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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340175/funresdb-a-web-resource-for-genotypic-susceptibility-testing-of-aspergillus-fumigatus
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Michael Weber, Jonas Schaer, Grit Walther, Kerstin Kaerger, Jörg Steinmann, Peter-Michael Rath, Birgit Spiess, Dieter Buchheidt, Axel Hamprecht, Oliver Kurzai
Therapy of invasive aspergillosis is becoming more difficult due to the emergence of azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus. A majority of resistant strains carries mutations in the CYP51A gene. Due to a lack of sensitivity of culture-based methods, molecular detection of A. fumigatus has become an important diagnostic tool. We set up the database FunResDB (www.nrz-myk.de/funresdb) to gather all available information about CYP51A-dependent azole resistance from published literature. In summary, the screening resulted in 79 CYP51A variants, which are linked to 59 nonsynonymous mutations...
March 11, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340117/an-evaluation-of-the-performance-of-the-dynamiker%C3%A2-fungus-1-3-%C3%AE-d-glucan-assay-to-assist-in-the-diagnosis-of-invasive-aspergillosis-invasive-candidiasis-and-pneumocystis-pneumonia
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P Lewis White, Jessica S Price, Raquel B Posso, Rosemary A Barnes
Invasive fungal disease (IFD) can be caused by a range of pathogens. Conventional diagnosis has the capacity to detect most causes of IFD, but poor performance limits impact. The introduction of non-culture diagnostics, including the detection of (1-3)-β-D-Glucan (BDG), has shown promising performance for the detection of IFD in variety of clinical settings. Recently, the Dynamiker® Fungus (1-3)-β-D-Glucan assay (D-BDG) was released as an IFD diagnostic test. This article describes an evaluation of the D-BDG assay for the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA), invasive candidiasis (IC) and Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) across several high-risk patient cohorts and provides comparative data with the Associates of Cape Cod Fungitell® and BioRad Platelia™ Aspergillus Ag (GM) assays...
March 3, 2017: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339744/determining-the-analytical-specificity-of-pcr-based-assays-for-the-diagnosis-of-ia-what-is-aspergillus
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C Oliver Morton, P Lewis White, Rosemary A Barnes, Lena Klingspor, Manuel Cuenca-Estrella, Katrien Lagrou, Stéphane Bretagne, Willem Melchers, Carlo Mengoli, Angela M Caliendo, Massimo Cogliati, Yvette Debets-Ossenkopp, Rebecca Gorton, Ferry Hagen, Catriona Halliday, Petr Hamal, Kathleen Harvey-Wood, Katia Jaton, Gemma Johnson, Sarah Kidd, Martina Lengerova, Cornelia Lass-Florl, Chris Linton, Laurence Millon, C Orla Morrissey, Melinda Paholcsek, Alida Fe Talento, Markus Ruhnke, Birgit Willinger, J Peter Donnelly, Juergen Loeffler
A wide array of PCR tests has been developed to aid the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA), providing technical diversity but limiting standardisation and acceptance. Methodological recommendations for testing blood samples using PCR exist, based on achieving optimal assay sensitivity to help exclude IA. Conversely, when testing more invasive samples (BAL, biopsy, CSF) emphasis is placed on confirming disease, so analytical specificity is paramount. This multicenter study examined the analytical specificity of PCR methods for detecting IA by blind testing a panel of DNA extracted from a various fungal species to explore the range of Aspergillus species that could be detected, but also potential cross reactivity with other fungal species...
October 7, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331021/aspergillus-niger-infection-in-an-immunosuppressed-patient-confined-solely-to-the-brain
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Lucy Simmonds, Sian Mitchell, Barrie White, Shanika A Crusz, David Denning
A 68-year-old woman with a background of hypertension, stroke and rheumatoid arthritis presented to her local hospital after a 4-week history of gradual deterioration and increasing confusion with new onset right-sided weakness. Her initial CT scan revealed a rim enhancing mass lesion with surrounding oedema in the left parietal lobe for which she underwent CT stealth-guided biopsy. Microbiology culture of the 2 biopsy samples yielded Aspergillus niger and she was started on the antifungal agent voriconazole...
March 22, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330887/usefulness-of-two-aspergillus-pcr-assays-and-aspergillus-galactomannan-and-%C3%AE-d-glucan-testing-of-bronchoalveolar-lavage-fluid-for-diagnosis-of-chronic-pulmonary-aspergillosis
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Naohisa Urabe, Susumu Sakamoto, Go Sano, Junko Suzuki, Akira Hebisawa, Yasuhiko Nakamura, Kazuya Koyama, Yoshikazu Ishii, Kazuhiro Tateda, Sakae Homma
We evaluated the usefulness of an Aspergillus galactomannan (GM) test, a β-D-glucan (βDG) test, and two different Aspergillus polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) samples for diagnosis of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). BALF samples from 28 patients with and 120 patients without CPA were collected. We calculated the sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, positive likelihood ratio, negative likelihood ratio, and diagnostic odds ratio for each test individually and in combination with other tests...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329650/increased-risk-of-opportunistic-infections-among-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-psoriasis-a-population-based-cohort-study-in-the-united-kingdom
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Junko Takeshita, Daniel B Shin, Alexis Ogdie, Joel M Gelfand
Infection is the second leading cause of death among psoriasis patients on phototherapy or systemic medications. The types of infections associated with psoriasis remain poorly understood. The aim of our study was to determine the risk of opportunistic infection (OI) among patients with psoriasis. We conducted a cohort study of patients with (N=199,700) and without (N=954,315) psoriasis in The Health Improvement Network electronic medical record database. Patients receiving phototherapy or systemic therapy were considered to have moderate-to-severe psoriasis (N=12,442)...
September 15, 2016: Dermatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328160/co-morbidities-in-severe-asthma-clinical-impact-and-management
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Celeste Porsbjerg, Andrew Menzies-Gow
Patients with severe asthma represent a minority of the total asthma population, but carry a majority of the morbidity and healthcare costs. Achieving better asthma control in this group of patients is therefore of key importance. Systematic assessment of patients with possible severe asthma to identify treatment barriers and triggers of asthma symptoms, including co-morbidities, improves asthma control and reduces healthcare costs and is recommended by international guidelines on management of severe asthma...
March 22, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327806/invasive-fungal-infection-in-patients-with-hematologic-disorders-in-a-brazilian-tertiary-care-hospital
#8
Milton Camplesi, Hildene Meneses Silva, Adriano Moraes Arantes, Carolina Rodrigues Costa, Fábio Silvestre Ataides, Thaisa Cristina Silva, Maysa de Paula Costa Dos Reis, Maria do Rosário Rodrigues Silva
INTRODUCTION: Invasive fungal infections (IFIs) are an important complication in immunocompromised individuals, particularly neutropenic patients with hematological malignancies. In this study, we aimed to verify the epidemiology and diagnosis of IFIs in patients with hematologic problems at a tertiary hospital in Goiânia-GO, Brazil. METHODS: Data from 117 patients, involving 19 cases of IFIs, were collected. The collected data included diagnosis methods, demographics, clinical characteristics, and in vitro susceptibility to different antifungal agents...
January 2017: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325727/effect-of-allergic-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis-on-fev1-in-children-and-adolescents-with-cystic-fibrosis-a-european-cystic-fibrosis-society-patient-registry-analysis
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Athanasios G Kaditis, Michael Miligkos, Anna Bossi, Carla Colombo, Elpis Hatziagorou, Nataliya Kashirskaya, Isabelle de Monestrol, Muriel Thomas, Meir Mei-Zahav, George Chrousos, Anna Zolin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) on FEV1 percent predicted in children and adolescents with cystic fibrosis. DESIGN: Longitudinal data analysis (2008-2010). SETTING: Patients participating in the European Cystic Fibrosis Society Patient Registry. PARTICIPANTS: 3350 patients aged 6-17 years. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE: FEV1percent predicted was the main outcome measure (one measurement per year per child)...
March 21, 2017: Archives of Disease in Childhood
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320038/-allergic-bronchopulmonary-aspergillosis
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Günter Menz, Hans-Werner Duchna
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Pneumologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317569/oral-fungal-infections-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
David R Telles, Niraj Karki, Michael W Marshall
Oral and maxillofacial fungal infections can appear in high-risk patients, including those immunocompromised. This article explores common oral manifestations of fungal infections in the oral cavity as primary lesions or as a result of disseminated disease. By far the most common oral fungal infection experienced in dentistry is oral candidiasis, which is reviewed in depth from simple oral infections to invasive candidiasis. The review aids the dental practitioner in understanding the full scope of Candida infections and other fungal infections...
April 2017: Dental Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317305/invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-due-to-azole-resistant-aspergillus-lentulus
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Nobuyuki Tetsuka, Takashi Yaguchi, Hiroyuki Machida, Shuichi Ito, Isao Miyairi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314811/fulminant-tracheobronchial-aspergillosis
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Lokendra K Thakur, Kunal Kishor Jha, Sweta Jha, Ambrish Jha
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 17, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303848/triazole-resistance-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-clinical-isolates-obtained-in-nanjing-china
#14
Ming Zhang, Chun-Lai Feng, Fei Chen, Qian He, Xin Su, Yi Shi
BACKGROUND: During the past decades, the incidence of invasive aspergillosis (IA) caused by Aspergillus fumigatus has increased dramatically. The aims of this study were to investigate the susceptibility of clinical isolates of A. fumigatus to triazole and the underlying cyp51A mutations in triazole-resistant A. fumigatus. METHODS: A total of 126 A. fumigatus clinical isolates from 126 patients with proven or probable IA were obtained from four large tertiary hospitals in Nanjing, China, between August 2012 and July 2015...
March 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301237/aspergillosis-a-natural-infection-in-poultry-mycological-and-molecular-characterization-and-determination-of-gliotoxin-in-aspergillus-fumigatus-isolates
#15
Verónica Montes de Oca, Sara Esther Valdés, Carolina Segundo, Gabriela Guadalupe Gómez, José Ramírez, Roberto Arnulfo Cervantes
Aspergillosis affects all types of birds; it causes the loss of specimens with high ecologic value and also leads to significant economic losses within the poultry industry. The main etiologic agent is Aspergillus fumigatus , a filamentary fungus with multiple virulence factors, such as gliotoxin (GT), which is an immunosuppressive epipolythiodioxopiperazine molecule. Necropsy was performed on 73 poultry from different provenances, all of which presented with a respiratory semiology compatible with aspergillosis...
March 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299723/mold-and-human-health-a-reality-check
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REVIEW
Andrea T Borchers, Christopher Chang, M Eric Gershwin
There are possibly millions of mold species on earth. The vast majority of these mold spores live in harmony with humans, rarely causing disease. The rare species that does cause disease does so by triggering allergies or asthma, or may be involved in hypersensitivity diseases such as allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis or allergic fungal sinusitis. Other hypersensitivity diseases include those related to occupational or domiciliary exposures to certain mold species, as in the case of Pigeon Breeder's disease, Farmer's lung, or humidifier fever...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Reviews in Allergy & Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299183/challenges-in-microbiological-diagnosis-of-invasive-aspergillus-infections
#17
REVIEW
Alexandre Alanio, Stéphane Bretagne
Invasive aspergillosis (IA) has been increasingly reported in populations other than the historical hematology patients and there are new questions about the performance of microbiological tools. Microscopy and culture have been completed by biomarkers, either antigens or DNA, and in blood or respiratory specimens or both. First studied in hematology, the antigen galactomannan performance in serum is low in other patient populations where the pathophysiology of the infection can be different and the prevalence of IA is much lower...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295235/cutaneous-manifestations-of-subcutaneous-and-systemic-fungal-infections-in-tropical-regions-a-retrospective-study-from-a-referral-center-in-southern-taiwan
#18
Wen-Chien Tsai, Chih-Hung Lee, Wei-Min Wu, Shang-Hung Lin, Yi-Chien Yang, Yu-Wen Cheng, Ji-Chen Ho, Kwei-Lan Liu
BACKGROUND: Deep cutaneous fungal infections, including subcutaneous mycoses and systemic fungal infection with cutaneous involvement, cause significant morbidity and mortality in light of increasing immunocompromised patients and global warming. Although a few studies reviewed deep fungal infections in temperate regions, a relevant study in tropical regions is lacking. We evaluated features of deep cutaneous fungal infections in southern Taiwan among the tropical regions. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all histopathological specimens with deep cutaneous fungal infections in a single referral center from 2001 to 2014 and successfully identified 23 cases...
March 13, 2017: International Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293759/serious-fungal-diseases-in-the-republic-of-uzbekistan
#19
S A Tilavberdiev, D W Denning, N N Klimko
We have undertaken the first and preliminary estimation of severe and chronic mycotic diseases in the Republic of Uzbekistan, using a model proposed by LIFE (Leading International Fungal Education). Calculation was carried out based on data from 2014. Published results describing mycoses in Uzbekistan were identified. In the absence of published or official data, information about the frequency of mycoses from scientific literature elsewhere in groups at risk of development of fungal infections were taken into account...
March 14, 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292284/is-bulpa-criteria-suitable-for-the-diagnosis-of-probable-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-critically-ill-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-comparative-study-with-eortc-msg-and-icu-criteria
#20
Linna Huang, Hangyong He, Jingjing Jin, Qingyuan Zhan
BACKGROUND: Three diagnostic criteria have been proposed used for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) diagnosis, namely EORTC/ MSG criteria, Bulpa criteria and intensive care unit (ICU) criteria. The Bulpa criteria were proposed to diagnose IPA in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients specially. Our aim is to verify that whether the Bulpa criteria are the most suitable for diagnosing probable IPA in critically ill COPD patients compared with the other two criteria. METHODS: We included critically ill COPD patients admitted to the ICU from April 2006 to August 2013...
March 14, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
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