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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156474/ct-and-mri-findings-in-cerebral-aspergilloma
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Friederike Gärtner, Julia Forstenpointner, Birgit Ertl-Wagner, Babak Hooshmand, Christian Riedel, Olav Jansen
Purpose Invasive aspergillosis usually affects immunocompromised patients. It carries a high risk of morbidity and mortality and usually has a nonspecific clinical presentation. Early diagnosis is essential in order to start effective treatment and improve clinical outcome. Materials and Methods In a retrospective search of the PACS databases from two medical centers, we identified 9 patients with histologically proven cerebral aspergilloma. We systematically analyzed CT and MRI imaging findings to identify typical imaging appearances of cerebral aspergilloma...
November 20, 2017: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154044/modulating-host-immune-responses-to-fight-invasive-fungal-infections
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REVIEW
James E Scriven, Mark W Tenforde, Stuart M Levitz, Joseph N Jarvis
Modulation of host immunity in invasive fungal infection is an appealing but as yet mostly elusive treatment strategy. Animal studies in invasive candidiasis and aspergillosis have demonstrated beneficial effects of colony stimulating factors, interferon-gamma and monoclonal antibodies. More recent studies transfusing leukocytes pre-loaded with lipophilic anti-fungal drugs, or modulated T-cells, along with novel vaccination strategies show great promise. The translation of immune therapies into clinical studies has been limited to date but this is changing and the results of new Candida vaccine trials are eagerly awaited...
November 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153975/optimisation-of-empirical-antimicrobial-therapy-in-patients-with-haematological-malignancies-and-febrile-neutropenia-how-long-study-an-open-label-randomised-controlled-phase-4-trial
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Manuela Aguilar-Guisado, Ildefonso Espigado, Almudena Martín-Peña, Carlota Gudiol, Cristina Royo-Cebrecos, José Falantes, Lourdes Vázquez-López, María Isabel Montero, Clara Rosso-Fernández, María de la Luz Martino, Rocío Parody, José González-Campos, Sebastián Garzón-López, Cristina Calderón-Cabrera, Pere Barba, Nancy Rodríguez, Montserrat Rovira, Enrique Montero-Mateos, Jordi Carratalá, José Antonio Pérez-Simón, José Miguel Cisneros
BACKGROUND: Continuation of empirical antimicrobial therapy (EAT) for febrile neutropenia in patients with haematological malignancies until neutrophil recovery could prolong the therapy unnecessarily. We aimed to establish whether EAT discontinuation driven by a clinical approach regardless of neutrophil recovery would optimise the duration of therapy. METHODS: We did an investigator-driven, superiority, open-label, randomised, controlled phase 4 clinical trial in six academic hospitals in Spain...
November 15, 2017: Lancet Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151911/multiple-pulmonary-metastases-with-halo-sign-from-malignant-mixed-m%C3%A3-llerian-tumors
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Hong-Wei Tian, Wei-Bing Yang, Meng-Jie Yang, Jing-Yuan Liu, Jian-Chu Zhang, Xiao-Nan Tao, Qiong Zhou
The lungs are one of the most common organs to which cancer metastasizes, but are a location not common for uterine sarcoma. A malignant mixed Müllerian tumor (MMMT) of the uterus is an extremely rare and aggressive sarcoma, characterized by a mixture of epithelial and mesenchymal components. There are few reports regarding the pulmonary metastasis from MMMTs. The present study presents the case of a 58-year-old woman with hemoptysis and post-menopausal vaginal bleeding. The woman was initially diagnosed with invasive aspergillosis based on a chest computed tomography (CT) scan showing multiple pulmonary nodular opacities surrounded by a ground-glass attenuation halo (halo-sign)...
December 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150592/the-influence-of-genetic-stability-on-aspergillus-fumigatus-virulence-and-azole-resistance
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Thaila Fernanda Dos Reis, Lilian Pereira Silva, Patrícia Alves de Castro, Pollyne Borborema Almeida de Lima, Rafaela Andrade do Carmo, Marjorie Mendes Marini, José Franco da Silveira, Beatriz Henriques Ferreira, Fernando Rodrigues, Iran Malavazi, Gustavo H Goldman
Genetic stability is extremely important for the survival of every living organism and a very complex set of genes have evolved to cope with DNA repair upon DNA damage. Here, we investigated the Aspergillus fumigatus AtmA (Ataxia-telangiectasia mutated) and AtrA kinases and how they impact virulence and the evolution of azole resistance. We demonstrated that A. fumigatus atmA and atrA null mutants are haploid and have a discrete chromosomal polymorphism. The ΔatmA and ΔatrA strains are sensitive to several DNA damaging agents but surprisingly both strains were more resistant than the wild-type strain to paraquat, menadione, and hydrogen peroxide...
November 17, 2017: G3: Genes—Genomes—Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130815/aspergillus-infection-in-an-immunocompetent-host-with-supravalvular-aortic-stenosis
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Sedigheh Saedi, Zahra Khajali, Azin Alizadehasl
Supravalvular aortic stenosis is the rarest form of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction. Aspergillus endocarditis is also rare and generally reported in immunocompromised hosts. Here we present a case of an immunocompetent patient with supravalvular aortic stenosis complicated by aortic mycotic pseudoaneurysm due to invasive aspergillosis.
January 1, 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129826/invasive-aspergillosis-in-refractory-angioimmunoblastic-t-cell-lymphoma
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N P Prakash, T M Anoop, Rakul Nambiar, M D Jaisankar, B Swapna
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 13, 2017: Turkish Journal of Haematology: Official Journal of Turkish Society of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128933/proven-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-stem-cell-transplant-recipient-due-to-aspergillus-sublatus-a-cryptic-species-of-a-nidulans
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Vanda Chrenkova, Vit Hubka, Petr Cetkovsky, Michal Kouba, Barbora Weinbergerova, Pavlina Lyskova, Ludmila Hornofova, Petr Hubacek
Invasive fungal disease represents one of the severe complications in haematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. We describe a case of a patient treated for relapse of chronic lymphoblastic leukaemia 6 years after HSCT. The patient was treated for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis but died 3 months later from multiple organ failures consisting of haemorrhagic necrotizing fungal pneumonia, refractory chronic hepatic graft versus host disease and cytomegalovirus hepatitis. Autopsy samples revealed histopathological evidence of fungal hyphae and an unusual Aspergillus nidulans-like species was isolated in pure culture...
November 11, 2017: Mycopathologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125713/outbreak-of-invasive-aspergillosis-in-heart-transplant-recipients-the-role-of-screening-computed-tomography-scans-in-asymptomatic-patients-and-universal-antifungal-prophylaxis
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Dima Kabbani, Livia Goldraich, Heather Ross, Coleman Rotstein, Shahid Husain
BACKGROUND: Delays in diagnosing invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IA), a significant cause of morbidity and mortality among heart transplant recipients (HTRs), may impact on successful treatment. The appropriate screening strategy for IA in these patients remains undefined, particularly in the setting of nosocomial outbreaks. We describe our experience employing chest computed tomography (CT) scans as a screening method for IA. In addition, we comment on antimicrobial prophylaxis in HTRs in the setting of an outbreak...
November 10, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125660/primary-prophylaxis-of-invasive-fungal-infections-with-posaconazole-or-itraconazole-in-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia-or-high-risk-myelodysplastic-syndromes-undergoing-intensive-cytotoxic-chemotherapy-a-real-world-comparison
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Mar Tormo, Ariadna Pérez-Martínez, Marisa Calabuig, Juan Carlos Hernández-Boluda, Paula Amat, David Navarro, Carlos Solano
This is an observational-retrospective study comparing the real-world outcomes associated with posaconazole vs. itraconazole as prophylaxis treatments. Two hundred and ninety-three patient admissions attributable to 174 patients were included in the study. Patients were treated with itraconazole (n = 114 admissions; 39%) or posaconazole (n = 179; 61%). Antifungal prophylaxis failure (APF) due to treatment-related adverse events (in 34 out of 293 patient admissions; 11.6%) was more frequent in the posaconazole group (6...
November 10, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125373/use-of-1-3-%C3%AE-d-glucan-in-invasive-fungal-diseases-in-hematology-patients
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Daniele Roberto Giacobbe, Valerio Del Bono, Claudio Viscoli, Malgorzata Mikulska
Invasive fungal diseases (IFD) remain a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in hematology patients. Within a diagnostic-driven approach, the use of the serum (1,3)-ß-D-glucan (BDG) test represents a valid tool for the early diagnosis and treatment of IFD. Areas covered: The available literature on the use of BDG in hematology patients was systematically retrieved. Then, it was reviewed and discussed, to identify key issues pertaining to a clinically-oriented narrative presentation of the topic. Expert commentary: The use of BDG in hematology patients at risk for invasive aspergillosis (IA) is secondary to the use of galactomannan...
November 10, 2017: Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120502/necrotizing-microascus-tracheo-bronchitis-in-a-bilateral-lung-transplant-recipient
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Olivier Taton, Benjamin Bernier, Isabelle Etienne, Benjamin Bondue, Sophie Lecomte, Christiane Knoop, Frederique Jacob, Isabel Montesinos
Invasive fungal infections are a major cause of mortality among solid organ transplant recipients. Scopulariopsis species and their teleomorph Microascus are molds found in soil and decaying organic matter. We report here the case of a woman who underwent bilateral lung transplantation for severe emphysema. On day 25 after transplantation, endobronchial green-black lesions were detected during routine endoscopy. Endobronchial swabs, biopsies, and broncho-alveolar lavage samples were positive for Microascus cirrosus...
November 9, 2017: Transplant Infectious Disease: An Official Journal of the Transplantation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118175/predicting-invasive-aspergillosis-in-haematology-patients-by-combining-clinical-and-genetic-risk-factors-with-early-diagnostic-biomarkers
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P Lewis White, Christian Parr, Rosemary A Barnes
The incidence of invasive aspergillosis (IA) in high risk haematology populations, is relatively low (<10%), despite unavoidable exposure Aspergillus in patients with potentially similar clinical risk. Non-clinical variables including genetic mutations that increase susceptibility to IA could explain why only certain patients develop disease. This study aimed to screen for mutations in 322 haematology patients classified according to IA status, and to develop a predictive model based on genetic risk, established clinical risk factors and diagnostic biomarkers...
November 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114397/false-positive-galactomannan-assay-in-broncho-alveolar-lavage-after-enteral-nutrition-solution-inhalation-a-case-report
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Olivier Lheureux, Isabel Montesinos, Olivier Taton, Martine Antoine, Jean-Charles Preiser, Joelle Nortier, Jacques Creteur, Frederique Jacobs, David Grimaldi
Introduction. Diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis is challenging and the gold standard for definite diagnosis remains histopathological tissue examination. However, invasive procedures such as lung biopsy are often not feasible in critically ill patients. The detection of fungal cell wall components like Aspergillus galactomannan in broncho-alveolar lavage remains a key component of the diagnostic procedure. False-positive of the Aspergillus galactomannan assay is not frequent. Case presentation. We report a case of positive galactomannan in broncho-alveolar lavage fluid after enteral nutrition aspiration without signs of invasive aspergillosis...
September 2017: JMM Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112326/real-world-challenges-and-unmet-needs-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-suspected-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-in-patients-with-hematological-diseases-an-illustrative-case-study
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Martin Hoenigl, Juergen Prattes, Peter Neumeister, Albert Wölfler, Robert Krause
Recent years have seen important advances in the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA), complemented by the introduction of new therapies. Despite this, IPA remains a major cause of infection-related mortality in patients with hematological diseases. There are two main reasons for this. First, diagnosis of IPA remains a challenge, since risk factors and the clinical, radiological and mycological presentations vary not only by fungal disease stage, but also by patient group (e.g. neutropenic versus non-neutropenic patients)...
November 7, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109305/breath-based-diagnosis-of-fungal-infections
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Mahesh Jayamanna Thalavitiya Acharige, Seena Koshy, Nour Ismail, Obadah Aloum, Majd Jazaerly, Carmen Leon Astudillo, Sophia Koo
Invasive aspergillosis and other invasive fungal infections are associated with significant morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients, in large part due to limitations of existing diagnostic methods for these infections. Detection of species-specific volatile sesquiterpene metabolites of fungal origin in the breath of patients with invasive fungal infections allows the diagnosis and monitoring of these infections in vivo, noninvasively and more rapidly than possible with current diagnostic methods...
November 7, 2017: Journal of Breath Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29105850/cost-effectiveness-analysis-of-interventions-for-prevention-of-invasive-aspergillosis-among-leukemia-patients-during-hospital-construction-activities
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Juan Felipe Combariza, Luis Fernando Toro, John Jairo Orozco, Marcos Arango
OBJECTIVES: Invasive Aspergillosis (IA) is a serious problem among hematological patients and it is associated with high mortality. This situation can worsen at times of hospital construction, however there are several preventive measures available. This work aims to define the cost-effectiveness of some of these interventions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A decision tree model was used, it was divided into four arms according to each one of the interventions performed...
November 6, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102972/urinary-tract-aspergillosis-in-a-patient-with-chronic-kidney-disease
#18
Linghong Zhou, Huazhen Zhao, Zhongqing Chen, Liping Zhu
Invasive aspergillosis is a life-threatening fungal infection, especially in immunocompromised patients. Pulmonary aspergillosis is the most common type of the infection, while urinary tract infection is relatively rare. Here, we describe a case of a 46-year-old man with chronic renal disease presenting with intermittent abdominal pain. The diagnosis of aspergillosis was established by pathological findings of the fungal ball in the bladder. The patient underwent multiple antimicrobial treatments and surgical interventions and was finally cured by posaconazole...
November 3, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082564/could-the-determination-of-aspergillus-fumigatus-mating-type-have-prognostic-value-in-invasive-aspergillosis
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M C Monteiro, R Garcia-Rubio, L Alcazar-Fuoli, T Pelaez, E Mellado
A clear link between mating type and virulence has been demonstrated for some fungal pathogens, but not for Aspergillus fumigatus as of yet. An association between mating type and invasiveness has recently been established. The mating type proportion (MAT1-1:MAT1-2) of 213 A. fumigatus strains was determined (48.5%:51.5%) and results were in agreement with previous studies. However, these percentages changed when the strain collection was divided into azole susceptible and resistant strains. The 163 susceptible strains kept these proportions, but among the 50 azole resistant strains 60...
October 30, 2017: Mycoses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081110/-coal-workers-s-pneumoconiosis-combined-with-invasive-pulmonary-aspergillosis-a-case-report
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Y R Wang, Q Ye
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 20, 2017: Chinese Journal of Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Diseases
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