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Immunocompromised critical care

Mihai Mareș, Valentina Ruxandra Moroti-Constantinescu, David W Denning
OBJECTIVE: To estimate for the first time the burden of fungal infections in Romania. METHODS: Data derived from the World Health Organization (WHO), National Institute of Statistics, Romanian public health agencies and non-profit health organizations, and published annual reports on local epidemiology were used in the present study. When no data were available, specific at-risk populations were used to calculate frequencies of serious fungal diseases, using previously published epidemiological parameters...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Fungi (Basel, Switzerland)
Melisa M Shah, Eric I Hsiao, Carl M Kirsch, Amit Gohil, Supriya Narasimhan, David A Stevens
Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is classically considered an illness of severely immunocompromised patients with limited host defenses. However, IPA has been reported in immunocompetent but critically ill patients. This report describes two fatal cases of pathologically confirmed IPA in patients with influenza in the intensive care unit. One patient had influenza B infection, whereas the other had influenza A H1N1. Both patients died despite broad-spectrum antimicrobials, mechanical ventilation, and vasopressor support...
February 2, 2018: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Rebekah M Martin, Michael A Bachman
Klebsiella pneumoniae is a Gram-negative pathogen that has a large accessory genome of plasmids and chromosomal gene loci. This accessory genome divides K. pneumoniae strains into opportunistic, hypervirulent, and multidrug-resistant groups and separates K. pneumoniae from two closely related species, Klebsiella variicola and Klebsiella quasipneumoniae. Some strains of K. pneumoniae act as opportunistic pathogens, infecting critically ill and immunocompromised patients. These K. pneumoniae are a common cause of health-care associated infections including pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs), and bloodstream infections...
2018: Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology
Satish Balkrishna Dharap, Sanket Vishnu Ekhande
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Trauma is known to lead to systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS), which is often a cause of late deaths after injury. SIRS and MODS have been objectively measured using scoring systems. This prospective observational study was carried out in a tertiary care hospital in India to evaluate SIRS and MODS following trauma in terms of their incidence, the associated risk factors and the effect on the outcome. METHODS: All adult patients with major life- and limb-threatening trauma were included...
September 2017: Indian Journal of Medical Research
Melanie L Yarbrough, William Lainhart, C A Burnham
The veterinary pathogens in the Staphylococcus intermedius group (SIG) are increasingly recognized as causes of human infection. Shared features between SIG and Staphylococcus aureus may result in the misidentification of SIG in human clinical cultures. This study examined the clinical and microbiological characteristics of isolates recovered at a tertiary-care academic medical center. From 2013 to 2015, 81 SIG isolates were recovered from 62 patients. Patients were commonly ≥50 years old, diabetic, and/or immunocompromised...
March 2018: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
Pawel Kalinski, James E Talmadge
The approvals of Provenge (Sipuleucel-T), Ipilimumab (Yervoy/anti-CTLA-4) and blockers of the PD-1 - PD-L1/PD-L2 pathway, such as nivolumab (Opdivo), pembrolizumab (Keytruda), or atezolizumab (Tecentriq), have established immunotherapy as a key component of comprehensive cancer care. Further, murine mechanistic studies and studies in immunocompromised patients have documented the critical role of immunity in effectiveness of radio- and chemotherapy. However, in addition to the ability of the immune system to control cancer progression, it can also promote tumor growth, via regulatory T cells (Tregs), myeloid-derived dendritic cells (MDSCs) and tumor associated macrophages (TAM), which can enhance survival of cancer cells directly or via the regulation of the tumor stroma...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
J Kehrmann, B Veckollari, D Schmidt, O Schildgen, V Schildgen, N Wagner, M Zeschnigk, L Klein-Hitpass, O Witzke, J Buer, J Steinmann
BACKROUND: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is an opportunistic fungal infection that is associated with a high morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised individuals. In this study, we analysed the microbiome of the lower respiratory tract from critically ill intensive care unit patients with and without pneumocystosis. METHODS: Broncho-alveolar fluids from 65 intubated and mechanically ventilated intensive care unit patients (34 PCP+ and 31 PCP- patients) were collected...
December 4, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Masaharu Imaura
 The pathological conditions of patients who require intensive care are usually complex and extremely severe; their health and life are in a critical state. Therefore, correct, rapid treatment of these conditions is indispensable. Furthermore, the selection of drugs and adjustment of their dosage for an immediate effect are important. Moreover, most patients are immunocompromised and present an extremely high level of risk for complications involving infectious diseases. Since such complications may lead to life-threatening outcomes, a rational dosage regimen to achieve sufficient antimicrobial activity from the initial stage of treatment is essential...
2017: Yakugaku Zasshi: Journal of the Pharmaceutical Society of Japan
Arti Negi, Mridu Anand, Avinash Singh, Awadhesh Kumar, Chinmoy Sahu, Kashi Nath Prasad
Objective: Pseudomonas aeruginosa is one of the leading pathogen causing healthcare-associated infections, particularly in immunocompromised and critically ill patients. The development of carbapenem resistance in P. aeruginosa infections is worrisome. Data specifically comparing the susceptibility of the three available carbapenems are lacking in the Indian subcontinent. Materials and Methods: We evaluated the minimum inhibitory concentrations (MICs) of the three commonly used carbapenems- imipenem, meropenem, and doripenem against, 435 P...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
Raeley Guess, Jarin Vaewpanich, Jorge A Coss-Bu, Siriporn Phongjitsiri, Curtis Kennedy, Jeffrey Starke, Satid Thammasitboon
OBJECTIVE: The term ventilator-associated events includes ventilator-associated condition, infection-related ventilator-associated complication, and ventilator-associated pneumonia. We sought to identify potential new risk factors for ventilator-associated condition and infection-related ventilator-associated complication in the PICU population. DESIGN: Matched case control study. SETTING: Children's hospital at a tertiary care academic medical center...
January 2018: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Donghoon Kang, Natalia V Kirienko
Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a re-emerging, multidrug-resistant, opportunistic pathogen that threatens the lives of immunocompromised patients, patients with cystic fibrosis, and those in critical care units. One of the most important virulence factors in this pathogen is the siderophore pyoverdine. Pyoverdine serves several critical roles during infection. Due to its extremely high affinity for ferric iron, pyoverdine gives the pathogen a significant advantage over the host in their competition for iron. In addition, pyoverdine can regulate the production of multiple bacterial virulence factors and perturb host mitochondrial homeostasis...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
Deirdre Morley, Almida Lynam, Edmund Carton, Ignacio Martin-Loeches, Gerard Sheehan, Niamh Lynn, Serena O'Brien, Fiona Mulcahy
The management of critically ill human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive patients is challenging; however, intensive care unit-related mortality has declined significantly in recent years. There are 10 case reports in the literature of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) use in HIV-positive patients, of whom seven survived to hospital discharge. We describe a 33-year-old Brazilian man who presented with Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia and severe hypoxic respiratory failure. He developed refractory acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and was commenced on veno-venous ECMO...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of STD & AIDS
M Mosayebi, Z Eslamirad, R Hajihossein, B Ghorbanzadeh, M Shahverdi, M Didehdar
OBJECTIVE: Fungal infections are common complication among hospitalized patients especially between who is immunocompromised. Wet cooling systems in the hospital environment play a critical role as a source of these infections. The aim of this study was survey of wet cooling system of hospitals for fungal contamination in Arak city. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was conducted during May to September of 2016. Sampling was done as random. Samples were obtained from water and straw of 84 wet cooling systems of four hospitals in Arak city...
July 25, 2017: Journal de Mycologie Médicale
Sameen Khalid, Fnu Asad-Ur -Rahman, Aamer Abbass, Sigfredo Aldarondo, Khalid Abusaada
Invasive aspergillosis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality among immunocompromised patients. Prolonged neutropenia is the most common risk factor. It has rarely been reported to occur in non-neutropenic critically ill patients in the intensive care unit setting. Mortality rate in this group has been reported to be as high as 92%. We report a case of tracheobronchial aspergillosis in a non-neutropenic critically ill patient to highlight the fact that critically ill patients admitted in the intensive care unit can develop opportunistic infections such as invasive aspergillosis even in the absence of classic risk factors and prior history of immunosuppression...
January 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
Adrien Mirouse, Philippe Vignon, Prescillia Piron, René Robert, Laurent Papazian, Guillaume Géri, Pascal Blanc, Christophe Guitton, Claude Guérin, Naïke Bigé, Antoine Rabbat, Aurélie Lefebvre, Keyvan Razazi, Muriel Fartoukh, Eric Mariotte, Lila Bouadma, Jean-Damien Ricard, Amélie Seguin, Bertrand Souweine, Anne-Sophie Moreau, Stanislas Faguer, Arnaud Mari, Julien Mayaux, Francis Schneider, Annabelle Stoclin, Pierre Perez, Julien Maizel, Charles Lafon, Frédérique Ganster, Laurent Argaud, Christophe Girault, François Barbier, Lucien Lecuyer, Jérôme Lambert, Emmanuel Canet
BACKGROUND: Pneumonia is a dreaded complication of varicella-zoster virus (VZV) infection in adults; however, the data are limited. Our objective was to investigate the clinical features, management, and outcomes of critically ill patients with VZV-related community-acquired pneumonia (VZV-CAP). METHODS: This was an observational study of patients with VZV-CAP admitted to 29 intensive care units (ICUs) from January 1996 to January 2015. RESULTS: One hundred and two patients with VZV-CAP were included...
June 7, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Elizabeth L Alexander, Jeffery Loutit, Mario Tumbarello, Richard Wunderink, Tim Felton, George Daikos, Karen Fusaro, Dan White, Shu Zhang, Michael N Dudley
BACKGROUND: The increasing incidence of multidrug-resistant Gram negatives, such as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), has resulted in a critical need for new antimicrobials. Most studies of new antimicrobials have been performed in patients with nondrug-resistant pathogens. We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with CRE infections to inform the design of phase 3 clinical trials. METHODS: This was a retrospective study at 22 centers in 4 countries...
2017: Open Forum Infectious Diseases
Chidinma Chima-Melton, Michelle Pearl, Marni Scheiner
INTRODUCTION: Spinal epidural abscess (SEA) is a rare but serious cause of back pain in the critical care setting. It occurs most commonly in adults in their fifth and sixth decades of life. Risk factors include diabetes mellitus, alcoholism, AIDS or other immunocompromised states, cancer, intravenous drug use, trauma and spinal surgery. The clinical presentation can be non-specific but the classical triad includes back pain, fever and neurological deficits. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with gadolinium is the diagnostic imaging modality of choice...
2017: Spinal Cord Series and Cases
Nathan J Smischney, Mohamed O Seisa, John Cambest, Robert A Wiegand, Kyle D Busack, Theodore O Loftsgard, Darrell R Schroeder, Daniel A Diedrich
OBJECTIVES: Our primary aim was to ascertain the frequency of postintubation hypotension in immunocompromised critically ill adults with secondary aims of arriving at potential risk factors for the development of postintubation hypotension and its impact on patient-related outcomes. METHODS: Critically ill adult patients (≥18 years) were included from January 1, 2010, to December 31, 2014. We defined immunocompromised as patients with any solid organ or nonsolid organ malignancy or transplant, whether solid organ or not, requiring current chemotherapy...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Intensive Care Medicine
Philipp Wohlfarth, Gernot Beutel, Pia Lebiedz, Hans-Joachim Stemmler, Thomas Staudinger, Matthieu Schmidt, Matthias Kochanek, Tobias Liebregts, Fabio Silvio Taccone, Elie Azoulay, Alexandre Demoule, Stefan Kluge, Morten Svalebjørg, Catherina Lueck, Johanna Tischer, Alain Combes, Boris Böll, Werner Rabitsch, Peter Schellongowski
OBJECTIVES: The acute respiratory distress syndrome is a frequent condition following allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation may serve as rescue therapy in refractory acute respiratory distress syndrome but has not been assessed in allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation recipients. DESIGN: Multicenter, retrospective, observational study. SETTING: ICUs in 12 European tertiary care centers (Austria, Germany, France, and Belgium)...
May 2017: Critical Care Medicine
Kang-Cheng Su, Kun-Ta Chou, Yi-Han Hsiao, Ching-Min Tseng, Vincent Yi-Fong Su, Yu-Chin Lee, Diahn-Warng Perng, Yu Ru Kou
BACKGROUND: While Candida pneumonia is life-threatening, biomarker measurements to early detect suspected Candida pneumonia are lacking. This study compared the diagnostic values of measuring levels of (1, 3)-β-D-glucan in endotracheal aspirate, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid, and serum to detect suspected Candida pneumonia in immunocompromised and critically ill patients. METHODS: This prospective, observational study enrolled immunocompromised, critically ill, and ventilated patients with suspected fungal pneumonia in mixed intensive care units from November 2010 to October 2011...
April 8, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
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