited to benznidazole and nifurtimox. They are effective in acute phase, congenital transmission and children with chronic infection; however, recent clinical trials have shown limitations in adults with chronic infection, presenting drawbacks during the treatment...
2016: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Ileana Carrillo, Daniel Droguett, Christian Castillo, Ana Liempi, Lorena Muñoz, Juan Diego Maya, Norbel Galanti, Ulrike Kemmerling
Congenital Chagas disease is caused by the protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi that must cross the placental barrier during transmission. The trophoblast constitutes the first tissue in contact with the maternal-blood circulating parasite. Importantly, the congenital transmission rates are low, suggesting the presence of local placental defense mechanisms. Cellular proliferation and differentiation as well as apoptotic cell death are induced by the parasite and constitute part of the epithelial turnover of the trophoblast, which has been suggested to be part of those placental defenses...
September 2016: Experimental Parasitology
Gene F Kwan, Bongani M Mayosi, Ana O Mocumbi, J Jaime Miranda, Majid Ezzati, Yogesh Jain, Gisela Robles, Emelia J Benjamin, S V Subramanian, Gene Bukhman
The poorest billion people are distributed throughout the world, though most are concentrated in rural sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) data can be sparse in low- and middle-income countries beyond urban centers. Despite this urban bias, CVD registries from the poorest countries have long revealed a predominance of nonatherosclerotic stroke, hypertensive heart disease, nonischemic and Chagas cardiomyopathies, rheumatic heart disease, and congenital heart anomalies, among others...
June 14, 2016: Circulation
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