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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790701/the-clinical-importance-of-changes-in-treg-and-th17-lymphocyte-subsets-in-splenectomized-patients-after-spleen-injury
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Witold Zgodziński, Ewelina Grywalska, Dorota Siwicka-Gieroba, Agata Surdacka, Krzysztof Zinkiewicz, Dariusz Szczepanek, Grzegorz Wallner, Jacek Roliński
BACKGROUND: Splenectomized patients are more prone to bacterial infections due to their immunocompromised status. Little is known about the role of T helper 17 (Th17) and T regulatory cells (Treg) in the immune system of patients after the removal of the spleen. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to analyze possible changes in CD4+ lymphocyte T subsets, especially Treg and Th17, in patients who had undergone splenectomy. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study included a group of 67 male patients (41...
May 22, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790481/antiviral-combination-therapy-for-cytomegalovirus-infection-in-high-risk-infants
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Surabhi B Vora, Adam W Brothers, Alpana Waghmare, Janet A Englund
BACKGROUND: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is a major risk factor for mortality in infants with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) and other profound immune defects. Specific antiviral therapy must be initiated early and aggressively because of the potential for antiviral resistance, rapid dissemination and poor transplant outcomes. Combination antiviral therapy is routinely administered for some viral infections, but the value of this approach for the treatment of CMV is unclear...
May 23, 2018: Antiviral Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789960/cutaneous-manifestations-of-infections-in-solid-organ-transplant-recipients
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REVIEW
Cory J Pettit, Katherine Mazurek, Benjamin Kaffenberger
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Post-transplant infections present a formidable challenge to the physician due to their varied presentation. Many of these infections begin by inoculation following skin compromise or disseminate to the skin hematogenously, making cutaneous manifestations of infection an important diagnostic clue in the immunocompromised. Quality research in this field is lacking, and this articles seeks to review the literature and present a guide to physicians in order for them to suspect certain infections by their cutaneous presentation...
May 22, 2018: Current Infectious Disease Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788897/biofilm-destruction-on-endotracheal-tube-associated-pneumonia-by-photodynamic-inactivation
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Kate Cristina Blanco, Amanda C Zangirolami, Natalia M Inada, Vanderlei S Bagnato
Hospital infections is a public health problem that can occur with the use of catheters and endotracheal tubes (ETT). Pathogenic microorganisms may adhere to surfaces of these materials forming biofilm. Microbial biofilms presents an extracellular polymer matrix that promotes resistance of microorganisms to factors such as pH, temperature and drugs. The ETT is used to assist a patient with compromised breathing function. ETT biofilm may cause ventilator-associated pneumonia. Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia is associated with a 21-fold increase in risk for mechanical ventilation...
May 22, 2018: Infectious Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788036/pediatric-investigators-collaborative-network-on-infections-in-canada-picnic-study-of-respiratory-syncytial-virus-associated-deaths-in-pediatric-patients-in-canada-2003-to-2013
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Jennifer Tam, Jesse Papenburg, Sergio Fanella, Sandra Asner, Michelle Barton, Cybele Bergeron, Shalini Desai, Charles Hui, Cheryl Foo, Joanne M Langley, Kirk Leifso, My-Linh Ma, Jeffrey Pernica, Joan Robinson, Roopi Singh, Bruce Tapiero, Upton Allen
Background: Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a major cause of pneumonia and bronchiolitis in children. Mortality rates in previously healthy children hospitalized with RSV are < 0.5%, but up to 37% in patients with underlying medical conditions. The objective of this study was to characterize factors associated with deaths among children hospitalized with RSV infection in Canadian pediatric centres. Methods: Retrospective case series of children 18 years of age or younger with RSV-associated deaths at centres affiliated with the Pediatric Investigators Collaborative Network on Infections in Canada (PICNIC) over the period 2003- 2013, inclusive...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785613/neuroinfections-caused-by-fungi
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Katarzyna Góralska, Joanna Blaszkowska, Magdalena Dzikowiec
BACKGROUND: Fungal infections of the central nervous system (FIs-CNS) have become significantly more common over the past 2 decades. Invasion of the CNS largely depends on the immune status of the host and the virulence of the fungal strain. Infections with fungi cause a significant morbidity in immunocompromised hosts, and the involvement of the CNS may lead to fatal consequences. METHODS: One hundred and thirty-five articles on fungal neuroinfection in PubMed, Google Scholar, and Cochrane databases were selected for review using the following search words: "fungi and CNS mycoses", CNS fungal infections", "fungal brain infections", " fungal cerebritis", fungal meningitis", "diagnostics of fungal infections", and "treatment of CNS fungal infections"...
May 21, 2018: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785209/acute-suppurative-thyroiditis-caused-by-thyroid-papillary-carcinoma-in-the-right-thyroid-lobe-of-a-healthy-woman
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Hazuki Otani, Masakazu Notsu, Sayo Koike, Miwa Morita, Masahiro Yamamoto, Mika Yamauchi, Takahumi Fuchiwaki, Ichiro Morikura, Noriaki Aoi, Hideyuki Kawauchi, Teruaki Iwabashi, Asuka Araki, Noriyoshi Ishikawa, Riruke Maruyama, Toshitsugu Sugimoto
Background: The thyroid gland is resistant to microbial infection, because of its organ characteristics such as encapsulation, iodine content, and rich blood supply. Therefore, acute suppurative thyroiditis (AST), as a bacterial infection of the thyroid gland, is rarely seen. AST typically takes places on the left side the neck region in children, because of the coincidence of the left piriform sinus fistula, as a most common route of infection. AST is also usually seen in immunocompromised hosts...
2018: Thyroid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784839/clonal-spread-in-candida-glabrata-bloodstream-isolates-and-fluconazole-resistance-affected-by-prolonged-exposure-a-12-year-single-center-study-in-belgium
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Berdieke Goemaere, Katrien Lagrou, Isabel Spriet, Marijke Hendrickx, Pierre Becker
Candida glabrata is a major cause of candidemia in immunocompromised patients and is characterized by a high-level of fluconazole resistance. In the present study, acquisition of antifungal resistance and potential clonal spread of C. glabrata were explored at a single center over a 12-year period by analyzing 187 independent clinical C. glabrata bloodstream isolates. One strain was found to be micafungin resistant due to a mutation in the FKS2 gene. Fluconazole resistance remained stable throughout the period and was observed in 20 (10...
May 21, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783937/enterococcus-gallinarum-meningitis-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Bo Zhao, Mao Sheng Ye, Rui Zheng
BACKGROUND: As an opportunistic pathogen, E. gallinarum mainly leads to nosocomial infections, and it's multi-drug resistance has gained more and more attention. Central nervous system infections caused by E. gallinarum are rare, but have been reported more often in recent years. The previous cases were generally secondary to neurosurgery, especially ventriculoperitoneal shunts. In recent years, the cases largely occurred in patients with impaired immune function. The patient in our report may have had dual risk factors (immune impairment and an invasive surgical procedure)...
May 21, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777923/diagnosis-and-management-of-pulmonary-infection-due-to-rhodococcus-equi
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REVIEW
Weijie V Lin, Robert L Kruse, Katharine Yang, Daniel M Musher
BACKGROUND: Rhodococcus equi is a recognized cause of disease in humans, especially in patients who are immunocompromised. Because diphtheroids are regarded as part of normal respiratory flora, the importance of R. equi as a pulmonary pathogen may not be fully appreciated and its prevalence underestimated. Most treatment recommendations for R. equi infection were established before antiretroviral drugs became available for HIV/AIDS therapy, and therapeutic strategies may need to be updated...
May 16, 2018: Clinical Microbiology and Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777376/comprehensive-molecular-diagnosis-of-epstein-barr-virus-associated-lymphoproliferative-diseases-using-next-generation-sequencing
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Shintaro Ono, Manabu Nakayama, Hirokazu Kanegane, Akihiro Hoshino, Saeko Shimodera, Hirofumi Shibata, Hisanori Fujino, Takahiro Fujino, Yuta Yunomae, Tsubasa Okano, Motoi Yamashita, Takahiro Yasumi, Kazushi Izawa, Masatoshi Takagi, Kohsuke Imai, Kejian Zhang, Rebecca Marsh, Capucine Picard, Sylvain Latour, Osamu Ohara, Tomohiro Morio
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is associated with several life-threatening diseases, such as lymphoproliferative disease (LPD), particularly in immunocompromised hosts. Some categories of primary immunodeficiency diseases (PIDs) including X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome (XLP), are characterized by susceptibility and vulnerability to EBV infection. The number of genetically defined PIDs is rapidly increasing, and clinical genetic testing plays an important role in establishing a definitive diagnosis. Whole-exome sequencing is performed for diagnosing rare genetic diseases, but is both expensive and time-consuming...
May 18, 2018: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771758/opportunistic-fungal-infection-in-children-and-management
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Joseph M Lam
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: An opportunistic mycosis is a fungal agent of low pathogenicity that specifically infects immunocompromised hosts. Advances in transplantation, preterm care, immunosuppressive therapies and intensive care, have lead to the emergence of pediatric patients with serious immunodeficiency who are vulnerable to nonpathogenic fungi. RECENT FINDINGS: The advent of the use of biologic agents in pediatric disease as well as the advances in care of preterm and immunosuppressed patients opens up a new cohort of patients at risk of opportunistic mycotic infections...
May 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770281/intestinal-spirochetosis-in-an-immunocompetent-patient
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Patricia Guzman Rojas, Jelena Catania, Jignesh Parikh, Tran C Phung, Glenn Speth
Intestinal spirochetosis (IS) is an infestation defined by the presence of spirochetes on the surface of the colonic mucosa. The implicated organisms can be Brachyspira aalborgi or Brachyspira pilosicoli . We present the case of a 66-year-old man with a past medical history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, morbid obesity, and gastroesophageal reflux. The patient was sent to the gastroenterology clinic for a screening colonoscopy due to a prior history of colonic polyps. The patient was completely asymptomatic as he denies any abdominal pain, diarrhea, melena, or hematochezia...
March 15, 2018: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768545/hcmv-ul97-phosphotransferase-gene-mutations-may-be-associated-with-antiviral-resistance-in-immunocompromised-patients-in-bel%C3%A3-m-pa-northern-brazil
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Dorotéa de Fátima Lobato da Silva, Jedson Ferreira Cardoso, Sandro Patroca da Silva, Leda Mani França Arruda, Renato Lopes Fernandes de Medeiros, Marluce Matos Moraes, Rita Catarina Medeiros Sousa
INTRODUCTION: Human cytomegalovirus is one of the causes of opportunist infections in immunocompromised patients, and is triggered by factors such as state of viral latency, weakened immune responses, and development of antiviral resistance to ganciclovir, the only drug offered by the public health system in Brazil to treat the infection. The goal of this study was to identify mutations that may be associated with antiviral resistance in immunocompromised patients. METHODS: Molecular analysis was performed in 82 blood samples and subjected to genomic DNA extraction by a silica-based method...
March 2018: Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29760132/a-multimodal-imaging-approach-enables-in-vivo-assessment-of-antifungal-treatment-in-a-mouse-model-of-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis
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Jennifer Poelmans, Uwe Himmelreich, Liesbeth Vanherp, Luca Zhai, Amy Hillen, Bryan Holvoet, Sarah Belderbos, Matthias Brock, Johan Maertens, Greetje Vande Velde, Katrien Lagrou
Aspergillus fumigatus causes life-threatening lung infections in immunocompromised patients. Mouse models are extensively used in research to assess the in vivo efficacy of antifungals. In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in the use of non-invasive imaging techniques to evaluate experimental infections. However, single imaging modalities have limitations concerning the type of information they can provide. In this study, magnetic resonance imaging and bioluminescence imaging were combined to obtain longitudinal information on the extent of developing lesions and fungal load in a leucopenic mouse model of IPA...
May 14, 2018: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29757414/vaccination-coverage-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-cross-sectional-analysis-of-the-german-long-term-study-lula-cohort
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Gamal Chehab, Jutta G Richter, Ralph Brinks, Rebecca Fischer-Betz, Borgi Winkler-Rohlfing, Matthias Schneider
Objectives: Vaccinations are an important measure to prevent infections in immunocompromised patients. The knowledge of vaccination coverage and reasons for non-vaccination in patients with SLE is scarce. The aim of this study was to assess coverage rates of selected vaccinations in a representative sample of SLE patients and to identify predictors for non-vaccination. Methods: In 2013, information on selected vaccinations (coverage, application and reservations) and on demographics, clinical parameters and health beliefs was assessed by means of a self-reported questionnaire among a representative sample of SLE patients in Germany (LuLa cohort)...
May 10, 2018: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755935/aspergillus-endocarditis-of-the-mitral-valve-with-ventricular-myocardial-invasion-cerebral-vasculitis-and-intracranial-mycotic-aneurysm-formation-in-a-patient-with-hemophagocytic-lymphohistiocytosis
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Bibin Varghese, Kevin Ting, Juan Lopez-Mattei, Cezar Iliescu, Joseph Kim, Peter Kim
Aspergillus endocarditis is a rare infection and reported mainly in immunocompromised hosts. We report a case of mitral valve aspergillus endocarditis with ventricular myocardial invasion, cerebral vasculitis and intracranial fungal aneurysm formation in a patient with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH). This case illustrates the importance of prompt investigation and treatment of masses seen on an echocardiogram for rare infections such as Aspergillus endocarditis in immunocompromised patients.
September 2018: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755697/natural-killer-cells-as-a-therapeutic-tool-for-infectious-diseases-current-status-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Stanislaw Schmidt, Lars Tramsen, Bushra Rais, Evelyn Ullrich, Thomas Lehrnbecher
Natural Killer (NK) cells are involved in the host immune response against infections due to viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens, all of which are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. Since the recovery of the immune system has a major impact on the outcome of an infectious complication, there is major interest in strengthening the host response in immunocompromised patients, either by using cytokines or growth factors or by adoptive cellular therapies transfusing immune cells such as granulocytes or pathogen-specific T-cells...
April 17, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755472/the-elusive-anti-candida-vaccine-lessons-from-the-past-and-opportunities-for-the-future
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REVIEW
Gloria Hoi Wan Tso, Jose Antonio Reales-Calderon, Norman Pavelka
Candidemia is a bloodstream fungal infection caused by Candida species and is most commonly observed in hospitalized patients. Even with proper antifungal drug treatment, mortality rates remain high at 40-50%. Therefore, prophylactic or preemptive antifungal medications are currently recommended in order to prevent infections in high-risk patients. Moreover, the majority of women experience at least one episode of vulvovaginal candidiasis (VVC) throughout their lifetime and many of them suffer from recurrent VVC (RVVC) with frequent relapses for the rest of their lives...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754971/stenotrophomonas-maltophilia
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Shi-Qi An, Gabriele Berg
This infographic describes the key regulated traits of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, important for beneficial plant interactions, and also its increasing incidence as a nosocomial and community-acquired infection. Stenotrophomonas maltophilia is a cosmopolitan and ubiquitous bacterium found in a range of environmental habitats, including extreme ones, although in nature it is mainly associated with plants. S. maltophilia fulfils important ecosystem functions in the sulfur and nitrogen cycles, in degradation of complex compounds and pollutants, and in promoti on of plant growth and health...
May 10, 2018: Trends in Microbiology
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