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Michael J Maze, Quique Bassat, Nicholas A Feasey, Inácio Mandomando, Patrick Musicha, John A Crump
BACKGROUND: Fever is among the most common symptoms of people living in Africa, and clinicians are challenged by the similar clinical features of a wide spectrum of potential aetiologies. AIM: To summarise recent studies of fever aetiology in sub-Saharan Africa focusing on causes other than malaria. SOURCES: A narrative literature review by searching the MEDLINE database, and recent conference abstracts. CONTENT: Studies of multiple potential causes of fever are scarce, and for many participants the infecting organism remains unidentified, or multiple co-infecting microorganisms are identified, and establishing causation is challenging...
February 15, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
Sherman J Alter, Megan B McDonald, Julie Schloemer, Ryan Simon, Julian Trevino
Cutaneous infections and infestations are common among children and adolescents. Ectoparasitic infestations affect individuals across the globe. Head lice, body lice, scabies, and infestations with bed bugs are seen in individuals who reside in both resource poor areas and in developed countries. Superficial cutaneous and mucosal candida infections occur throughout the life cycle. Dermatophyte infections of keratin-containing skin and skin structures result in tinea capitis (scalp), tinea corporis (body), tinea pedis (foot), and tinea unguium (nails)...
January 2018: Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care
J R Mabiala Babela, C Mboutol Mandavo, R Nika Evrard, B Ossibi Ibara, L Lamah, L C Ollandzobo Ikobo, A Mouko, J F Peko
Histoplasmosis duboisii (Histoplasma capsulatum var duboisii) is uncommon disease especially in children. It is observed in Africa where the incidence is unknown. The authors report a series of three pediatric cases. The report concerned 2 girls and one boy who were 3, 9 and 4 year-old, respectively. Symptoms evolved for more than two months in each case. At admission, we found fever and poor general condition. Observed lesions were lymphnodes localisation disseminated (cases 1 and 2), subcutaneous (cold abscess) and cutaneous simulating molluscum contagiosum (case 2), osteoarticular (cases 2 and 3), abdominal including peritoneal and hepatosplenic (case 1)...
April 24, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Thais Louvain de Souza, Regina C de Souza Campos Fernandes, Juliana Azevedo da Silva, Vladimir Gomes Alves Júnior, Adelia Gomes Coelho, Afonso C Souza Faria, Nabia M Moreira Salomão Simão, João T Souto Filho, Caroline Deswarte, Stéphanie Boisson-Dupuis, Dara Torgerson, Jean-Laurent Casanova, Jacinta Bustamante, Enrique Medina-Acosta
Patients with Mendelian Susceptibility to Mycobacterial Diseases (MSMD) exhibit variable vulnerability to infections by mycobacteria and other intramacrophagic bacteria (e.g., Salmonella and Klebsiella) and fungi (e.g., Histoplasma, Candida, Paracoccidioides, Coccidioides, and Cryptococcus). The hallmark of MSMD is the inherited impaired production of interferon gamma (IFN-γ) or the lack of response to it. Mutations in the interleukin (IL)-12 receptor subunit beta 1 (IL12RB1) gene accounts for 38% of cases of MSMD...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Luis Alberto Pedroza, Nina Guerrero, Asbjørg Stray-Pedersen, Cristina Tafur, Roque Macias, Greta Muñoz, Zeynep Coban Akdemir, Shalini N Jhangiani, Levi B Watkin, Ivan K Chinn, James R Lupski, Jordan S Orange
Severe infections with Histoplasma capsulatum are commonly observed in patient with secondary immunodeficiency disorders. We report a two and a half years old boy previously healthy with disseminated cutaneous histoplasmosis. Using whole exome sequencing, we found an indel mutation at the CD40LG gene, suggesting a diagnosis of hyper-IgM (HIGM) syndrome, even in the absence of the usual features for the disease. Interestingly, the patient lives in a region endemic for histoplasmosis. The unusual infections in our case suggest that in children with severe histoplasmosis and resident in endemic areas, HIGM syndrome should be considered as a diagnosis...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
H C Gugnani, D W Denning, R Rahim, A Sadat, M Belal, M S Mahbub
In Bangladesh there are several published papers on superficial mycoses. Deep mycoses are also recognized as an important emerging problem. Here, we estimate the annual incidence and prevalence of serious fungal infections in Bangladesh. Demographic data were obtained from world population reports and the data on TB and HIV extracted from the online publications on tuberculosis in Bangladesh and Asia Pacific research statistical data information resources AIDS Data HUB. All the published papers on fungal infections in Bangladesh were identified through extensive search of literature...
June 2017: European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
H Dele Davies
Biologic response modifiers (BRMs) are substances that interact with and modify the host immune system. BRMs that dampen the immune system are used to treat conditions such as juvenile idiopathic arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, or inflammatory bowel disease and often in combination with other immunosuppressive agents, such as methotrexate and corticosteroids. Cytokines that are targeted include tumor necrosis factor α; interleukins (ILs) 6, 12, and 23; and the receptors for IL-1α (IL-1A) and IL-1β (IL-1B) as well as other molecules...
August 2016: Pediatrics
Luisa F López, Yorlady Valencia, Ángela M Tobón, Oscar Velásquez, Cristian D Santa, Diego H Cáceres, Ángela Restrepo, Luz E Cano
Histoplasmosis is an important mycosis in the Americas; and in children with no immune system abnormalities, histoplasmosis is typically a self-limited process. In contrast, in children with immune problems, disease manifestations are frequently more severe and include dissemination. From 1984 to 2010, a retrospective study of paediatric patients who had been diagnosed with histoplasmosis was performed. A total of 45 pediatric cases of histoplasmosis were identified. The most important risk factor was malnutrition (37%), followed by environmental exposure (33%)...
October 1, 2016: Medical Mycology: Official Publication of the International Society for Human and Animal Mycology
Evan J Anderson, Paul B Ahn, Ram Yogev, Preeti Jaggi, Deanna B Shippee, Stanford T Shulman
We retrospectively reviewed 14 children with active blastomycosis. Pulmonary disease occurred in 86% of the cohort and extrapulmonary dissemination was noted in 46%. Urine blastomycosis or histoplasmosis antigens were positive in all tested patients. Acute kidney injury was common in patients who were treated with amphotericin. Mortality tended to be associated with a delay in diagnosis.
December 2013: Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society
David W Denning, Harish C Gugnani
The information on the prevalence of fungal infections in the Caribbean region including Trinidad and Tobago (population 1,339,000 million) is scanty. Tinea capitis is common in children, being predominant in those of African descent, with no definitive estimate. Asthma is also common affecting 77,000-139,000 adults with an estimated 1927-3491 affected by allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) and 2544-4608 with severe asthma and fungal sensitisation (SAFS). An estimated 23,763 women have ≥4 attacks of vaginal candidiasis annually...
October 2015: Mycoses
Kunal Grover, Hadeel Zainah, Shubhita Bhatnagar, Tricia Stein
Diffuse alveolar hemorrhage (DAH) is a rare presentation of acute pulmonary histoplasmosis. While histoplasmosis has been reported to cause hemoptysis and alveolar hemorrhage in children, the English language literature lacks any adult case reports documenting this association. We report a case of pulmonary histoplasmosis where the initial presentation was pneumonia with a subsequent diagnosis of DAH.
2015: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
H C Gugnani, D W Denning
OBJECTIVE: Jamaica is one of the largest countries in the Caribbean with a population of 2 706 500. Prevalence of human immunodificency virus (HIV) in Jamaica is high, while that of tuberculosis (TB) is recorded to be low. In this study, we have estimated the burden of serious fungal infections and some other mycoses in Jamaica. METHODS: All published papers reporting on rates of fungal infections in Jamaica and the Caribbean were identified through extensive search of the literature...
June 2015: West Indian Medical Journal
Nina M Clark, Shellee A Grim, Joseph P Lynch
Posaconazole, a fluorinated triazole antifungal drug, is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for (1) prophylaxis against Aspergillus and Candida infections in immunocompromised patients at high risk for these infections and (2) oropharyngeal candidiasis (OPC), including cases refractory to fluconazole and/or itraconazole. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved posaconazole for (1) treatment of aspergillosis, fusariosis, chromoblastomycosis, and coccidioidomycosis in patients who are refractory to or intolerant of other azoles or amphotericin B; (2) first-line therapy for OPC for severe disease or in those unlikely to respond to topical therapy; and (3) prophylaxis of invasive fungal infections in high-risk hematologic patients and stem cell transplant recipients...
October 2015: Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Poojan Agarwal, Malini R Capoor, Mukul Singh, Arpita Gupta, Arini Chhakchhuak, Pradeep Debatta
Histoplasmosis is a progressive disease caused by dimorphic intracellular fungi and can prove fatal. Usually, it is present in immunocompromised individuals and immunocompetent individuals in the endemic zones. We report an unusual presentation of progressive disseminated histoplasmosis. The patient in the present case report was immunocompetent child and had fever, bone pains, gradual weight loss, lymphadenopathy and hepatosplenomegaly. Disseminated histoplasmosis (DH) was diagnosed on microscopic examination and fungal culture of bone marrow, blood, skin biopsy and lymph node aspirate...
December 2015: Mycopathologia
Harish C Gugnani, David W Denning
The Dominican Republic (DR) is the second largest Caribbean nation and, with Haiti, the DR accounts for nearly three-quarters of the cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in the Caribbean region and the highest rates of TB in the Americas. The present study estimated the burden of serious fungal infections and some other mycoses in the DR. The data were extracted from the World Health Organization Stop Tuberculosis (WHO STOP TB) program, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and searches for relevant literature via MEDLINE, PubMed, MedFacts, and so on...
January 2016: Journal of Infection and Public Health
Fouzia Naeem, Monika L Metzger, Sandra R Arnold, Elisabeth E Adderson
OBJECTIVE: To describe the characteristics of benign and malignant mediastinal masses, which may predict their etiology and facilitate the safe and timely management of patients, especially those residing in histoplasmosis-endemic regions. STUDY DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective review of the health records of 131 patients aged <19 years who were referred to 2 tertiary care children's hospitals between 2005 and 2010 for evaluation of mediastinal masses. RESULTS: Most patients (79%) had benign masses, including 98 with confirmed or suspected histoplasmosis...
August 2015: Journal of Pediatrics
Jennifer E Schuster, Curtis A Wushensky, M Cecilia Di Pentima
Meningitis is an unusual clinical manifestation of Histoplasma capsulatum infection in nonimmunosuppressed children. We report a previously healthy 6-year-old boy with primary, chronic histoplasma meningitis and magnetic resonance imaging findings consistent with demyelinating disease presenting with brief, intermittent neurological manifestations for 7 months before diagnosis.
July 2013: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Daniel Gonçalves, Catarina Ferraz, Luisa Vaz
African histoplasmosis is a granulomatous mycosis caused by Histoplasma capsulatum var. duboisii. Treatment is usually extrapolated from guidelines for classical histoplasmosis, and includes 2-4 weeks of amphotericin B followed by a step-down maintenance therapy with itraconazole. Pediatric usage of posaconazole, an oral second-generation azole, remains off-label, but recent surveys show that it is safe and well tolerated in children. We report a case of disseminated African histoplasmosis in a 12-year-old boy from Guinea-Bissau...
January 2013: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Myrtha Arango, Elizabeth Castañeda, Clara Inés Agudelo, Catalina De Bedout, Carlos Andrés Agudelo, Angela Tobón, Melva Linares, Yorlady Valencia, Angela Restrepo
INTRODUCTION: Histoplasmosis, a fungal disorder characterized by a wide spectrum of manifestations that range from subclinical infections to disseminated processes, affects both immunocompetent and immunosuppressed individuals. Histoplasmosis is not a reportable disease in Colombia and consequently, a survey was designed to collect histoplasmosis cases diagnosed in the country. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this work was to analyze the data collected from 1992 to 2008. Materials and methods...
July 2011: Biomédica: Revista del Instituto Nacional de Salud
Wilson S Robinson, Sandra R Arnold, Christie F Michael, John D Vickery, Robert A Schoumacher, Eniko K Pivnick, Jewell C Ward, Vijaya Nagabhushanam, Dukhee B Lew
Type 1 hyper IgE syndrome (HIES), also known as Job's Syndrome, is an autosomal dominant disorder due to defects in STAT3 signaling and Th17 differentiation. Symptoms may present during infancy but diagnosis is often made in childhood or later. HIES is characterized by immunologic and non-immunologic findings such as recurrent sinopulmonary infections, recurrent skin infections, multiple fractures, atopic dermatitis and characteristic facies. These manifestations are accompanied by elevated IgE levels and reduced IL-17 producing CD3+CD4+ T cells...
November 29, 2011: Clinical and Molecular Allergy: CMA
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