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Fusarium in childrens

Alvarado Zulma, Pereira Claudia
A cross-sectional descriptive study was conducted at a dermatology referral centre in Bogotá to estimate the frequencies and aetiologies of mycoses in the population under 18 years of age attending the medical mycology laboratory over a 13-year period (2000-2012). A total of 1337 samples from 1221 patients were evaluated, involving direct examination and culture for 1279 samples, direct examination alone for 50 and culture alone for 8. During the study period, dermatophytosis was diagnosed via culture in 537 cases (40...
March 30, 2018: Mycoses
Mariana Volpe Arnoni, Claudete Rodrigues Paula, Marcos Ereno Auler, Cirilo Cesar Naozuka Simões, Shirley Nakano, Maria Walderez Szeszs, Márcia de Souza Carvalho Melhem, Virgínia Bodelão Richini Pereira, Hans Garcia Garces, Eduardo Bagagli, Eriques Gonçalves Silva, Melissa Ferreira de Macêdo, Luciana da Silva Ruiz
Fusarium species have emerged as responsible for a broad spectrum of infections, including superficial, locally invasive and disseminated ones, especially in the hospital environment. Since there are few reports of invasive and disseminated fusariosis in children, the aim of this study was to report four cases of nosocomial infection caused by this microorganism in children with cancer hospitalized in a public children's hospital located in Brazil. Two of these patients were female and two were male. All patients presented febrile neutropenia, while three patients had acute lymphocytic leukemia and one patient had Wilms' tumor as underlying disease...
March 21, 2018: Mycopathologia
Maria Papageorgiou, Liz Wells, Courtney Williams, Kay White, Barbara De Santis, Yunru Liu, Francesca Debegnach, Brunella Miano, Giorgio Moretti, Stephanie Greetham, Carlo Brera, Stephen L Atkin, Laura J Hardie, Thozhukat Sathyapalan
Deoxynivalenol (DON), the mycotoxin produced mainly by Fusarium graminearum and found in contaminated cereal-based foodstuff, has been consistently detected in body fluids in adults. Available data in children and adolescents are scarce. This study assessed urinary DON concentrations in children aged 3-9 years ( n = 40) and adolescents aged 10-17 years ( n = 39) in the UK. Morning urine samples were collected over two consecutive days and analysed for free DON (un-metabolised form), DON-glucuronides (DON-GlcA), deepoxy deoxynivalenol (DOM-1), and total DON (sum of free DON, DON-GlcA, and DOM-1)...
January 23, 2018: Toxins
Fabianne Carlesse, Anna-Paula C Amaral, Sarah S Gonçalves, Hemilio Xafranski, Maria-Lucia M Lee, Victor Zecchin, Antonio S Petrilli, Abdullah M Al-Hatmi, Ferry Hagen, Jacques F Meis, Arnaldo L Colombo
BACKGROUND: Fusarium species are widely spread in nature as plant pathogens but are also able to cause opportunistic fungal infections in humans. We report a cluster of Fusarium oxysporum bloodstream infections in a single pediatric cancer center. METHODS: All clinical and epidemiological data related to an outbreak involving seven cases of fungemia by Fusarium oxysporum during October 2013 and February 2014 were analysed. All cultured isolates (n = 14) were identified to species level by sequencing of the TEF1 and RPB2 genes...
2017: Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control
Oluwawapelumi A Oyedele, Chibundu N Ezekiel, Michael Sulyok, Modupeade C Adetunji, Benedikt Warth, Olusegun O Atanda, Rudolf Krska
The fungal and multi-mycotoxin profiles of groundnuts sold in domestic markets in Nigeria as well as the associated risk to consumers were assessed in the present study. Four hundred fungal isolates representing mainly Aspergillus [58.6%: Aspergillus section Flavi (37.1%) and A. niger-clade (21.5%)], Penicillium (40.9%) and Fusarium (0.5%) were isolated from 82 (97.6%, n=84) groundnut samples collected from four agro-ecological zones (AEZs) of Nigeria. The incidence of aflatoxin-producing A. flavus isolates (71%) was significantly (p<0...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
Amit Rawat, Pandiarajan Vignesh, Avinash Sharma, Jitendra K Shandilya, Madhubala Sharma, Deepti Suri, Anju Gupta, Vikas Gautam, Pallab Ray, Shivaprakash M Rudramurthy, Arunaloke Chakrabarti, Kohsuke Imai, Shigeaki Nonoyama, Osamu Ohara, Yu L Lau, Surjit Singh
PURPOSE: Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is an inherited phagocytic disorder characterized by recurrent infections with usually catalase-positive organisms. Infections in CGD from developing countries are expected to be different from those in the Western countries. We report the profile of infections in children diagnosed with CGD from a tertiary care center in North India. METHODOLOGY: Case records of children diagnosed with CGD at Pediatric Immunodeficiency Clinic, Advanced Pediatrics Centre, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India, from August 1993 to April 2016 (23 years) were analyzed...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Immunology
Julia Dutra Rossetto, Kara M Cavuoto, Carla J Osigian, Ta Chen Peter Chang, Darlene Miller, Hilda Capo, Oriel Spierer
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Corneal ulcers can result in severe visual impairment in children. The recent trends of paediatric microbial ulcerative keratitis in the USA are unknown. The purpose of this study is to report the risk factors, microbiological profile and treatment outcomes of paediatric microbial keratitis in South Florida. METHODS: A university-based tertiary eye care centre retrospective case series between 1992 and 2015. Medical records of 107 paediatric patients (age <18 years) with the diagnosis of microbial ulcerative keratitis were analysed...
November 2017: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Anna Wójcik, Joanna Błaszkowska, Piotr Kurnatowski, Katarzyna Góralska
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVE: Fungi belonging to various physiological and morphological groups present in the environment are potential human pathogens. Some of them are considered as emerging pathogens. Therefore, their presence in children's playgrounds should be regarded as health risk factor. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Sixty-eight samples of sand collected from 17 sandpits of different localities in Łódź, Poland, in autumn 2010 and 2011, and in spring 2011 and 2012 were evaluated...
December 23, 2016: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine: AAEM
Meng Zhang, Ge-Zhi Xu, Rui Jiang, Ying-Qin Ni, Ke-Yan Wang, Rui-Ping Gu, Xin-Yi Ding
BACKGROUND: Pediatric infectious endophthalmitis is a serious sight-threatening disease for children. The purpose of this study was to investigate the etiology, microbiological spectrum, and visual outcomes of infectious endophthalmitis in children at a single institution in China. METHODS: It is a retrospective study of the medical records of all patients under 14 years of age with histories of infectious endophthalmitis, treated at a single institution from January 1, 2009 to January 1, 2015...
December 20, 2016: Chinese Medical Journal
Isabel Barranco-Fernández, Alberto García-Salido, Montserrat Nieto-Moro, Montserrat Sierra-Colomina, Belén Gutierrez-Partida, Inmaculada de Prada-Vicente, Antonio Torrelo-Fernández, Ana Serrano-González
Fusarium species are a known cause of ocular infection that can produce local and/or systemic invasive fusariosis. Fusarium ocular infection can evolve to keratitis, endophthalmitis and, in extreme cases, ocular perforation. We report, for the first time in children, the case of a 5 year old girl diagnosed with toxic epidermal necrolysis who developed Fusarium ocular infection requiring ocular enucleation.
January 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Kathleen M Job, Jared Olson, Chris Stockmann, Jonathan E Constance, Elena Y Enioutina, Joseph E Rower, Matthew W Linakis, Alfred H Balch, Tian Yu, Xiaoxi Liu, Emily A Thorell, Catherine M T Sherwin
INTRODUCTION: Voriconazole is a broad-spectrum antifungal agent commonly used to treat invasive fungal infections (IFI), including aspergillosis, candidiasis, Scedosporium infection, and Fusarium infection. IFI often occur in immunocompromised patients, leading to increased morbidity and mortality. AREAS COVERED: The objective of this review is to summarize the pharmacodynamic properties of voriconazole and to provide considerations for potential optimal dosing strategies...
August 2016: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
C Wiegand, P Mugisha, G K Mulyowa, P Elsner, U C Hipler, Y Gräser, S Uhrlaß, P Nenoff
BACKGROUND: Tinea capitis is caused by anthropophilic, zoophilic or geophilic dermatophytes of the genera Microsporum or Trichophyton. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to analyze the clinical presentation of tinea capitis among children in western Uganda. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From February to June 2012, skin and hair samples were obtained from 115 patients aged from 1 to 16 years presenting at Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital (MUSC) with clinically suspected tinea capitis...
September 2016: Der Hautarzt; Zeitschrift Für Dermatologie, Venerologie, und Verwandte Gebiete
Aaron Campigotto, Susan E Richardson, Michael Sebert, Erin McElvania TeKippe, Aparna Chakravarty, Christopher D Doern
The use of the Wampole Isolator 1.5-ml pediatric blood culture tube for the detection of fungemia in children was assessed by a 10-year retrospective review at two pediatric hospitals, The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada, and the Children's Medical Center of Dallas, Texas. Over this period, a total of 9,442 pediatric Isolator specimens were processed, with yeast or yeast-like organisms recovered in 297 (3.1%) of the specimens (151 [1.6%] unique clinical episodes) and filamentous or dimorphic fungi recovered in 31 (0...
September 2016: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Geusa Felipa de Barros Bezerra, Denise Maria Costa Haidar, Marcos Antonio Custódio Neto da Silva, Walbert Edson Muniz Filho, Ramon Moura Dos Santos, Ivone Garros Rosa, Graça Maria de Castro Viana, Luís Zaror, Maria do Desterro Soares Brandão Nascimento
BACKGROUND: To evaluate total and specific E immunoglobulin (IgE) antibody concentrations in underage subjects with respiratory allergic diseases. METHODS: This study was a transversal-type study in 100 underage subjects between 4 and 14 years old, with asthma and/or allergic rhinitis. Total and specific IgE were quantified for airborne fungi in the city of São Luís, Maranhão, Brazil. Five distinct regions-North, South, Center, East and West-were selected so fungi could be collected monthly for 1 year...
2016: Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology
Lokeshwari Aruljyothi, Naveen Radhakrishnan, Venkatesh N Prajna, Prajna Lalitha
PURPOSE: To study the risk factors, microbiological profile and clinical outcomes of infectious keratitis affecting paediatric patients. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case series. METHODS: Review of case records of paediatric patients (0-16 years) diagnosed with infectious keratitis who presented to Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai, India during January 2011 to December 2013. Demographic details, predisposing factors, microbiological investigations, clinical course and visual outcome were analysed...
December 2016: British Journal of Ophthalmology
Kevin L Schwartz, Holden Sheffield, Susan E Richardson, Lillian Sung, Shaun K Morris
Invasive fungal infection (IFI) is an important cause of mortality in immunocompromised children, particularly after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. We describe 5 cases of Fusarium IFI in immunocompromised children seen at our institution over a 15-year period. A summary of all published pediatric cases of invasive Fusarium infection is presented. A focus on antifungal management challenges in these patients will be discussed.
June 2015: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
J Kumi, N J Mitchell, G A Asare, E Dotse, F Kwaa, T D Phillips, N-A Ankrah
BACKGROUND: Weanimix is an important food for children in Ghana. Mothers are trained to prepare homemade weanimix from beans, groundnuts and maize for their infants. Groundnuts and maize are prone to aflatoxin contamination while fumonisin contaminates maize. Aflatoxin, is produced by the Asperguillus fungi while fumonisin, is produced by Fusarium fungi. These mycotoxins occur in tropical areas worldwide due to favorable climate for their growth. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to determine the levels of aflatoxin and fumonisin in homemade weanimix in the Ejura-Sekyedumase district in the Ashanti Region of Ghana...
September 2014: Ghana Medical Journal
Nadia Litvinov, Mariama Tomaz N da Silva, Inneke M van der Heijden, Mariana G Graça, Larissa Marques de Oliveira, Liang Fu, Mauro Giudice, Maria Zilda de Aquino, Vicente Odone-Filho, Heloisa Helena Marques, Silvia F Costa, Anna S Levin
Fusarium is considered an emerging pathogen, and there are few reports of fusariosis in children. The objective of this study was to describe an outbreak of invasive fusariosis in a children's cancer hospital. A neutropenic 17-year-old male patient hospitalized for 10 days for a relapse of acute myeloid leukaemia, under chemotherapy, presented fever without any other symptoms; a thoracic computerized tomography showed bilateral pulmonary nodules. During voriconazole treatment, 1-cm reddened and painful subcutaneous nodules appeared on arms and legs and the culture of a skin biopsy revealed F...
March 2015: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Dhanashree Ratra, Shafiq Jafferji, Jyotirmay Biswas
PURPOSE: To report a case of unilateral postsurgical bacterial endophthalmitis, which presented in an unusual manner with frosted branch angiitis. METHODS: We reviewed the chart of a patient with acute postoperative bacterial endophthalmitis who presented initially as frosted branch angiitis and subsequently developed full-fledged endophthalmitis. RESULTS: The patient was treated with conventional treatment for postsurgical endophthalmitis along with oral steroids...
2010: Retinal Cases & Brief Reports
C Brera, F Debegnach, B De Santis, S Di Ianni, E Gregori, S Neuhold, F Valitutti
Mycotoxins are low molecular weight secondary metabolites produced by certain strains of filamentous fungi such as Aspergillus, Penicillium and Fusarium, which attack crops in the field, and grow on foods also during storage under favorable conditions of temperature and humidity. Foods mainly contributing to the intake of mycotoxins with diet are cereals, maize being the most risky commodity due to the potential co-occurrence of more than one mycotoxin, this can be of particular concern especially for vulnerable group of population such as celiac patients that show increased maize-based products consumption...
July 2014: Food and Chemical Toxicology
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