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  1. Aspergillosis

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    Aspergillus infection ... Aspergillosis is caused by a fungus called Aspergillus . The fungus is often found growing on dead leaves, stored grain, compost piles, or in other decaying vegetation. It can also be found ...

  2. Symptoms of Aspergillosis

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    ... Sporotrichosis Other pathogenic fungi Exserohilum Cladosporium Who Gets Fungal Infections? People living with HIV/AIDS Organ Transplant Patients ... C, Hekmat K, Cornely OA. Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis. Mycoses. 2014 May;57(5):257-70. Related Links ...

  3. Abdominal aspergillosis: CT findings

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    Yeom, Suk Keu, E-mail: pagoda20@hanmail.net [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1, Poongnap2-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hye Jin, E-mail: kimhyejin@amc.seoul.kr [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1, Poongnap2-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736 (Korea, Republic of); Byun, Jae Ho, E-mail: jhbyun@amc.seoul.kr [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1, Poongnap2-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736 (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ah Young, E-mail: aykim@amc.seoul.kr [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1, Poongnap2-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Moon-Gyu, E-mail: mglee@amc.seoul.kr [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1, Poongnap2-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736 (Korea, Republic of); Ha, Hyun Kwon, E-mail: hkha@amc.seoul.kr [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, 388-1, Poongnap2-dong, Songpa-gu, Seoul, 138-736 (Korea, Republic of)

    2011-03-15

    Objective: In order to retrospectively evaluate the CT findings of abdominal aspergillosis in immunocompromised patients. Materials and methods: CT scans were reviewed with regard to the sites, number, morphologic appearance, attenuation, and the contrast enhancement patterns of the lesions in six patients (5 women, 1 man; mean age, 43.4 years; range, 23-59 years) with pathologically proved abdominal aspergillosis by two gastrointestinal radiologists in consensus. Medical records were also reviewed to determine each patient's clinical status and outcome. Results: All patients were immunocompromised state: 4 patients received immunosuppressive therapy for solid organ transplantation and 2 patients received chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia. Aspergillosis involved blood vessels (n = 3), liver (n = 2), spleen (n = 2), gastrointestinal tract (n = 2), native kidney (n = 1), transplanted kidney (n = 1), peritoneum (n = 1), and retroperitoneum (n = 1). CT demonstrated solid organ or bowel infarction or perforation secondary to vascular thrombosis or pseudoaneurysm, multiple low-attenuating lesions of solid organs presenting as abscesses, concentric bowel wall thickening mimicking typhlitis, or diffuse or nodular infiltration of the peritoneum and retroperitoneum. Conclusion: Familiarity with findings commonly presenting as angioinvasive features or abscesses on CT, may facilitate the diagnosis of rare and fatal abdominal aspergillosis.

  4. Abdominal aspergillosis: CT findings

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    Objective: In order to retrospectively evaluate the CT findings of abdominal aspergillosis in immunocompromised patients. Materials and methods: CT scans were reviewed with regard to the sites, number, morphologic appearance, attenuation, and the contrast enhancement patterns of the lesions in six patients (5 women, 1 man; mean age, 43.4 years; range, 23-59 years) with pathologically proved abdominal aspergillosis by two gastrointestinal radiologists in consensus. Medical records were also reviewed to determine each patient's clinical status and outcome. Results: All patients were immunocompromised state: 4 patients received immunosuppressive therapy for solid organ transplantation and 2 patients received chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia. Aspergillosis involved blood vessels (n = 3), liver (n = 2), spleen (n = 2), gastrointestinal tract (n = 2), native kidney (n = 1), transplanted kidney (n = 1), peritoneum (n = 1), and retroperitoneum (n = 1). CT demonstrated solid organ or bowel infarction or perforation secondary to vascular thrombosis or pseudoaneurysm, multiple low-attenuating lesions of solid organs presenting as abscesses, concentric bowel wall thickening mimicking typhlitis, or diffuse or nodular infiltration of the peritoneum and retroperitoneum. Conclusion: Familiarity with findings commonly presenting as angioinvasive features or abscesses on CT, may facilitate the diagnosis of rare and fatal abdominal aspergillosis.

  5. CT findings of pulmonary aspergillosis

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    Cheon, Jung Eun; Im, Jung Gi; Goo, Jin Mo; Kim, Hong Dae; Han, Man Chung [Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    1995-10-15

    The fungus aspergillus can cause a variety of pulmonary disorders. Aspergilloma is a noninvasive aspergillus colonization of virtually any type of preexisting pulmonary cavity or cystic space. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis is serious, usually fatal infection in patients being treated with immunosuppressants or who have chronic debilitating disease. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is characterized clinically by asthma, blood and sputum eosinophilia and positive immunologic reaction to aspergillus antigen. Awareness of the radiographic and CT findings of pulmonary aspergillosis is important in making the diagnosis of aspergillus-caused pulmonary disorders. In this pictorial essay, we illustrated various radiological findings of pulmonary aspergillosis focused on CT findings correlated with gross pathologic specimens.

  6. Pediatric Invasive Aspergillosis

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    Rachel L. Wattier

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis (IA is a disease of increasing importance in pediatrics due to growth of the immunocompromised populations at risk and improvements in long-term survival for many of these groups. While general principles of diagnosis and therapy apply similarly across the age spectrum, there are unique considerations for clinicians who care for children and adolescents with IA. This review will highlight important differences in the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and therapy of pediatric IA.

  7. Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis

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    Lovrenski Aleksandra

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis (CNPA is a cavitary, infectious process of lung parenchyma with slow progressive course. Vascular invasion and dissemination to other organs are unusual. Case report. We presented a 25-year old man with bilineal acute leukaemia who developed pulmonary and systemic symptoms. Chest CT showed nodular consolidations and cavitary lesions in both lungs. Bronchial biopsy revealed necrotic hyphae but it was negative for Aspergillus by culture. Serum was positive for antibodies to Aspergillus, but it was negative for antigens. A thoracoscopic lung biopsy of the upper left lobe revealed necrosis of lung tissue, with acute and chronic inflammation of the cavity wall and the presence of hyphae consistent with Aspergillus species. Conclusion. Although confirmation of the diagnosis is difficult, a combination of characteristic clinical, radiological and histological findings and either serological results positive for Aspergillus or the isolation of Aspergillus from respiratory samples are highly indicative of CNPA.

  8. Invasive aspergillosis in two patients with Pearson syndrome.

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    Warris, A.; Verweij, P.E.; Barton, R.C.; Crabbe, D.C.G.; Evans, E.G.V.; Meis, J.F.G.M.

    1999-01-01

    Invasive aspergillosis is a serious opportunistic infection in the immunocompromised host. In the pediatric population invasive aspergillosis is seen predominantly in patients with hematologic malignancie, chronic granullamotous disease (CGD) and AIDS. Invasive aspergillosis carries a high case fata

  9. Invasive aspergillosis in developing countries.

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    Chakrabarti, Arunaloke; Chatterjee, Shiv Sekhar; Das, Ashim; Shivaprakash, M R

    2011-04-01

    To review invasive aspergillosis (IA) in developing countries, we included those countries, which are mentioned in the document of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), called the Emerging and Developing Economies List, 2009. A PubMed/Medline literature search was performed for studies concerning IA reported during 1970 through March 2010 from these countries. IA is an important cause of morbidity and mortality of hospitalized patients of developing countries, though the exact frequency of the disease is not known due to inadequate reporting and facilities to diagnose. Only a handful of centers from India, China, Thailand, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Sudan, South Africa, Turkey, Hungary, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Argentina had reported case series of IA. As sub-optimum hospital care practice, hospital renovation work in the vicinity of immunocompromised patients, overuse or misuse of steroids and broad-spectrum antibiotics, use of contaminated infusion sets/fluid, and increase in intravenous drug abusers have been reported from those countries, it is expected to find a high rate of IA among patients with high risk, though hard data is missing in most situations. Besides classical risk factors for IA, liver failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes, and tuberculosis are the newly recognized underlying diseases associated with IA. In Asia, Africa and Middle East sino-orbital or cerebral aspergillosis, and Aspergillus endophthalmitis are emerging diseases and Aspergillus flavus is the predominant species isolated from these infections. The high frequency of A. flavus isolation from these patients may be due to higher prevalence of the fungus in the environment. Cerebral aspergillosis cases are largely due to an extension of the lesion from invasive Aspergillus sinusitis. The majority of the centers rely on conventional techniques including direct microscopy, histopathology, and culture to diagnose IA

  10. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis and bilateral fungal balls terminating in disseminated aspergillosis.

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    Anderson, C J; Craig, S; Bardana, E J

    1980-02-01

    A unique case of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis associated with bilateral apical aspergillomas terminating in disseminated aspergillosis is presented. Postulated mechanisms of this combination are discussed with respect to the patient's clinical findings. The contribution of systemic and aerosolized corticosteroids are considered major contributing factors to dissemination of disease. PMID:7351446

  11. Too Many Mouldy Joints – Marijuana and Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis

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    Gargani, Yousef; Bishop, Paul; Denning, David W.

    2011-01-01

    Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis is a progressive debilitating disease with multiple underlying pulmonary diseases described. Here we report the association of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis and long term marijuana smoking in 2 patients and review the literature related to invasive and allergic aspergillosis.

  12. Invasive aspergillosis in near drowning nonneutropenic patient

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    Kartik Munta

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis in immunosuppressed people has been well documented, but to diagnose and treat in an immunocompetent individual after near drowning, it requires early suspicion and proper empirical treatment. We report a case diagnosed to have invasive aspergillosis with systemic dissemination of the infection to the brain, gluteal muscles, and kidneys after a fall in a chemical tank of a paper manufacturing company. He was ventilated for acute respiratory distress syndrome and managed with antibiotics and vasopressors. Due to nonresolving pneumonia and positive serum galactomannan, trans-tracheal biopsy was performed which confirmed invasive aspergillosis and was treated with antifungals. With the availability of galactomannan assay and better radiological investigative modalities, occurrence of such invasive fungal infections in cases of drowning patients should be considered early in such patients and treated with appropriate antifungals.

  13. Invasive aspergillosis in near drowning nonneutropenic patient.

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    Munta, Kartik; Gopal, Palepu B N; Vigg, Ajit

    2015-12-01

    Invasive aspergillosis in immunosuppressed people has been well documented, but to diagnose and treat in an immunocompetent individual after near drowning, it requires early suspicion and proper empirical treatment. We report a case diagnosed to have invasive aspergillosis with systemic dissemination of the infection to the brain, gluteal muscles, and kidneys after a fall in a chemical tank of a paper manufacturing company. He was ventilated for acute respiratory distress syndrome and managed with antibiotics and vasopressors. Due to nonresolving pneumonia and positive serum galactomannan, trans-tracheal biopsy was performed which confirmed invasive aspergillosis and was treated with antifungals. With the availability of galactomannan assay and better radiological investigative modalities, occurrence of such invasive fungal infections in cases of drowning patients should be considered early in such patients and treated with appropriate antifungals.

  14. Invasive aspergillosis: results of multicenter study

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    N. N. Klimko

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available We present the results of a multicenter study of 445 patients with “proven” and “probable” invasive aspergillosis (EORTC/MSG, 2008. Invasive aspergillosis usually occurs in patients with hematological malignancies (88 %, main underlying diseases were acute myeloid and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The risk factors: prolonged agranulocytosis (64 %, cytostatic chemotherapy (57 %, corticosteroid treatment (45 %, and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells transplantation (29 %. The pathogens – A. fumigatus (42 %, A. niger (33 %, and A. flavus (21 %. The main site of infection were lungs (86 %. 12 week overall survival was 83 %. Bronchoscopy use for the early diagnosis (p = 0.01, adequatetherapy with voriconazole (p = 0.002 and secondary antifungal prophylaxis (p = 0.0003 were positive prognostic factors for survival of patients with invasive aspergillosis.

  15. Invasive aspergillosis: results of multicenter study

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    N. N. Klimko

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available We present the results of a multicenter study of 445 patients with “proven” and “probable” invasive aspergillosis (EORTC/MSG, 2008. Invasive aspergillosis usually occurs in patients with hematological malignancies (88 %, main underlying diseases were acute myeloid and acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The risk factors: prolonged agranulocytosis (64 %, cytostatic chemotherapy (57 %, corticosteroid treatment (45 %, and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells transplantation (29 %. The pathogens – A. fumigatus (42 %, A. niger (33 %, and A. flavus (21 %. The main site of infection were lungs (86 %. 12 week overall survival was 83 %. Bronchoscopy use for the early diagnosis (p = 0.01, adequatetherapy with voriconazole (p = 0.002 and secondary antifungal prophylaxis (p = 0.0003 were positive prognostic factors for survival of patients with invasive aspergillosis.

  16. Chemoprophylaxis for pulmonary aspergillosis during intensive chemotherapy.

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    Cowie, F; Meller, S T; Cushing, P; Pinkerton, R.

    1994-01-01

    Three children who developed pulmonary aspergillosis while being treated for leukaemia or non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Each child continued with intensive myelosuppressive chemotherapy regimens during the infection and each was successfully treated with antifungal prophylaxis based on itraconazole by mouth. Amphotericin B was also given during periods of severe neutropenia. No reactivation of the fungal infection was seen.

  17. Azole-Resistant Central Nervous System Aspergillosis

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    J.W.M. van der Linden; R.R. Jansen; D. Bresters; C.E. Visser; S.E. Geerlings; E.J. Kuijper; W.J.G. Melchers; P.E. Verweij

    2009-01-01

    Three patients with central nervous system aspergillosis due to azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus (associated with a leucine substitution for histidine at codon 98 [L98H] and a 34-base pair repeat in tandem in the promoter region) are described. The patients were treated with combination therapy

  18. Azole-resistant central nervous system aspergillosis.

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    Linden, J.W.M. van der; Jansen, R.R.; Bresters, D.; Visser, C.E.; Geerlings, S.E.; Kuijper, E.J.; Melchers, W.J.G.; Verweij, P.E.

    2009-01-01

    Three patients with central nervous system aspergillosis due to azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus (associated with a leucine substitution for histidine at codon 98 [L98H] and a 34-base pair repeat in tandem in the promoter region) are described. The patients were treated with combination therapy

  19. Orbital Aspergillosis: Voriconazole – The New Standard Treatment?

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    Ohlstein, Derek H.; Hooten, Claudia; Perez, Javier; Clark, Charles L.; Samy, Hazem

    2012-01-01

    Background/Aim To describe a case of invasive orbital aspergillosis and evaluate treatments and outcomes. Methods A case report and review of orbital aspergillosis treatment with voriconazole in the English language literature. Conclusion Amphotericin B with debridement is the current standard of care for orbital aspergillosis; however, its prognosis is unfavorable. When compared to amphotericin B, voriconazole demonstrates a survival benefit, has less systemic toxicity, and is better tolerat...

  20. Aspergillosis in HIV patients: a case series

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    F Laurent

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: Aspergillosis is uncommon in HIV patients and has been mostly reported in patients with CD4<50/µL. Data on risk factors and prognosis are scarce. We reviewed 19 cases of aspergillosis diagnosed in our HIV cohort. Methods: In the Brussels Saint-Pierre HIV cohort, 19 patients were diagnosed with aspergillosis between 1998 and 2012 (0.87/1000 patient/year of follow-up. We analyzed retrospectively and described localization and invasiveness of aspergillosis, risk factors, treatment and outcome of these patients. Results: Patients were mostly African (74% and mean age was 40 years (22–60. Clinical presentation were 10 invasive aspergillosis (IA (53%, 6 pulmonary aspergilloma (31% and 3 sinus fungal ball (16%. The global mortality was 42%. IA was proven for 3 patients, probable for 4 patients and possible for 3 patients according to IDSA definitions. Risk factors for IA included CD4<200/µL (70%; 40%<50 CD4/µL, corticotherapy (50%, neutropenia (20%, intravenous drug use (20%, cirrhosis (20%. IA arose in the time course of septic shock in 30% and opportunistic infections occurred concomitantly in 40%. Seven patients out of 10 with IA died including 3 patients before antifungal therapy. The 3 survivors recovered without relapse. Four patients were treated with voriconazole, 2 with itraconazole, 2 with liposomal amphotericine, 1 with caspofungine, and 2 with bitherapy. Among patients with aspergilloma (n=6, the major associated risk factor was tuberculosis sequelae (80%. Two patients were successfully treated with surgery and voriconazole, 1 died from massive hemoptysis, 2 were lost to follow-up, 1 is currently asymptomatic without treatment. Among patients with sinus fungal ball (n=3, all recovered without relapse with surgical treatment associated with voriconazole for one. Conclusion: Incidence of aspergillosis in HIV patients remains low but in accordance to previous reports, mortality of IA is high (70%. CD4<200 is the most common risk

  1. Manifestation of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in the formation of mycetoma

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    Roos, N.; Peters, P.E.; Schellong, S.; Eiff, M. von

    1989-05-01

    Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis is characterized by radiological signs allowing a correct diagnosis, including differentiation from pulmonary candidiasis, when they are associated with appropriate clinical symptoms (neutropenia and fever persisting despite broad-spectrum antibiotics). In particular the formation of a pulmonary mycetoma in a previously normal lung is one of these signs. Unlike a simple fungus ball (the saprophytic form of aspergillosis), the rounded density of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis consists of sequestrum of devitalized lung tissue owing to blood vessel invasion by Aspergillus hyphae. This morphologic phenomenon is demonstrated in the present case report and is discussed together with the other roentgenological signs of the invasive aspergillosis.

  2. Manifestation of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in the formation of mycetoma

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    Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis is characterized by radiological signs allowing a correct diagnosis, including differentiation from pulmonary candidiasis, when they are associated with appropriate clinical symptoms (neutropenia and fever persisting despite broad-spectrum antibiotics). In particular the formation of a pulmonary mycetoma in a previously normal lung is one of these signs. Unlike a simple fungus ball (the saprophytic form of aspergillosis), the rounded density of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis consists of sequestrum of devitalized lung tissue owing to blood vessel invasion by Aspergillus hyphae. This morphologic phenomenon is demonstrated in the present case report and is discussed together with the other roentgenological signs of the invasive aspergillosis. (orig.)

  3. Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis Complicating Bronchial Atresia

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    Mazen O. Al-Qadi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Bronchial atresia is a rare pulmonary developmental anomaly characterized by the presence of a focal obliteration of a segmental or lobar bronchial lumen. The lung distal to the atretic bronchus is typically emphysematous along with the presence of mucus filled ectatic bronchi (mucoceles. BA is usually asymptomatic but pulmonary infections can rarely develop in the emphysematous lung distal to the atretic bronchus. We present a unique case of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA in a patient with BA with no evidence of immune dysfunction. The patient was treated initially with voriconazole and subsequently underwent surgical excision of the involved area. On follow-up, she has done extremely well with no evidence for recurrence. In summary, we describe the first case of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis in an immunocompetent patient with bronchial atresia.

  4. Aspergillosis complicating a microwave ablation cavity.

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    Singh, Saurabh; Bandula, Steven; Brown, Jeremy; Whelan, Jeremy; Illing, Rowland

    2016-01-01

    We present a case of a patient who following chemotherapy developed semi-invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and an aspergilloma in a lung cavity previously formed by microwave ablation (MWA). A 55-year-old woman presented with cough and shortness of breath after finishing three cycles of chemotherapy for a metastatic nerve sheath tumour. She had been treated by MWA for pulmonary metastases 2 years previously which resulted in a residual right apical lung cavity. Postchemotherapy imaging showed that this cavity had enlarged, developed a thicker wall and contained lobulated soft tissue with a crescent sign on coronal reformats. In addition, the patient's Aspergillus-specific IgG was markedly raised. Treatment with itraconazole improved the symptoms and reduced the cavity size and wall thickness. This case shows that persisting lung cavities after MWA are a potential site for semi-invasive aspergillosis and has implications for the timing of chemotherapy in patient with metastatic lung disease. PMID:27624446

  5. Histological study of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis

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    Tochigi, Naobumi; Ishiwatari, Takao; Okubo, Yoichiro; Ando, Tsunehiro; Shinozaki, Minoru; Aki, Kyoko; GOCHO, KYOKO; Hata, Yoshinobu; Murayama, Somay Y.; Wakayama, Megumi; Nemoto, Tetsuo; Hori, Yasuhiro; SHIBUYA, KAZUTOSHI

    2015-01-01

    Background Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) has been accepted the criteria for the diagnosis of pulmonary Aspergillus infection. Whereas, either pathophysiology or signs of CPA remains still controversial. Methods In this study, we histopathologically investigated 25 specimens of CPA, surgically resected. Results 21 (84 %) of that comprised male. There were 21 cases with mild impairment of the immune system and/or a scar mostly due to old tuberculosis. There is a tendency for a negative ...

  6. Cerebral Air Embolism from Angioinvasive Cavitary Aspergillosis

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    Chen Lin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Nontraumatic cerebral air embolism cases are rare. We report a case of an air embolism resulting in cerebral infarction related to angioinvasive cavitary aspergillosis. To our knowledge, there have been no previous reports associating these two conditions together. Case Presentation. A 32-year-old female was admitted for treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL. Her hospital course was complicated by pulmonary aspergillosis. On hospital day 55, she acutely developed severe global aphasia with right hemiplegia. A CT and CT-angiogram of her head and neck were obtained demonstrating intravascular air emboli within the left middle cerebral artery (MCA branches. She was emergently taken for hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT. Evaluation for origin of the air embolus revealed an air focus along the left lower pulmonary vein. Over the course of 48 hours, her symptoms significantly improved. Conclusion. This unique case details an immunocompromised patient with pulmonary aspergillosis cavitary lesions that invaded into a pulmonary vein and caused a cerebral air embolism. With cerebral air embolisms, the acute treatment option differs from the typical ischemic stroke pathway and the provider should consider emergent HBOT. This case highlights the importance of considering atypical causes of acute ischemic stroke.

  7. Disseminated aspergillosis in an adolescent with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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    Zwitserloot, A.M.; Warris, A.; Hek, L.G.F.M. van 't; Die, LE van; Verweij, P.E.; Mavinkurve-Groothuis, A.M.C.

    2008-01-01

    Disseminated aspergillosis in immunocompromised patients has a mortality rate of almost 100%. Despite the development of new antifungal agents, the outcome of disseminated aspergillosis has only improved slightly, particular in patients with central nervous system (CNS) involvement. The use of combi

  8. Eosinophilic pleural effusion complicating allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.

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    Kirschner, Austin N; Kuhlmann, Erica; Kuzniar, Tomasz J

    2011-01-01

    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is primarily a disease of patients with cystic fibrosis or asthma, who typically present with bronchial obstruction, fever, malaise, and expectoration of mucus plugs. We report a case of a young man with a history of asthma who presented with cough, left-sided pleuritic chest pain and was found to have lobar atelectasis and an eosinophilic, empyematous pleural effusion. Bronchoscopy and sputum cultures grew Aspergillus fumigatus, and testing confirmed strong allergic response to this mold, all consistent with a diagnosis of ABPA. This novel and unique presentation of ABPA expands on the differential diagnosis of eosinophilic pleural effusions. PMID:21311176

  9. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in computed tomography

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    We examined 65 patients with proved invasive aspergillosis. 35 out of these patients were HIV negative and were treated with immune depressive agents for different systemic diseases. The plain chest film usually only showed unspecific opacities in the lung. HRCT however made the diagnosis possible or at lest highly probable because of a number of characteristic findings: Multiple opacities of different size and character - the air crescent sign -the halo sign - the sponge sign - (sub)segmental infarction pneumonia - patent bronchus within consolidated infiltration - cavern with septal internal structure. (orig.)

  10. Invasive Aspergillosis Associated with a Foreign Body

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    Akifuddin Syed

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis is a serious complication in immunocompromised individuals. It is associated with a high mortality rate, which demands a combined approach involving radical surgery and antifungal therapy. Here, we describe a patient who presented with nonspecific fever, refractory to antimicrobial agents. Though it primarily involved the nasal cavity and sinuses, it perforated into the oral cavity causing palatal changes. Surprisingly, a foreign body was found in the involved tissues that might have acted as a nidus of infection. A sufficient dose (3 mg/kg/day of liposomal amphotericin B was initiated soon after a thorough debridement procedure and the patient survived.

  11. Invasive aspergillosis of the temporal bone

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    Renuka A Bradoo

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis of temporal bone, an extremely rare yet potentially life-threatening disease entity, occurs mostly in immuno-compromised individuals. We report a case of a 65-year-old diabetic male who presented with bilateral ear discharge, bilateral subepithelial ear masses, and progressive left facial palsy of recent onset. The biopsy specimen taken from either side after surgical debridement revealed only nonspecific inflammatory granulation tissue, but the culture of the tissue was positive for Aspergillus flavus. Invasive aspergillosis was confirmed by demonstration of the fungi in the tissues with Gomori-Methanamine Silver staining. The patient was hence put on long-term Itraconazole therapy and is presently doing well. The possibility of invasive fungal otitis always needs to be considered as a differential diagnosis in immuno-compromised patients presenting with atypical otomastoiditis so as to diagnose this rare condition at an early stage to reduce the delay in the treatment and prevent its possible complications such as skull base osteomyelitis and progressive cranial nerve palsies.

  12. Renal aspergillosis secondary to renal intrumentation in immunocompetent patient

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    Paul, Sagorika; Singh, Viswajeet; Sankhwar, Satyanarayan; Garg, Manish

    2013-01-01

    Primary renal aspergillosis is a rare urological entity and immune-compromised persons are commonly prone to it. The clinical presentation resembles that of usual bacterial pyelonephritis. We report a case of localised unilateral renal aspergillosis with obstructive uropathy (hypoplastic contralateral kidney) in a young man, occurring after the endoscopic removal of impacted right upper ureteric calculus in a non-immunocompromised patient. In view of deranged renal function, he was initially ...

  13. Isolated Aspergillosis Myocardial Abscesses in a Liver-Transplant Patient

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    Kim-Diêp Dang-Tran

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cardiac abscess is an uncommon and fatal complication after transplantation. We report a case of an initially isolated aspergillosis myocardial abscess diagnosed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI. At that time, there was no other biological evidence or other extracardiac manifestations. A three-month course of dual antifungal therapy followed by a single antifungal therapy was empirically given. Six month after admission, Aspergillus fumigatus was isolated for the first time and the patient deceased from a disseminated aspergillosis.

  14. Allergic Broncho Pulmonary Aspergillosis Complicated by Nocardiosis

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    Brijesh Sharma

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We describe a 70-year-old male with a history of diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and asthma who presented with increasing breathlessness for 5 months. He was diagnosed to have allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA by serological and radiographic criteria. He was treated with steroids and itraconazole. After initial improvement, he developed fever with cough and mucopurulent sputum. X-ray chest revealed multiple cavities with air fluid level. Patient was treated with antibiotics without any response. Sputum was negative for acid fast bacilli (AFB. Sputum culture for bacteria and fungus did not reveal any significant growth; however a delayed growth of Nocardia was noted on fungal plates. Modified Ziehl Nelsen stain was positive for AFB. Patient was treated with cotrimoxazole. We discuss the serological and radiological criteria of ABPA, presentation and treatment of nocardia pulmonary infection and other possible causes of necrotizing pneumonia in immunocompromised settings.

  15. Cerebral aspergillosis presenting as a mass lesion

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    Negar Azarpira

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Fungal infections of the central nervous system (CNS are almost always a surprising finding. Their presentation is usually subtle, often without any diagnostic characteristics, and they are frequently mistaken for pyogenic abscesses, or brain tumors. Aspergillosis of the central nervous system is an uncommon infection, mainly occurring in immunocompromised patients. It may present in several forms, including meningitis, mycotic aneurysms, infarcts and a tumoral form. We report an intracranial granuloma due to Aspergillus fumigatus involving the anterior cranial fossa and the frontal lobe. The clinical symptoms began one year before admission. Final diagnosis was made after craniotomy. The patient was treated with an extensive excision of the cerebral mass and medical antifungal therapy (intravenous amphotericin B, but she failed to respond to these treatments and died.

  16. Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis: A Perplexing Clinical Entity.

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    Shah, Ashok; Panjabi, Chandramani

    2016-07-01

    In susceptible individuals, inhalation of Aspergillus spores can affect the respiratory tract in many ways. These spores get trapped in the viscid sputum of asthmatic subjects which triggers a cascade of inflammatory reactions that can result in Aspergillus-induced asthma, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), and allergic Aspergillus sinusitis (AAS). An immunologically mediated disease, ABPA, occurs predominantly in patients with asthma and cystic fibrosis (CF). A set of criteria, which is still evolving, is required for diagnosis. Imaging plays a compelling role in the diagnosis and monitoring of the disease. Demonstration of central bronchiectasis with normal tapering bronchi is still considered pathognomonic in patients without CF. Elevated serum IgE levels and Aspergillus-specific IgE and/or IgG are also vital for the diagnosis. Mucoid impaction occurring in the paranasal sinuses results in AAS, which also requires a set of diagnostic criteria. Demonstration of fungal elements in sinus material is the hallmark of AAS. In spite of similar histopathologic features, co-existence of ABPA and AAS is still uncommon. Oral corticosteroids continue to be the mainstay of management of allergic aspergillosis. Antifungal agents play an adjunctive role in ABPA as they help reduce the fungal load. Saprophytic colonization in cavitary ABPA may lead to aspergilloma formation, which could increase the severity of the disease. The presence of ABPA, AAS, and aspergilloma in the same patient has also been documented. All patients with Aspergillus-sensitized asthma must be screened for ABPA, and AAS should always be looked for. PMID:27126721

  17. An Economic Evaluation of Voriconazole versus Amphotericin B for the Treatment of Invasive Aspergillosis in Canada

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    Coleman Rotstein

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Invasive aspergillosis (IA is a serious fungal infection that affects immunocompromised patients. The Global Comparative Aspergillosis study demonstrated that voriconazole, a new broad-spectrum triazole, had better responses and improved survival compared with conventional amphotericin B deoxycholate (CAB and other licensed antifungal therapy (OLAT for the treatment of definite or probable aspergillosis.

  18. Immunopathology and Immunogenetics of Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis

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    Alan P. Knutsen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA is a Th2 hypersensitivity lung disease in response to Aspergillus fumigatus that affects asthmatic and cystic fibrosis (CF patients. Sensitization to A. fumigatus is common in both atopic asthmatic and CF patients, yet only 1%–2% of asthmatic and 7%–9% of CF patients develop ABPA. ABPA is characterized by wheezing and pulmonary infiltrates which may lead to pulmonary fibrosis and/or bronchiectasis. The inflammatory response is characterized by Th2 responses to Aspergillus allergens, increased serum IgE, and eosinophilia. A number of genetic risks have recently been identified in the development of ABPA. These include HLA-DR and HLA-DQ, IL-4 receptor alpha chain (IL-4RA polymorphisms, IL-10 −1082GA promoter polymorphisms, surfactant protein A2 (SP-A2 polymorphisms, and cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator gene (CFTR mutations. The studies indicate that ABPA patients are genetically at risk to develop skewed and heightened Th2 responses to A. fumigatus antigens. These genetic risk studies and their consequences of elevated biologic markers may aid in identifying asthmatic and CF patients who are at risk to the development of ABPA. Furthermore, these studies suggest that immune modulation with medications such as anti-IgE, anti-IL-4, and/or IL-13 monoclonal antibodies may be helpful in the treatment of ABPA.

  19. Metal densities in paranasal sinuses - reliable evidence of aspergillosis

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    The significance of mycotic concretions of 'metal density' in the diagnosis of aspergillosis of the paranasal sinuses has been analysed in 47 patients with this diagnosis. The incidence, types, radiological appearances and chemical composition of these very dense calcifications are discussed. Demonstration of these concretions, if metal foreign bodies and displaced dental fillings are excluded, are evidence for a mycosis of the paranasal sinuses. Absence of these dense structures does not exclude aspergillosis and was present in our clinical material in only 50% of cases. (orig.)

  20. Sinobronchial allergic aspergillosis with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis: a less common co-existence

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    Upadhyay, Rashmi; Kant, Surya; Prakash, Ved; Saheer, S

    2014-01-01

    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is an immunological pulmonary disorder that is characterised by a hyper-responsiveness of the airways to Aspergillus fumigatus. Although several other fungi may also present with similar clinical conditions, Aspergillus remains the most common fungal pathogen causing airway infections. Co-existence of ABPA with allergic Aspergillus sinusitis (AAS) is an uncommon presentation. The concept of one airway/one disease justifies the co-existence of ABPA with AAS, but it does not always hold true. We report a case of a 35-year-old woman who presented with symptoms suggestive of bronchial asthma. On further investigation, the radiological pattern showed fleeting shadows and CT scan showed central cystic bronchiectatic changes characteristic of ABPA. The nasal secretions were investigated for the presence of Aspergillus and were found to be positive. Hence a diagnosis of ABPA with AAS was established. The patient was treated with oral steroids and antifungal drugs. PMID:25371437

  1. Global burden of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis with asthma and its complication chronic pulmonary aspergillosis in adults.

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    Denning, David W; Pleuvry, Alex; Cole, Donald C

    2013-05-01

    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) complicates asthma and may lead to chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) yet global burdens of each have never been estimated. Antifungal therapy has a place in the management of ABPA and is the cornerstone of treatment in CPA, reducing morbidity and probably mortality. We used the country-specific prevalence of asthma from the Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) report applied to population estimates to calculate adult asthma cases. From five referral cohorts (China, Ireland, New Zealand, Saudi Arabia and South Africa), we estimated the prevalence of ABPA in adults with asthma at 2.5% (range 0.72-3.5%) (scoping review). From ABPA case series, pulmonary cavitation occurred in 10% (range 7-20%), allowing an estimate of CPA prevalence worldwide using a deterministic scenario-based model. Of 193 million adults with active asthma worldwide, we estimate that 4,837,000 patients (range 1,354,000-6,772,000) develop ABPA. By WHO region, the ABPA burden estimates are: Europe, 1,062,000; Americas, 1,461,000; Eastern Mediterranean, 351,000; Africa, 389,900; Western Pacific, 823,200; South East Asia, 720,400. We calculate a global case burden of CPA complicating ABPA of 411,100 (range 206,300-589,400) at a 10% rate with a 15% annual attrition. The global burden of ABPA potentially exceeds 4.8 million people and of CPA complicating ABPA ˜ 400,000, which is more common than previously appreciated. Both conditions respond to antifungal therapy justifying improved case detection. Prospective population and clinical cohort studies are warranted to more precisely ascertain the frequency of ABPA and CPA in different locations and ethnic groups and validate the model inputs.

  2. Diagnosis of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) in cystic fibrosis

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    Skov, M; Koch, C; Reimert, C M;

    2000-01-01

    The diagnosis of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients may be difficult to establish because ABPA shares many characteristics with coexisting atopy or other lung infections in these patients. This study aimed to evaluate the sensitivity and specificity...

  3. A novel case of canine disseminated aspergillosis following mating.

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    Walker, Jackson T; Frazho, Jean K; Randell, Susan C

    2012-02-01

    An intact bitch with a history of mating was presented with severe lameness and a vulvar discharge. A mixed lytic, proliferative tibial lesion and open pyometra were diagnosed. Bone biopsy and uterine culture revealed disseminated aspergillosis. This is the first report of Aspergillus pyometra with dissemination following mating in the dog. PMID:22851783

  4. A novel case of canine disseminated aspergillosis following mating

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    Walker, Jackson T.; Frazho, Jean K.; Randell, Susan C.

    2012-01-01

    An intact bitch with a history of mating was presented with severe lameness and a vulvar discharge. A mixed lytic, proliferative tibial lesion and open pyometra were diagnosed. Bone biopsy and uterine culture revealed disseminated aspergillosis. This is the first report of Aspergillus pyometra with dissemination following mating in the dog.

  5. Critical assessment of issues in the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis.

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    Klont, R.R.; Meis, J.F.G.M.; Verweij, P.E.

    2001-01-01

    Invasive aspergillosis remains a devastating disease, which is partly because of the inability to identify infected patients at an early stage of the disease. Recently, new diagnostic tests and procedures have been developed to help in identifying high-risk patients. High-resolution computed tomogra

  6. Bronchopulmonary allergic aspergillosis Aspergilosis broncopulmonar alérgica

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    Rodrigo Ramírez

    1990-03-01

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    A series of well defined entitles associated with colonization or invasion by fungi of the genus Aspergillus are grouped under the term Aspergillosis; there are various modalities of pulmonary involvement, namely, extrinsec asthma, extrinsec allergic alveolitis, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, aspergilloma and an invasive form in debilitated terminal patients; besldes there exists a form of food poisoning. We report on the case of a 45 year-old asthmatic woman suffering from allerglc bronchopulmonary aspergillosis and sum. maryze the clinical and laboratory features of the different pulmonary forms of aspergillosis.

    El término Aspergllosis reúne una serle de entidades bien definidas, causadas por hongos del género Aspergillus. En este artículo se presenta el caso de una mujer de 45 años con aspergllosis broncopulmonar alérgica, atendida en el Hospital Universitario San Vicente de Paúl, de Medellín y se hace una somera revisión clínico-patológica de las diferentes formas de aspergllosis pulmonar.

  7. Invasive central nervous system aspergillosis in bone marrow transplantation recipients: an overview

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    Invasive central nervous system aspergillosis is being seen with an increased frequency, particularly due to the increased number of immunosuppressed patients. The major cause of invasive central nervous system aspergillosis is bone marrow transplantation. In most cases, aspergillosis develops in the paranasal sinuses and in the lungs, and secondarily spreads to the brain. Imaging of cerebral aspergillosis may present different patterns depending on the lesion's age and the immunologic status of the patient. Lesions of the spinal cord are far less common but has been encountered in our series. In this article we review the clinical and radiologic features of aspergillosis affecting the central nervous system in patients who underwent bone marrow transplantation. Different CT and MR patterns are presented, including pertinent clinical and pathologic material. Significant morbidity and mortality can be associated with this fungal infection, and it is therefore incumbent upon the radiologist to identify intracranial aspergillosis as early as possible so that appropriate therapy can be administered. (orig.)

  8. Aerosol and parenteral pneumocandins are effective in a rat model of pulmonary aspergillosis.

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    Kurtz, M B; Bernard, E M; Edwards, F F; Marrinan, J A; Dropinski, J; Douglas, C M; Armstrong, D

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    The pneumocandins are semisynthetic analogs of echinocandin-like compounds that have shown efficacy in animal models of systemic candidiasis, disseminated aspergillosis, and pneumocystis pneumonia. However, the most common form of Aspergillus infection in susceptible patients is pulmonary aspergillosis, which was not directly tested in the mouse models used in the past. We have evaluated three pneumocandins, L-693,989, L-731,373, and L-733,560, in a rat model of pulmonary aspergillosis. Male ...

  9. Invasive aspergillosis in an immunocompetent patient with fever and a cardiac mass

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    Matthew LaBarbera

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis is an often fatal disease that usually occurs in immunocompromised patients. We report a case of invasive aspergillosis presenting as a febrile respiratory infection with a cardiac mass in an immunocompetent patient. Invasive aspergillosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of an otherwise undiagnosed febrile respiratory illness, even in immunocompetent patients. Echocardiography should be peformed to evaluate for endocarditis in such cases. Prompt initiation of appropriate antifungal therapy is warranted, even before the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis is confirmed.

  10. Imaging features of gastric invasive aspergillosis: A report of two cases

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    Yang, Dong Jin; Cho, Seung Hyun; Kim, Seong Hoon; Shin, Ji Yeol; Lee, Yil Gi [Daegu Fatima Hospital, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2012-05-15

    Invasive aspergillosis is an opportunistic infection that usually occurs in immunocompromised patients. Although there are a few rare reports of isolated invasive aspergillosis affecting the small intestine, isolated or disseminated gastric invasive aspergillosis is extremely rare. Herein, we report 2 cases of gastric invasive aspergillosis in a 72 year old woman and a 43 year old man; the woman had been recovering from ruptured left posterior communicating artery aneurysm, which presented as emphysematous gastritis and the man from acute subdural haemorrhage in the intensive care unit, which presented as a pseudoaneurysm on CT imaging.

  11. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis – case report and review of literature

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    Ashutossh Naaraayan

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA is a severe fungal infection with a high mortality rate. The incidence of IPA is on the rise due to an increase in the number of patients undergoing transplants and receiving chemotherapy and immunosuppressive therapy. Diagnosis is challenging due to the non-specific nature of symptoms. Voriconazole is the mainstay of therapy. We present a case of an elderly woman presenting with acute bronchitis and asthma exacerbation, who succumbed to overwhelming IPA. It is uncommon for IPA to develop in patients on short-term steroid therapy for asthma exacerbation. The possibility of aspergillosis in immunocompetent patients should be considered in those on systemic steroids and deteriorating pulmonary functions.

  12. Primary cutaneous aspergillosis due to Aspergillus flavus: a case report

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    ZHANG Qiang-qiang; LI Li; ZHU Min; ZHANG Chao-ying; WANG Jia-jun

    2005-01-01

    @@ Infections caused by opportunistic organisms which have been known as etiologic agents of disease become more and more frequent.Aspergillus spp. is one of the agents. Fungi of aspergillus genus are widely distributed in nature, particularly in the soil and in the decomposed vegetation. They are frequent opportunist pathogens in immunocompromised patients. The most frequent causative organisms that cause cutaneous aspergillosis are A.fumigatus and A.flavus.1-3 In this report, we present a case of primary cutaneous aspergillosis manifested by ulceration of the shank due to A. flavus. The patient had no deficiency of immunological status and severe disease associated with fungal infection. Excellent response was shown to anti-fungal therapy.

  13. Chronic aspergillosis of the lungs: Unravelling the terminology and radiology

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    Desai, S.R.; Hedayati, V.; Patel, K. [King' s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, The Department of Radiology, King' s Health Partners, King' s College London, London (United Kingdom); Hansell, D.M. [The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Radiology, London (United Kingdom)

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    The propensity for Aspergillus spp. to cause lung disease has long been recognised but the satisfactory classification of these disorders is challenging. The problems caused by invasive disease in severely neutropenic patients, saprophytic infection of pre-existing fibrotic cavities and allergic reactions to Aspergillus are well documented. In contrast, a more chronic form of Aspergillus-related lung disease that has the potential to cause significant morbidity and mortality is under-reported. The symptoms of this form of Aspergillus infection may be non-specific and the radiologist may be the first to suspect a diagnosis of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis. The current review considers the classification conundrums in diseases caused by Aspergillus spp. and discusses the typical clinical and radiological profile of patients with chronic pulmonary aspergillosis. (orig.)

  14. Nasal Aspergillosis in a Dog: A Case Report

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    Camilo Padilla Peñuela

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    Full Text Available Nasal aspergillosis is a major chronic disease affecting the nostrils in dogs. Clinical sinology is typical in every chronic nasal disease. Epistaxis and occasional pain occurs. Rhinoscopic assessment of the area evidences findings associated with the pathology and allows collecting samples for cytology and culture. Systemic therapy with oral antifungals has had variable utility, but now it has been replaced by direct topical medication to the affected area. This article describes the case of a 4-years-old male dog, submitted to consultation by unilateral muco-bloody nasal discharge with a week of evolution. The patient was treated by another vet center with cyclonamine and vitamin K for a possible clotting disorder. After a series of tests that included rhinoscopy and fungal culture, nasal aspergillosis was diagnosed. Intranasal clotrimazole was applied twice and it allowed the resolution of the clinical signs.

  15. Isavuconazole in the treatment of invasive aspergillosis and mucormycosis infections

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    Donnelley, Monica A; Zhu, Elizabeth S; Thompson, George R

    2016-01-01

    We have a limited arsenal with which to treat invasive fungal infections caused by Aspergillus and Mucorales. The morbidity and mortality for both pathogens remains high. A triazole antifungal, isavuconazole, was recently granted approval by the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis and mucormycosis. A randomized double-blind comparison trial for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis found isavuconazole noninferior to voriconazole. A separate, open-label study evaluating the efficacy of isavuconazole in the treatment of mucormycosis found comparable response rates to amphotericin B and posaconazole treated historical controls. The prodrug isavuconazonium sulfate is commercially available in both an oral and intravenous formulation and is generally well tolerated. Isavuconazole’s broad spectrum of activity, limited side effect profile, and favorable pharmacokinetics will likely solidify its place in therapy. PMID:27330318

  16. Aspergillosis and proventricular impaction in an ostrich (Struthio camelus

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    Shahrzad Azizi

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Aspergillosis is the most common mycotic infection in a wide variety of bird and causes significant economic losses. The present study described concurrent occurrence of aspergillosis and proventricular impaction in a 4-year-old male ostrich. The bird had respiratory problems, coughing and anorexia. Postmortem examination revealed numerous greenish-white caseous foci, 0.5 to 1 cm in diameter distributed on the surfaces of the air sacs and throughout the lungs. In histopathological study, multifocal areas of caseous necrosis that surrounded by inflammatory cells including heterophils, lymphocytes and macrophages were present. Long branching septated hyphae were visible in the necrotic areas with hematoxylin and eosin and Periodic acid-Schiff staining. Thrombi were present in the blood vessels. The proventriculus was full of gravel.

  17. Invasive nosocomial pulmonary aspergillosis: risk factors and hospital building works.

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    Perraud, M; Piens, M A; Nicoloyannis, N.; Girard, P.; Sepetjan, M; Garin, J. P.

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    A retrospective epidemiological study of 22 observations of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, of which 18 were fatal, occurring over a period of 30 months, implicated certain building sites within the hospital. The building works were responsible for the diffusion into the atmosphere of fungal spores from normally closed reservoirs, notably false ceilings, fibrous thermal and/or acoustic insulation materials and roller-blind casings. The results of our study permit us to suggest that protecti...

  18. Childhood allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis presenting as a middle lobe syndrome

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    Shah, Ashok; Gera, Kamal; Panjabi, Chandramani

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    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is infrequently documented in children with asthma. Although collapse is not uncommon, middle lobe syndrome (MLS) as a presentation of ABPA is rather a rarity. A 9-year-old female child with asthma presented with increase in intensity of symptoms along with a right midzone patchy consolidation on a chest radiograph. In addition, an ill-defined opacity abutting the right cardiac border with loss of cardiac silhouette was noted. A right lateral vie...

  19. Histopathological identification of aspergillosis in animals at Dhaka Zoo

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    Ahasan, S.A.; Chowdhury, E.H.; Rahman, M M; Rahman, M. A.

    2013-01-01

    Dhaka Zoo with 2000 animal heads of 184 species from significant genetic diversity and five million visitors’ influx round the year is placing it a public health important spot. This study was conducted to investigate aspergillosis in animals at Dhaka Zoo to ascertain animal health, welfare and public health safety standard. One hundred and two necropsied tissue samples preserved in 10% neutral buffered formalin at necropsy from 36 animals of 25 different species were collected from Dhaka Zoo...

  20. Beware of the devastating pulmonary aspergillosis syndromes In certain environments

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    Kooblall, M

    2016-02-01

    Nowadays with more stem cell transplants and immunosuppressive therapies there has been a rise in pulmonary aspergillosis syndromes. The following illustrates such a case. A 49 year old man had a past history of ankylosing spondylitis with a bilateral hip replacement. He was also on surveillance for a superficial bladder tumour since 2007. His chest x-ray in 2008 was normal. In 2010 his CXR showed patchy opacification in the right apex. CT thorax confirm fibrotic changes.

  1. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis complicating cystic fibrosis in childhood.

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    Brueton, M. J.; Ormerod, L P; Shah, K J; Anderson, C. M.

    1980-01-01

    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, known to be associated with cystic fibrosis in older patients, occurred in 7 young atopic children with cystic fibrosis. The diagnosis was suggested by the onset of, or the increase in, asthmatic symptoms accompanied by major chest x-ray changes ranging from total collapse of a lung or lobe to extensive but changing areas of consolidation. Each of the children had a blood eosinophilia, positive type I skin tests to Aspergillus fumigatus, and reversible...

  2. Primary cutaneous aspergillosis and idiopathic bone marrow aplasia*

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    Furlan, Karina Colossi; Pires, Mario Cezar; Kakizaki, Priscila; Chartuni, Juliana Cabral Nunes; Valente, Neusa Yuriko Sakai

    2016-01-01

    We describe the case of a 9-year-old boy with idiopathic bone marrow aplasia and severe neutropenia, who developed skin ulcers under cardiac monitoring electrodes. The diagnosis of primary cutaneous aspergillosis was made after the second biopsy and culture. Imaging investigation did not reveal internal fungal infection. The child was treated, but did not improve and died 3 months after admission. The report highlights and discusses the preventable risk of aspergillus skin infection in immunocompromised patients. PMID:27438213

  3. Refractory invasive aspergillosis controlled with posaconazole and pulmonary surgery in a patient with chronic granulomatous disease: case report

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    Kepenekli, Eda; Soysal, Ahmet; Kuzdan, Canan; Ermerak, Nezih Onur; Yüksel, Mustafa; Bakır, Mustafa

    2014-01-01

    Invasive aspergillosis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. Among primary immunodefiencies, chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) has the highest prevalence of invasive fungal diseases. Voriconazole is recommended for the primary treatment of invasive aspergillosis in most patients. In patients whose aspergillosis is refractory to voriconazole, therapeutic options include changing class of antifungal, for example using an amphotericin B formulation, an...

  4. Pseudomembranous necrotizing tracheobronchial aspergillosis:an analysis of 16 cases

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    HUANG Hai-dong; LI Qiang; HUANG Yi; BAI Chong; WU Ning; WANG Qing; YAO Xiao-peng; CHEN Bin

    2012-01-01

    Background In our clinical practice we have been attracted by a group of patients with airway aspergillosis who have airway obstruction; we termed the condition as pseudomembranous necrotizing tracheobronchial aspergillosis (PNTA).In this study we analyzed the clinical data from patients with PNTA,so as to guide the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.@@Methods A total of 16 PNTA patients were treated in Changhai Hospital from January 2000 to January 2009.Their clinical data,including the demographic information,clinical symptoms,imaging findings,bronchoscopy findings,treatment strategies and efficacy,and prognosis,were retrospectively analyzed.@@Results All 16 patients were found to have primary systemic immunodeficiency diseases and/or damage of the focal airways.Nine patients (9/16,56.3%) had pulmonary and tracheobronchial tumors,5/16 (31.3%) had tracheobronchial involvement secondary to non-pulmonary tumors,and 2/16 (12.5%) had lung transplantation.The most common causes of PNTA included local radiotherapy (10/16,62.5%),repeated chemotherapy (7/16,43.8%) and recurrent intervention therapy by bronchoscope (4/16,25.0%).Aspergillus fumigatus was the most frequent pathogen (62.5%,10/16).The main clinical manifestations included progressive dyspnea (14/16,87.5%) and irritable cough (12/16,75.0%).The trachea was involved in 9/16 patients (56.3%),right main bronchus in 10/16 (62.5%).All 16 patients were treated with systemic anti-aspergillosis agents,local anti-aspergillosis agents with amphotedcin B inhalation and direct perfusion of amphotericin B by bronchoscope,and interventional treatment by bronchoscope to ensure an unobstructed airway.The total efficiency was 31.3%.@@Conclusions PNTA is an infectious disease caused by aspergillus and it mainly involves the trachea,primary bronchus and segmental bronchus.A.fumigatus is the most common pathogen.PNTA can pose a severe clinical threat and often occurs after systemic immunodeficiency and

  5. Chronic invasive aspergillosis of paranasal sinuses: A case report with review of literature

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    Avinash P Tamgadge

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Aspergillosis of the nasal and paranasal sinuses is recognized as being second to candidiasis, among opportunistic fungal infections in immunocompromised patients. However, invasive variant in normal and mildly immunocompromised hosts is a very rare occurrence. We report one such case of aspergillosis involving paranasal sinuses in mildly immunocompromised patient.

  6. Disseminated aspergillosis as the herald manifestation of chronic granulomatous disease in an adult patient.

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    Ilad Alavi Darazam

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Chronic granulomatous disease is an inherited defect in intracellular killing of ingested microorganisms characterized by recurrent life threatening bacterial and fungal infections including invasive aspergillosis in early childhood. We report a disseminated aspergillosis as the representative of adult onset chronic granulomatous disease without previous infection, with dramatic response to combination of antifungal and interferon therapy.

  7. [Esophageal aspergillosis in a patient with acute myelogenous leukemia and febrile neutropenia].

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    Besa, Santiago; Kattan, Eduardo; Cid, Ximena; Claro, Juan C

    2014-04-01

    Aspergillosis usually compromises the respiratory system, but can also affect others. We report a 46 yo female with acute myeloid leukemia, developed febrile neutropenia and dysphagia. Endoscopy revealed esophageal cytomegalovirus-like ulcers, but biopsies showed Aspergillus spp. It's important to consider aspergillosis in the differential diagnosis of esophageal lesions in high-risk patients.

  8. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis: a unique presentation in a pediatric patient

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    Huppmann, Michael V.; Monson, Matthew [Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Washington, DC (United States)

    2008-08-15

    Infection by the Aspergillus species of fungus can result in a variety of clinically and radiographically unique pulmonary diseases. The specific disease manifested is most dependent upon the immunocompetency of the infected individual. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is most commonly seen in patients with asthma and cystic fibrosis. Since its original description in 1952, much has been published describing the radiographic manifestations of this disease. In this article, we present the unusual case of a 13-year-old whose initial radiographic presentation was that of a dense lobar consolidation. Additionally, we highlight the contributory role of the radiologist in guiding the appropriate clinical work-up and treatment of this disease. (orig.)

  9. Pleural aspergillosis complicated by recurrent pneumothorax: a case report

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Pneumothorax as the first symptom of pleural aspergillosis is rare. Case presentation A 31-year-old asthmatic Chinese man presented with recurrent spontaneous pneumothorax and underwent lobectomy due to persistent air leakage. Aspergillus was detected histopathologically in the visceral pleural cavity. He was treated with itraconazole at 200 mg a day, and nine months later he had no recurrent pneumothorax or aspergillus infection. Conclusion Recurrent pneumothorax may be a rare manifestation of aspergillus infection. Aspergillus species infection should be considered in the differential diagnosis of recurrent pneumothorax patients, particularly those with chronic lung disease.

  10. "Aspergillosis following Cytomegalovirus disease in a kidney transplant patient "

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    Full Text Available A 32-year-old end stage renal disease (ESRD woman was scheduled for transplantation. Also, she has had fever of unknown origin (FUO, rise of ESR and PPD>22 mm. Therefore treatment with isoniazid and rifampin was started three months prior to transplantation. She developed allograft dysfunction on week after transplantation. She received a few course pulse therapy (methyl prednisolone, antilymphocyte globulin (ALG, hemodialysis and because of low blood level of cyclosporine, isoniazid and rifampin were stopped. She was seen because of unilateral decreased vision, fever, cough and in physical examination, chorioretinitis and bilateral infiltration in both lungs were seen three weeks later. Severe cytomegalovirus (CMV antigenemia was detected and she responded rapidly to gancyclovir. One month later, she complained of fever and productive cough again. In chest X-ray (CXR, cavitary lesions were shown and with transthoracic biopsy, invasive aspergillosis was detected. In spite of amphotericin B therapy, she developed CNs involvement. Unfortunately she expired six months post transplantation. This is an interesting case of aspergillosis following CMV infection most likely because of an excess of immunosuppression.

  11. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis: a rare cause of pleural effusion.

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    O'Connor, T M

    2012-02-03

    Aspergillus fumigatus is one of the most ubiquitous of the airborne saprophytic fungi. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is a syndrome seen in patients with asthma and cystic fibrosis, and is characterized by hypersensitivity to chronic colonization of the airways with A. fumigatus. We report the case of a patient with ABPA presenting with pleural effusion. A 27-year-old male was referred with recurrent right pleural effusion. Past medical history was remarkable for asthma, allergic sinusitis, and recurrent pleurisy. Investigations revealed peripheral eosinophilia with elevated serum immunoglobulin E and bilateral pleural effusions with bilateral upper lobe proximal bronchiectasis. Precipitating serum antibodies to A. fumigatus were positive and the A. fumigatus immediate skin test yielded a positive reaction. A diagnosis of ABPA associated with bilateral pleural effusions was made and the patient was commenced on prednisolone. At review, the patient\\'s symptoms had considerably improved and his pleural effusions had resolved. ABPA may present with diverse atypical syndromes, including paratracheal and hilar adenopathy, obstructive lung collapse, pneumothorax and bronchopleural fistula, and allergic sinusitis. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is a rare cause of pleural effusion and must be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients presenting with a pleural effusion, in particular those with a history of asthma.

  12. Underlying conditions in chronic pulmonary aspergillosis including simple aspergilloma.

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    Smith, N L; Denning, D W

    2011-04-01

    Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) is a condition caused by the ubiquitous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus in non-immunocompromised individuals. Numerous underlying conditions have been associated with CPA. Details of the underlying conditions of 126 CPA patients attending our tertiary referral clinic from all over the UK were extracted from the clinical notes, and the distribution of these underlying conditions was analysed. For those with several underlying pulmonary conditions, one was nominated as the primary condition. Many patients presented with multiple underlying conditions, and a total of 232 underlying conditions were identified for the 126 patients. Previous classical tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial infection were the most common primary underlying conditions (15.3% and 14.9%, respectively). Others included allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), chronic obstructive pulmonary condition (COPD) and/or emphysema, pneumothorax and prior treated lung cancer. Some conditions were found more often as one of multiple underlying conditions, while others were found only as secondary underlying conditions. Tuberculosis, non-tuberculous mycobacterial infection and ABPA remain the predominant risk factors for development of CPA, with COPD, prior pneumothorax or treated lung cancer also relatively common among our referrals. Many patients have multiple underlying pulmonary conditions. CPA should be considered when upper lobe cavitary or fibrotic disease and systemic symptoms are present in those with lung disease. PMID:20595150

  13. Mycological and serological study of pulmonary aspergillosis in central India

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    Kurhade A

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To study the prevalence and predisposing factors of Aspergillus infection and correlate microscopic, culture and serological findings along with drug sensitivity. METHODS: Sputum samples from 123 patients of pulmonary disease with clinical suspicion of having fungal, especially Aspergillus infections, were examined microscopically and for culture. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC of itraconazole was tested against the isolates. Serum samples from these patients were tested for precipitin against Aspergillus antigen using immunodiffusion (ID technique. RESULTS: Aspergillus species were isolated in 20 (16.26% cases and Aspergillus fumigatus was the predominant species isolated in 16 (80% cases. Precipitins were detected in 29 (23.58% cases. Serum samples collected from 50 healthy individuals to serve as controls showed no precipitin against Aspergillus antigen galactomannan. This fungus was found to be sensitive to itraconazole with MIC range 0.125-1µg/mL. CONCLUSIONS: Serological tests have an edge over routine smear and culture methods for the diagnosis of pulmonary aspergillosis. Itraconazole is more effective than amphotericin B and fluconazole in the treatment of aspergillosis.

  14. Isavuconazole in the treatment of invasive aspergillosis and mucormycosis infections

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    Donnelley MA

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    Full Text Available Monica A Donnelley,1,2 Elizabeth S Zhu,1 George R Thompson 3rd3 1Department of Inpatient Pharmacy, University of California – Davis, Sacramento, 2Department of Clinical Sciences, Touro University College of Pharmacy, Vallejo, 3Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California – Davis, Davis, CA, USAAbstract: We have a limited arsenal with which to treat invasive fungal infections caused by Aspergillus and Mucorales. The morbidity and mortality for both pathogens remains high. A triazole antifungal, isavuconazole, was recently granted approval by the US Food and Drug Administration and the European Medicines Agency for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis and mucormycosis. A randomized double-blind comparison trial for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis found isavuconazole noninferior to voriconazole. A separate, open-label study evaluating the efficacy of isavuconazole in the treatment of mucormycosis found comparable response rates to amphotericin B and posaconazole treated historical controls. The prodrug isavuconazonium sulfate is commercially available in both an oral and intravenous formulation and is generally well tolerated. Isavuconazole’s broad spectrum of activity, limited side effect profile, and favorable pharmacokinetics will likely solidify its place in therapy. Keywords: isavuconazonium, antifungal, zygomycosis, mucor, mould infection, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, clinical efficacy, therapy, new agent

  15. Histone deacetylase inhibition as an alternative strategy against invasive aspergillosis

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    Frederic eLamoth

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    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis (IA is a life-threatening infection due to Aspergillus fumigatus and other Aspergillus spp. Drugs targeting the fungal cell membrane (triazoles, amphotericin B or cell wall (echinocandins are currently the sole therapeutic options against IA. Their limited efficacy and the emergence of resistance warrant the identification of new antifungal targets. Histone deacetylases (HDACs are enzymes responsible of the deacetylation of lysine residues of core histones, thus controlling chromatin remodeling and transcriptional activation. HDACs also control the acetylation and activation status of multiple non-histone proteins, including the heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90, an essential molecular chaperone for fungal virulence and antifungal resistance. This review provides an overview of the different HDACs in Aspergillus spp. as well as their respective contribution to total HDAC activity, fungal growth, stress responses, and virulence. The potential of HDAC inhibitors, currently under development for cancer therapy, as novel alternative antifungal agents against IA is discussed.

  16. CT of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in children with cancer

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    In treating cases of malignancy, the use of chemotherapy carries a high risk of lower respiratory tract infections, especially fungal pneumonopathy. This complication is a major cause of mortality and is often difficult to diagnose because of non-specific clinical or radiological changes, but the early recognition of invasive fungal disease is imperative. CT is an important non-invasive method for the detection and evaluation of opportunistic fungal infections. In these patients am improved survival rate can be achieved when early detection by CT leads to the prompt institution of high-dose antifungal therapy. We illustrate the spectrum of CT findings of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis encountered in children with cancer. These patients had previously been treated with high-dose chemotherapy with or without bone marrow rescue, and underwent radiological examinations because of clinical evidence of pneumonopathy. Representative cases demonstrate the clinical applications of CT in the evaluation and management of invasive fungal disease. (orig.)

  17. Opportunistic filamentous mycoses: aspergillosis, mucormycosis, phaeohyphomycosis and hyalohyphomycosis.

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    Perusquía-Ortiz, Ana María; Vázquez-González, Denisse; Bonifaz, Alexandro

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    Opportunistic filamentous mycoses are widely distributed all over the world. They are rarely observed in Europe but are common in developing countries. The most common are the aspergilloses (due to Aspergillus spp.) mostly in neutropenia and immunosuppression; the mucormycoses characterized by rapid progression in patients with diabetic ketoacidosis; the phaeohyphomycoses due to pigmented fungi causing either a mild superficial or a very serious deep disease and the hyalohyphomycoses due to hyaline filamentous fungi (Fusarium spp., Pseudallescheria spp., Scopulariopsis spp.). Cutaneous manifestations are usually secondary to dissemination from pulmonary or visceral disease; primary cases are less frequent and due to direct inoculation into the skin. We review epidemiological, clinical, diagnostic, and therapeutic data on the four most important opportunistic filamentous mycoses: aspergillosis, mucormycosis, phaeohyphomycosis and hyalohyphomycosis.

  18. CT of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in children with cancer

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    Taccone, A. (Dept. of Radiology, Gaslini Children' s Hospital, Genoa (Italy)); Occhi, M. (Dept. of Radiology, Gaslini Children' s Hospital, Genoa (Italy)); Garaventa, A. (Div. of Hematology and Oncology, Gaslini Children' s Hospital, Genoa (Italy)); Manfredini, L. (Div. of Hematology and Oncology, Gaslini Children' s Hospital, Genoa (Italy)); Viscoli, C. (Dept. of Infectious Diseases, Gaslini Children' s Hospital, Genoa (Italy))

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    In treating cases of malignancy, the use of chemotherapy carries a high risk of lower respiratory tract infections, especially fungal pneumonopathy. This complication is a major cause of mortality and is often difficult to diagnose because of non-specific clinical or radiological changes, but the early recognition of invasive fungal disease is imperative. CT is an important non-invasive method for the detection and evaluation of opportunistic fungal infections. In these patients am improved survival rate can be achieved when early detection by CT leads to the prompt institution of high-dose antifungal therapy. We illustrate the spectrum of CT findings of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis encountered in children with cancer. These patients had previously been treated with high-dose chemotherapy with or without bone marrow rescue, and underwent radiological examinations because of clinical evidence of pneumonopathy. Representative cases demonstrate the clinical applications of CT in the evaluation and management of invasive fungal disease. (orig.)

  19. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis treated successfully for one year with omalizumab

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    Full Text Available Jennifer Collins,1 Gabriele deVos,2 Golda Hudes,2 David Rosenstreich21New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York, NY, 2Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, USABackground: Current therapy for allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA uses oral corticosteroids, exposing patients to the adverse effects of these agents. There are reports of the steroid-sparing effect of anti-IgE therapy with omalizumab for ABPA in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF, but there is little information on its efficacy against ABPA in patients with bronchial asthma without CF.Objective: To examine the effects of omalizumab, measured by asthma control, blood eosinophilia, total serum immunoglobulin E (IgE, oral corticosteroid requirements, and forced expiratory volume spirometry in patients with ABPA and bronchial asthma.Methods: A retrospective review of charts from 2004–2006 of patients treated with omalizumab at an academic allergy and immunology practice in the Bronx, New York were examined for systemic steroid and rescue inhaler usage, serum immunoglobulin E levels, blood eosinophil counts, and asthma symptoms, as measured by the Asthma Control Test (ACT.Results: A total of 21 charts were screened for the diagnosis of ABPA and bronchial asthma. Four patients with ABPA were identified; two of these patients were male. The median monthly systemic corticosteroid use at 6 months and 12 months decreased from baseline usage. Total serum IgE decreased in all patients at 12 months of therapy. Pre-bronchodilator forced expiratory vital capacity at one second (FEV1 was variable at 1 year of treatment. There was an improvement in Asthma Control Test (ACT symptom scores for both daytime and nighttime symptoms.Conclusions: Treatment with omalizumab creates a steroid-sparing effect, reduces systemic inflammatory markers, and results in improvement in ACT scores in patients with ABPA.Keywords: allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis

  20. Hyperostosis of the maxillary sinus wall in aspergillosis: is it a characteristic finding

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    Kim, Ji Young; Cho, Woo Ho; Kim, Joung Sook; Kim, Myung Gyu; Kim, Young Hoon; Woo, Hoon Young [College of Medicine, Inje Univ., Kimhae (Korea, Republic of)

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    To determine whether the wall thickening of the maxillary sinus is a characteristic finding in aspergillosis. In 103 patients, including 26 with aspergillosis, 21 with inverted papilloma (IP), and 56 with unilateral chronic sinusitis, the thickness of the maxillary sinus wall was determined by CT scanning. All cases were proven pathologically, and patients with a history of previous surgery of bone destruction were excluded. Two neuroradiologists retrospectively reviewed the CT scans using bone window settings for sinus wall hyperostosis and the presence of intrasinus calcification. Thickening of the maxillary sinus wall was assessed visually in a semiquantitative manner, and graded as 'none' (absence of thickening), 'mild' (thickening of up to 1.5 times), or moderate ot severe(over 1.5 times thicker than normal contralateral sinus wall at its thickest point). Moderate to severe wall thickening was found only in patients with aspergillosis (21/26, 80.8%). Mild wall thickening was seen in two patients with aspergillosis (2/26, 7.7%), in 12 of 21 with IP (57.1%), and in 5 of 56 with chronic maxillary sinusitis (8.9%). Most cases of chronic maxillary sinusits( 51/56,91.1%), 9/21 IP cases (42.9%), and 3/26 cases of aspergillosis (11.5%) showed no thickening of the maxillary sinus wall. Calcifications were found in 18 patients with aspergillosis (69.2%), in no patient with IP (0%), and in one with chronic maxillary sinusitis (1.8%). We suggest that 'moderate to severe' wall thickening of the maxillary sinus is the characteristic finding of aspergillosis. Although various sinonasal diseases can cause bone change, CT findings of hyperostosis of the maxillary sinus and intrasinus calcification are very helpful in differentiating fungal sinusitis from other types of chronic inflammatory lesions.

  1. INCIDENCE DENSITY, PROPORTIONATE MORTALITY, AND RISK FACTORS OF ASPERGILLOSIS IN MAGELLANIC PENGUINS IN A REHABILITATION CENTER FROM BRAZIL.

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    Silva Filho, Rodolfo Pinho da; Xavier, Melissa Orzechowski; Martins, Aryse Moreira; Ruoppolo, Valéria; Mendoza-Sassi, Raúl Andrés; Adornes, Andréa Corrado; Cabana, Ângela Leitzke; Meireles, Mário Carlos Araújo

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    Aspergillosis, an opportunistic mycosis caused by the Aspergillus genus, affects mainly the respiratory system and is considered one of the most significant causes of mortality in captive penguins. This study aimed to examine a 6-yr period of cases of aspergillosis in penguins at the Centro de Recuperação de Animais Marinhos (CRAM-FURG), Rio Grande, Brazil. A retrospective cohort study was conducted using the institution's records of penguins received from January 2004 to December 2009. Animals were categorized according to the outcome "aspergillosis," and analyzed by age group, sex, oil fouling, origin, prophylactic administration of itraconazole, period in captivity, body mass, hematocrit, and total plasma proteins. A total of 327 Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) was studied, 66 of which died of aspergillosis. Proportionate mortality by aspergillosis was 48.5%, and incidence density was 7.3 lethal aspergillosis cases per 100 penguins/mo. Approximately 75% of the aspergillosis cases occurred in penguins that had been transferred from other rehabilitation centers, and this was considered a significant risk factor for the disease. Significant differences were also observed between the groups in regard to the period of time spent in captivity until death, hematocrit and total plasma proteins upon admission to the center, and body mass gain during the period in captivity. The findings demonstrate the negative impacts of aspergillosis on the rehabilitation of Magellanic penguins, with a high incidence density and substantial mortality.

  2. INCIDENCE DENSITY, PROPORTIONATE MORTALITY, AND RISK FACTORS OF ASPERGILLOSIS IN MAGELLANIC PENGUINS IN A REHABILITATION CENTER FROM BRAZIL.

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    Silva Filho, Rodolfo Pinho da; Xavier, Melissa Orzechowski; Martins, Aryse Moreira; Ruoppolo, Valéria; Mendoza-Sassi, Raúl Andrés; Adornes, Andréa Corrado; Cabana, Ângela Leitzke; Meireles, Mário Carlos Araújo

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    Aspergillosis, an opportunistic mycosis caused by the Aspergillus genus, affects mainly the respiratory system and is considered one of the most significant causes of mortality in captive penguins. This study aimed to examine a 6-yr period of cases of aspergillosis in penguins at the Centro de Recuperação de Animais Marinhos (CRAM-FURG), Rio Grande, Brazil. A retrospective cohort study was conducted using the institution's records of penguins received from January 2004 to December 2009. Animals were categorized according to the outcome "aspergillosis," and analyzed by age group, sex, oil fouling, origin, prophylactic administration of itraconazole, period in captivity, body mass, hematocrit, and total plasma proteins. A total of 327 Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) was studied, 66 of which died of aspergillosis. Proportionate mortality by aspergillosis was 48.5%, and incidence density was 7.3 lethal aspergillosis cases per 100 penguins/mo. Approximately 75% of the aspergillosis cases occurred in penguins that had been transferred from other rehabilitation centers, and this was considered a significant risk factor for the disease. Significant differences were also observed between the groups in regard to the period of time spent in captivity until death, hematocrit and total plasma proteins upon admission to the center, and body mass gain during the period in captivity. The findings demonstrate the negative impacts of aspergillosis on the rehabilitation of Magellanic penguins, with a high incidence density and substantial mortality. PMID:26667521

  3. Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis presenting as bilateral pleural effusion: a case report

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    Rajalingham Sakthiswary

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis is an uncommon subacute form of Aspergillus infection. It typically occurs in immunocompromised individuals and in those with underlying lung disease. This interesting case highlights the occurrence of this entity of aspergillosis in an immunocompetent middle-aged woman with atypical radiological findings. To the best of our knowledge this is the first case report of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis presenting with pleural effusion. Case presentation Our patient was a 64-year-old Malay woman with a background history of epilepsy but no other comorbidities. She was a lifelong non-smoker. She presented to our facility with a six-month history of productive cough and three episodes of hemoptysis. An initial chest radiograph showed bilateral pleural effusion with bibasal consolidation. Bronchoscopy revealed a white-coated endobronchial tree and bronchoalveolar lavage culture grew Aspergillus niger. A diagnosis of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis was made based on the clinical presentation and microbiological results. She responded well to treatment with oral itraconazole. Conclusions The radiological findings in chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis can be very diverse. This case illustrates that this condition can be a rare cause of bilateral pleural effusion.

  4. Economic considerations in the treatment of invasive aspergillosis: a review of voriconazole pharmacoeconomic studies

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    Kem P Krueger

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    Full Text Available Kem P Krueger, A Christie NelsonSchool of Pharmacy, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, USAAbstract: Invasive aspergillosis is a life-threatening fungal infection predominately affecting immunocompromised individuals. The incidence of inpatient-treated aspergillosis cases in the US is estimated to be between 3.02 and 3.80 per 10,000 hospitalized patients. The estimated difference in hospital costs of patients with an aspergillosis infection is US$36,867 to US$59,356 higher than those of patients without the infection. Voriconazole is a synthetic, broad spectrum triazole antifungal agent, with FDA-approved indications for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis, esophageal candidiasis, candidemia in nonneutropenic patients, invasive candidiasis, and infections due to Scedosporium apiospermum and Fusarium species in patients refractory to or intolerant of other therapy. Eight cost-effectiveness analyses, one cost-minimization analysis, and one cost analysis were identified from a Medline search. The 10 pharmacoeconomic analyses were conducted in six different countries comparing voriconazole to conventional amphotericin B, liposomal amphotericin B, itraconazole, and caspofungin. All the cost-effectiveness and cost-minimization analyses identified voriconazole as the most cost-effective therapy. The cost analysis demonstrated voriconazole cost-savings. While the acquisition costs of voriconazole are higher than those of conventional amphotericin B, the toxicity profile and rate of treatment success associated with voriconazole result in lower total treatment costs per successfully treated patient.Keywords: voriconazole, antifungal agents, invasive aspergillosis, pharmacoeconomics 

  5. Childhood allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis presenting as a middle lobe syndrome.

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    Shah, Ashok; Gera, Kamal; Panjabi, Chandramani

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    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is infrequently documented in children with asthma. Although collapse is not uncommon, middle lobe syndrome (MLS) as a presentation of ABPA is rather a rarity. A 9-year-old female child with asthma presented with increase in intensity of symptoms along with a right midzone patchy consolidation on a chest radiograph. In addition, an ill-defined opacity abutting the right cardiac border with loss of cardiac silhouette was noted. A right lateral view confirmed a MLS, which was further corroborated by high resolution computed tomography. Central bronchiectasis was also observed, which prompted a work-up for ABPA. The child met 7/8 major diagnostic criteria for ABPA. She was then initiated on oral prednisolone that resulted in a marked clinical improvement within a fortnight. Radiological clearance occurred at 3 months with inflation of the middle lobe. ABPA presenting with MLS in a child is yet to be reported. A high index of suspicion is required to establish the diagnosis of ABPA in a child presenting with MLS. This would obviate the invasive investigations usually done to ascertain the cause of MLS.

  6. Childhood allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis presenting as a middle lobe syndrome.

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    Shah, Ashok; Gera, Kamal; Panjabi, Chandramani

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    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is infrequently documented in children with asthma. Although collapse is not uncommon, middle lobe syndrome (MLS) as a presentation of ABPA is rather a rarity. A 9-year-old female child with asthma presented with increase in intensity of symptoms along with a right midzone patchy consolidation on a chest radiograph. In addition, an ill-defined opacity abutting the right cardiac border with loss of cardiac silhouette was noted. A right lateral view confirmed a MLS, which was further corroborated by high resolution computed tomography. Central bronchiectasis was also observed, which prompted a work-up for ABPA. The child met 7/8 major diagnostic criteria for ABPA. She was then initiated on oral prednisolone that resulted in a marked clinical improvement within a fortnight. Radiological clearance occurred at 3 months with inflation of the middle lobe. ABPA presenting with MLS in a child is yet to be reported. A high index of suspicion is required to establish the diagnosis of ABPA in a child presenting with MLS. This would obviate the invasive investigations usually done to ascertain the cause of MLS. PMID:26844222

  7. Pathophysiological Implication of Computed Tomography Images of Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis.

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    Ando, Tsunehiro; Tochigi, Naobumi; Gocho, Kyoko; Moriya, Atsuko; Ikushima, Soichiro; Kumasaka, Toshio; Takemura, Tamiko; Shibuya, Kazutoshi

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    Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) is a refractory disorder that needs long-term antifungal treatment and occasionally results in fatal respiratory failure and hemoptysis. However, the pathological features of the disorder have not been thoroughly delineated. Thirty cases were therefore analyzed clinically and histologically to elucidate the pathophysiology of CPA. The subjects comprised 14 individuals who underwent surgical removal and 16 patients who died. No subject exhibited a severely immunocompromised state. The main symptoms included cough, hemosputum, and dyspnea. Chest computed tomography (CT) findings revealed a cavity, fungus ball, and consolidation and/or ground glass opacity (GGO); 27 serial CT scans showed enlarged consolidation and/or GGO (70%), dilatation of the cavity (26%), and extension to the opposite lung (22%). Histopathological findings revealed a cavity with ulceration, bronchitis, and various degrees of organizing pneumonia (OP) that were correlated with the area of consolidation and GGO on the CT scan. The essential pathophysiology of CPA can be understood as an active state of ulceration of the cavity and/or erosive bronchitis caused by contact with the fungus ball, which may play a significant role in the development of OP. Consequently, OP is thought to reflect respiratory failure that relates to the prognosis of CPA. PMID:26166500

  8. Visual loss due to paranasal sinus invasive aspergillosis in a diabetic patient.

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    Rallis, George; Gkinis, George; Dais, Panayotis; Stathopoulos, Panagiotis

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    Aspergillus species are commonly found in the soil and decaying organic matter. The spores can be typically inhaled or ingested, yet disease due to tissue invasion is rarely seen in the immunocompetent host. In the immunocompromised patient, there has been an increased incidence of invasive aspergillosis in the last 20 years. Invasive aspergillosis of the maxillary sinus with orbital and cranial spread can be lethal, therefore, necessitates early diagnosis and prompt treatment. The predilection of Aspergillus for infiltration of blood vessels can result in serious ocular complications which can lead to loss of vision. We present the case of an uncontrolled diabetic patient with invasive maxillary sinus aspergillosis and extension to the orbital contents. Our purpose was to emphasize the need of early recognition and prompt initiation of combined antifungal treatment and surgical intervention with the intent to preserve the involved vital structures.

  9. Invasive aspergillosis in a user of inhaled cocaine: rhinosinusitis with bone and cartilage destruction

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    Luna Azulay-Abulafia

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    Full Text Available Aspergillosis is an infection caused by saprophytic fungi of the genus Aspergillus, which typically occurs in immunosuppressed individuals, but has also been reported in immunocompetent patients. The main routes of entry are the respiratory tract, skin, cornea, and ear, and the infection may be localized or disseminated by contiguity or vascular invasion. We report a severe case of rhinosinusitis with cutaneous involvement, caused by invasive aspergillosis, in an immunocompetent user of inhaled cocaine. Invasive aspergillosis related to cocaine abuse has not yet been reported in the literature. After itraconazole treatment and surgical debridement, complete clinical remission was achieved. Nasal reconstruction with a skin graft over a silicone prosthesis resulted in a satisfactory esthetic outcome.

  10. Etiologic Agents and Diseases Found Associated with Clinical Aspergillosis in Falcons

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    Walter Tarello

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    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to describe parasitological, microbiological, and pathological findings associated with the isolation of Aspergillus species in 94 clinically diseased captive falcons from Dubai. Concomitant agents and/or diseases were identified in 64 cases, causing either single (=36 or multiple coinfections (=28. Diagnoses found more often in association with aspergillosis were chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS (=29, Caryospora sp. (=16, Serratospiculum seurati infestation (=14, cestodiasis (=6, bumblefoot (=5, trematodosis due to Strigea falconispalumbi (=5, trichomoniasis (=4, Babesia shortti (=4, Mannheimia (Pastorella haemolytica (=4, interstitial hepatitis (=4, Escherichia coli (=3, and Clostridium perfringens enterotoxemia (=2. Compared with a control group of 2000 diseased falcons without evidence of aspergillosis, the prevalence of Babesia shortti, CFIDS, Mannheimia (Pastorella haemolytica, Escherichia coli, and falcon herpes virus infection was conspicuously higher in association with aspergillosis. These entities may be considered suitable candidates as predisposing factors for the mycosis.

  11. CLINICAL AND PATHOLOGICAL FINDINGS OF ASPERGILLOSIS IN MAGELLANIC PENGUINS (Spheniscus magellanicus

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    MELISSA ORZECHOWSKI XAVIER

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    Full Text Available We studied a series of fifteen fatal cases of aspergillosis in penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus, seen over a 4-year period at a rehabilitation center in Southern Brazil. The clinical and pathological findings based on the lesions found at necropsy are described herein. The majority of animals (11/15 had sudden death without clinical signs. In 33.3% (5/15 of the cases, aspergillosis was restricted to the respiratory system and 66.6% showed disseminateddisease, with liver, kidney, adrenal gland and gastrointestinal tract involvement. Typical lesions were characterized as white-yellowish granulomatous nodules. To the best of our knowledge, this is the largest series of aspergillosis cases described in penguins in SouthAmerica.

  12. Disseminated Aspergillosis in the Immunocompetent Host: A Case Report and Literature Review.

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    Cheon, Shinhye; Yang, Min Kyu; Kim, Chung-Jong; Kim, Taek Soo; Song, Kyoung-Ho; Woo, Se Joon; Kim, Eu Suk; Park, Kyoung Un; Kim, Hong Bin

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    Disseminated aspergillosis is very rare in immunocompetent hosts and is typically associated with a poor prognosis. We describe the case of a 66-year-old, immunocompetent man who developed pneumonia, endophthalmitis and probable spondylitis caused by Aspergillus species. The patient was successfully treated with antifungal drugs. We reviewed the English-language literature between 1980 and 2012 for disseminated aspergillosis cases in immunocompetent hosts, using the keywords "dissemin*" and "aspergillo*." Disseminated aspergillosis in immunocompetent hosts is very rare in the literature. However, awareness of possible dissemination of Aspergillus spp. is necessary in patients who have a probable lung lesion and in cases with unusual presentation of a disseminated infection, even if the patient has no risk factors. PMID:26016845

  13. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis 10 years post bone marrow transplantation: a case report

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis is a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in bone marrow transplant recipients. Establishing the diagnosis remains a challenge for clinicians working in acute care setting. However, prompt diagnosis and treatment can lead to favourable outcomes Case presentation We report a case of invasive aspergillosis occurring in a 39-year-old Caucasian female 10 years after an allogeneic haematopoietic bone marrow transplant, and 5 years after stopping all immunosuppression. Possible risk factors include bronchiolitis obliterans and exposure to building dust (for example, handling her husband's dusty overalls. There are no similar case reports in the literature at this time. Conclusion High clinical suspicion, especially in the setting of failure to respond to broad-spectrum antibiotics, should alert clinicians to the possibility of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, which, in this case, responded to antifungal therapy.

  14. Evaluation of the Aspergillus Western blot IgG kit for diagnosis of chronic aspergillosis.

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    Oliva, A; Flori, P; Hennequin, C; Dubus, J-C; Reynaud-Gaubert, M; Charpin, D; Vergnon, J M; Gay, P; Colly, A; Piarroux, R; Pelloux, H; Ranque, S

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    Immunoprecipitin detection (IPD) is the current reference confirmatory technique for anti-Aspergillus antibody detection; however, the lack of standardization is a critical drawback of this assay. In this study, we evaluated the performance of the Aspergillus Western blot (Asp-WB) IgG kit (LDBio Diagnostics, Lyon, France), a recently commercialized immunoblot assay for the diagnosis of various clinical presentations of chronic aspergillosis. Three hundred eight serum samples from 158 patients with aspergillosis sensu lato (s.l.) were analyzed. More specifically, 267 serum samples were derived from patients with Aspergillus disease, including 89 cases of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis, 10 of aspergilloma, and 32 of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, while 41 samples were from patients with Aspergillus colonization, including 15 cystic fibrosis (CF) and 12 non-CF patients. For blood donor controls, the Asp-WB specificity was 94%, while the kit displayed a sensitivity for the aspergillosis s.l. diagnosis of 88.6%, with a diagnostic odds ratio (DOR) of 119 (95% confidence interval [CI], 57 to 251). The DOR values were 185.22 (95% CI,78.79 to 435.45) and 43.74 (95% CI, 15.65 to 122.20) for the diagnosis of Aspergillus disease and Aspergillus colonization, respectively. Among the patients, the sensitivities of the Asp-WB in the diagnosis of Aspergillus colonization were 100% and 41.7% in CF and non-CF patients, respectively. The Asp-WB yielded fewer false-negative results than did IPD. In conclusion, the Asp-WB kit performed well for the diagnosis of various clinical presentations of aspergillosis in nonimmunocompromised patients, with an enhanced standardization and a higher sensitivity than with IPD, which is the current reference method.

  15. MR imaging of cerebral aspergillosis in an infant with normal-immunity : a case report

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    Cerebral aspergillosis is a rare condition, and like other opportunistic fungal infections, it most commonly occurs in immunocompromised patients. Because of the increasing use of chemotherapy in organ transplantation, cases involving neoplasms, corticosteroid therapy, and cases of lymphoma and leukemia, the incidence of fungal infections in the brain has recently increased. Cerebral aspergillosis in an infant with normal immunity is a very rare condition, and has not been reported in Korea. We report the MR findings of this condition in an infant with normal immunity. (author)

  16. MR imaging of cerebral aspergillosis in an infant with normal-immunity : a case report

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    Lim, Ji Yeoun; Choi, Jin Ok; Lee, Kang Soo; Chae, Soo Hyun; Joo, Myung Jin [Presbyterian Medical Center, Chunju (Korea, Republic of)

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    Cerebral aspergillosis is a rare condition, and like other opportunistic fungal infections, it most commonly occurs in immunocompromised patients. Because of the increasing use of chemotherapy in organ transplantation, cases involving neoplasms, corticosteroid therapy, and cases of lymphoma and leukemia, the incidence of fungal infections in the brain has recently increased. Cerebral aspergillosis in an infant with normal immunity is a very rare condition, and has not been reported in Korea. We report the MR findings of this condition in an infant with normal immunity. (author)

  17. Role of itraconazole in the management of aspergillosis in treated patients of pulmonary tuberculosis

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    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Sputum/ bronchial washings of 445 patients with residual tubercular cavitation were subjected to smear and culture examination to isolate fungi. Patients suffering from aspergillosis were put on oral itraconazole daily for 6 months and monitored clinicoradiologically during and after therapy. About half of the patients of aspergilloma and 85% of the patients of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis improved by 3 months of therapy. Nausea and headache observed during therapy in 8 and 4 patients respectively were mild and self limiting. Relapses were seen in 8 out of the 37 patients who had completed 6 months therapy and available for follow-up.

  18. Excellent outcome of Aspergillous endophthalmitis in a case of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis

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    Balbir Khan

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available While invasive aspergillosis occurs typically in severely immunocompromised patients, cases of surgical site infections have been reported in immunocompetent individuals. The purpose is to report an eye with post-operative Aspergillus endophthalmitis, which achieved a good visual outcome following early and aggressive treatment. A young patient, known case of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis presented to us with post-cataract surgery endophthalmitis. He was treated with pars plana vitrectomy and intravitreal voriconazole and systemic itraconazole. The patient regained a vision of 20/30 with follow up of 2 years.

  19. Pulmonary aspergillosis and aflatoxins in chronic lung diseases.

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    Ali, Sana; Malik, Abida; Shahid, Mohd; Bhargava, Rakesh

    2013-10-01

    Fungal infections of lung have become increasingly common during the last few decades. Aspergillosis and the role of aflatoxins in various chronic lung diseases have not been extensively studied. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples and sera from 40 patients of chronic lung diseases were analyzed for galactomannan antigen (GM) and aflatoxin by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Direct microscopy and culture of BAL samples were also done to detect the Aspergillus species. Results revealed that 15 (37.5 %) of the 40 patients had growth of Aspergillus on BAL culture. Out of these culture-positive cases, 13 (86.7 %) patients were positive for galactomannan antigen also. About 62.5 % cases did not show growth of Aspergillus in BAL culture. However, galactomannan antigen could be detected in 20 % of these patients. Overall, 20 % patients were diagnosed as proven invasive fungal disease (IFD), 32.5 % were of probable IFD, 17.5 % of possible IFD. Aspergillus growth was observed in 100 % of proven and 53.8 % of probable IFD cases. Galactomannan antigen was found in 100 % cases of proven and 76.9 % of probable IFD. Ten (25 %) patients were found to be positive for aflatoxins. It was detected in 6 (40 %) of culture-positive cases. About 62.5 % of the cases with proven IFD and 46.1 % of probable IFD had aflatoxin in their samples. Aflatoxin positivity was found to be more in patients with proven IFD than in probable IFD, and higher level of aflatoxins was detected in cases with proven IFD. Significant difference was observed in aflatoxin positivity among food grain workers when compared to other occupations.

  20. Discrimination between invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and pulmonary lymphoma using CT

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    Kawel, Nadine, E-mail: nadine.kawel@gmx.de [Department of Radiology, Kantonsspital Graubuenden, Loestr. 170, 7000 Chur (Switzerland); Department of Radiology, University Hospital Basel, Petersgraben 4, 4031 Basel (Switzerland); Schorer, Georg M., E-mail: gmschorer@hotmail.com [Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospital of Zurich, Raemistr. 100, 8091 Zurich (Switzerland); Stiftung Zuercher Blutspendedienst SRK, Ruetistrasse 19, 8952 Schlieren (Switzerland); Desbiolles, Lotus, E-mail: lotus.desbiolles@usz.ch [Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospital of Zurich, Raemistr. 100, 8091 Zurich (Switzerland); Seifert, Burkhardt, E-mail: seifert@ifspm.uzh.ch [Biostatistics Unit ISPM, University of Zurich, Hirschengraben 84, 8001 Zurich (Switzerland); Marincek, Borut, E-mail: borut.marincek@usz.ch [Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospital of Zurich, Raemistr. 100, 8091 Zurich (Switzerland); Boehm, Thomas, E-mail: thomas_boehm@gmx.net [Department of Radiology, Kantonsspital Graubuenden, Loestr. 170, 7000 Chur (Switzerland); Institute of Diagnostic Radiology, University Hospital of Zurich, Raemistr. 100, 8091 Zurich (Switzerland)

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    Objective: The purpose was to assess the characteristic CT features of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) and pulmonary lymphoma (PL) and to analyze the potential to distinguish the two entities using CT. Methods: The CT images of 70 patients with either proven IPA (n = 35) or PL (n = 35) were evaluated retrospectively and independently by two radiologists (reader 1 [R1] and reader 2 [R2]), analyzing images for presence, number and characteristics of pulmonary nodules and masses, ground-glass opacities, consolidations and other interstitial changes. Results: Interreader agreement was moderate (4/33 CT features), good (9/33) or excellent (20/33). Pulmonary nodules (P = 0.045 [R1], P = 0.001 [R2]), nodules with spiculated outer contours (P < 0.001 [R1], P = 0.001 [R2]), nodules with a halo sign (P < 0.001 [R1+R2]), nodules with homogeneous (P = 0.030 [R1], P = 0.006 [R2]) and inhomogeneous (P = 0.001 [R1], P < 0.001 [R2]) attenuation patterns, nodules with cavitation (P = 0.006 [R1], P = 0.003 [R2]) and wedge-shaped, pleural-based consolidations (P < 0.001 [R1 + R2]) occurred significantly more often in patients with IPA, while masses without a halo sign (P = 0.03 [R1], P = 0.01 [R2]), lobar consolidations with bronchogram (P = 0.02 [R1 + R2]) and consolidations with homogeneous attenuation patterns (P < 0.001 [R1 + R2]) were found significantly more frequent in PL-patients. Conclusions: Those CT features can therefore be considered suggestive for either IPA or PL. However, in most cases the diagnosis cannot be made based on CT findings solely because no single feature gained a high sensitivity and specificity concomitantly. Furthermore, the logistic regression did not show a combination that was significantly better than the best univariate predictor.

  1. Renal infarction secondary to invasive aspergillosis in a 5-year-old girl with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

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    Lee, Ju Hyun; Im, Soo Ah; Cho, Bin

    2014-07-01

    Aspergillus species have angioinvasive properties and can involve extrapulmonary organs by hematogenous spread from the lungs. However, renal involvement by Aspergillus is uncommon and is usually associated with the formation of abscesses. We report an unusual case of invasive renal aspergillosis presenting with extensive renal infarction in a 5-year-old girl with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. This case emphasizes the fact that renal aspergillosis initially presents with only renal infarction, and metastatic-embolism by invasive aspergillosis should be considered in differential diagnosis for any focal lesion of kidney in a patient with leukemia.

  2. The radiological spectrum of invasive aspergillosis in children: a 10-year review

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    Thomas, Karen E. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Great Ormond Street, London (United Kingdom); Department of Diagnostic Radiology, The Hospital for Sick Children, 555 University Avenue, Toronto M5G 1X8 (Canada); Owens, Catherine M. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Great Ormond Street, London (United Kingdom); Veys, Paul A.; Novelli, Vas; Costoli, Vera [Host Defence Unit, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London (United Kingdom)

    2003-07-01

    Invasive aspergillosis is an uncommon but life-threatening event in the immunocompromised child. Attempts at fungal isolation are often unrewarding and a high index of radiological suspicion is essential in the early diagnosis of infected children. To document the radiological spectrum of disease in invasive aspergillosis in the paediatric population. A retrospective review of the imaging performed in 27 consecutive patients (age 7 months to 18 years) with documented invasive Aspergillosis encountered over a 10-year period at a single institution. Radiographic findings of pulmonary disease (20 patients) included segmental and multilobar consolidation, perihilar infiltrates, multiple small nodules, peripheral nodular masses and pleural effusions. No cavitating lesions were seen on CXR. Small cavitating nodules were present on CT in two of eight children. Chest wall disease was particularly associated with underlying chronic granulomatous disease. Disseminated disease manifested as osteomyelitis (n=5), cerebral (n=3), oesophageal (n=1), hepatic (n=2), renal (n=2) and cutaneous (n=5) involvement. Imaging findings are discussed. Twelve patients (44%) subsequently died from Aspergillus-related complications. Invasive aspergillosis presents with a wide variety of radiographic findings involving multiple organ systems. Respiratory findings are varied but often non-specific, and a high index of suspicion is necessary in immunocompromised patients. In contrast to adult disease, the incidence of cavitation of pulmonary lesions appears low. (orig.)

  3. The radiological spectrum of invasive aspergillosis in children: a 10-year review

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    Invasive aspergillosis is an uncommon but life-threatening event in the immunocompromised child. Attempts at fungal isolation are often unrewarding and a high index of radiological suspicion is essential in the early diagnosis of infected children. To document the radiological spectrum of disease in invasive aspergillosis in the paediatric population. A retrospective review of the imaging performed in 27 consecutive patients (age 7 months to 18 years) with documented invasive Aspergillosis encountered over a 10-year period at a single institution. Radiographic findings of pulmonary disease (20 patients) included segmental and multilobar consolidation, perihilar infiltrates, multiple small nodules, peripheral nodular masses and pleural effusions. No cavitating lesions were seen on CXR. Small cavitating nodules were present on CT in two of eight children. Chest wall disease was particularly associated with underlying chronic granulomatous disease. Disseminated disease manifested as osteomyelitis (n=5), cerebral (n=3), oesophageal (n=1), hepatic (n=2), renal (n=2) and cutaneous (n=5) involvement. Imaging findings are discussed. Twelve patients (44%) subsequently died from Aspergillus-related complications. Invasive aspergillosis presents with a wide variety of radiographic findings involving multiple organ systems. Respiratory findings are varied but often non-specific, and a high index of suspicion is necessary in immunocompromised patients. In contrast to adult disease, the incidence of cavitation of pulmonary lesions appears low. (orig.)

  4. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges in a Liver Transplant Recipient with Central Nervous System Invasive Aspergillosis

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    Dionissios, Neofytos; Shmuel, Shoham; Kerry, Dierberg; Katharine, Le; Simon, Dufresne; Sean, Zhang X; Kieren, Marr A

    2012-01-01

    This is a case report of central nervous system (CNS) invasive aspergillosis (IA) in a liver transplant recipient, which illustrates the utility of enzyme-based diagnostic tools for the timely and accurate diagnosis of IA, the treatment challenges and poor outcomes associated with CNS IA in liver transplant recipients.

  5. Aspirin induced asthma accompanied with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis: a case report

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    TANG Rui; ZHANG Hong-yu

    2010-01-01

    @@ In this paper, we describe a patient with a rather severe form of aspirin-induced asthma (AIA) and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA). The patient is a man born in 1948, who first presented with rhinorrhea,nasal congestion and chronic urticaria, and had an episode of asthma after ingestion of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for the further eight years.

  6. Liposomal nystatin in patients with invasive aspergillosis refractory to or intolerant of amphotericin B.

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    Offner, F.; Krcmery, V.; Boogaerts, M.; Doyen, C.; Engelhard, D.; Ribaud, P.; Cordonnier, C.; Pauw, B.E. de; Durrant, S.; Marie, J.P.; Moreau, P.; Guiot, H.F.L.; Samonis, G.; Sylvester, R.J.; Herbrecht, R.

    2004-01-01

    We assessed the activity and safety of liposomal nystatin, a broad-spectrum antifungal agent, for invasive aspergillosis in patients refractory to or intolerant of amphotericin B. Thirty-three patients were enrolled, received at least one dose of the study drug, and were evaluable for safety. Twenty

  7. CNS aspergillosis in a patient with Crohn’s disease on immunosuppressants: a case report

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    Shah, Shreyansh; Shirani, Peyman; Schmolck, Heike; Young, William C.; Schulz, Paul E.

    2009-01-01

    Fungal infections of the central nervous system are an uncommon cause of rapid decline in consciousness. We describe the case of central nervous system aspergillosis in a patient on immunosupressants whose clinical course highlights the need for an aggressive approach to diagnosis.

  8. Systemic dissemination of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis in an elderly woman without comorbidity: a case report

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    Tokui Kotaro

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis usually occurs in mildly immune-compromised hosts or those with underlying pulmonary disease. The radiographic pattern of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis is typically a progressive upper lobe cavitary infiltrate with pleural thickening. We report here an atypical case of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis mimicking lung cancer, which developed into a disseminated fatal disease in an older woman with no comorbidity. Case presentation An 80-year-old Japanese woman was referred to our hospital for a chest roentgenogram abnormality. Repeated fiber-optic bronchoscopy could not confirm any definite diagnosis, and she refused further examinations. Considering the roentgenogram findings and her age, she was followed-up as a suspected case of lung cancer without any treatment. Then, 10 months later, she complained of visual disturbance and was admitted to our department of ophthalmology. She was diagnosed as having endophthalmitis. After treatment with corticosteroids for 20 days, she developed acute encephalitis and died four weeks later. Autopsy revealed dissemination of Aspergillus hyphae throughout her body, including her brain. Conclusions In older patients, even if they do not have any comorbidity, chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis should be added to the differential diagnosis of solitary pulmonary lesions in a chest roentgenogram.

  9. Early serum galactomannan trend as a predictor of outcome of invasive aspergillosis

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    L.Y.A. Chai (Louis); B.J. Kullberg (Bart Jan); E.M. Johnson (Elizabeth); S. Teerenstra (Steven); L.W. Khin (Lay Wai); A.G. Vonk (Alieke); J. Maertens (Johan); O. Lortholary (Olivier); P.J. Donnelly (Peter); H.T. Schlamm (Haran); P.F. Troke (Peter); M.G. Netea (Mihai); R. Herbrecht (Raoul)

    2012-01-01

    textabstractThe monitoring and prediction of treatment responses to invasive aspergillosis (IA) are difficult. We determined whether serum galactomannan index (GMI) trends early in the course of disease may be useful in predicting eventual clinical outcomes. For the subjects recruited into the multi

  10. Rapid diagnosis of azole-resistant aspergillosis by direct PCR using tissue specimens.

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    Linden, J.W.M. van der; Snelders, E.; Arends, J.P.; Daenen, S.M.G.J.; Melchers, W.J.G.; Verweij, P.E.

    2010-01-01

    We report the use of PCR techniques on a formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded tissue specimen for direct detection of one dominant azole resistance mechanism in a case of disseminated invasive aspergillosis. Rapid detection of mutations associated with azole resistance directly in tissue significant

  11. Rapid Diagnosis of Azole-Resistant Aspergillosis by Direct PCR Using Tissue Specimens

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    van der Linden, Jan W. M.; Snelders, Eveline; Arends, Jan P.; Daenen, Simon M.; Melchers, Willem J. G.; Verweij, Paul E.

    2010-01-01

    We report the use of PCR techniques on a formalin-fixed and paraffin-embedded tissue specimen for direct detection of one dominant azole resistance mechanism in a case of disseminated invasive aspergillosis. Rapid detection of mutations associated with azole resistance directly in tissue significant

  12. Economic evaluation of voriconazole in the treatment of invasive aspergillosis in the Netherlands.

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    Jansen, J.P.; Meis, J.F.G.M.; Blijlevens, N.M.A.; Wout, J.W. van 't

    2005-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: To asses the cost-effectiveness of voriconazole in comparison to conventional amphotericin B and itraconazole for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis in the Netherlands. METHODS: The cost-effectiveness of voriconazole in comparison to conventional amphotericin B or itraconazole was ev

  13. Investigation of dissemination of aspergillosis in poultry and possible control measures

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Fungi belonging to genus Aspegillus are ubiquitous saprophytic microorganisms which are, in certain circumstances, responsible for clinical infections of respiratory tract in all poultry, particularly in young birds. In case of a lung form, Aspergillus fumigatus, A. niger and A. glaucus are the most frequently isolated fungi. In general, poultry is constantly exposed to these fungi in its environment. Predisposing factors, such as long exposition and highly contaminated environment and litter, high humidity in poultry houses, poor ventilation, malnutrition and stress, all contribute to clinical aspergillosis. Some geographic and seasonal regularities are observed in relation to the distribution of disease outbreaks. In this sense, cases of aspergillosis in our country were more frequently noted in wild areas located northern from the rivers Sava and Danube. Influence of some factors on the outbreak and spreading, as well as predominant clinical features of aspergillosis in poultry were investigated in this paper. Possible prophylactic and intervention measures were discussed. The occurrence of Aspergillus sp. in poultry was analyzed according to the clinical and laboratory investigations performed during the two selected years, 2000 and 2010. Widespread aspergillosis was noted in poultry flocks of different age, both in young and adult birds. During the years 2000 and 2010, acute aspergillosis was found in 12 and 16 commercial flocks of chickens and turkeys, respectively. Ocular infection with Aspergillus was determined in 10 day old broilers from two flocks. Aspergillus sp. was isolated from unhatched eggs (6.86%, litter (23.07%, environmental (36.17% and hatchery swabs (3.85%. Besides the appropriate antifungal therapy, enforcement of proper sanitary-hygiene measures on poultry farms and hatcheries, as well as microbiological control of feed are considered essential for an efficient control of infection and its spreading.

  14. Radiological and clinical findings of pulmonary aspergillosis following solid organ transplant

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    Park, Y.S. [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center (Korea, Republic of); Seo, J.B. [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center (Korea, Republic of)], E-mail: seojb@amc.seoul.kr; Lee, Y.K. [Department of Radiology, Bundang CHA Hospital, University of Pocheon Jungmoon College of Medicine (Korea, Republic of); Do, K.H.; Lee, J.S.; Song, J.-W.; Song, K.S. [Department of Radiology and Research Institute of Radiology, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Asan Medical Center (Korea, Republic of)

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    Aim: To evaluate the radiological and clinical findings in patients with pulmonary aspergillosis after solid organ transplantation. Materials and methods: This study included 13 consecutive patients (five liver, four kidney, and four heart transplant; 10 male and three female; median age 54 years; range 13-63 years) with histologically confirmed pulmonary aspergillosis after solid organ transplantation at a tertiary referral hospital. Chest radiographs and computed tomography (CT) examinations performed for diagnosis were available in all patients. Radiological findings, such as lesion characteristics, location, and associated findings, were assessed retrospectively by two radiologists. The changes in radiological findings and clinical response after treatment were also assessed. Clinical findings, such as time of onset, initial symptoms, clinical course, and laboratory findings, were reviewed. Results: The most common radiographic and CT findings were pulmonary nodules or masses (n = 12). The number of nodules or masses was less than 10 in eight patients. Associated findings were surrounding ground-glass opacity (n = 4), central low density (n = 8), central air cavity (n = 5), and air bronchogram (n = 3). Follow-up radiographs and/or CT after treatment showed improvement in eight patients, persistence in two, and deterioration in three. The onset time of pulmonary aspergillosis was a median of 32 days (range 15-165 days). The most common symptom at diagnosis was fever (n = 6). Ten of 13 patients did not have leucopaenia. There were two aspergillosis-associated deaths during the follow-up period. Conclusion: The most common radiological finding of pulmonary aspergillosis after solid organ transplantation is multiple nodules or masses, which commonly appear within 1 month following transplantation.

  15. Secretion of a fungal protease represents a complement evasion mechanism in cerebral aspergillosis.

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    Rambach, Günter; Dum, David; Mohsenipour, Iradj; Hagleitner, Magdalena; Würzner, Reinhard; Lass-Flörl, Cornelia; Speth, Cornelia

    2010-04-01

    Complement represents a central immune weapon in the brain, but the high lethality of cerebral aspergillosis indicates a low efficacy of the antifungal complement attack. Studies with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples derived from a patient with cerebral aspergillosis showed a degradation of complement proteins, implying that Aspergillus might produce proteases to evade their antimicrobial potency. Further investigations of this hypothesis showed that Aspergillus, when cultured in CSF to simulate growth conditions in the brain, secreted a protease that can cleave various complement proteins. Aspergillus fumigatus, the most frequent cause of cerebral aspergillosis, destroyed complement activity more efficiently than other Aspergillus species. The degradation of complement in CSF resulted in a drastic reduction of the capacity to opsonize fungal hyphae. Furthermore, the Aspergillus-derived protease could diminish the amount of complement receptor CR3, a surface molecule to mediate eradication of opsonized pathogens, on granulocytes and microglia. The lack of these prerequisites caused a significant decrease in phagocytosis of primary microglia. Additional studies implied that the complement-degrading activity shares many characteristics with the previously described alkaline protease Alp1. To improve the current therapy for cerebral aspergillosis, we tried to regain the antifungal effects of complement by repressing the secretion of this degrading activity. Supplementation of CSF with nitrogen sources rescued the complement proteins and abolished any cleavage. Glutamine or arginine are of special interest for this purpose since they represent endogenous substances in the CNS and might be included in a future supportive therapy to reduce the high lethality of cerebral aspergillosis. PMID:20303595

  16. Refractory invasive aspergillosis controlled with posaconazole and pulmonary surgery in a patient with chronic granulomatous disease: case report.

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    Kepenekli, Eda; Soysal, Ahmet; Kuzdan, Canan; Ermerak, Nezih Onur; Yüksel, Mustafa; Bakır, Mustafa

    2014-01-01

    Invasive aspergillosis is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. Among primary immunodefiencies, chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) has the highest prevalence of invasive fungal diseases. Voriconazole is recommended for the primary treatment of invasive aspergillosis in most patients. In patients whose aspergillosis is refractory to voriconazole, therapeutic options include changing class of antifungal, for example using an amphotericin B formulation, an echinocandin, combination therapy, or further use of azoles. Posaconazole is a triazole derivative which is effective in Aspergillosis prophylaxis and treatment. Rarely, surgical therapy may be needed in some patients. Lesions those are contiguous with the great vessels or the pericardium, single cavitary lesion that cause hemoptysis, lesions invading the chest wall, aspergillosis that involves the skin and the bone are the indications for surgical therapy.Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is an inherited immundeficiency caused by defects in the phagocyte nicotinamide adenine dinucleotidephosphate (NADPH) oxidase complex which is mainstay of killing microorganisms. CGD is characterized by recurrent life-threatening bacterial and fungal infections and by abnormally exuberant inflammatory responses leading to granuloma formation, such as granulomatous enteritis, genitourinary obstruction, and wound dehiscence. The diagnosis is made by neutrophil function testing and the genotyping.Herein, we present a case with CGD who had invasive pulmonary aspergillosis refractory to voriconazole and liposomal amphotericine B combination therapy that was controlled with posaconazole treatment and pulmonary surgery. PMID:24401677

  17. Invasive aspergillosis osteomyelitis in children - a case report and review of the literature

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    Immunocompromised patients are at high risk of secondary infection associated with high morbidity. In children these complications include fungal osteomyelitis due to continuous infiltration or hematogenous spread. The case of a 4-year-old boy is presented who developed lumbalgia and thigh pain during ongoing chemotherapy for acute lymphatic leukemia. MRI revealed infarct-like lesions in the femur and L5 vertebra, which were biopsied. The histologic diagnosis was consistent with angioinvasive aspergillosis. A multifocal osseous presentation has rarely been described in children and an overview of the literature is presented. Invasive aspergillosis is a rare complication to be considered in children with MRI-detected bony lesions of infarct-like appearance. (orig.)

  18. Protective role of mannan-binding lectin in a murine model of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis

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    Kaur, S; Gupta, VK; Thiel, Steffen;

    2007-01-01

    Innate immune molecules such as lung collectins and serum pentraxins have evolved as important host defence proteins against Aspergillus fumigatus, a medically important opportunistic fungal pathogen. Mannan-binding lectin (MBL), an opsonin and lectin complement pathway activator, constitutes...... of externally administered recombinant human (rh) MBL towards anti-fungal defence in invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) by in vivo and in vitro studies. In murine models of IPA with corticosteroid-induced immunosuppression, rhMBL-treated mice showed 80% survival compared to untreated IPA mice...... observed only when MBL was supplemented with MBL-deficient serum. The study suggests a therapeutic role of ex vivo-administered MBL in host defence against aspergillosis, possibly through MBL-mediated complement activation and other protective mechanisms aimed both directly at the pathogen, and indirectly...

  19. Invasive aspergillosis osteomyelitis in children - a case report and review of the literature

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    Winterstein, Anton R.; Bohndorf, Klaus; Vollert, Kurt [Klinikum Augsburg, Department of Radiology, Augsburg (Germany); Wagner, Theodor [Klinikum Augsburg, Department of Pathology, Augsburg (Germany); Gnekow, Astrid [Klinikum Augsburg, Department of Pediatrics, Augsburg (Germany); Roemer, Frank W. [Klinikum Augsburg, Department of Radiology, Augsburg (Germany); Boston University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, Boston, MA (United States)

    2010-08-15

    Immunocompromised patients are at high risk of secondary infection associated with high morbidity. In children these complications include fungal osteomyelitis due to continuous infiltration or hematogenous spread. The case of a 4-year-old boy is presented who developed lumbalgia and thigh pain during ongoing chemotherapy for acute lymphatic leukemia. MRI revealed infarct-like lesions in the femur and L5 vertebra, which were biopsied. The histologic diagnosis was consistent with angioinvasive aspergillosis. A multifocal osseous presentation has rarely been described in children and an overview of the literature is presented. Invasive aspergillosis is a rare complication to be considered in children with MRI-detected bony lesions of infarct-like appearance. (orig.)

  20. Aspergillosis of bilateral breast and chest wall in an immunocompetent male masquerading as breast cancer

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    Jitendra G Nasit

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Fungal species are not frequently encountered in an immunocompetent host. Invasive aspergillosis typically occurs in severely immunocompromised patient. Aspergillus infection of breast and chest wall are rarely encountered in an immunocompetent as well as in immunocompromised host. Till date only 13 cases of fungal infection of breast and chest wall have been reported in the literature. This report presents a case of aspergillosis of bilateral breast and chest wall in an immunocompetent male, clinically mimicking breast cancer. Diagnosis was achieved by fine-needle aspiration cytology and subsequently Aspergillus flavus was identified on fungal culture. The patient was successfully treated with voriconazole. Prompt diagnosis by cytology and appropriate treatment is necessary to prevent adverse outcome. Here, we present this rare case of fungal infection of breast and chest wall with relevant review of the literature.

  1. Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis: Case Report and Review of Literature

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    Galiatsatos, Panagis; Melia, Michael T.; Silhan, Leann L.

    2016-01-01

    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) results from a hypersensitivity response to airways colonization with Aspergillus fumigatus, and it occurs most often in individuals with asthma or cystic fibrosis. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis is an indolent, but potentially progressive, disease in patients. In patients infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), ABPA is rare, and its description in the literature is limited to case reports. We describe the occurrence of ABPA in a 37-year-old woman with well controlled HIV infection. This represents the first documented case of ABPA in an HIV-infected patient whose only pulmonary comorbidity included the ramifications of prior acute respiratory distress syndrome due to Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia. We also review prior case reports of ABPA in HIV-infected patients and consider risk factors for its development.

  2. Aspergilose pulmonar necrotizante crônica Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis

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    Eduardo Felipe Barbosa Silva

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available A aspergilose pulmonar necrotizante crônica é uma das formas de aspergilose pulmonar usualmente encontrada em pacientes com imunossupressão leve. Apresentamos o caso de uma paciente com queixas de tosse produtiva crônica, febre e astenia. Havia utilizado corticóides. A TC do tórax evidenciava consolidação com cavitação de permeio no lobo superior direito. A fibrobroncoscopia demonstrou secreção purulenta em árvore traqueobrônquica e lesão vegetante endobrônquica. Biópsias desta lesão e biópsia transbrônquica foram compatíveis com aspergilose. Diante do quadro clínico, radiológico e histopatológico, o diagnóstico de aspergilose pulmonar necrotizante crônica foi realizado. Tratada com itraconazol, a paciente apresentou boa evolução clínico-radiológica.Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis is one of the forms of pulmonary aspergillosis typically found in mildly immunocompromised patients. We report the case of a female patient with complaints of chronic productive cough, fever and asthenia. She reported previous corticosteroid use. A CT scan of the chest revealed consolidation with interposed cavitation in the right upper lobe. Fiberoptic bronchoscopy revealed purulent fluid within the tracheobronchial tree and an endobronchial exophytic lesion. The results of the biopsy of that lesion and the transbronchial biopsy were consistent with aspergillosis. Based on the clinical, radiological and histopathological findings, the patient was diagnosed with chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis. Treated with itraconazole, the patient presented a favorable clinical-radiological evolution.

  3. Invasive aspergillosis in the aortic arch with infectious Aspergillus lesions in pulmonary bullae

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    Isao Watanabe

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available A patient with pulmonary bullae died of massive hemoptysis. At autopsy a hole was observed in the aortic wall. A microscopic examination indicated small Aspergillus lesions in pulmonary bullae and extensive necrotic lesions with Aspergillus hyphae in the media of the thoracic aorta. These findings led to a diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis in the aortic arch. This is a rare case in which Aspergillus invaded the aorta in a patient without hematologic neoplasms or neutropenia.

  4. Pulmonary Aspergillosis in a Previously Healthy 13-Year-Old Boy

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    Jonathan H. Rayment

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD is a rare, polygenic primary immunodeficiency. In this case report, we describe a previously healthy 13-year-old boy who presented with multifocal pulmonary aspergillosis and was subsequently diagnosed with an autosomal recessive form of chronic granulomatous disease. CGD has a variable natural history and age of presentation and should be considered when investigating a patient with recurrent or severe infections with catalase-positive organisms.

  5. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis caused by Aspergillus versicolor in a patient on mechanical ventilation

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    MV Pravin Charles; M Ravishankar; Easow, Joshy M; Noyal Mariya Joseph

    2011-01-01

    Aspergillus spp. often colonise the respiratory tract of critically ill patients in intensive care units and subsequently cause invasive disease. The risk of developing invasive disease is more in immunocompromised patients. Here we report a case of fatal invasive pulmonary aspergillosis caused by Aspergillus versicolor in a post-operative patient on mechanical ventilation, who did not respond to intravenous itraconazole. We then discuss the challenges involved in the accurate diagnosis of th...

  6. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis complicating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in an immunocompetent patient.

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    Ali Z

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Immunocompromised individuals are susceptible to pulmonary aspergillus infection, but invasive aspergillus infection is extremely rare in the presence of normal immunity. We report a case of invasive aspergillosis in an immunocompetent 63-year-old male with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD. Patients with COPD may be at risk for developing pulmonary aspergillus infection, which should be considered as a diagnostic possibility in patients with unresolving pulmonary infection.

  7. The Diagnosis of Invasive and Noninvasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis by Serum and Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid Galactomannan Assay

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    Shuzhen Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The incidence and mortality of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA are rising, particularly in critically ill patients and patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD. Noninvasive aspergillosis occurring in these patients requires special attention because of the possibility of developing subsequent IPA, given the poor health and worsened immune state of these patients. We compared the performance of the Platelia galactomannan (GM enzyme immunoassay in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF and serum. The sensitivity, and specificity of BALF-GM were 85.4% and 62.4%, and those of serum-GM were 67.9% and 93.5% at the cutoff index of 0.5. As the cutoff index increased, the specificity of BALF-GM detection was increased with the detriment of sensitivity. The area under the ROC curves was 0.817 (95% CI: 0.718–0.916 for BALF-GM and 0.819 (95% CI: 0.712–0.926 for serum-GM. The optimal cutoff index was 1.19 for BALF-GM, and the sensitivity and specificity were 67.9% and 89.2%. The BALF-GM assay is more sensitive in detecting pulmonary aspergillosis than serum-GM assay and fungal cultures. However, BALF-GM assay has a high false-positive rate at the cutoff index of 0.5. Hence, the diagnostic cutoff index of the BALF-GM assay should be improved to avoid the overdiagnosis of pulmonary aspergillosis in clinic.

  8. Early diagnosis and treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in a patient with cystic fibrosis

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    Mosquera, Ricardo Alberto; Estrada, Lila; Clements, Roya Mohebpour; Jon, Cindy K

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    Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis is a rare and fatal complication in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) who lack concomitant risk factors. The few documented cases in children have all resulted in deaths during hospitalisation. We present the case of a 12-year-old boy with CF who was admitted for an exacerbation which was unresponsive to antibiotic therapy. The findings on imaging raised concerns about a possible fungal infection. As a result, voriconazole therapy was started prior to his res...

  9. Invasive aspergillosis causing small bowel infarction in a patient of carcinoma breast undergoing chemotherapy

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    Jain Vinod

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To report a 45 year old lady presenting with proximal jejunal gangrene due to invasive Aspergillosis. The patient was undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy for advance carcinoma of breast (Stage IV. Methods The patient was referred to our surgical emergency for acute abdominal symptoms for 6 hours. Histopathology revealed bowel wall necrosis and vascular invasion by Aspergillus Fumigatus. Postoperative recovery was uneventful and the patient received Amphotericin-B (1 mg/kg/day for invasive aspergillosis. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis was confirmed by isolating Aspergillus Fumigatus from bronchoalveolar lavage and by a positive circulating galactomannan test (ELISA Assay. Results Detailed history revealed dry cough and two episodes of haemoptesis for 2 weeks. Haemogram and counts revealed anemia and neutropenia. Plain X – ray of the abdomen showed multiple air fluid levels and ultrasound of the abdomen revealed distended bowel loops. On exploration small bowel was found to be gangrenous. The patient was successfully managed by supportive treatment and conventional intravenous Amphotericin-B for 2 weeks. The lady was discharged one week after completion of antifungal therapy and one month later she underwent toilet mastectomy. The lady came to follow up for 1 year and she is currently under hormone therapy. Conclusion With the emergence of new and powerful immunosuppressive, anticancer drugs and potent antibiotics the survival of transplant and critically ill patients has remarkably increased but it has shown a significant rise in the incidence of invasive opportunistic fungal infections. We conclude hat the diagnosis of invasive gastrointestinal aspergillosis may be considered in a neutropenic patient with acute abdominal symptoms.

  10. Early molecular diagnosis of aspergillosis in a patient with acute myeloid leukaemia

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    Greco, R; Mancini, N.; Peccatori, J.; Cieri, N.; Vago, L.; F. Giglio; Morelli, M; Ghidoli, N; Carletti, S; Levati, G; Crucitti, L; E. Sala; Lupo Stanghellini, M T; Lorentino, F; Forcina, A

    2014-01-01

    Diagnosis of invasive fungal infection remains challenging. Here we report a case of early diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis in a neutropenic patient affected by acute myeloid leukaemia, achieved through the detection of Aspergillus fumigatus species-specific ribonucleic acid sequences by a sensitive multiplex real-time polymerase chain reaction-based molecular assay. Thanks to the early diagnosis, targeted therapy was promptly established and the severe fungal infection controlled, allowin...

  11. Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene mutations in allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.

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    Miller, P. W.; Hamosh, A.; Macek, M.; Greenberger, P. A.; MacLean, J; Walden, S M; Slavin, R G; Cutting, G R

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    The etiology of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is not well understood. A clinical phenotype resembling the pulmonary disease seen in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients can occur in some individuals with ABPA. Reports of familial occurrence of ABPA and increased incidence in CF patients suggest a possible genetic basis for the disease. To test this possibility, the entire coding region of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) gene was analyzed in 11 individuals who met ...

  12. Aspergillosis in Intensive Care Unit (ICU patients: epidemiology and economic outcomes

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    Baddley John W

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Few data are available regarding the epidemiology of invasive aspergillosis (IA in ICU patients. The aim of this study was to examine epidemiology and economic outcomes (length of stay, hospital costs among ICU patients with IA who lack traditional risk factors for IA, such as cancer, transplants, neutropenia or HIV infection. Methods Retrospective cohort study using Premier Inc. Perspective™ US administrative hospital database (2005–2008. Adults with ICU stays and aspergillosis (ICD-9 117.3 plus 484.6 who received initial antifungal therapy (AF in the ICU were included. Patients with traditional risk factors (cancer, transplant, neutropenia, HIV/AIDS were excluded. The relationship of antifungal therapy and co-morbidities to economic outcomes were examined using Generalized linear models. Results From 6,424 aspergillosis patients in the database, 412 (6.4% ICU patients with IA were identified. Mean age was 63.9 years and 53% were male. Frequent co-morbidities included steroid use (77%, acute respiratory failure (76% and acute renal failure (41%. In-hospital mortality was 46%. The most frequently used AF was voriconazole (71% received at least once. Mean length of stay (LOS was 26.9 days and mean total hospital cost was $76,235. Each 1 day lag before initiating AF therapy was associated with 1.28 days longer hospital stay and 3.5% increase in costs (p  Conclusions Invasive aspergillosis in ICU patients is associated with high mortality and hospital costs. Antifungal timing impacts economic outcomes. These findings underscore the importance of timely diagnosis, appropriate treatment, and consideration of Aspergillus as a potential etiology in ICU patients.

  13. Immunohistochemical Analysis of Leucocyte Subsets in the Sinonasal Mucosa of Cats with Upper Respiratory Tract Aspergillosis.

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    Whitney, J L; Krockenberger, M B; Day, M J; Beatty, J A; Dhand, N K; Barrs, V R

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    Leucocyte populations in the sinonasal mucosa of cats with and without upper respiratory tract aspergillosis were compared using immunohistochemistry and computer-aided morphometry. Inflammation was identified in the nasal mucosa of all affected cats, comprising predominantly of lymphoplasmacytic infiltration of the lamina propria associated with epithelial proliferation and degeneration. There was intense and diffuse expression of class II antigens of the major histocompatibility complex, associated with sites of hyphal invasion with hyperplasia and ulceration of the epithelium adjacent to fungal elements. Significantly more CD79b(+) cells, total lymphocytes, immunoglobulin (Ig)-expressing cells and MAC387(+) cells infiltrated the epithelium and more IgG(+) cells and total Ig-expressing cells infiltrated the lamina propria in affected cats compared with controls. Importantly, the inflammatory profile in affected cats was not consistent with the T helper (Th)1 and Th17 cell-mediated response that confers protective acquired immunity against invasive aspergillosis in dogs and people and in murine models of the infection. This finding may help to explain the development of invasive aspergillosis in systemically immunocompetent cats. PMID:27576043

  14. A case series of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis and a new proposal.

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    Tashiro, Takayoshi; Izumikawa, Koichi; Tashiro, Masato; Morinaga, Yoshitomo; Nakamura, Shigeki; Imamura, Yoshifumi; Miyazaki, Taiga; Kakeya, Hiroshi; Yamamoto, Yoshihiro; Yanagihara, Katsunori; Hayashi, Tomayoshi; Nagayasu, Takeshi; Kohno, Shigeru

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    Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis (CNPA) is an indolent, cavitating process in the lungs resulting from invasion of lung tissue by Aspergillus spp. However, most previous reports have not found any clear evidence of parenchymal invasion, and clinical distinction between CNPA and chronic cavitary pulmonary aspergillosis (CCPA) is difficult. We performed a histopathological study of lung specimens obtained by autopsy, surgical resection, or biopsy to clarify the characteristic pathological and clinical features of CNPA. We present 4 cases of proven CNPA, diagnosed by histological demonstration of tissue invasion by the fungus, and present its clinical features. These 4 patients were male, and the mean age was 62 years (range, 51-75 years). Their underlying conditions were chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (n = 3), sequelae of pulmonary tuberculosis (n = 2), and diabetes mellitus (n = 1). Aspergillus precipitation tests were positive for 3; and Aspergillus antigen tests were positive for 2 on admission, and subsequently, for all 4. The isolated pathogens were Aspergillus niger for 1 and A. fumigatus for 1. Initial radiographic findings were infiltrates or nodular lesions, which slowly progressed and cavitated before the appearance of fungus balls. Although CNPA has characteristic pathological features, it is clinically difficult to distinguish CNPA from CCPA. We propose to use the term chronic progressive pulmonary aspergillosis for both CNPA and CCPA. PMID:23883842

  15. Invasive Aspergillosis in a Renal Transplant Recipient Successfully Treated with Interferon-Gamma

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    C. Estrada

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis is a serious complication of solid organ transplantation. An early diagnosis is hampered by the lack of reliable serum markers and, even if appropriately diagnosed and treated with current antifungal agents, has a high mortality rate. We report a case of invasive pulmonary and cerebral aspergillosis in a renal transplant patient treated with IFN-γ in conjunction with combination anti-fungal therapy for six weeks in whom complete resolution of the fungal infection was achieved. Renal function remained intact throughout the treatment period. Surveillance CT scans of the chest and head showed resolution of prior disease but revealed a new left upper lobe mass four months after completion of treatment with IFN-γ. Biopsy of the lesion was positive for primary lung adenocarcinoma, for which she underwent left upper lobe resection. The pathology report confirmed clear surgical margins and lymph nodes and no evidence of fungal hyphae. IFN-γ should be considered early in the management of invasive aspergillosis in renal transplant patients. To date, allograft rejection has not been encountered.

  16. Erythropoietin combined with liposomal amphotericin b improves outcome during disseminated aspergillosis in mice

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    nathalie erousseau

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Disseminated aspergillosis is responsible for a high mortality rate despite the use of antifungal drugs. Adjuvant therapies are urgently needed to improve the outcome. The aim of this study was to demonstrate that the cytoprotective effect of erythropoietin combined to amphotericin b can reduce the mortality rate in a murine model of disseminated aspergillosis. After infection with Aspergillus fumigatus, neutropenic mice were randomized to receive vehicle or 7,5 mg/Kg of Liposomal Amphotericin B (LAmB or 7,5 mg/Kg of LAmB combined with 1000 IU/Kg of EPO (16 mice per group. Aspergillus galactomannan and organ cultures were performed to evaluate fungal burden at day 5. Cumulative long-term survival was analyzed at day 12 post-infection according to the Kaplan-Meier method. At day 5, fungal burden was similar between non-treated and treated groups. At day 12, mortality rates were 75 %, 62.5 % and 31 % in control group, LAmB group and EPO/LAmB group, respectively. We observed a significant decreased in mortality using EPO/LAmB combination compared to control group (p < 0.01. LAmB single treatment did not improve the survival rate compared to control group (p = 0.155.Our results provided the first evidence that erythropoietin improved the outcome of mice presenting disseminated aspergillosis when combined with amphotericin b.

  17. Aspergillus PCR in serum for the diagnosis, follow-up and prognosis of invasive aspergillosis in neutropenic and nonneutropenic patients.

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    Imbert, S; Gauthier, L; Joly, I; Brossas, J-Y; Uzunov, M; Touafek, F; Brun, S; Mazier, D; Datry, A; Gay, F; Fekkar, A

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    We evaluated the usefulness of a serum Aspergillus PCR assay for the diagnosis and prognosis of invasive aspergillosis in a study involving 941 patients for a total of 5146 serum samples. Fifty-one patients had proven/probable aspergillosis. We compared galactomannan (GM), PCR and mycologic analysis of pulmonary samples in both neutropenic and nonneutropenic patients. PCR performed in serum yielded 66.7% sensitivity, 98.7% specificity, 75.6% positive predictive value and 98.0% negative predictive value, while the GM index yielded 78.4% sensitivity, 87.5% specificity, 27% positive predictive value and 98.6% negative predictive value. The inclusion of PCR in the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) and the Mycosis Study Group (MSG) mycologic criteria permitted the reclassification of nine other cases from possible to probable aspergillosis and increased the sensitivity to 71.7%. Combining the GM index with serum PCR increased the detection rate of invasive aspergillosis with 88.2% sensitivity. PCR was systematically negative in 16 patients with noninvasive forms of aspergillosis (namely aspergilloma and chronic aspergillosis). Remaining PCR positive after a period of 14 to 20 days of treatment was related to poor outcome at 30 and 90 days. Our results also indicate that, unlike the determination of the GM index, the initial fungus load as determined by PCR was highly predictive of 90-day mortality, with the rate of the latter being 15.8% for patients with PCR appears to be a powerful and interesting tool for the identification of patients with invasive aspergillosis who might benefit from more intense care.

  18. Performance of serum biomarkers for the early detection of invasive aspergillosis in febrile, neutropenic patients: a multi-state model.

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    Michaël Schwarzinger

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The performance of serum biomarkers for the early detection of invasive aspergillosis expectedly depends on the timing of test results relative to the empirical administration of antifungal therapy during neutropenia, although a dynamic evaluation framework is lacking. METHODS: We developed a multi-state model describing simultaneously the likelihood of empirical antifungal therapy and the risk of invasive aspergillosis during neutropenia. We evaluated whether the first positive test result with a biomarker is an independent predictor of invasive aspergillosis when both diagnostic information used to treat and risk factors of developing invasive aspergillosis are taken into account over time. We applied the multi-state model to a homogeneous cohort of 185 high-risk patients with acute myeloid leukemia. Patients were prospectively screened for galactomannan antigenemia twice a week for immediate treatment decision; 2,214 serum samples were collected on the same days and blindly assessed for (1->3- β-D-glucan antigenemia and a quantitative PCR assay targeting a mitochondrial locus. RESULTS: The usual evaluation framework of biomarker performance was unable to distinguish clinical benefits of β-glucan or PCR assays. The multi-state model evidenced that the risk of invasive aspergillosis is a complex time function of neutropenia duration and risk management. The quantitative PCR assay accelerated the early detection of invasive aspergillosis (P = .010, independently of other diagnostic information used to treat, while β-glucan assay did not (P = .53. CONCLUSIONS: The performance of serum biomarkers for the early detection of invasive aspergillosis is better apprehended by the evaluation of time-varying predictors in a multi-state model. Our results provide strong rationale for prospective studies testing a preemptive antifungal therapy, guided by clinical, radiological, and bi-weekly blood screening with galactomannan

  19. A new and clinically relevant murine model of solid-organ transplant aspergillosis

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    Susanne Herbst

    2013-05-01

    Invasive fungal infections (IFIs are a major cause of death in organ transplant patients. The murine hydrocortisone-mediated immunosuppression model of pulmonary aspergillosis is commonly used to characterise IFIs in these patients. However, this model does not take into account the effects of calcineurin inhibitors on transplant immunity to IFIs or the fungal calcineurin pathway, which is required for both virulence and antifungal drug resistance. To address these two issues, a new and clinically relevant transplant immunosuppression model of tacrolimus (FK506 and hydrocortisone-associated pulmonary aspergillosis was developed. We first characterised IFIs in 406 patients with a lung transplant. This showed that all of the patients with pulmonary aspergillosis were immunosuppressed with calcineurin inhibitors and steroids. Murine pharmacokinetic studies demonstrated that an ideal dose of 1 mg/kg/day of FK506 intraperitoneally produced blood trough levels in the human therapeutic range (5–12 ng/ml. There was increased mortality from pulmonary aspergillosis in a transplant-relevant immunosuppression model using both FK506 and hydrocortisone as compared with immunosuppression using hydrocortisone only. Lung histopathology showed neutrophil invasion and tracheobronchitis that was associated with reduced lung tumour necrosis factor-α (TNFα, JE (homologue of human MCP-1 and KC (homologue of human IL-8 at 24 hours, but increased lung TNFα, JE and KC at 48 hours when fungal burden was high. Furthermore, FK506 directly impaired fungal killing in alveolar macrophages in vitro, with FK506-mediated inhibition of the radial growth of Aspergillus fumigatus in vitro occurring at the low concentration of 5 ng/ml. Taken together, these findings show that the immunosuppressive activity of FK506 outweighs its antifungal activity in vivo. These observations demonstrate that FK506 impairs innate immune responses and leads to an incremental increase in susceptibility to IFIs when

  20. Protective Effector Cells of the Recombinant Asp f3 Anti-Aspergillosis Vaccine

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    Diana eDiaz-Arevalo

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available An Aspergillus fumigatus vaccine based on recombinant Asp f3 protein has the potential to prevent aspergillosis in humans, a devastating fungal disease that is the prime obstacle to the success of hematopoietic cell transplantation. This vaccine protects cortisone acetate (CA-immunosuppressed mice from invasive pulmonary aspergillosis via CD4+ T cell mediators. Aside from these mediators, the nature of downstream fungicidal effectors is not well understood. Neutrophils and macrophages protect immunocompetent individuals from invasive fungal infections, and selective neutrophil depletion rendered mice susceptible to aspergillosis whereas macrophage depletion failed to increase fungal susceptibility. We investigated the effect of neutrophil depletion on rAsp f3 vaccine protection, and explored differences in pathophysiology and susceptibility between CA-immunosuppression and neutrophil depletion. In addition to being protective under CA-immunosuppression, the vaccine also had a protective effect in neutrophil-depleted mice. However, in non-immunized mice, a ten-fold higher conidial dose was required to induce similar susceptibility to infection with neutrophil-depletion than with CA- immunosuppression. The lungs of non-immunized neutrophil-depleted mice became invaded by a patchy dense mycelium with highly branched hyphae, and the peribronchial inflammatory infiltrate consisted mainly of CD3+ T cells and largely lacked macrophages. In contrast, lungs of non-immunized CA-immunosuppressed mice were more evenly scattered with short hyphal elements. With rAsp f3-vaccination, the lungs were largely clear of fungal burden under either immunosuppressive condition. We conclude that neutrophils, although substantial for innate antifungal protection of immunocompetent hosts, are not the relevant effectors for rAsp f3-vaccine derived protection of immunosuppressed hosts. It is therefore more likely that macrophages represent the crucial effectors of the r

  1. Chest radiographic staging in allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis: relationship with immunological findings.

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    Kiely, J L

    2012-02-03

    The question of whether a chest radiographic severity staging system could be correlated with standard blood\\/serum diagnostic indices in allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) was addressed in 41 patients. Asthma and positive Aspergillus fumigatus (AF) serology were considered essential diagnostic inclusion criteria. Eosinophil count, serum immunoglobulin (Ig)E and immediate skin hypersensitivity were also tested to grade patients as "definite" or "likely" ABPA. Definite cases had all five of these factors present, whereas likely cases had three or more. Chest radiographs were examined by experienced radiologists blinded to the clinical data. The six-stage radiographic score (0-5) was based on the severity and duration of changes seen: stage 0: normal; stage 1: transient hyperinflation; stage 2: transient minor changes; stage 3: transient major changes; stage 4: permanent minor changes; and stage 5: permanent major changes. Significant positive correlations (p<0.05) were observed between peak AF titres (expressed as an index), peak eosinophil count and radiographic severity stage. When considered as subgroups, these correlations approached, but did not reach, significance for the group with "likely" ABPA (n=28), but in the group with definite ABPA (n=13), there was a high correlation between radiographic score and peak AF index (r=0.59), as well as peak eosinophil count (r=0.62). This study suggests that the peak Aspergillus fumigatus index and eosinophil counts correlate best with the severity of radiographic stages in allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. This chest radiographic staging system may be useful in the clinical assessment and management of patients with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, particularly in those patients with more severe radiographic stages.

  2. Galactomannan and Real-Time PCR in the diagnosis of invasive Aspergillosis: preliminary data

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    Cristina Pedrotti

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis is notoriously difficult. The standard culture-based methods have shown considerable limitations in performance. For this reason, non-culture methods have been increasingly employed for the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis, and, among them, the methods based on Real-Time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR. In this study we assess the contribution in lowering diagnosis errors provided by the RT-PCR method when run alongside other methods. We analyzed 23 biological samples, 14 serum samples, and 9 bronchoalveolar lavage samples (BAL from 10 immunocompromised patients who were selected according to EORTC/MSG criteria (European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer/Mycoses Study Group. On the serum sample we searched the galactomannan (GM (Platelia Aspergillus® and the fungal genome (MycAssayTMAspergillus; the BAL samples were subjected also to the culture tests. In 11 serum samples the results showed concordance between GM and RT–PCR tests, while in 3 samples we report discordance: 2 results were GM positive and RT-PCR negative, and 1 results GM negative and RT-PCR indeterminate. In 5 BAL samples the results showed concordance between the two methods, while 4 were GM positive and RT-PCR negative. The data, although still preliminary, suggest an increased accuracy in the diagnosis of suspected invasive aspergillosis when employing both RT-PCR and GM tests given that the RT-PCR test eliminates the false positive results of the GM test. The PCR methods require, however, further applications of this type of diagnostic because of the severe limit given by the lack of standardization.

  3. Occlusion of the syrinx as a manifestation of aspergillosis in Canada geese

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    Stroud, R.K.; Duncan, R.M.

    1982-01-01

    Aspergillosis has been described in many species of wild waterfowl, primarily as a disease of the respiratory tract. Typically, mycotic granulomas are found in the lungs. Air sacs may be thickened and contain discoid individual or coalescing greenish or bluish plaques resembling bread mold. Occasionally, there is systemic involvement, with granulomas in multiple organs. Carcasses often are emaciated, indicating a long-term course. In the present report, we describe a fatal acute manifestation of Aspergillus fumigatus infection that easily may be overlooked when examining wild waterfowl.

  4. Voriconazole in the treatment of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis in cystic fibrosis.

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    Glackin, L

    2009-01-01

    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) can cause a significant clinical deterioration in patients with cystic fibrosis. There is very little research in the current literature with regard to alternatives for treatment, apart from long courses of steroids. We conducted a retrospective review of all our patients with ABPA treated with the antifungal voriconazole and found there was a significant drop in IgE levels post treatment as well as a decrease in steroid dosing. The improvement in FEV was not statistically significant; however there was a very wide variation in pre-treatment levels.

  5. Management of nasal aspergillosis in a dog with a single, noninvasive intranasal infusion of clotrimazole

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    An 11-year-old, spayed female keeshond was presented for unilateral epistaxis and serous nasal discharge of four weeks duration. Initial nasal radiographs, rhinoscopy, and histopathology suggested severe, destructive lymphoplasmacytic rhinitis. The patient deteriorated while receiving an anti-inflammatory dose of prednisone. A computed tomographic scan of the nose demonstrated a soft-tissue density in both the right nasal cavity and frontal sinus. Samples for histopathology obtained at surgery were diagnostic for nasal aspergillosis. All clinical signs resolved with a single, noninvasive infusion of intranasal clotrimazole and a four-week course of oral itraconazole

  6. Common invasive fungal diseases: an overview of invasive candidiasis, aspergillosis, cryptococcosis, and Pneumocystis pneumonia.

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    Schmiedel, Yvonne; Zimmerli, Stephan

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    Every year, Candida, Aspergillus, Cryptococcus and Pneumocystis infect an estimated two million individuals worldwide. Most are immunocompromised or critically ill. Candida is the most common fungal pathogen of the critically ill and of recipients of transplanted abdominal organs. In high-risk haemato-oncological patients, in contrast, the introduction of antifungal prophylaxis with fluconazole and later with mould-active posaconazole has led to a remarkable reduction of invasive candidiasis and is likely to have a similar effect on invasive aspergillosis. Invasive aspergillosis remains the dominant invasive fungal disease (IFD) of haemato-oncological patients and solid-organ transplant recipients and is increasingly found in individuals with exacerbated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on corticosteroids. In the developed world, owing to antiretroviral therapy Pneumocystis pneumonia and cryptococcosis have become rare in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and are mainly found in solid-organ transplant recipients or immunocompromised patients. In the developing world, cryptococcosis remains a common and highly lethal disease of HIV positive individuals. With invasive candidiasis and invasive aspergillosis, timely diagnosis is the principal challenge. The clinical presentation is nonspecific and current diagnostic tests lack sensitivity and specificity. The combination of several tests improves sensitivity, but not specificity. Standardised polymerase chain-reaction-based assays may be promising tools for more rapid and specific diagnosis of candidiasis and invasive aspergillosis. Nevertheless, initiation of treatment is often based solely on clinical suspicion. Empirical therapy, however, may lead to over-treatment of patients without IFD or it may miss its target in the case of resistance. Despite the success of antifungal prophylaxis in reducing the incidence of IFDs in haemato-oncological patients, there are a considerable number of

  7. Primary cutaneous aspergillosis due to Aspergillus niger in an immunocompetent patient

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    Mohapatra S

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Primary cutaneous aspergillosis is a rare entity, usually caused by A. fumigatus and A. flavus . Here, we present such a case, manifested by ulceration due to A. niger, which remained undiagnosed for a prolonged period. The immunological status was intact, although the patient had associated severe fungal infection. Recurrence of the lesion occurred despite repeated anti-fungal therapies. Anti fungal testing was done based on the broth dilution (M-38A, NCCLS, USA method. The culture isolate was found to be sensitive to fluconazole and amphotericin B. Continuation of antifungal therapy improved the symptoms, reducing the size of the lesion.

  8. Case report - Bilateral renal aspergillosis in a patient with AIDS : A case report and review of reported cases

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    Oosten, A.W.; Sprenger, H.G.; Van Leeuwen, J.T.M.; Meessen, N.E.L.; Van Assen, S.

    2008-01-01

    Renal aspergillosis is an extremely uncommon complication in HIV-infected patients. In general, prognosis is poor and the need for nephrectomy is emphasized. We report the case of a 37-year-old patient with AIDS since April 2003 (CD4 count 10 cells/mm(3), a high viral load, Candida esophagitis, bila

  9. Progressive increase in cavitation with the evolution of fungus ball: A clue to the diagnosis of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis

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    Prasad R

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis (CNPA is an uncommon pulmonary infection seen in the patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bronchiectasis, pneumoconiosis, diabetes mellitus, alcoholism, poor nutrition or low dose corticosteroid therapy. Here, we are presenting a case of CNPA with diabetes mellitus that was misdiagnosed as pulmonary tuberculosis.

  10. Eradication of Pulmonary Aspergillosis in an Adolescent Patient Undergoing Three Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantations for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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    Michaela Döring

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Systemic fungal infections are a major cause of infection-related mortality in patients with hematologic malignancies. This report addresses the case of an adolescent patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia who underwent three allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantations and developed pulmonary aspergillosis. Combination therapy with liposomal amphotericin B (L-AmB, 3 mg/kg bw/day and caspofungin (CAS, 50 mg/day during the first allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT improved the pulmonary situation. After shifting the antifungal combination therapy to oral voriconazole (2 × 200 mg/day and CAS, a new pulmonal lesion occurred alongside the improvements in the existing pulmonary aspergillosis. An antifungal combination during a second HSCT with L-AmB (3 mg/kg bw/day and CAS showed an improvement in the pulmonary aspergillosis. A combination therapy with CAS and L-AmB (1 mg/kg bw/day during the third HSCT led once again to progress the pulmonary aspergillosis, after increasing the L-AMB to 3 mg/kg bw/day for recovery. The presented case provides an example of how, despite severe immunosuppression, a combination of antifungal drugs administered intravenously at therapeutic dosages may be more efficient than either intravenous monotherapy or combinations of intravenous and oral antifungals in selecting pediatric and adolescent patients with proven fungal infections.

  11. Molecular identification of Emericella echinulata as a cause of Cerebral Aspergillosis in a patient following small bowel and liver transplantation

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    Molecular methods are now more commonly used for identification of the aspergilli and their teleomorphs and have led to reports of species not previously recognized as causing human disease. We report the first case of cerebral aspergillosis in a compromised patient caused by Emericella echinulata,...

  12. Immunochemical analysis of fumigaclavine mycotoxins in respiratory tissues and in blood serum of birds with confirmed aspergillosis.

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    Latif, Hadri; Gross, Madeleine; Fischer, Dominik; Lierz, Michael; Usleber, Ewald

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    The ergoline alkaloid fumigaclavine A (FuA) is one of the major mycotoxins produced by Aspergillus fumigatus, the main causative fungal agent of avian aspergillosis. To study in situ production of FuA, post-mortem respiratory tissues of various avian species, as well as blood samples of falcons (Falco sp.), were analysed by enzyme immunoassay (EIA). At a detection limit of 1.5 ng/ml, FuA EIA positive results were obtained for tissue samples from seven (64%) out of 11 birds with confirmed aspergillosis, with a maximum concentration of 38 ng/g, while all controls (n = 7) were negative. No FuA could be detected in blood serum (detection limit 0.7 ng/ml) of 15 falcons, experimentally inoculated with A. fumigatus conidia. Fungal mycelium material from tissue of clinical aspergillosis cases, cultured on malt extract agar, was highly positive in the FuA EIA in milligrams per gram range. Chromatographic analysis of mycelium extracts revealed the co-presence of FuA and the structurally related fumigaclavine C (FuC). Alkaline hydrolysis of FuA and FuC yielded the corresponding deacetylation products, FuB and FuE. This is the first report showing that fumigaclavine alkaloids are produced by A. fumigatus in situ during the course of clinical aspergillosis in birds; however, the role of these compounds in the pathogenesis of this disease is still unknown.

  13. A 76-year-old man with a right lung adenocarcinoma and invasive Aspergillosis.

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    Dos Santos, Vitorino Modesto; da Trindade, Marcos Correa; de Souza, Diogo Wagner da Silva; de Menezes, Ana Isabel Costa; Oguma, Patricia Midori; Nascimento, Afonso Lucas Oliveira

    2013-08-01

    A 76-year-old male with adenocarcinoma on the right lung underwent five cycles of chemotherapy with pemetrexed disodium, cisplatin, and dexamethasone. Imaging studies of control showed a node in a cavitary lesion on the left lung, and the main hypothesis was Aspergillus infection. PCR was utilized and contributed to establish the early diagnosis in this patient with invasive aspergillosis. Furthermore, the species Aspergillus fumigatus was characterized by its growing at 50 °C but not at 10 °C, typical culture features, and presence of subclavate vesicles. Diagnosis criteria for Aspergillus pulmonary infection include characteristic clinical and imaging findings, elevated C-reactive protein and erythrocyte sedimentation rate, positive specific serological test, and isolation of Aspergillus from bronchoalveolar cultures. Molecular methods, as PCR, have been useful to complement the conventional microbiological investigations in immunocompromised people with invasive fungal infections. The patient was successfully treated with a schedule of voriconazole 4 mg/kg intravenous infusion every 12 h for 21 days and then switched to oral administration of 200 mg twice a day. He has been comfortable, maintaining normal vital signs, and the results of the periodical microbiologic tests of control are negative. Pathogenesis of invasive aspergillosis in patients with lung cancer is not completely understood. Case studies may contribute to a better knowledge about Aspergillus infection in this setting. PMID:23615821

  14. Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis in pneumoconiosis - Clinical and radiologic findings in 10 patients

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    Kato, T.; Usami, I.; Morita, H.; Goto, M.; Hosoda, M.; Nakamura, A.; Shima, S. [Nagoya City University, Nagoya (Japan). School of Medicine, Dept. of Internal Medicine

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    The authors studied 10 male patients with pneumoconiosis who were seen at Asahi Rosai Hospital and received a clinical diagnosis of chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis (CNPA) during a 15-year period, and detailed the long-term clinical and radiologic courses of four cases. Their occupational histories included pottery making and coal mining. Chest radiographic findings by the International Labor Organization profusion grading system were greater than category 2. All patients were symptomatic, with a productive cough, haemoptysis, and dyspnea. Serum findings were positive for the aspergillosis antibody in seven patients. The radiologic findings consisted of parenchymal infiltrates and cavities mostly containing mycetoma, which generally involved the upper lobes. The disease progressed slowly; in one patient, broad destruction of the lung was observed after > 10 years without antifungal administration. Most of the patients experienced clinical and radiologic improvement after receiving antifungal therapy, by oral, inhaled, or intracavitary administration. It was concluded that chronic persistent or progressive upper-lobe infiltrates and cavities in patients with pneumoconiosis should raise the possibility of CNPA. Early diagnosis and initiation of effective therapy are recommended to achieve a better outcome.

  15. Epidemiology and antifungal resistance in invasive aspergillosis according to primary disease - review of the literature

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    Mayr A

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Aspergilli, less susceptible to antifungals emerge and resistance to azoles have been found mainly in Aspergillus fumigatus; this has launched a new phase in handling aspergillosis. Resistant strains have currently been reported from Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Norway, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK and the USA. Centres in the UK (Manchester and The Netherlands (Nijmegen have described particularly high frequencies (15 and 10% respectively, and a significant increase in azole resistance in recent years. The reason of this high incidence may be due to long term azole therapy in patients with chronic aspergillosis in Manchester, and due to high use of agricultural azoles in Nijmegen. The primary underlying mechanism of resistance is as a result of alterations in the cyp51A target gene, with a variety of mutations found in clinical isolates and one genotype identified in the environmental (LH98. Reports on well documented in vitro and in vivo resistance to echinocandins are rare for Aspergillus species and resistance may be under-diagnosed as susceptibility testing is less frequently performed due to technical reasons.

  16. Invasive aspergillosis in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients: a retrospective analysis

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    Viviane Maria Hessel Carvalho-Dias

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis (IA currently is an important cause of mortality in subjects undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT and is also an important cause of opportunistic respiratory and disseminated infections in other types of immunocompromised patients. We examined the medical records of 24 cases of proven and probable invasive aspergillosis (IA at the Hospital de Clinicas of the Federal University of Parana, Brazil, from January 1996 to October 2006. During this period occurred a mean of 2.2 cases per year or 3.0 cases per 100 HSTC transplants. There was a significant relationship between structural changes in the bone marrow transplant (BMT Unit and the occurrence of IA cases (p=0.034, relative risk (RR = 2.47. Approximately 83% of the patients died due to invasive fungal infection within 60 days of follow up. Some factors tended to be associated with mortality, but these associations were not significant. These included corticosteroid use, neutropenia (<100 cells/mm³ at diagnosis, patients that needed to change antifungal therapy because of toxicity of the initial first-line regimen and disseminated disease. These factors should be monitored in BMT units to help prevent IA. Physicians should be aware of the risk factors for developing invasive fungal infections and try to reduce or eliminate them. However, once this invasive disease begins, appropriate diagnostic and treatment measures must be implemented as soon as possible in order to prevent the high mortality rates associated with this condition.

  17. Immunodiagnosis of systemic aspergillosis. I. Antigenemia detected by radioimmunoassay in experimental infection

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    Because systemic aspergillosis is difficult to diagnose ante mortem, a study to improve immunodiagnosis was undertaken in a rabbit model of disseminated infection. We found that the predominant humoral response of infected animals was directed against four Aspergillus antigens identified by crossed immunoelectrophoresis. One of these antigens, a cell-wall carbohydrate, was purified by gel-filtration chromatography and was used to develop a radiommunoassay. The sensitivity of this assay was increased by testing for serum-bound antigen as well as for free antigen. When the sensitivity of the RIA was evaluated in the animal model, antigenemia was detected in 78% of 51 rabbits with disseminated infection and ante mortem in 86% of 42 rabbits with lethal infection. By contrast, with immunoprecipitin analysis only eight of 51 rabbits were positive for antigen, and six of 51 rabbits were positive for Aspergillus antibody. The specificity of the RIA was also tested. Negative controls for antigen included sera from 76 normal rabbits and sera from 25 rabbits with systemic candidiasis. The Candida control group is pertinent because 48% of these rabbits had specific Candida antigenemia detected by a mannan RIA. This study demonstrates that Aspergillus antigenemia occurs during the course of experimental disseminated aspergillosis and illustrates the potential of an Aspergillus antigen RIA for sensitive, specific immunodiagnosis of human infections

  18. Liposomal amphotericin B (AmBisome) reduces dissemination of infection as compared with amphotericin B deoxycholate (Fungizone) in a rate model of pulmonary aspergillosis

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    A.C.A.P. Leenders (Alexander); S. de Marie (Siem); M.T. ten Kate (Marian); I.A.J.M. Bakker-Woudenberg (Irma); H.A. Verbrugh (Henri)

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    textabstractThe efficacy of AmBisome, a liposomal formulation of amphotericin B, was compared with that of Fungizone (amphotericin B desoxycholate), in a rat model of unilateral, pulmonary aspergillosis. Repeated administration of cyclophosphamide resulted in persistent

  19. Bronchial stump aspergillosis after lobectomy for lung cancer as an unusual cause of false positive fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and computed tomography: a case report

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    Font Albert

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Bronchial stump aspergillosis is a rare entity characterized by cough and hemoptysis. Case presentation We report the case of a 58-year-old Caucasian woman who developed bronchial stump aspergillosis two years after a left upper lobe resection for lung cancer. Bronchial stump aspergillosis was diagnosed as a result of a focus of increased fluorodeoxyglucose activity in a follow-up positron emission tomography and computed tomography scan. She was treated with oral antifungal therapy and presented with good evolution after three months of treatment. Conclusion Bronchial stump aspergillosis is an unusual complication after pulmonary resection. Clinicians should be aware of it when a local recurrence of cancer around the bronchial stump is suspected based on a positive positron emission tomography and computed tomography finding.

  20. Aspergilosis necrotizante crónica en un paciente con secuelas de tuberculosis pulmonar Chronic necrotizing aspergillosis in a patient with pulmonary tuberculosis sequelae

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    Alcides Zambrano F

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    Full Text Available Aspergillus fumigatus puede causar diferentes patologías en el ser humano: aspergiloma, aspergilosis broncopulmonar alérgica, aspergilosis necrotizante crónica, aspergilosis invasora. En la aspergilosis necrotizante crónica hay invasión local del parénquima y destrucción. A diferencia de la aspergilosis invasora no invade vasos sanguíneos ni se disemina a otros órganos. La aspergilosis necrotizante crónica se presenta en pacientes de edad media o ancianos con patología pulmonar previa: EPOC, secuelas de tuberculosis, resección pulmonar, neumoconiosis, radioterapia, infarto pulmonar o sarcoidosis. La clínica es indolente e inespecífica, con fiebre, tos, expectoración y baja de peso. Se desconoce la incidencia de aspergilosis necrotizante crónica en nuestro medio. La aspergilosis necrotizante crónica es potencialmente fatal, por lo que requiere de un diagnóstico y tratamiento oportuno. Creemos que, debe considerarse esta entidad ante un cuadro consuntivo y febril prolongado, en pacientes con enfermedades predisponentes que producen una leve baja de la inmunidad. Describimos el caso de un paciente atendido en el Instituto Nacional del TóraxAspergillus fumigatus is the causative agent of differents pathologies in the human being: aspergilloma, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, chronic necrotizing aspergillosis and invasive aspergillosis. In chronic necrotizing aspergillosis there is local invasion of the lung tissue and parenchyma destruction. Chronic necrotizing aspergillosis is different from invasive aspergillosis, because the abscence of vascular invasion or dissemination. Chronic necrotizing aspergillosis is seen in middle-aged and elderly with underlying lung diseases: COPD, tuberculosis sequelae, lung resection, pneumoconiosis, radiotherapy, lung infarction or sarcoidosis. Clinical manifestations are non specific, being the most usual fever, cough, sputum production and weight loss. Incidence of chronic necrotizing

  1. Successful Off-Label Use of Recombinant Factor VIIa and Coil Embolization in an Adolescent with Massive Hemoptysis Due to Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

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    Dilek Gürlek Gökçebay

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    Full Text Available Invasive fungal infections have turned out to be a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in pediatric patients with malignant disorders. Massive hemoptysis, a rare complication of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, may threaten the lives of patients, usually during the resolution of neutropenia. In this report, we describe a patient with massive hemoptysis due to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis whose bleeding was controlled successfully with off-label use of recombinant factor VIIa and subsequent coil embolization of the right pulmonary artery.

  2. Aspergilosis: una patología a considerar Aspergillosis: a phatology to be considered

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    Héctor Guillermo Oxilia

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    Full Text Available La aspergilosis pulmonar es una infección micótica causada por el Aspergillus fumigatus, saprófito del esputo humano normal. Se estudiaron cinco casos de pacientes con aspergilosis, cuatro de ellos adultos, tres del sexo femenino y uno masculino, todos de presentación no invasiva, y uno, pediátrico, sexo masculino, del tipo invasiva. Fueron estudiados con radiología convencional, tomografía computada (TC helicoidal, TC multislice y video cápsula endoscópica. Afecta 3:1 a los hombres en relación con las mujeres. Hay tres formas de presentación: a invasiva: en los pacientes neutropénicos, donde predomina la afectación pulmonar, con diseminación a cerebro, corazón, riñón, tracto gastrointestinal, hígado, tiroides y bazo; tiene mal pronóstico y la mortalidad es muy elevada; b semiinvasiva: compromete fundamentalmente a pacientes con patología pulmonar preexistente; c no invasiva: afecta cavidades preexistentes, cavernas TBC ( tuberculosis o quistes, donde coloniza el hongo, y se denomina aspergiloma o micetoma.Pulmonary aspergillosis is a mycotic infection caused by the Aspergillus fumigatus, saprophyte of the normal human sputum. Five patients with non invasive aspergillosis were studied, of whom 4 were adults (3 women, 1 man and one, pediatric, with invasive aspergillosis. All of them were studied by conventional X-ray, spiral CT, multislice CT and video capsule endoscopy. The presentation is predominant among men (3 to 1. There are three forms of presentation: a invasive: in neutropenic patients it prevails the lung affectation; the brain, heart, kidney gastrointestinal tract, liver, thyroid and spleen spreading has a bad prognosis and mortality rate is very high; b semiinvasive: it mainly compromises patients with pre-existing pulmonary pathology; c non invasive: affects pre-existing cavities, TBC caverns or cysts where the fungus establishes; it is called aspergilloma or mycetoma.

  3. Diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary aspergillosis%肺曲霉菌病的诊治分析

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    卢旭东; 陆益民

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    目的:探讨肺曲霉菌病的临床特征、影像学特点、诊断和治疗方法,提高对该病的认识。方法回顾性分析2003—2013年昆山市第一人民医院收治的肺曲霉菌病患者58例的临床资料。结果58例患者中,仅28例初步诊断考虑有肺曲霉菌感染,19例误诊为肺癌或肺结核;26例经手术治疗,32例为内科保守治疗;53例治疗后好转,5例患者死亡。结论肺曲霉菌病诊断困难,且常需与支气管哮喘、支气管扩张、肺结核及肺癌等疾病相鉴别。肺曲霉菌球经手术切除及抗真菌药物治疗后预后较好;变应性支气管肺曲霉菌病需长期激素联合抗真菌治疗;而侵袭性肺曲霉菌病病死率较高,预后较差。%Objective To explore the clinical characteristic,imaging features,diagnosis and therapies of pulmonary aspergillosis,to improve the cognition of pulmonary aspergillosis. Methods The clinical data of 58 pulmonary aspergillosis pa-tients were retrospectively analyzed from 2003 to 2013 in the First People's Hospital of Kunshan. Results In the 58 patients, only 28 cases were primary diagnosed,19 cases were misdiagnosed as tuberculosis or lung cancer;26 cases were treated with operation,32 cases were treated with conservative treatmen;53 cases were improved after treatment,5 patients died. Conclu-sion Clinical diagnosis of pulmonary aspergillosis is difficult,needs to differentiate from bronchial asthma,bronchiectasis, pulmonary tuberculosis and lung cancer. The prognosis of aspergilloma patients is good after operation resection and antifungal therapy;allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis patients need long - term hormone combined with antifungal therapy;the mor-tality of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis patients is high,has a poor prognosis.

  4. Case Report Associated with Aspergillosis and Hepatitis E Virus Coinfection in Himalayan Griffons

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    Heng Li

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available This study involved a death which occurred in four Himalayan griffons housed in Beijing zoo, China. Based on pathogen identification and the pathological changes observed, we did characterize the fungi and Hepatitis E virus (HEV in four dead Himalayan griffons. Pathological changes were severe. Membranous-like material was observed on the surface of the internal organs. Spleen was necrotic. Focal lymphocyte infiltration in the liver and many sunflower-like fungi nodules were evident in the tissues, especially in the kidney. PCR was used to identify the pathogen. Based on the 18SrRNA genomic sequence of known fungi, the results confirmed that all four dead Himalayan griffons were infected with Aspergillus. At the same time the detection of HEV also showed positive results. To the best of our knowledge, this work appears to be the first report of concurrent presence of Aspergillosis and Hepatitis E virus in rare avian species.

  5. Multiple bronchoceles in a non-asthmatic patient with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.

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    Amin, Muhammad Umar; Mahmood, Rabia

    2008-09-01

    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is a hypersensitivity reaction due to a fungus, Aspergillus fumigatus. It is typically seen in patients with long-standing asthma. Our patient was a non-asthmatic 18 years old male who presented with chronic cough for 2 years. Peripheral blood eosinophilia and elevated scrum IgE were observed. His x-ray chest revealed v-shaped opacity in the left upper lobe close to the hilum. High resolution computed tomographic scan of the chest revealed multiple dilated bronchi filled with mucous (bronchoceles) and central bronchiectasis (CB) involving main segmental bronchi. Central bronchiectasis (CB) was typical of ABPA but bronchocele formation was a rare manifestation of the disease. The patient was managed with oral prednisolone and was relieved of his symptoms. Occurrence of ABPA in non-asthmatics is very rare and deserves reporting. PMID:18846804

  6. Aspergillosis in a Patient Receiving Temozolomide for the Treatment of Glioblastoma

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    Rodrigo Ramella Munhoz

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    Full Text Available Leukopenia and selective CD4+ lymphopenia represent major adverse events associated with the use of temozolomide (TMZ, an oral alkylating agent incorporated in the treatment of glioblastoma (GBM. The increased risk of opportunistic infections, including those caused by Pneumocystis jiroveci and cytomegalovirus, has been previously described in the literature. Here we report the case, the first to our knowledge, of a patient with pulmonary invasive aspergillosis immediately after the completion of chemoradiation with TMZ for GBM. Diagnosis was confirmed through a CT-guided lung biopsy, and the patient had excellent response to systemic voriconazole. This case illustrates that TMZ can be associated with severe opportunistic infections, presumably associated with T lymphocyte immune dysfunction, and patients exposed to this agent should be carefully monitored.

  7. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in acute leukemia: Contribution of CT to early diagnosis and aggressive management

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    More than 80% of patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) who received antileukemic chemotherapy survived the infection as a result of early diagnosis and aggressive therapy. CT helped to establish the early diagnosis of IPA in these patients. Since first describing the CT findings of IPA, the authors have added ten new cases, each subsequently confirmed. The CT ''halo sign,'' a zone of lower attenuation surrounding a pulmonary mass, was seen in eight of nine patients on early scans obtained during aplasia. A characteristic progression from multiple fluffy masses to cavitation suggested IPA in five of seven patients. CT findings affected patient management in seven of ten patients and were one criterion for increasing antifungal therapy. The CT appearance of healing IPA resembled that of resolving pulmonary infarcts, and was used to monitor disease activity in the long term

  8. Successful pneumonectomy for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and advanced non-small cell-lung cancer.

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    Minesaki, Shohei; Koyama, Nobuyuki; Ishida, Hironori; Kobayashi, Kunihiko

    2013-01-01

    Aspergillus spp. is a pathogenic fungus in patients with malignancy, immunosuppression or respiratory diseases, and invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) caused by its infection is an aggressive and often lethal disorder. We report a case of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) where pneumonectomy concomitantly enabled radical cure of the underlying disease and IPA against which different antifungal drugs had been ineffective. In a patient with locally advanced NSCLC that progressed despite chemoradiation, radiation pneumonitis and subsequently cavitary disease developed following the administration of corticosteroids. Based upon the isolation of Aspergillus spp. from sputum, a diagnosis of IPA was made and since the latter was refractory to multiple antifungal drugs, pneumonectomy was undertaken which resulted in successful treatment of both NSCLC and IPA. Surgical intervention should be considered as a therapeutic option for IPA complicating NSCLC that is refractory to medical management. PMID:23505081

  9. Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis in a Sickle Cell Patient Transplant Recipient: A Successful Treatment

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    Katia Paciaroni

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    Full Text Available Sickle Cell Anaemia (SCA is the most common inherited blood disorder and is associated with severe morbidity and decreased survival. Allogeneic Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation (HSCT is the only curative approach. Nevertheless the decision to perform a marrow transplant includes the risk of major complications  and mortality transplant related. The infections represent the main cause of mortality for SCA patients undergoing transplant. Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis (IPA is a devastating opportunistic infection and remains a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in HSCT recipients. Data regarding IPA in the setting of SCA are lacking. In the present report,  we describe a patient with SCA who developed IPA after allogeneic bone marrow transplant. The fungal infection was treated by systemic antifungal therapy in addition to the surgery, despite  mild chronic GVHD and with continuing immunosuppression therapy. This case shows that IPA occurring in bone marrow recipient with SCA can be successful treated

  10. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA): studies on the general and specific humoral response.

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    Sandhu, R S; Bardana, E J; Khan, Z U; Dordevich, D M

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    Serum specimens from 138 patients suffering from chronic respiratory disorders including 63 with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), 2o with suspected ABPA, 15 with pulmonary tuberculosis, 14 with bronchial asthma, 10 with chronic bronchitis and 6 with miscellaneous pulmonary conditions were studied for circulating antibodies to Aspergillus. The ammonium sulfate test was empolyed with an iodine-125 labeled mycelial component derived from Aspergillus fumigatus. When compared to normal controls from the same area, this test indicated that sera from 82 per cent of patients with ABPA had elevated binding titers to the radiolabeled antigenic component. Immunodiffusion using a culture filtrate antigen from A. fumigatus, revealed precipitating antibody to this fungus in 89 percent of sera from ABP patients. The majority of patients with ABPA demonstrated marked elevations of total serum IgE, moderate elevations of serum IgA and IgD and slightly increased levels of IgG and IgM. PMID:652026

  11. Use of Nebulized Amphotericin B in the Treatment of Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis in Cystic Fibrosis

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    M. Proesmans

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. Systemic steroids and adjunctive antifungal therapy are the cornerstone in treating allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA in the context of CF. Aim. Evaluate the use of inhaled amphotericin B (iAMB as antifungal agent in this context. Methods. Report of 7 CF patients with recurrent or difficult to treat ABPA and failure to taper systemic corticosteroids treated with AMB deoxycholate (AMB-d (Fungizone 25 mg 3× a week or AMB lipid complex (ABLC (Abelcet 50 mg twice weekly. Successful therapy was defined as steroid withdrawal without ABPA relapse within 12 months. Results. Therapy was successful in 6 of 7 patients treated with iAMB. In 5/6, lung function improved. The patient with treatment failure has concomitant MAC lung infection. Conclusion. Inhaled AMB may be an alternative to commonly used adjunctive antifungal therapy in the treatment of ABPA. More data are needed on safety and efficacy.

  12. Complete heart block in a neutropenic patient with aspergillosis: An unusual adverse effect of caspofungins

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    Sasmita Biswal

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of complete heart block (CHB in a 58-year-old female patient with acute myeloid leukemia (AML with no past history of cardiac disease, who received caspofungin in the treatment of disseminated fungal infection. To our knowledge, this is the first case of CHB associated with caspofungins. Subsequent to induction chemotherapy the patient developed invasive pulmonary aspergillosis with sudden tachypnea, dyspnoea, fever, bilateral pulmonary infiltrates and acute respiratory insufficiency consequent to neutropenia with ANC<500. During the first dose of antifungal therapy with caspofungins, she developed complete atrioventricular block and cardiac arrest. Complete heart block is an unusual adverse effect of caspofungins which has not been reported previously. Caspofungins release histamine in peripheral blood cells, so possible histamine-mediated symptoms ranging from severe fatal anaphylaxis can occur. These data suggest that infusion-related reactions associated with caspofungin may be mediated by histamine release secondary to caspofungin therapy.

  13. Five-years surveillance of invasive aspergillosis in a university hospital

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    Gastmeier Petra

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background As the most common invasive fungal infection, invasive aspergillosis (IA remains a serious complication in immunocompromised patients, leading to increased mortality. Antifungal therapy is expensive and may result in severe adverse effects. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence of invasive aspergillosis (IA cases in a tertiary care university hospital using a standardized surveillance method. Methods All inpatients at our facility were screened for presence of the following parameters: positive microbiological culture, pathologist's diagnosis and antifungal treatment as reported by the hospital pharmacy. Patients fulfilling one or more of these indicators were further reviewed and, if appropriate, classified according to international consensus criteria (EORTC. Results 704 patients were positive for at least one of the indicators mentioned above. Applying the EORTC criteria, 214 IA cases were detected, of which 56 were proven, 25 probable and 133 possible. 44 of the 81 (54% proven and probable cases were considered health-care associated. 37 of the proven/probable IA cases had received solid organ transplantation, an additional 8 had undergone stem cell transplantation, and 10 patients were suffering from some type of malignancy. All the other patients in this group were also suffering from severe organic diseases, required long treatment and experienced several clinical complications. 7 of the 56 proven cases would have been missed without autopsy. After the antimycotic prophylaxis regimen was altered, we noticed a significant decrease (p = 0.0004 of IA during the investigation period (2003-2007. Conclusion Solid organ and stem cell transplantation remain important risk factors for IA, but several other types of immunosuppression should also be kept in mind. Clinical diagnosis of IA may be difficult (in this study 13% of all proven cases were diagnosed by autopsy only. Thus, we confirm the importance of IA

  14. Role of Toll-like receptors in lung innate defense against invasive aspergillosis. Distinct impact in immunocompetent and immunocompromized hosts.

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    Chignard, Michel; Balloy, Viviane; Sallenave, Jean-Michel; Si-Tahar, Mustapha

    2007-09-01

    Toll-like receptors are key to pathogen recognition by a host and to the subsequent triggering of an innate immune response. Experimental and clinical evidence shows that defects in Toll-like receptors or in signaling pathways downstream from these receptors render hosts susceptible to various types of infection, including aspergillosis. Patients receiving an immunosuppressive regimen, including corticosteroid therapy or cytotoxic chemotherapy, are also susceptible to infections. Aspergillus fumigatus is an opportunistic pathogen that infects the lungs of immunosuppressed hosts. Here, we review the evidence that experimental inactivation of various Toll-like receptors and of their signaling pathways may worsen cases of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. Moreover, the literature clearly indicates that the type of immunosuppression is very important, as it influences whether or not Toll-like receptors contribute to infection. The involvement of Toll-like receptors, based on the immunological status of the patient, should be considered if an immunosuppressive treatment must be administered. PMID:17604224

  15. Sinus aspergillosis.

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    De Foer, C; Fossion, E; Vaillant, J M

    1990-01-01

    The prevalence of Aspergillus sinusitis is often underestimated because the vast majority of cases are classified as "unspecified sinusitis". Two possible aetio-pathogenic mechanisms can be involved in the development of this fungal infection. Traditionally, the literature emphasised the "anglophone" hypothesis which is based on the inhalation of spores. More recently, the "french" model, based on oro-sinusal fistula and/or the perforation of the maxillary sinus by root canal-filling material, is believed to explain the majority of cases in our industrialised environments. Still, neither model explains the totality of cases and several remain beyond comprehension. The disease most commonly presents as a chronic bacterial sinusitis. The process can however become invasive, thus resembling malignancy, with eventually a fatal outcome. Doctors and dentists should know the possible danger, presented by zinc-oxide-eugenol-paste in the sinus. Radical surgery is the treatment of choice, since a prolonged conservative approach (antibiotics, corticosteroids) can only worsen the prognosis. This paper discusses different aspects of the disease, and presents 10 cases, observed at the University Hospitals of Paris (France) and Leuven (Belgium). PMID:2406288

  16. Prevalence and fungal profile of pulmonary aspergillosis in immunocompromised and immunocompetent patients of a tertiary care hospital

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    Prakash Ved, Mishra Prem P, Verma Shashi K, Sinha Shivani, Sharma Mahendra

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Aspergillus is a fungus which may present an array of pulmonary manifestations, depending on the patient’s immunological and physiological state. Although the incidence of pulmonary aspergillosis occurs primarily in immunocompromised patients but the incidence is also rising in immunocompetent individuals, especially in developing countries. Aim: The objective of the study was to determine the prevalence and predisposing factors of pulmonary aspergillosis along with species identification. Materials and Methods: One hundred and three patients admitted to the Department of Chest and Tuberculosis and in the Department of Medicine from Jan 2012 to Jan 2013 were included in this study. The patients were epitomized on the basis of clinical signs and symptoms, physical examination, chest radiography, CT scans, histopathological examination, bronchoscopy and fungal examination including potassium hydroxide mount, fungal culture of sputum and bronchoalveolar lavage. Species identification was done by colony characteristics, slide culture and Lactophenol Cotton blue mount. Results: Out of the 103 patients, (63 males and 40 females Aspergillus species has been isolated from 17 (16.5% males and 07 (6.79% females. Various predisposing factors of pulmonary aspergillosis have been identified in which pulmonary tuberculosis, chronic smoking and environmental exposure to asbestos, cement its tops the list. Many of the patients had multiple predisposing factors. Aspergillus species were isolated in 24 (23.3% cases. Aspergillus fumigatus was the predominant species isolated in 13 (54.16% cases followed by Aspergillus flavus in 07 (29.16% cases, Aspergillus niger in 03 (12.5 % and Aspergillus terrus in 1 (4.16% cases. Conclusion: It is concluded that the prevalence of pulmonary Aspergillosis is quite high in immunocompromised individuals and low in immunocompetent individuals. An adequate and efficient evaluation of the etiological agents has a

  17. Role of Toll-like receptors in lung innate defense against invasive aspergillosis. Distinct impact in immunocompetent and immunocompromized hosts.

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    Chignard, Michel; Balloy, Viviane; Sallenave, Jean-Michel; Si-Tahar, Mustapha

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    Toll-like receptors are key to pathogen recognition by a host and to the subsequent triggering of an innate immune response. Experimental and clinical evidence shows that defects in Toll-like receptors or in signaling pathways downstream from these receptors render hosts susceptible to various types of infection, including aspergillosis. Patients receiving an immunosuppressive regimen, including corticosteroid therapy or cytotoxic chemotherapy, are also susceptible to infections. Aspergillus ...

  18. 302 Screening for Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis in Patients with Aspergillus + Asthma From 2000 to 2010

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    Greenberger, Paul

    2012-01-01

    Background Approximately 25% of patients with persistent asthma have immediate skin reactivity to Aspergillus species. The purpose of this study was to screen all patients with immediate hypersensitivity to Aspergillus for evidence of Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA). Methods All patients with asthma underwent immediate cutaneous testing including prick (epicutaneous) with a mix of Aspergillus species and if negative, intradermal at 1000 PNU/mL, Aspergillus fumigatus (Af). Sera ...

  19. Fatal Case of Probable Invasive Aspergillosis after Five Years of Heart Transplant: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Toufik Mahfood Haddad

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Invasive fungal infections are very common in solid organ transplants and occur most frequently in the first three months after transplant. A 49-year-old female with a history of two remote heart transplants with the most recent one occurring 5 years ago was admitted for increasing shortness of breath, cough, and fever. Computerized tomography (CT scan of the chest showed left lower lung ground-glass and tree-in-bud opacities. She was started on broad spectrum antibiotics along with ganciclovir and micafungin. Ganciclovir was added due to the patient’s past history of CMV infection and empiric fungal coverage with micafungin. Bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL was performed as her respiratory status worsened and voriconazole was added for possible aspergillosis in combination therapy with micafungin. BAL galactomannan returned positive which was suggestive of aspergillosis. Patient worsened clinically and subsequently succumbed to cardiorespiratory arrest despite our best efforts. It is important to have a high degree of clinical suspicion for invasive aspergillosis in transplant patients even many years after transplant and initiate aggressive therapy due to poor outcomes.

  20. Selection of the antifungal agent decides prognosis of invasive aspergillosis: case report of a successful outcome with voriconazole.

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    Arakawa, Hisaya; Suto, Chikako; Notani, Hiroko; Ishida, Takashi; Abe, Kayoko; Ookubo, Yasuo

    2014-02-01

    Invasive aspergillosis is a rare disease and is often misdiagnosed. The clinical course is quite aggressive and it is a potentially fatal disease. We report a case of invasive aspergillosis involving the dura mater and optic nerves which was successfully treated with voriconazole, even though the patient had residual monocular blindness. An 86-year-old Japanese man complained of developing loss of vision in his left eye while taking oral fluconazole prescribed by an otolaryngologist for mycosis of the left maxillary sinus. He was referred to our hospital. At the first visit, he already had no light perception in the left eye, with decreased ocular motility in all directions and orbital apex syndrome. His corrected distance visual acuity (CDVA) in the right eye was 20/25 with enlargement of Mariotte's blind spot. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed inflammation around both optic nerves that also involved the dura mater. His antifungal therapy was changed to intravenous voriconazole. Although his right CDVA temporarily declined to 20/50, it improved to 20/16 by 10 months after the initiation of treatment. Maxillary sinus biopsy detected Aspergillus. Invasive aspergillosis progresses rapidly and aggressively. The present case highlights the importance of early diagnosis and selection of an appropriate antifungal agent. PMID:23397120

  1. Proteomic demonstration of the recurrent presence of inter-alpha-inhibitor H4 heavy-chain during aspergillosis induced in an animal model.

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    Desoubeaux, Guillaume; Jourdan, Marie-Lise; Valera, Lionel; Jardin, Bénédicte; Hem, Sonia; Caille, Agnès; Cormier, Bénédicte; Marchand-Adam, Sylvain; Bailly, Éric; Diot, Patrice; Chandenier, Jacques

    2014-05-01

    Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis remains a matter of great concern in oncology/haematology, intensive care units and organ transplantation departments. Despite the availability of various diagnostic tools with attractive features, new markers of infection are required for better medical care. We therefore looked for potential pulmonary biomarkers of aspergillosis, by carrying out two-dimensional (2D) gel electrophoresis comparing the proteomes of bronchial-alveolar lavage fluids (BALF) from infected rats and from control rats presenting non-specific inflammation, both immunocompromised. A bioinformatic analysis of the 2D-maps revealed significant differences in the abundance of 20 protein spots (ANOVA P-value0.8). One of these proteins, identified by mass spectrometry, was considered of potential interest: inter-alpha-inhibitor H4 heavy-chain (ITIH4), characterised for the first time in this infectious context. Western blotting confirmed its overabundance in all infected BALF, particularly at early stages of murine aspergillosis. Further investigations were carried on rat serum, and confirmed that ITIH4 levels increased during experimental aspergillosis. Preliminary results in human samples strengthened this trend. To our knowledge, this is the first description of the involvement of ITIH4 in aspergillosis. PMID:24360996

  2. Management of invasive aspergillosis in patients with COPD: rational use of voriconazole

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    Florence Ader

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Florence Ader1, Anne-Lise Bienvenu2, Blandine Rammaert3, Saad Nseir41Service des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales; 2Service de Parasitologie et Mycologie Médicale, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Hospices Civils de Lyon, Hôpital de La Croixrousse, Lyon, France; 3Service des Maladies Infectieuses et Tropicales, Université Paris Descartes, Hôpital Necker Enfants Malades, Centre d’infectiologie Necker-Pasteur, Paris, France; 4Service de Réanimation Médicale, Hôpital A. Calmette, Centre Hospitalier Régional Universitaire, Lille, FranceAbstract: Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA is an important cause of mortality in patients with hematologic malignancies. The reported incidence of IPA in the context of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD seems to increase. Approximately 1%–2% of overall fatal cases of IPA occur in COPD patients. The combination of factors such as lung immune imbalance, long-term corticosteroid use, increasing rate of bacterial exacerbations over time, and malnutrition are responsible for the emergence of IPA in these patients. The diagnosis of IPA is difficult to establish, which explains the delay in implementing accurate antifungal therapy and the high mortality rate. Persistent pneumonia nonresponsive to appropriate antibiotic treatment raises the concern of an invasive fungal infection. Definite diagnosis is obtained from tissue biopsy evidencing Aspergillus spp. on microscopic examination or in culture. Culture and microscopy of respiratory tract samples have a sensitivity and specificity of around 50%. Other diagnostic tools can be useful in documenting IPA: computed tomography (CT scan, nonculture-based tests in serum and/or in bronchoalveolar lavage such as antibody/antigen tests for Aspergillus spp. More recent tools such as polymerase chain reaction or [1→3]-β-D-glucan have predictive values that need to be further investigated in COPD patients. Antifungal monotherapy using azole

  3. Combination therapy for chronic invasive rhinocerebral aspergillosis in a clinically immunocompetent patient

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    Lujber, László; Gerlinger, Imre; Kuncz, Ádám; Pytel, József

    2003-01-01

    Background: Adequate therapy for chronic invasive rhinocerebral aspergillosis in immunocompetent patients is controversial. The incidence of the disease is high in the Sudan and the Middle East. Misinterpretation of diagnostic criteria, failure to verify tissue invasion of fungi, and a lack of understanding of the pathophysiology of various forms of fungal rhinosinusitis lead to controversies in nomenclature, diagnosis, and therapy. Objective: The aim of this report was to detail the clinical presentation and the endoscopic and imaging study findings of a patient with invasive Aspergillus rhinosinusitis with endocranial and orbital extension. This patient was treated with surgical débridement and a combination of antifungal drugs and immunomodulatory therapy. Methods: Endoscopic débridement and high-dose liposomal amphotericin B, in combination with flucytosine and immunomodulators, were used to treat this patient. Results: After treatment, the patient experienced 3 years of disease-free follow-up. Conclusion: Surgical débridement and high-dose systemic combined antifungal therapy with immunomodulatory drugs produced an excellent long-term result for this apparently immunocompetent patient with extensive invasive fungal rhinosinusitis with cerebral and orbital involvement. PMID:24944397

  4. Successful non-standard approaches to massive hemoptysis in invasive pulmonary aspergillosis

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    Mitrović Mirjana

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IA is the most frequent invasive fungal infection in patients with hematological malignancies. Massive hemoptysis (MH with blood loss more than 300- 600 ml in 24 hours is a rare (5-10% of IA patients but frequently fatal complication. Standard treatment of MH, such as oxygenation, a semi-sitting position with the bleeding site down, bronchoscopical suctioning, antifungal therapy, transfusion support and surgical resection might be either ineffective or not feasible in some cases. Outline of Cases. We report two patients with life threatening, non-controlled, massive hemoptysis who were successfully managed by non-standard measures. A 61-year-old male with acute myeloid leukemia developed pulmonary IA and massive hemoptysis after consolidation cure by chemotherapy. The bleeding site was localized in the VI lung segment by bronchoscopy. Local application of fibrinogen-thrombin concentrate (fibrin glue stopped the bleeding. A 22-year-old female patient with the diagnosis of severe aplastic anemia developed IA and massive hemoptysis early after application of immunosuppressive therapy (antilymphocyte globulin, cyclosporine and corticosteroids. Conventional transfusion therapy, desmopresine and antifibrinolytics were ineffective. This urgent condition was successfully treated with human activated recombinant factor VII (rFVIIa, NovoSeven®. Conclusion. Our experience together with data from the available literature suggests a potential benefit of fibrinogen-thrombin concentrate and rFVIIa in the treatment of refractory critical bleeding in hematooncological patients.

  5. Detection of urinary excreted fungal galactomannan-like antigens for diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis.

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    Simon F Dufresne

    Full Text Available Mortality associated with invasive aspergillosis (IA remains high, partly because of delayed diagnosis. Detection of microbial exoantigens, released in serum and other body fluids during infection, may help timely diagnosis. In course of IA, Aspergillus galactomannan (GM, a well established polysaccharide biomarker, is released in body fluids including urine. Urine is an abundant, safely collected specimen, well-suited for point-of-care (POC testing, which could play an increasing role in screening for early disease. Our main objective was to demonstrate GM antigenuria as a clinically relevant biological phenomenon in IA and establish proof-of-concept that it could be translated to POC diagnosis. Utilizing a novel IgM monoclonal antibody (MAb476 that recognizes GM-like antigens from Aspergillus and other molds, we demonstrated antigenuria in an experimental animal IA model (guinea pig, as well as in human patients. In addition, we investigated the chemical nature of the urinary excreted antigen in human samples, characterized antigen detection in urine by immunoassays, described a putative assay inhibitor in urine, and indicated means of alleviation of the inhibition. We also designed and used a lateral flow immunochromatographic assay to detect urinary excreted antigen in a limited number of IA patient urine samples. In this study, we establish that POC diagnosis of IA based on urinary GM detection is feasible. Prospective studies will be necessary to establish the performance characteristics of an optimized device and define its optimal clinical use.

  6. Successful voriconazole treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in a patient with acute biphenotypic leukemia

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    Hirano,Teiichi

    2009-08-01

    Full Text Available A 23-year old woman with acute biphenotypic leukemia (ABL complained of chest pain with cough, high fever and hemoptysis during induction chemotherapy, although she had been treated with anti-biotics and micafungin. We made a clinical diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA based on a consolidation in the right upper lung field on a chest radiograph as well as a high level of serum beta-D-glucan (with no evidence of tuberculosis and candidiasis. We changed her treatment from micafungin to voriconazole. Later, we discovered an air-crescent sign by CT scan that supported the diagnosis of IPA. Following voriconazole treatment, clinical symptoms ceased and abnormal chest shadows improved gradually and concurrently with a recovery of neutrophils. IPA must be considered in immunocompromised patients with pulmonary infiltrates who do not respond to broad-spectrum antibiotics. Serological tests and CT findings can aid in early diagnosis of IPA, which, along with treatment for IPA, will improve clinical outcomes.

  7. First line of defense: Innate cell-mediated control of pulmonary Aspergillosis

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    Vanessa eEspinosa

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Mycotic infections and their effect on the human condition have been widely overlooked and poorly surveilled by many health organizations even though mortality rates have increased in recent years. The increased usage of immunosuppressive and myeloablative therapies for the treatment of malignant as well as non-malignant diseases has contributed significantly to the increased incidence of fungal infections. Invasive fungal infections have been found to be responsible for at least 1.5 million deaths worldwide. About 90% of these deaths can be attributed to Cryptococcus, Candida, Aspergillus, and Pneumocystis. A better understanding of how the host immune system contains fungal infection is likely to facilitate the development of much needed novel antifungal therapies. Innate cells are responsible for the rapid recognition and containment of fungal infections and have been found to play essential roles in defense against multiple fungal pathogens. In this review we summarize our current understanding of host-fungi interactions with a focus on mechanisms of innate cell-mediated recognition and control of pulmonary aspergillosis.

  8. Second-Hand Smoke Increases Bronchial Hyperreactivity and Eosinophilia in a Murine Model of Allergic Aspergillosis

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    Brian W. P. Seymour

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Involuntary inhalation of tobacco smoke has been shown to aggravate the allergic response. Antibodies to fungal antigens such as Aspergillus fumigatus (Af cause an allergic lung disease in humans. This study was carried out to determine the effect of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS on a murine model of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA. BALB/c mice were exposed to aged and diluted sidestream cigarette smoke to simulate 'second-hand smoke'. The concentration was consistent with that achieved in enclosed public areas or households where multiple people smoke. During exposure, mice were sensitized to Af antigen intranasally. Mice that were sensitized to Af antigen and exposed to ETS developed significantly greater airway hyperreactivity than did mice similarly sensitized to Af but housed in ambient air. The effective concentration of aerosolized acetylcholine needed to double pulmonary flow resistance was significantly lower in Af + ETS mice compared to the Af + AIR mice. Immunological data that supports this exacerbation of airway hyperresponsiveness being mediated by an enhanced type 1 hypersensitivity response include: eosinophilia in peripheral blood and lung sections. All Af sensitized mice produced elevated levels of IL4, IL5 and IL10 but no IFN-γ indicating a polarized Th2 response. Thus, ETS can cause exacerbation of asthma in ABPA as demonstrated by functional airway hyperresponsiveness and elevated levels of blood eosinophilia.

  9. Laboratory Diagnosis of Invasive Aspergillosis: From Diagnosis to Prediction of Outcome

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    Richard C. Barton

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis (IA, an infection caused by fungi in the genus Aspergillus, is seen in patients with immunological deficits, particularly acute leukaemia and stem cell transplantation, and has been associated with high rates of mortality in previous years. Diagnosing IA has long been problematic owing to the inability to culture the main causal agent A. fumigatus from blood. Microscopic examination and culture of respiratory tract specimens have lacked sensitivity, and biopsy tissue for histopathological examination is rarely obtainable. Thus, for many years there has been a great interest in nonculture-based techniques such as the detection of galactomannan, β-D-glucan, and DNA by PCR-based methods. Recent meta-analyses suggest that these approaches have broadly similar performance parameters in terms of sensitivity and specificity to diagnose IA. Improvements have been made in our understanding of the limitations of antigen assays and the standardisation of PCR-based DNA detection. Thus, in more recent years, the debate has focussed on how these assays can be incorporated into diagnostic strategies to maximise improvements in outcome whilst limiting unnecessary use of antifungal therapy. Furthermore, there is a current interest in applying these tests to monitor the effectiveness of therapy after diagnosis and predict clinical outcomes. The search for improved markers for the early and sensitive diagnosis of IA continues to be a challenge.

  10. Paving the way for predictive diagnostics and personalized treatment of invasive aspergillosis

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    Ana eOliveira-Coelho

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis (IA is a life-threatening fungal disease commonly diagnosed among individuals with immunological deficits, namely hematological patients undergoing chemotherapy or allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Vaccines are not available, and despite the improved diagnosis and antifungal therapy, the treatment of IA is associated with a poor outcome. Importantly, the risk of infection and its clinical outcome vary significantly even among patients with similar predisposing clinical factors and microbiological exposure. Recent insights into antifungal immunity have further highlighted the complexity of host-fungus interactions and the multiple pathogen-sensing systems activated to control infection. How to decode this information into clinical practice remains however a challenging issue in medical mycology. Here, we address recent advances in our understanding of the host-fungus interaction and discuss the application of this knowledge in potential strategies with the aim of moving towards personalized diagnostics and treatment (theragnostics in immunocompromised patients. Ultimately, the integration of individual traits into a clinically applicable process to predict the risk and progression of disease, and the efficacy of antifungal prophylaxis and therapy, holds the promise of a pioneering innovation benefiting patients at risk of IA.

  11. Initial computed tomography findings of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in non-hematological patients

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    XU Si-cheng; QIU Li-hua; LIU Wen-ya; FENG Yu-lin

    2012-01-01

    Background The computed tomography (CT) findings of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) are unclear in nonhematological patients.The present study was a retrospective evaluation of CT images in non-hematological patients with IPA.Methods All adult patients who met the 2008 European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer/Mycoses Study Group (EORTC/MSG) criteria for proven or probable IPA were included during a 5-year study at our institutions.Initial CT findings in our cohort were retrospectively reviewed by two independent thoracic radiologists blinded to patient demographics and clinical outcomes.The presence,pattern,and distribution of abnormalities were recorded.Results Twenty-three non-hematological patients with pathologically confirmed IPA were included in our study.Areas of ground-glass opacities were present in 14 patients (61%),which were bilateral in 10 patients and unilateral in four.This pattern mainly involved the middle and upper lung zones.Air-space consolidation was identified in 12 patients (52%),and the areas were distributed along the bronchus or subpleura in most cases.Other findings,including five small nodules (22%),three macronodules (13%),and one halo sign (4%),were less common.Conclusions CT findings of IPA in non-hematological patients frequently manifested as acute bronchopneumonia,and ground-glass opacities and air-space consolidations were the most common CT findings of IPA in these patients.

  12. Graft-Versus-Host Disease after Liver Transplantation Complicated by Systemic Aspergillosis with Pancarditis

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    Joseph Romagnuolo

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available Acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD is a common complication after bone marrow transplantation, with characteristic rash and diarrhea being the most common features. After liver transplantation, however, this phenomenon is very rare. Most transplant patients are on a variety of medications, including immunosuppressants; therefore, the differential diagnosis of skin rash or diarrhea is broad. A 37-year-old man who underwent liver transplantation for primary biliary cirrhosis, and developed a rash and watery diarrhea, is presented. Skin and colonic biopsies confirmed acute GVHD. A pulse of intravenous steroids was given. The skin rash improved, but he developed pancytopenia. His course was complicated by central line infection, jugular and subclavian vein thrombosis, pseudomembranous colitis, recurrent bacteremia, cholestasis on total parenteral nutrition and cytomegalovirus infection. After the onset of pleuritic chest pain and clinical sepsis, spiral computed tomography scan of his chest and abdomen revealed septic infarcts in multiple organs. Despite empirical treatment with amphotericin B, he died of multiorgan dysfunction syndrome within 72 h. Autopsy revealed systemic aspergillosis with pancarditis, endocardial vegetations, and septic pulmonary, splenic, hepatic and renal infarcts. The pathogenesis and experience with this rare, but often fatal, complication of liver transplantation are reviewed. In contrast to GVHD after bone marrow transplantation, pancytopenia is common and liver dysfunction is rare. One should have a high level of suspicion in the liver transplant recipient presenting with rash and/or diarrhea.

  13. Cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene mutations in allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis

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    Miller, P.W.; Hamosh, A.; Macek, M. Jr. [John Hopkins Univ. School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (United States)] [and others

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    The etiology of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is not well understood. A clinical phenotype resembling the pulmonary disease seen in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients can occur in some individuals with ABPA. Reports of familial occurrence of ABPA and increased incidence in CF patients suggest a possible genetic basis for the disease. To test this possibility, the entire coding region of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator (CFTR) gene was analyzed in 11 individuals who met strict criteria for the diagnosis of ABPA and had normal sweat electrolytes ({le}40 mmol/liter). One patient carried two CF mutations ({Delta}F508/R347H), and five were found to carry one CF mutation (four {Delta}F508; one R117H). The frequency of the {Delta}F508 mutation in patients with ABPA was significantly higher than in 53 Caucasian patients with chronic bronchitis (P < .0003) and the general population (P < .003). These results suggest that CFTR plays an etiologic role in a subset of ABPA patients. 54 refs., 2 tabs.

  14. [Invasive aspergillosis of sphenoidal sinus in a patient in Djibouti, revealed by palsy of cranial nerves: a case report].

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    Crambert, A; Gauthier, J; Vignal, R; Conessa, C; Lombard, B

    2013-05-01

    The authors report a case of invasive aspergillosis of a sphenoid sinus mucocele revealed in a patient with diabetes in Djibouti by homolateral palsy of the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th nerves. This rare condition occurs preferentially in immunodeficient subjects. Because of its clinical polymorphism, its diagnosis is difficult and is often not made until complications develop. Endonasal surgery with anatomopathological and mycological examination is both a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure. It must be performed early, to avoid functional or even life-threatening complications. PMID:23803589

  15. Initial CT manifestations of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in 45 non-HIV immunocompromised patients: association with patient outcome?

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    Horger, Marius [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Eberhard-Karls-University, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany)]. E-mail: mshorger@med.uni-tuebingen.de; Hebart, Holger [Department of Internal Medicine-Oncology, Eberhard-Karls-University, Ottfried-Mueller-Str. 5, 72070 Tuebingen (Germany); Einsele, Hermann [Department of Internal Medicine-Oncology, Eberhard-Karls-University, Ottfried-Mueller-Str. 5, 72070 Tuebingen (Germany); Lengerke, Claudia [Department of Internal Medicine-Oncology, Eberhard-Karls-University, Ottfried-Mueller-Str. 5, 72070 Tuebingen (Germany); Claussen, C.D. [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Eberhard-Karls-University, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany); Vonthein, Reinhard [Department of Medical Biometry, Eberhard-Karls-University Tuebingen, Westbahnhofstrasse 55, 72070 Tuebingen (Germany); Pfannenberg, Christina [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Eberhard-Karls-University, Hoppe-Seyler-Str. 3, 72076 Tuebingen (Germany)

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    Purpose: To assess early high-resolution computer tomographic (CT) signs of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in non-HIV immunosuppressed patients and their potential association with patient's outcome, including frequency and severity of pulmonary hemorrhage, taking also in consideration the impact of other known risk factors contributory to IPA. Material and methods: A retrospective review of serial CT scans was performed in 45 immunocompromised patients with a total of 46 episodes of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. All patients underwent CT beginning with the day they showed clinical or laboratory signs of infection. Serial follow-up CT included more than two, up to 12 CT examinations. Patient's outcome was judged by clinical and radiological follow-up and classified as survival, death by IPA, or death unrelated to IPA. The influence of patient's age, underlying disease, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, neutropenia, graft versus host disease, and antifungal therapy onset was also statistically considered. Results: Three main CT findings were identified: small nodules (<1 cm) 43% (20/46), large nodules 21% (10/46) and consolidations, either in patchy {+-} segmental 26% (12/46), or peribronchial distribution {+-} tree in bud 9% (4/46). In 11 patients (24%) we found a combination of two or more of these signs: 9 (19%) patients presented concurrent small nodules accompanied by reticulation, tree in bud or peribronchial infiltrates, while 2 (4%) patients showed large pulmonary nodules accompanied by large consolidations. An accompanying 'halo' sign was observed in 38 patients (82%). Crescent sign followed by cavitation was encountered in 29 patients (63%). Two patients succumbed to massive pulmonary bleeding caused by IPA. Twenty-one patients (15/46) deceased in this series, 12 of them succumbed to IPA, 1 died from cerebral invasive aspergillosis, while in 9 patients the cause of death was not primarily IPA. Manifest pulmonary

  16. The T788G Mutation in the cyp51C Gene Confers Voriconazole Resistance in Aspergillus flavus Causing Aspergillosis

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    Liu, Wei; Sun, Yi; Chen, Wei; Liu, Weixia; Wan, Zhe; Bu, Dingfang; Li, Ruoyu

    2012-01-01

    With voriconazole (VRC) being approved as the first choice in treating invasive aspergillosis (IA) and its increasing use in treatment, a VRC-resistant strain of Aspergillus flavus, the second leading cause of IA after Aspergillus fumigatus, has emerged. The VRC-resistant strain of A. flavus was isolated for the first time from the surgical lung specimen of an IA patient with no response to VRC therapy. In order to ascertain the mechanism of VRC resistance, the azole target enzyme genes in th...

  17. Successful management of pulmonary hemorrhage and aspergillosis in a patient with acute myeloid leukemia (AML-M3

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    Hulya Gunbatar

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    Full Text Available A 35-year-old man presented with a one month history of gingival bleeding. He was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML-M3. During treatment he developed alveolar hemorrhage for which he was treated with a steroid. After the steroid treatment he developed a nodule, a cavitary lesion and atelectasia in the left lung. He was treated with voriconazole. After therapy with voriconazole his lesion significantly decreased. This case illustrates the efficacy and safety of antifungal therapy with voriconazole for aspergillosis complicated by AML.

  18. Common Genetic Polymorphisms within NFκB-Related Genes and the Risk of Developing Invasive Aspergillosis

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    Lupiañez, Carmen B.; Villaescusa, María T.; Carvalho, Agostinho; Springer, Jan; Lackner, Michaela; Sánchez-Maldonado, José M.; Canet, Luz M.; Cunha, Cristina; Segura-Catena, Juana; Alcazar-Fuoli, Laura; Solano, Carlos; Fianchi, Luana; Pagano, Livio; Potenza, Leonardo; Aguado, José M.; Luppi, Mario; Cuenca-Estrella, Manuel; Lass-Flörl, Cornelia; Einsele, Hermann; Vázquez, Lourdes; Ríos-Tamayo, Rafael; Loeffler, Jurgen; Jurado, Manuel; Sainz, Juan

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    Invasive Aspergillosis (IA) is an opportunistic infection caused by Aspergillus, a ubiquitously present airborne pathogenic mold. A growing number of studies suggest a major host genetic component in disease susceptibility. Here, we evaluated whether 14 single-nucleotide polymorphisms within NFκB1, NFκB2, RelA, RelB, Rel, and IRF4 genes influence the risk of IA in a population of 834 high-risk patients (157 IA and 677 non-IA) recruited through a collaborative effort involving the aspBIOmics consortium and four European clinical institutions. No significant overall associations between selected SNPs and the risk of IA were found in this large cohort. Although a hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)-stratified analysis revealed that carriers of the IRF4rs12203592T/T genotype had a six-fold increased risk of developing the infection when compared with those carrying the C allele (ORREC = 6.24, 95%CI 1.25–31.2, P = 0.026), the association of this variant with IA risk did not reach significance at experiment-wide significant threshold. In addition, we found an association of the IRF4AATC and IRF4GGTC haplotypes (not including the IRF4rs12203592T risk allele) with a decreased risk of IA but the magnitude of the association was similar to the one observed in the single-SNP analysis, which indicated that the haplotypic effect on IA risk was likely due to the IRF4rs12203592 SNP. Finally, no evidence of significant interactions among the genetic markers tested and the risk of IA was found. These results suggest that the SNPs on the studied genes do not have a clinically relevant impact on the risk of developing IA.

  19. Genome-wide Expression Profiling Reveals S100B as Biomarker for Invasive Aspergillosis

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    Andreas eDix

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis (IA is a devastating opportunistic infection and its treatment constitutes a considerable burden for the health care system. Immunocompromised patients are at an increased risk for IA, which is mainly caused by the species Aspergillus fumigatus. An early and reliable diagnosis is required to initiate the appropriate antifungal therapy. However, diagnostic sensitivity and accuracy still needs to be improved, which can be achieved at least partly by the definition of new biomarkers. Besides the direct detection of the pathogen by the current diagnostic methods, the analysis of the host response is a promising strategy towards this aim. Following this approach, we sought to identify new biomarkers for IA. For this purpose, we analyzed gene expression profiles of haematological patients and compared profiles of patients suffering from IA with non-IA patients. Based on microarray data, we applied a comprehensive feature selection using a random forest classifier. We identified the transcript coding for the S100 calcium-binding protein B (S100B as a potential new biomarker for the diagnosis of IA. Considering the expression of this gene, we were able to classify samples from patients with IA with 82.3% sensitivity and 74.6% specificity. Moreover, we validated the expression of S100B in a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR assay and we also found a down-regulation of S100B in A. fumigatus stimulated DCs. An influence on the IL1B and CXCL1 downstream levels was demonstrated by this S100B knockdown. In conclusion, this study covers an effective feature selection revealing a key regulator of the human immune response during IA. S100B may represent an additional diagnostic marker that in combination with the established techniques may improve the accuracy of IA diagnosis.

  20. Genome-Wide Expression Profiling Reveals S100B as Biomarker for Invasive Aspergillosis.

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    Dix, Andreas; Czakai, Kristin; Springer, Jan; Fliesser, Mirjam; Bonin, Michael; Guthke, Reinhard; Schmitt, Anna L; Einsele, Hermann; Linde, Jörg; Löffler, Jürgen

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    Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a devastating opportunistic infection and its treatment constitutes a considerable burden for the health care system. Immunocompromised patients are at an increased risk for IA, which is mainly caused by the species Aspergillus fumigatus. An early and reliable diagnosis is required to initiate the appropriate antifungal therapy. However, diagnostic sensitivity and accuracy still needs to be improved, which can be achieved at least partly by the definition of new biomarkers. Besides the direct detection of the pathogen by the current diagnostic methods, the analysis of the host response is a promising strategy toward this aim. Following this approach, we sought to identify new biomarkers for IA. For this purpose, we analyzed gene expression profiles of hematological patients and compared profiles of patients suffering from IA with non-IA patients. Based on microarray data, we applied a comprehensive feature selection using a random forest classifier. We identified the transcript coding for the S100 calcium-binding protein B (S100B) as a potential new biomarker for the diagnosis of IA. Considering the expression of this gene, we were able to classify samples from patients with IA with 82.3% sensitivity and 74.6% specificity. Moreover, we validated the expression of S100B in a real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) assay and we also found a down-regulation of S100B in A. fumigatus stimulated DCs. An influence on the IL1B and CXCL1 downstream levels was demonstrated by this S100B knockdown. In conclusion, this study covers an effective feature selection revealing a key regulator of the human immune response during IA. S100B may represent an additional diagnostic marker that in combination with the established techniques may improve the accuracy of IA diagnosis. PMID:27047454

  1. Impaired T cell responsiveness to interleukin-6 in hematological patients with invasive aspergillosis.

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    Jose F Camargo

    Full Text Available Invasive mold infections (IMI are among the most devastating complications following chemotherapy and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT, with high mortality rates. Yet, the molecular basis for human susceptibility to invasive aspergillosis (IA and mucormycosis remain poorly understood. Herein, we aimed to characterize the immune profile of individuals with hematological malignancies (n = 18 who developed IMI during the course of chemotherapy or HSCT, and compared it to that of hematological patients who had no evidence of invasive fungal infection (n = 16. First, we measured the expression of the pattern recognition receptors pentraxin 3, dectin-1, and Toll-like receptors (TLR 2 and 4 in peripheral blood of chemotherapy and HSCT recipients with IMI. Compared to hematological controls, individuals with IA and mucormycosis had defective expression of dectin-1; in addition, patients with mucormycosis had decreased TLR2 and increased TLR4 expression. Since fungal recognition via dectin-1 favors T helper 17 responses and the latter are highly dependent on activation of the signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT 3, we next used phospho-flow cytometry to measure the phosphorylation of the transcription factors STAT1 and STAT3 in response to interferon-gamma (IFN-γ and interleukin (IL-6, respectively. While IFN-γ/STAT1 signaling was similar between groups, naïve T cells from patients with IA, but not those with mucormycosis, exhibited reduced responsiveness to IL-6 as measured by STAT3 phosphorylation. Furthermore, IL-6 increased Aspergillus-induced IL-17 production in culture supernatants from healthy and hematological controls but not in patients with IA. Altogether, these observations suggest an important role for dectin-1 and the IL-6/STAT3 pathway in protective immunity against Aspergillus.

  2. Antigenic and anticorpal diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis and candidosis in immunocompromised host

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    Marco Machetti

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    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis (IA and candidemia are an increasing cause of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients, but diagnostic procedures are often hampered by critical patients conditions. In recent years, non-culture methods have reached a standardization level suitable to be marketed and widely employed. A method for a panfungal antigenic diagnosis, is the detection in serum of (1→3-ß-D-Glucan (BDG, a polisaccaridic component of fungal cell wall. Best results can be obtained in Aspergillus, Candida and Fusarium infections, while the test performs poorly with Cryptococcus and in zygomycosis. The use of this method are limited by the high costs and by the need of disposable materials certified as glucan-free, in order to avoid false positive results. Galactomannan (GM antigen detection is a method for non-invasive diagnosis of IA. The assay, in latex agglutination (LA and enzymeimmunoassay (EIA format, detect GM in serum, whose presence correlates with IA. Sensitivity and specificity strongly fluctuate (50-100% and 81-98% respectively depending on the time of sampling, the positivity cut-off employed, the concomitant administration of antifungal drugs and of some antibiotics. Nevertheless the method is a very useful and widely employed tool for the diagnosis of IA. For the diagnosis of candidemia, two Candida antigens may be detected in serum: the 56°C heat-labile antigen in LA format, and the mannan antigen, in LA and EIA format. Both the methods perform quite well, but sensitivities and specificities are not so good to allow a routinely and useful use in clinical practice.

  3. The Plasmair Decontamination System Is Protective Against Invasive Aspergillosis in Neutropenic Patients.

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    Fernandez-Gerlinger, Marie-Paule; Jannot, Anne-Sophie; Rigaudeau, Sophie; Lambert, Juliette; Eloy, Odile; Mignon, François; Farhat, Hassan; Castaigne, Sylvie; Merrer, Jacques; Rousselot, Philippe

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    OBJECTIVE Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a rare but severe infection caused by Aspergillus spp. that often develops in immunocompromised patients. Lethality remains high in this population. Therefore, preventive strategies are of key importance. The impact of a mobile air decontamination system (Plasmair, AirInSpace, Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France) on the incidence of IA in neutropenic patients was evaluated in this study. DESIGN Retrospective cohort study METHODS Patients with chemotherapy-induced neutropenia lasting 7 days or more were included over a 2-year period. Cases of IA were confirmed using the revised European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) criteria. We took advantage of a partial installation of Plasmair systems in the hematology intensive care unit during this period to compare patients treated in Plasmair-equipped versus non-equipped rooms. Patients were assigned to Plasmair-equipped or non-equipped rooms depending only on bed availability. Differences in IA incidence in both groups were compared using Fisher's exact test, and a multivariate analysis was performed to take into account potential confounding factors. RESULTS Data from 156 evaluable patients were available. Both groups were homogenous in terms of age, gender, hematological diagnosis, duration of neutropenia, and prophylaxis. A total of 11 cases of probable IA were diagnosed: 10 in patients in non-equipped rooms and only 1 patient in a Plasmair-equipped room. The odds of developing IA were much lower for patients hospitalized in Plasmair-equipped rooms than for patients in non-equipped rooms (P=.02; odds ratio [OR] =0.11; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.00-0.84). CONCLUSION In this study, Plasmair demonstrated a major impact in reducing the incidence of IA in neutropenic patients with hematologic malignancies. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2016;37:845-851. PMID:27340735

  4. Bone suppression increases the visibility of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in chest radiographs.

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    Steven Schalekamp

    Full Text Available Chest radiographs (CXR are an important diagnostic tool for the detection of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA in critically ill patients, but their diagnostic value is limited by a poor sensitivity. By using advanced image processing, the aim of this study was to increase the value of chest radiographs in the diagnostic work up of neutropenic patients who are suspected of IPA.The frontal CXRs of 105 suspected cases of IPA were collected from four institutions. Radiographs could contain single or multiple sites of infection. CT was used as reference standard. Five radiologists and two residents participated in an observer study for the detection of IPA on CXRs with and without bone suppressed images (ClearRead BSI 3.2; Riverain Technologies. The evaluation was performed separately for the right and left lung, resulting in 78 diseased cases (or lungs and 132 normal cases (or lungs. For each image, observers scored the likelihood of focal infectious lesions being present on a continuous scale (0-100. The area under the receiver operating characteristics curve (AUC served as the performance measure. Sensitivity and specificity were calculated by considering only the lungs with a suspiciousness score of greater than 50 to be positive.The average AUC for only CXRs was 0.815. Performance significantly increased, to 0.853, when evaluation was aided with BSI (p = 0.01. Sensitivity increased from 49% to 66% with BSI, while specificity decreased from 95% to 90%.The detection of IPA in CXRs can be improved when their evaluation is aided by bone suppressed images. BSI improved the sensitivity of the CXR examination, outweighing a small loss in specificity.

  5. Clinical and economic analysis of voriconazole using for treatment of invasive aspergillosis in Russian Federation

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    V. I. Ignatieva

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Based on clinical studies data voriconazole is recommended as the drug of choice for treatment of invasive aspergillosis (IA – a widespread infectious complications occurring in immunocompromised patients and is characterized by severe clinical course and high mortality.The aim of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness of voriconazole compared to other preparations recommended in the Russian practice for the treatment of IA in adult patients.Materials and methods. The authors constructed a «decision tree» type of model, which compared the three treatment alternatives for the IA in adult patients, depending on the drug in first-line therapy: 1 voriconazole, 2, caspofungin, or 3 amphotericin B lipid complex (LC. Efficacy was assessed as the probability of patient survival within 14 weeks of starting treatment. We took into account the drugs cost and an increase in the hospitalization duration due to the development of serious adverse events. The model parameters were determined on the basis of the published results of clinical studies, the costs were calculated on the basis of medicines prices in the public procurement and the average bed-day cost in system of obligatory health insurance. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis was performed.Results. It has been shown that the use of voriconazole for treatment of IA is the dominant strategy compared to the use of caspofungin and amphotericin B LC, providing cost reduction while achieving maximum effect. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis (1000 simulations showed stability of the revealed pattern.Conclusion. The use of voriconazole in the treatment of IA allows to save the greatest number of lives at minimal cost compared to other preparations recommended in the Russian practice.

  6. Clinical and economic analysis of voriconazole using for treatment of invasive aspergillosis in Russian Federation

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    V. I. Ignatieva

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Based on clinical studies data voriconazole is recommended as the drug of choice for treatment of invasive aspergillosis (IA – a widespread infectious complications occurring in immunocompromised patients and is characterized by severe clinical course and high mortality.The aim of this study was to assess the cost-effectiveness of voriconazole compared to other preparations recommended in the Russian practice for the treatment of IA in adult patients.Materials and methods. The authors constructed a «decision tree» type of model, which compared the three treatment alternatives for the IA in adult patients, depending on the drug in first-line therapy: 1 voriconazole, 2, caspofungin, or 3 amphotericin B lipid complex (LC. Efficacy was assessed as the probability of patient survival within 14 weeks of starting treatment. We took into account the drugs cost and an increase in the hospitalization duration due to the development of serious adverse events. The model parameters were determined on the basis of the published results of clinical studies, the costs were calculated on the basis of medicines prices in the public procurement and the average bed-day cost in system of obligatory health insurance. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis was performed.Results. It has been shown that the use of voriconazole for treatment of IA is the dominant strategy compared to the use of caspofungin and amphotericin B LC, providing cost reduction while achieving maximum effect. Probabilistic sensitivity analysis (1000 simulations showed stability of the revealed pattern.Conclusion. The use of voriconazole in the treatment of IA allows to save the greatest number of lives at minimal cost compared to other preparations recommended in the Russian practice.

  7. Implementation of different histochemical methods in diagnostics of brain Aspergillosis in turkey chicks

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    Kureljušić Branislav

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aspergillosis is a frequent fungal disease in different species of birds and mammals caused by fungi of the genus Aspergillus. It is characterized by inflammatory changes primarily in the respiratory system, even though it sometimes takes on a generalized form when several organ systems are affected. Mucotic-granulomatous meningoencephalitis with a predominant localization in the cerebellum has been described in turkeys, ducks and geese. Within this paper, examinations have been performed on a flock of broiler turkeys aged 12 days who had sustained evident neurological disorders in the form of ataxy, torticollis, paresis, and paralysis of the hind extremities and wings. In three of the ten autopsied chicks the macroscopic findings indicated granulomatous encephalitis of the cerebellum. A white-coloured granuloma, around 3mm in diameter, was situated cranioventrally and was clearly visible on the sagital section of the cerebellum. Mucological examinations of the cerebellum lesion resulted in the isolation of the fungi Aspergillus fumigatus. Haematoxylin-eosin (HE, Grocott and PAS methods were used for the evaluation of histopathological changes and proving Aspergillus fumigatusa hyphae. The microscopic examination of brain tissue sections stained with the HE method revealed the existence of a granuloma with a centrally placed necrotic area. The necrotic area was infiltrated with heterophilic granulocytes and surrounded by macrophage, giant cells and lymphocytes. A connective tissue capsule was located on the periphery of the granuloma. The fungi hyphae, as integral parts of the granuloma, were difficult to observe, and in some samples stained using the HE method they could not be seen at all. On the other hand, sections stanied using the Grocott and PAS methods showed prominent septed and branched hyphae in different parts of the granuloma. With the objective of making an etiological diagnosis of mucotic diseases, it is necessary to apply several

  8. Comparison of topical administration of clotrimazole through surgically placed versus nonsurgically placed catheters for treatment of nasal aspergillosis in dogs: 60 cases (1990-1996)

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    To examine the clinical response to topical administration of clotrimazole in dogs with nasal aspergillosis, to compare effect of surgically placed versus nonsurgically placed catheters used for administration on outcome, and to examine whether subjective scoring of computed tomographic images can predict outcome. Retrospective case series. 60 dogs with nasal aspergillosis. Information including signalment, history, diagnostics, treatment method, and outcome was retrieved from medical records of dogs with nasal aspergillosis treated between 1990 and 1996 at the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine or cooperating referral practices. Final outcome was determined by telephone conversations with owners and referring veterinarians. Images obtained before treatment were subjectively assessed to develop an algorithm for predicting outcome. Clotrimazole solution (1%) was infused during a 1-hour period via catheters surgically placed in the frontal sinus and nose (27 dogs) and via nonsurgically placed catheters in the nose (18). An additional 15 dogs received 2 to 4 infusions by either route. Topical administration of clotrimazole resulted in resolution of clinical disease in 65% of dogs after 1 treatment and 87% of dogs after one or more treatments. The scoring system correctly classified dogs with unfavorable and favorable responses 71 to 78% and 79 to 93% of the time, respectively. Topical administration of clotrimazole, using either technique, was an effective treatment for nasal aspergillosis in dogs. Use of non-invasive intranasal infusion of clotrimazole eliminated the need for surgical trephination of frontal sinuses in many dogs and was associated with fewer complications

  9. Enhanced antifungal efficacy in experimental invasive pulmonary aspergillosis by combination of AmBisome with Fungizone as assessed by several parameters of antifungal response

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    M.J. Becker (Martin); S. de Marie (Siem); M.H.A.M. Fens (Marcel); W.C.J. Hop (Wim); H.A. Verbrugh (Henri); I.A.J.M. Bakker-Woudenberg (Irma)

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    textabstractIn common with a proportion of patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA), the efficacy of AmBisome treatment regimens in our rat model remains suboptimal. To investigate whether this might be the result of initially low antifungal activity of amphotericin B a

  10. Immunodiagnosis of systemic aspergillosis. I. Antigenemia detected by radioimmunoassay in experimental infection. [/sup 125/I tracer technique

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    Weiner, M.H.; Coats-Stephen, M.

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    Because systemic aspergillosis is difficult to diagnose ante mortem, a study to improve immunodiagnosis was undertaken in a rabbit model of disseminated infection. We found that the predominant humoral response of infected animals was directed against four Aspergillus antigens identified by crossed immunoelectrophoresis. One of these antigens, a cell-wall carbohydrate, was purified by gel-filtration chromatography and was used to develop a radiommunoassay. The sensitivity of this assay was increased by testing for serum-bound antigen as well as for free antigen. When the sensitivity of the RIA was evaluated in the animal model, antigenemia was detected in 78% of 51 rabbits with disseminated infection and ante mortem in 86% of 42 rabbits with lethal infection. By contrast, with immunoprecipitin analysis only eight of 51 rabbits were positive for antigen, and six of 51 rabbits were positive for Aspergillus antibody. The specificity of the RIA was also tested. Negative controls for antigen included sera from 76 normal rabbits and sera from 25 rabbits with systemic candidiasis. The Candida control group is pertinent because 48% of these rabbits had specific Candida antigenemia detected by a mannan RIA. This study demonstrates that Aspergillus antigenemia occurs during the course of experimental disseminated aspergillosis and illustrates the potential of an Aspergillus antigen RIA for sensitive, specific immunodiagnosis of human infections.

  11. Correlation between Circulating Fungal Biomarkers and Clinical Outcome in Invasive Aspergillosis.

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    Dionysios Neofytos

    Full Text Available Objective means are needed to predict and assess clinical response in patients treated for invasive aspergillosis (IA. We examined whether early changes in serum galactomannan (GM and/or β-D-glucan (BDG can predict clinical outcomes. Patients with proven or probable IA were prospectively enrolled, and serial GM and BDG levels and GM optical density indices (GMI were calculated twice weekly for 6 weeks following initiation of standard-of-care antifungal therapy. Changes in these biomarkers during the first 2 and 6 weeks of treatment were analyzed for associations with clinical response and survival at weeks 6 and 12. Among 47 patients with IA, 53.2% (25/47 and 65.9% (27/41 had clinical response by weeks 6 and 12, respectively. Changes in biomarkers during the first 2 weeks were associated with clinical response at 6 weeks (GMI, P = 0.03 and 12 weeks (GM+BDG composite, P = 0.05; GM, P = 0.04; GMI, P = 0.02. Changes in biomarkers during the first 6 weeks were also associated with clinical response at 6 weeks (GM, P = 0.05; GMI, P = 0.03 and 12 weeks (BDG+GM, P = 0.02; GM, P = 0.02; GMI, P = 0.01. Overall survival rates at 6 weeks and 12 weeks were 87.2% (41/47 and 79.1% (34/43, respectively. Decreasing biomarkers in the first 2 weeks were associated with survival at 6 weeks (BDG+GM, P = 0.03; BDG, P = 0.01; GM, P = 0.03 and at 12 weeks (BDG+GM, P = 0.01; BDG, P = 0.03; GM, P = 0.01; GMI, P = 0.007. Similar correlations occurred for biomarkers measured over 6 weeks. Patients with negative baseline GMI and/or persistently negative GMI during the first 2 weeks were more likely to have CR and survival. These results suggest that changes of biomarkers may be informative to predict and/or assess response to therapy and survival in patients treated for IA.

  12. Aspergilose em avestruz (Struthio camelus no Brasil Aspergillosis in an ostrich (Struthio camelus in Brazil

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    mycological findings, a severe mycotic pneumonia and air sacculitis caused by Aspergillus fumigatus was diagnosed. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of aspergillosis in an ostrich in Brazil.

  13. Combination antifungal therapy and surgery for the treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation

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    Tiziana Toffolutti

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available An 8-year old boy, affected by severe aplastic anemia, developed a probable pulmonary invasive aspergillosis (IA early after a second unrelated allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT. He was treated promptly with the combination of liposomal amphotericin B and caspofungin. Despite the initial stabilization, the patient deteriorated and the antifungal therapy was switched to voriconazole and caspofungin. The patient gradually improved and was discharged home on day +29 post-HSCT on oral voriconazole. On day +119, a sudden episode of hemoptysis occurred and a right superior lobectomy was decided to remove the residual aspergilloma. The patient is now alive and well more than 24 months from HSCT. This case demonstrated that antifungal combination therapy and surgery are valid options to cure pulmonary IA even in patients at high-risk and severely immunosuppressed.

  14. Epidemiology of invasive fungal infections after liver transplantation and the risk factors of late-onset invasive aspergillosis.

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    Nagao, Miki; Fujimoto, Yasuhiro; Yamamoto, Masaki; Matsumura, Yasufumi; Kaido, Toshimi; Takakura, Shunji; Uemoto, Shinji; Ichiyama, Satoshi

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    Invasive fungal infection (IFI) in liver transplant recipients is associated with poor outcomes. Targeted antifungal prophylaxis is recommended for high-risk populations; however, the epidemiology of IFI has changed, and the risk criteria remain unclear. In addition, the risk factors for late-onset invasive aspergillosis (IA) have not been fully characterized. We examined 279 recipients over 16 years of age to uncover their IFI epidemiology, clinical characteristics and outcomes. In addition, a case-control study was performed to identify the risk factors of late-onset IA. Of the 279 recipients, 96.1% underwent living donor liver transplantation. Antifungal prophylaxis was administered to 80.6% of the recipients. IFI occurred in 15 patients, among which 8 cases were early-onset (≤90 days after liver transplantation) and 7 cases were late-onset (>90 days after liver transplantation). Five of the late-onset cases were invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, and 2 were fungemia cases. The mortality rate of late-onset IA was 80.0%. According to a multivariate analysis, steroid use before liver transplantation, bloodstream infection within 90 days after liver transplantation and reoperation within 90 days after liver transplantation were significant risk factors for late-onset IA after liver transplantation. The prevalence of IFI was low in our population given that over 80% of liver recipients received antifungal prophylaxis. The prognosis of late-onset IA remains poor, and predictors associated with late-onset IA, such as steroid use before liver transplantation, bloodstream infection and reoperation after liver transplantation, may help clinicians to optimize prevention measures for these devastating infections. PMID:26683245

  15. Aspergillosis Superinfection as a Cause of Death of Crizotinib-Induced Interstitial Lung Disease Successfully Treated with High-Dose Corticosteroid Therapy

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    Laura Deiana

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Crizotinib is an efficacious and well-tolerated drug in the management of ALK-positive lung cancer. Crizotinib treatment, however, is rarely complicated by the occurrence of acute interstitial lung disease (ILD that is often fatal. There is no treatment for this serious adverse event. We report a female non-small cell lung cancer patient who developed ILD after a few days of crizotinib therapy. She showed a significant improvement after a high dose of pulse corticosteroid therapy, both radiologically and clinically. Unfortunately, the patient subsequently developed an aspergillosis superinfection leading to death. Our experience suggests that high-dose steroid therapy may be efficacious in the management of a severe complication of crizotinib therapy. However, potent antifungal therapy should be considered to prevent the risk of severe aspergillosis.

  16. Percutaneous treatment with amphotericin B in a case of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis; Tratamiento percutaneo con anfotericina B en un caso de aspergilosis pulmonar invasiva

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    Ruiz, A.; Lonjedo, E.; Agramunt, M.; Martinez-Rodrigo, J. J.; Palomero, J. [Hospital Universitario Dr. Peset. Valencia (Spain)

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    Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is a serious complications that occurs in immunocompromised patients. We need a rapid and effective treatment both to treat the aspergillosis as well as to be able to continue, as soon as possible, treatment of the baseline disease. We present a case of a percutaneous treatment of the pulmonary lesions in a 55 year old male with IPA in the context of acute myeloid leukemia (AML). With Computerized Tomography (CT) control and using a fine needle, we injected intralesionally a solution of Amphotericin B (AB) (5 mg/cc of 5% glucose solution). We evaluated the complications and efficacy in relationship to the clinical improvement and reduction in lesion size. (Author) 18 refs.

  17. Pharmacodynamic Activity of Amphotericin B Deoxycholate Is Associated with Peak Plasma Concentrations in a Neutropenic Murine Model of Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

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    Wiederhold, Nathan P.; Tam, Vincent H.; Chi, Jingduan; Prince, Randall A.; Kontoyiannis, Dimitrios P.; Lewis, Russell E.

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    We conducted a dose fractionation study of neutropenic, corticosteroid-immunosuppressed mice to characterize the pharmacodynamic/pharmacokinetic (PK/PD) parameter most closely associated with amphotericin B (AMB) efficacy in the treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. Pharmacokinetic parameter estimates were determined by a nonparametric population pharmacokinetic analysis of plasma drug concentrations following single intraperitoneal doses (0.25, 1.0, and 3.0 mg/kg of body weight) of ...

  18. Genetically-Determined Hyperfunction of the S100B/RAGE Axis Is a Risk Factor for Aspergillosis in Stem Cell Transplant Recipients

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    Cunha, Cristina; Giovannini, Gloria; Pierini, Antonio; Alain S Bell; Sorci, Guglielmo; Riuzzi, Francesca; Donato, Rosario; Rodrigues, Fernando; Velardi, Andrea; Aversa, Franco; Romani, Luigina; Carvalho, Agostinho

    2011-01-01

    Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a major threat to the successful outcome of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), although individual risk varies considerably. Recent evidence has established a pivotal role for a danger sensing mechanism implicating the S100B/receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) axis in antifungal immunity. The association of selected genetic variants in the S100B/RAGE axis with susceptibility to IA was investigated in 223 consecutive patients undergoi...

  19. Prevalence of Allergic Broncho Pulmonary Aspergillosis in patients with Asthma attending allergy clinic in a North West Indian Tertiary Care Institute

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    Mathur, Navgeet; Mathur, Medha

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    Context: Allergic Broncho Pulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA) is an allergic disorder. Aspergillus fumigatus is the most common pathogen responsible for occurrence of ABPA. There can be serious consequences of ABPA including worsening of symptoms of asthma and more sinister complications like extensive fibrosis and bronchiectasis.Aims: To find out the prevalence of ABPA among asthma patients and association of former with factors like age, sex, occupation, family history of bronchial asthma, socio...

  20. Research progress on animal model of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis%侵袭性肺曲霉病动物模型的研究进展

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    张冬梅; 宋泽庆

    2011-01-01

    近20年来,随着广谱抗生素、糖皮质激素、放疗、化疗的广泛应用,烧伤、器官移植、血液透析、肠外营养人数的增加以及艾滋病的流行等,侵袭性肺曲霉病的发病率日益增加.随着侵袭性肺曲霉病的发病机制以及早期诊断等相关研究不断深入,相关研究需建立在成功的动物模型基础上,所以动物模型的建立具有重要意义.本文对近几年肺曲霉病的动物模型研究作一综述.%In recent twenty years, with the extensive use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, corticosteroids, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, the increase of burns, organ transplantation, hemodialysis, parenteral nutrition, and the prevalence of acquired immune deficiency syndrome, the morbidity of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis is increasing. With the deep researches on mechanism and early diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, relevant research should be based on successful animal model, so the animal model is important. This article summaries the researches about animal model of pulmonary aspergillosis in recent years.

  1. Efficacy of oral E1210, a new broad-spectrum antifungal with a novel mechanism of action, in murine models of candidiasis, aspergillosis, and fusariosis.

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    Hata, Katsura; Horii, Takaaki; Miyazaki, Mamiko; Watanabe, Nao-Aki; Okubo, Miyuki; Sonoda, Jiro; Nakamoto, Kazutaka; Tanaka, Keigo; Shirotori, Syuji; Murai, Norio; Inoue, Satoshi; Matsukura, Masayuki; Abe, Shinya; Yoshimatsu, Kentaro; Asada, Makoto

    2011-10-01

    E1210 is a first-in-class, broad-spectrum antifungal with a novel mechanism of action-inhibition of fungal glycosylphosphatidylinositol biosynthesis. In this study, the efficacies of E1210 and reference antifungals were evaluated in murine models of oropharyngeal and disseminated candidiasis, pulmonary aspergillosis, and disseminated fusariosis. Oral E1210 demonstrated dose-dependent efficacy in infections caused by Candida species, Aspergillus spp., and Fusarium solani. In the treatment of oropharyngeal candidiasis, E1210 and fluconazole each caused a significantly greater reduction in the number of oral CFU than the control treatment (P candidiasis model, mice treated with E1210, fluconazole, caspofungin, or liposomal amphotericin B showed significantly higher survival rates than the control mice (P candidiasis caused by azole-resistant Candida albicans or Candida tropicalis. A 24-h delay in treatment onset minimally affected the efficacy outcome of E1210 in the treatment of disseminated candidiasis. In the Aspergillus flavus pulmonary aspergillosis model, mice treated with E1210, voriconazole, or caspofungin showed significantly higher survival rates than the control mice (P candidiasis, pulmonary aspergillosis, and disseminated fusariosis. These data suggest that further studies to determine E1210's potential for the treatment of disseminated fungal infections are indicated.

  2. Pnlmanory aspergillosis with tuberculosis:an analysis of 17 cases%肺结核合并肺曲霉菌病17例临床分析

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    薛卉; 杨育波; 孙莹; 张东

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨肺结核合并肺曲霉菌病的易患因素、临床特征、治疗方法 及预后.方法 回顾性分析天津海河医院2007-2010年肺结核合并肺曲霉菌病患者17例的临床资料.结果 长期应用糖皮质激素、广谱抗生素及老龄为肺结核病并发肺曲霉菌病的风险因素.肺曲霉菌病与肺结核病的临床表现及X线表现相似.17例肺结核合并肺曲霉菌病患者经治疗后,2例死亡,15例好转.结论 临床医师应加强对结核病合并曲霉菌感染的警惕性,关注其易感因素,早期诊断,早期合理治疗是提高肺结核合并肺曲霉菌病治愈率的关键.%Objective To investigate the major predisposing factor, clinical features,diagnosis,antifungal therapy and prognosis of pulmonary aspergillosis in patients with ptdmanory tuberculosis (TB). Methods 17 cases of pulmonary aspergillosis with TB patients admitted in the Tianjin haihe hospital from 2007 to 2010 were reviewed. Results prolonged use of steroid, broad spectrum antibiotics and advance in age are risk factors of TB patients complicated with aspergillosis. The clinic and X-ray exhibitions of TB were similar to that of aspergillosis. Among the 17 cases of TB patients with aspergillosis,9 cases patients died after treated,15 cases improved, conclusion It is common that fungal infection occurred in pulmonary TB cases. Concern predisposing factor,early diagnosis,early rational treatment plays a vital role in curing TB combining with lung thread fungus infection.

  3. 侵袭性肺曲霉病20例%Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis: 20 cases

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    江浩; 赵蓓蕾; 施毅; 曹鄂洪; 宋勇; 张桂; 孙文逵

    2009-01-01

    目的 分析侵袭性肺曲霉病(IPA)的临床、影像学、病理和微生物学特征,提高对IPA的认识.方法 回顾性分析2005年1月至2008年8月我院经肺组织病理检查和(或)肺组织培养确诊的20例IPA病人的临床资料.结果 有基础疾病者(A组)13例,包括恶性肿瘤9例(其中血液系统恶性肿瘤5例)、慢性阻塞性肺疾病2例、肺结核1例、支气管扩张症1例;无基础疾病者(B组)7例,其中2例有长期绒毛玩具接触史,1例有霉变稻谷接触史,3例有污水吸入史.20例病人肺部均有病变,同一病人可以出现多种改变.16例为多发性肺部病变,其中7例为两肺多发性浸润性阴影和(或)实变影,9例为多发性结节影;4例为单发性病变,包括孤立结节影2例,节段性肺实变2例.8例(40.0%)形成空洞,空洞内均未见液平面.18例给予抗真菌药物治疗,总有效率为55.6%(10/18),A组和B组有效率分别为45.5%和5/7.治疗有效者平均症状缓解时间为(12.0±2.8)d,胸部CT检查肺部病灶好转时间为(17.4±2.9)d,胸部CT检查显效时间(34.3±9.9)d,活动性病灶基本吸收时间为(56.4±6.2)d.结论 IPA可发生于无基础疾病的免疫功能正常病人.IPA的胸部CT检查表现以两肺多发性病变(多发结节)为主,易形成无"液平面"的空洞.肺部活动性病灶基本吸收时间约需6周或更长.%Objective To analyze the clinical, radiological, pathological and microbiological features of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) to improve clinical management.Methods Retrospective analysis of 20 pathologically and/or microbiologically confirmed IPA cases in our hospital from January 2005 to August 2008. Results Group A (with underlying diseases) included 13 patients (underlying malignancy in 9 patients, including 5 cases of hematological malignancy, COPD in 2 patients, pulmonary tuberculosis and bronchiectasis in 1 each). Group B (without underlying disease) included 7 patients (2 patients with a long time

  4. mTOR Modulates Lymphocyte Differentiation through T-bet and Eomesodermin in Response to Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis in Rats

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    Na Cui; Long-Xiang Su; Hao Wang; Meng Xiao; Fei Yang; Min Zheng; Xin Li

    2016-01-01

    Background:Aspergillosis infection is common in the patients with insufficient immunity.The role of mammalian target ofrapamycin (mTOR),T-box expressed in T-cells (T-bet),and eomesodermin (EOMES) in mediating T lymphocytes differentiation in response to Aspergillus fumigatus infection in immunocompromised rats was investigated in this study.Methods:Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) ofimmtmosuppressive twenty male rats were established and sacrificed at 24 h (n =5),48 h (n =5),72 h (n =5),and 96 h (n =5) after A.fumigatus infection.In addition,control (n =5),cyclophosphamide (CTX) (n =5),and aspergillosis (n =5) group were also established the tissues and pathology of lung tissue was examined by hematoxylin and eosin staining.CD8+ T-cells was sorted by flow cytometry.Serum mTOR,S6K,T-bet,and EOMES were quantified by enzyme-linked immunosorhent assay.Results:Histology of lung tissue indicated severe lung tissue injury including infiltration of inflammatory cells,alveolar wall damage or degradation,blood congestion,and hemorrhage in the CTX,IPA,and CTX + IPA rats.Hyphae were seen in the IPA,and CTX + IPA groups.The proportion of CD8+ T-cells was significantly increased in the animals ofCTX + IPA.Memory CD8+ T-cells was significantly increased in early stage (24 h and 48 h,P < 0.001),but decreased in the late phase of fungal infection (72 h and 96 h) in the animals of CTX + IPA.In addition,at early stage of fungal infection (24 h and 48 h),serum mTOR (P < 0.001),S6K (P < 0.001),and T-bet (P < 0.05) was significantly higher,while EOMES was significantly lower (P < 0.001),in CTX + IPA group than that in control,CTX alone or IPA alone group.Conversely,serum mTOR,S6K,T-bet,and EOMES showed opposite changed in the late stage (72 h and 96 h).Pearson's correlation analysis indicated that mTOR and S6K were significantly correlated with T-bet (r =0.901 and 0.91,respectively,P < 0.001),but negatively and significantly correlated with EOMES (r =-0.758 and-0

  5. Potential of polymerase chain reaction and galactomannan for the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis in patients with febrile neutropenia.

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    Aslan, Muge; Oz, Yasemin; Aksit, Filiz; Akay, Olga M

    2015-06-01

    The incidence of invasive aspergillosis (IA) has increased over the last years, especially in immuncompromised patients with high mortality rates. Because of difficulties about the diagnosis; serological methods [galactomannan (GM) antigen test] and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) developed in recent years. MycAssay Aspergillus PCR performance in the diagnosis of IA was evaluated and compared with the GM and in-house PCR. This study was conducted with 358 serum samples obtained from 99 patient with febrile neutropenic episodes who were followed in haematology and bone marrow transplantation units. Patients were classified by the European Organization for the Research and Treatment of Cancer/Mycoses Study Group criteria, 18 of them is proven and probable IA. GM antigen test and two different real-time PCR; one of them is fist commercial PCR for IA; Mycassay Aspergillus and the other one is in-house real-time PCR performed. Sensitivity values were Mycassay Aspergillus PCR, in-house PCR, and GM 65.38%, 11.53% and 23.07%, respectively. The high sensitivity obtained from Mycassay Aspergillus PCR and sensitivity is increased by using a combination of diagnostic methods. GM antigen test and real-time PCR could be beneficial for early diagnosis and treatment of IA. For routine usage of PCR as diagnostic assay more studies needed in future.

  6. Evolution of procalcitonin, C-reactive protein and fibrinogen levels in neutropenic leukaemia patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis or mucormycosis.

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    Roques, Marjorie; Chretien, Marie Lorraine; Favennec, Camille; Lafon, Ingrid; Ferrant, Emmanuelle; Legouge, Caroline; Plocque, Alexia; Golfier, Camille; Duvillard, Laurence; Amoureux, Lucie; Bastie, Jean Noel; Maurin-Bernier, Lory; Dalle, Frederic; Caillot, Denis

    2016-06-01

    Unlike bacterial infections, the value of procalcitonin (PCT) in detecting fungal infections in leukaemia patients is not clear. To determine whether the monitoring of PCT coupled with C-reactive protein (CRP) and fibrinogen (Fib) could be helpful in the management of pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) or mucormycosis (PM), we retrospectively analysed the evolution of PCT, CRP and Fib levels in 94 leukaemia patients with proven/probable IPA (n = 77) or PM (n = 17) from D-12 to D12 relative to IFI onset defined as D0. Overall, 2140 assays were performed. From D-12 to D0, 12%, 5% and 1.4% of patients had PCT >0.5, 1 and 1.5 μg l(-1) , respectively, while CRP was >50, 75 and 100 mg l(-1) in 84%, 70% and 57% and Fib was >4, 5 and 6 g l(-1) in 96%, 80% and 61% of cases respectively (P 1.5 μg l(-1) , while CRP >100 mg l(-1) and Fib >6 g l(-1) were observed in 80% and 75% of cases respectively (P < 10(-7) ). In leukaemia patients, IPA or PM was accompanied by a significant increase in CRP and Fib while PCT remained low. PMID:26931315

  7. Diagnosis and Treatment of Chicken Aspergillosis%鸡曲霉菌病的诊断和治疗

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    范成英; 顾阳; 付朋飞; 陈红英

    2013-01-01

    In May 2013,there was a suspected chicken Aspergillosis in a chicken farm in Weihui County. Nodules on the lung and air sac were collected aseptically from sick and deed chickens. Characteristic hyphae and spores of Aspergillus were observed under the microscope,and its biochemical identifications were performed and Aspergillus was isolated.After the epidemiology investigation,the pathogenic in autopsy,the laboratory diagnosis, and clinical symptom,the chicken Aspergillus infection was diagnosed. Feeding chickens on nysfungin and copper sulfate solution in drinking water had some effect.%2013年5月河南省卫辉县某鸡场发生疑似曲霉菌感染的病例。无菌采集病鸡肺、气囊上的结节病灶,在显微镜下观察到特征性的曲霉菌的菌丝和孢子,分离出曲霉菌。实验室检查结果结合发病情况、临床症状和剖检变化,诊断为曲霉菌感染。通过饲喂制霉菌素并硫酸铜溶液饮水,取得了一定疗效。

  8. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis in Italian cystic fibrosis patients: Prevalence and percentage of positive tests in the employed diagnostic criteria

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    The prevalence of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) in cystic fibrosis (CF) patients is difficult to determine because the data in the literature are not homogeneous or comparable. ABPA and CF have similar clinical symptoms which make diagnosis difficult and underestimate the real dimensions of the problem. We conducted an epidemiological study on 3089 Italian CF patients to determine the prevalence of ABPA in Italy and verify the percentage of positive tests in the employed diagnostic criteria. Our results indicate that the prevalence of ABPA in Italian CF patients is 6.18%, mainly in adolescents and young adults. ABPA is diagnosed using clinical symptoms (presence of episodic bronchial obstructions or typical radiographic features) and on the basis of other criteria which can only be partially fulfilled in paediatric patients. Among the diagnostic tests the most sensitive are the total IgE (84.5%), specific IgE anti-Aspergillus fumigatus (81.6%) and the prick test (68.3%). In the absence of clinical symptoms and gold standard diagnostic tests, serological positivity and/or the skin test are not sufficient evidence to confirm the presence of ABPA

  9. Galactomannan antigen assay from bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in intensive care units patients

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA is an important infection in critically ill patients including patients of intensive care units (ICU. Different diagnostic tools are available and since its mortality is high, it is vital to start the antifungal therapy as soon as possible. Knowing the epidemiology of this disease in each ICU and area will help to better and more rapid management of such patients. The aim of this study is to determine the frequency of IPA based on the level of galactomannan in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in ICU of Al-Zahra hospital, Isfahan, Iran. Materials and Methods : This was a cross sectional study, which was conducted in Al-Zahra hospital, Isfahan, Iran, between 2010 to 2011. The study population was all the patients admitted to ICU and were suspected to have invasive Aspergillus spp pneumonia. The level of galactomannan in bronchoalveolar lavage was measured and demographic data were gathered by the questionnaire. Results : The frequency of IPA in this study was calculated as 2.43% while galactomannan level in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of this patient (2.50 was significantly higher than others (0.03 ± 0.02. Conclusion : Larger studies are required to determine the exact frequency of IPA and the best antifungal therapy for it.

  10. Mixed types of pulmonary aspergillosis%混合型肺曲霉病三例并文献复习

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    牟向东; 余进; 聂立功; 程渊; 王广发

    2014-01-01

    Objective To describe the clinical features of mixed types of pulmonary aspergillosis (MTPA),and therefore to improve the diagnosis and treatment of MTPA.Methods This study retrospectively analyzed 3 patients with MTPA in Peking University First Hospital from November 2010 to 2012." Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA),pulmonary aspergilloma,allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA)" were used as the Chinese and English keywords,to search the literatures from Wanfang database and Pubmed database until to May 2014.Results There were 3 patients with MTPA,respectively with aspergilloma and IPA (patient 1),ABPA and IPA (patient 2),aspergilloma and IPA (patient 3).The cultures of respiratory secretions of the patients all yielded A.fumigatus.Patient 1 was treated by amphotericin B; Patient 2 was treated by intravenous itraconazole and glucocorticoid; Patient 3 was treated by oral voriconazole and inhaled corticosteroid,and the aspergilloma was surgically removed at the same time.Eventually,patients 1 and 2 died,while the symptoms of patient 3 were significantly improved.Drug sensitivity test of A.fumigatus showed resistance to amphotericin B or itraconazole.By far there was no concept of MTPA in the literatures and there were only 3 relevant case reports.Conclusion MTPA is a new subtype of pulmonary aspergillosis,which is more complicated and severe,and perhaps with drug resistance.MTPA should be treated by comprehensive therapies on the basis of sensitive and effective antifungal drugs.%目的 探讨混合型肺曲霉病(MTPA)的临床特点,提高对该病的诊治水平.方法 回顾性分析2010年11月至2012年11月北京大学第一医院收治的3例MTPA的临床特点.以“侵袭性肺曲霉病”、“肺曲霉球”及“变应性支气管肺曲霉病”两两组合为检索词,通过万方数据库和中国期刊全文数据库进行检索,以“混合型肺曲霉病”为检索词均未检索到相关文献;以“invasive pulmonaryaspergillosis

  11. The clinical characteristics of hepatic failure with aspergillosis%肝衰竭合并曲霉菌感染的临床特征分析

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    苏海滨; 王慧芬; 闫涛; 林芳; 赵鸿; 李雷; 牟劲松; 李晨; 许海苗

    2010-01-01

    目的 了解肝衰竭合并曲霉菌感染的临床特征.方法 收集我院1985年1月-2006年6月所有合并真菌感染的肝衰竭患者507例,以合并曲霉菌感染的肝衰竭患者104例为主要分析对象.两组间数据的比较用配对t检验,率的比较用χ2检验. 结果 507例肝衰竭合并真菌感染患者中,曲霉菌感染104例(20.5%).抗真菌治疗的有效率和基础疾病的治愈好转率,曲霉菌感染患者分别为36.5%和26.0%,非曲霉菌感染患者分别为57.8%和36.7%,P=0.000和P=0.049.共分离出曲霉菌108株,烟曲霉菌最为多见,共53株(49.1%),肺脏为曲霉菌主要感染部位90例次(63.8%),感染后临床表现常不典型.在抗真菌治疗有效的患者,肝功能呈好转趋势. 结论肝衰竭合并曲霉菌感染的诊断、治疗困难.对于临床上怀疑有曲霉菌感染的肝衰竭患者,早期积极治疗有助于患者恢复.%Objective To study the clinical characteristics of hepatic failure with aspergillosis. Methods The data of hepatic failure patients with fungal infection hospitalized in our hospital form January 1985 to June 2006 were collected. This research mainly focused on the clinical characteristics of the patients co-infected with aspergillosis. Results The occurrence of aspergillosis was 20.5% (104 cases) among 507 hepatic failure patients with fungal infection. Compared with other fungal infection in hepatic failure patients, the effective rate of antifungal therapy and the improvement rate of underlying disease were worse in patients with aspergilus infection (36.5% vs 57.8%, P = 0.000; 26.0% vs 36.7%, P = 0.049). Aspergillus fumigatus was the most common species among 108 fungal species. The species next to Aspergillus fumigatus were Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus flavus. The mainly infected organ was lung and its clinical manifestation was atypical. Liver function could be improved with effective anti-fungus-therapy. Conclusions Diagnosis and treatment of aspergillosis is

  12. Computer tomography in pulmonary invasive aspergillosis in hematological patients with neutropenia: An useful tool for diagnosis and assessment of outcome in clinical trials

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    Caillot, Denis, E-mail: denis.caillot@chu-dijon.f [Dijon University Hospital Center, Dijon (France); Latrabe, Valerie [Bordeaux University Hospital Center, Bordeaux (France); Thiebaut, Anne [Lyon University Hospital Center, Lyon (France); Herbrecht, Raoul [Strasbourg Regional University Hospital Center, Strasbourg (France); De Botton, Stephane [Lille Regional University Hospital Center, Lille (France); Pigneux, Arnaud [Bordeaux University Hospital Center, Bordeaux (France); Monchecourt, Francoise; Mahi, Lamine [Gilead Sciences, Paris (France); Alfandari, Serge [Lille Regional University Hospital Center, Lille (France); Couaillier, Jean-Francois [Dijon University Hospital Center, Dijon (France)

    2010-06-15

    Background and objective: The exact timing of the evolution of lesion volumes of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) on CT scan images could be helpful in the management of hematological patients but has never been evaluated in a prospective study. We analyzed the CT scan data from the prospective Combistrat trial. Design and methods: Volumes of aspergillosis lesions from 30 patients (including 24 acute myeloid leukaemia) with probable (n = 26) or proven (n = 4) IPA according to the EORTC-MSG modified criteria, were measured prospectively on the thoracic CT scans at the enrolment in the study on day 0 (D0), D7, D14 and end of treatment (EOT). Results: For the overall population, the volume of pulmonary aspergillosis lesions increased significantly from D0 to D7 (1.6 fold; p = 0.003). Then this volume decreased significantly from D7 to D14 (1.36 fold at D14 with p = 0.003 for D14 vs. D7, but with p = 0.56 for D14 vs. D0). At EOT (= D17, median value), the volume of lesions was significantly lower than D14 (0.76 fold the initial volume; p < 0.001) but it was not significantly different when compared to D0 (p = 0.11). Conclusions: The results of this prospective study suggest that the sequential analysis of CT scan in neutropenic patients with IPA depicts more precisely the evolution of lesion volumes than comparison to baseline images. Moreover, the systematic use of chest CT appears to be a useful tool for diagnosis and outcome evaluation of IPA in clinical trials.

  13. 肺曲霉病外科治疗分析(附15例报告)%Surgical treatment of pulmonary aspergillosis ( Report of 15 cases )

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    郭楠楠; 李珊珊; 于长海; 俞建琦; 张文

    2012-01-01

    目的:探讨肺曲霉病的诊断、外科手术治疗原则、方法及效果.方法:回顾性分析我科2005年至2011年手术治疗的15例采用外科手术治疗的肺曲霉病患者的临床资料和随访结果.结果:15例患者术后证实均为曲霉病,术前诊断符合率为93.3%( 14/15),影像学诊断符合率为73.3%(11/15),全组无手术死亡,随访4个月~6年无肺曲霉病复发和播散.结论:手术治疗肺曲霉病能消除症状,预防咯血复发,减少抗真菌药物对患者影响,可根治进而延长患者生命提高患者生活质量.因此,一旦确诊应积极手术治疗.%Objective; We attempt to discuss the diagnosis of pulmonary aspergillosis and to research its surgical treatment in the aspects of principle, method and effect. Methods;Review the clinical information and the follow-up results of patients who infected the pulmonary aspergillosis and accepted the operation subsequent-ly in our department from 2005 to 2011. Results; 15 patients were diagnosed definitely with pulmonary aspergil-losis after operation. The consistency rate in preoperative diagnosis was 14/15. The consistency rate of imagine was 11/15. No one was dead after operation. Finally, no patient has the recurrence and spreading of pulmonary aspergilloma after a serious of tracking observation from 4 months to 6 years. Conclusion; The operation not on-ly eliminates the symptoms, prevents the recurrence of hemoptysis and alleviates the side effect of antifungal a-gents, but may also be a radical cure of pulmonary aspergillosis and improve the living standards of patients. Therefore, surgical treatment should be advocated when the diagnosis was confirmed.

  14. Emerging aspergillosis by azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus at an intensive care unit in the Netherlands, 2010 to 2013.

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    van Paassen, Judith; Russcher, Anne; In 't Veld-van Wingerden, Astrid Wm; Verweij, Paul E; Kuijper, Eduard J

    2016-07-28

    The prevalence of invasive aspergillosis (IA) at the intensive care unit (ICU) is unknown and difficult to assess since IA also develops in patients lacking specific host factors. In the Netherlands, increasing azole-resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus complicates treatment of patients with IA. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of IA by azole-resistant A. fumigatus at the ICU among patients receiving antifungal treatment and to follow their clinical outcome and prognosis. A retrospective cohort study was conducted in a university hospital ICU from January 2010 to December 2013. From all patients who received antifungal treatment for suspected IA, relevant clinical and microbiological data were collected using a standardised questionnaire. Of 9,121 admitted ICU-patients, 136 had received antifungal treatment for suspected IA, of which 38 had a positive A. fumigatus culture. Ten of the 38 patients harboured at least one azole-resistant isolate. Resistance mechanisms consisted of alterations in the cyp51A gene, more specific TR34/L98H and TR46/T289A/Y121F. Microsatellite typing did not show clonal relatedness, though isolates from two patients were genetically related. The overall 90-day mortality of patients with IA by azole-resistant A. fumigatus and patients with suspicion of IA by azole-susceptible isolates in the ICU was 100% (10/10) vs 82% (23/28) respectively. We conclude that the changing pattern of IA in ICU patients requires appropriate criteria for recognition, diagnosis and rapid resistance tests. The increase in azole resistance rates also challenges a reconsideration of empirical antifungal therapy. PMID:27541498

  15. NAC is associated with additional alleviation of lung injury induced by invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in a neutropenic model

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    Peng XU; Jie-ming QU; Jin-fu XU; Jing ZHANG; Hong-ni JIANG; Hui-jun ZHANG

    2009-01-01

    Aim:Neutropenic individuals are at high risk for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA),a life-threatening infection.To evaluate the therapeutic potential of antioxidants,IPA was induced in neutropenic mice and the effect of N-acetyl-l-cysteine (NAC) on oxidative stress levels and lung injury was analyzed.Methods:Mice were pretreated with three daily intraperitoneal injections of 150 mg/kg cyclophosphamide,followed by intratracheal inoculation with 4.5×106 conidia of Aspergillus fumigatus.The infected mice were then randomly assigned to an amphotericin B (AMB) group,an AMB plus NAC group,or an untreated control (C) group.In each group,the duration of treatment was 24,48,or 72 h,and activities such as appearance,feeding,and dermal temperature were observed throughout the experiment.Sera and lung tissues were collected and analyzed by quantitative enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for total protein,superoxide dismutase(SOD),malondialdehyde (MDA),tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α),and interleukin-lO (IL-10) levels.The wet/dry weight ratio of the lung was also calculated and lung sections were stained with hematoxylin-eosin for pathological examination and with methenamine silver stain for fungus detection.Results:Compared with the mice untreated with NAC,mice in the AMB plus NAC group had increased SOD and reduced MDA levels both systemically and locally at 24,48,and 72 h after inoculation with conidia.NAC treatment also decreased the pulmonary protein content at 48 and 72 h and the lung wet/dry weight ratio at 24 and 48 h.Additionally,NAC enhanced pulmonary production of TNF-α and IL-10 at 24 h and 48 h.Conclusion:In combination with antifungal therapy,NAC treatment can alleviate oxidative stress and lung injury associated with IPA in neutropenic mice.

  16. Improved Detection of Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis Arising during Leukemia Treatment Using a Panel of Host Response Proteins and Fungal Antigens.

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    Full Text Available Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA is an opportunistic fungal infection in patients undergoing chemotherapy for hematological malignancy, hematopoietic stem cell transplant, or other forms of immunosuppression. In this group, Aspergillus infections account for the majority of deaths due to mold pathogens. Although early detection is associated with improved outcomes, current diagnostic regimens lack sensitivity and specificity. Patients undergoing chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation and lung transplantation were enrolled in a multi-site prospective observational trial. Proven and probable IPA cases and matched controls were subjected to discovery proteomics analyses using a biofluid analysis platform, fractionating plasma into reproducible protein and peptide pools. From 556 spots identified by 2D gel electrophoresis, 66 differentially expressed post-translationally modified plasma proteins were identified in the leukemic subgroup only. This protein group was rich in complement components, acute-phase reactants and coagulation factors. Low molecular weight peptides corresponding to abundant plasma proteins were identified. A candidate marker panel of host response (9 plasma proteins, 4 peptides, fungal polysaccharides (galactomannan, and cell wall components (β-D glucan were selected by statistical filtering for patients with leukemia as a primary underlying diagnosis. Quantitative measurements were developed to qualify the differential expression of the candidate host response proteins using selective reaction monitoring mass spectrometry assays, and then applied to a separate cohort of 57 patients with leukemia. In this verification cohort, a machine learning ensemble-based algorithm, generalized pathseeker (GPS produced a greater case classification accuracy than galactomannan (GM or host proteins alone. In conclusion, Integration of host response proteins with GM improves the diagnostic detection of probable IPA in patients

  17. Evaluation of PCR on bronchoalveolar lavage fluid for diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis: a bivariate metaanalysis and systematic review.

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    Wenkui Sun

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Nucleic acid detection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR is emerging as a sensitive and rapid diagnostic tool. PCR assays on serum have the potential to be a practical diagnostic tool. However, PCR on bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF has not been well established. We performed a systematic review of published studies to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of PCR assays on BALF for invasive aspergillosis (IA. METHODS: Relevant published studies were shortlisted to evaluate the quality of their methodologies. A bivariate regression approach was used to calculate pooled values of the method sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative likelihood ratios. Hierarchical summary receiver operating characteristic curves were used to summarize overall performance. We calculated the post-test probability to evaluate clinical usefulness. Potential heterogeneity among studies was explored by subgroup analyses. RESULTS: Seventeen studies comprising 1191 at-risk patients were selected. The summary estimates of the BALF-PCR assay for proven and probable IA were as follows: sensitivity, 0.91 (95% confidence interval (CI, 0.79-0.96; specificity, 0.92 (95% CI, 0.87-0.96; positive likelihood ratio, 11.90 (95% CI, 6.80-20.80; and negative likelihood ratio, 0.10 (95% CI, 0.04-0.24. Subgroup analyses showed that the performance of the PCR assay was influenced by PCR assay methodology, primer design and the methods of cell wall disruption and DNA extraction. CONCLUSIONS: PCR assay on BALF is highly accurate for diagnosing IA in immunocompromised patients and is likely to be a useful diagnostic tool. However, further efforts towards devising a standard protocol are needed to enable formal validation of BALF-PCR.

  18. Aspergilosis pulmonar necrotizante crónica como complicación de silicosis Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis as a complication of silicosis

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    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available La aspergilosis pulmonar necrotizante crónica es una rara enfermedad que tiende a afectar a personas con enfermedad pulmonar subyacente o inmunocomprometidos en grado leve. Es una complicación excepcional de la silicosis y su diagnóstico precisa un alto índice de sospecha pues simula otras enfermedades como tuberculosis y neoplasia, complicaciones más frecuentes en estos pacientes. Presentamos tres casos con larga historia de exposición a sílice y diagnóstico de fibrosis masiva progresiva que presentaron aspergilosis pulmonar. Revisamos sus características clínicas, radiológicas y tratamiento.Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis is un uncommon disease which is found in people with underlying lung disease or in mildly immunocompromised patients. It is an exceptional complication in silicosis and its diagnosis is difficult because it simulates other diseases like tuberculosis and cancer which are more common in such patients. We report on three cases with a long history of silica dust exposure with pulmonary aspergillosis complicating progressive massive fibrosis (PMF. We review their clinical, radiological and treatment features.

  19. Gamma scintigraphy imaging of murine invasive pulmonary aspergillosis with a {sup 111}In-labeled cyclic peptide

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    Yang Zhi [Department of Experimental Diagnostic Imaging, Infection Control and Employee Health, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030 (United States); Kontoyiannis, Dimitrios P. [Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030 (United States); Wen Xiaoxia; Xiong Chiyi; Zhang Rui [Department of Experimental Diagnostic Imaging, Infection Control and Employee Health, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030 (United States); Albert, Nathaniel D. [Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030 (United States); Li Chun [Department of Experimental Diagnostic Imaging, Infection Control and Employee Health, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030 (United States)], E-mail: cli@mdanderson.org

    2009-04-15

    Introduction: Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is a leading cause of infection-associated death in immunosuppressed patients. Early detection and early administration of antifungal therapy are critical factors in improving outcome for patients with IPA. Here, we evaluated the imaging properties of a {sup 111}In-labeled cyclic peptide targeted to Aspergillus fumigatus in an immunosuppressed murine model of IPA. Methods: A cyclic peptide c(CGGRLGPFC)-NH{sub 2} was labeled with {sup 111}In by means of diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid (DTPA). Two days after intranasal inoculation of 17.5x10{sup 6} conidia of A. fumigatus, mice were injected {sup 111}In-DTPA-c(CGGRLGPFC)-NH{sub 2} intravenously. Biodistribution data were obtained at 2 h, and {gamma}-images were acquired at 10 min and 2 h after radiotracer injection. Healthy mice were used as controls. In addition, a group of infected mice were co-injected with the radiotracer and unlabeled c(CGGRLGPFC)-NH{sub 2} to evaluate the inhibition of radiotracer's binding to infected lungs. Autoradiographs of lungs from infected and healthy mice were compared with corresponding photographs of transaxial sections of the lung tissues stained for A. fumigatus hyphae. Results: The labeling efficiency was >98%, with specific radioactivity of up to 74 MBq/nmol peptide. Significantly higher uptake of {sup 111}In-DTPA-c(CGGRLGPFC)-NH{sub 2} was observed in the lungs of mice infected with A. fumigatus than in those of healthy mice (0.37{+-}0.06 %ID/g vs. 0.14{+-}0.02 %ID/g, P=.00044). Simultaneous injection with unlabeled peptide reduced radioactivity in the infected lungs by 41% (P=.0037). Increased radioactivity in the lungs of infected mice was visible in {gamma} images at both 10 min and 2 h after radiotracer injection. Moreover, autoradiography confirmed radiotracer uptake in infected lungs, but not in the lungs of healthy mice or infected mice co-injected with unlabeled peptide. Conclusions: {gamma}-Imaging with {sup

  20. Two cases of endobronchial carcinoid masked by superimposed aspergillosis: a review of the literature of primary lung cancers associated with Aspergillus.

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    Nilsson, John Robert; Restrepo, Carlos S; Jagirdar, Jaishree

    2013-02-01

    We describe 2 cases of endobronchial pulmonary carcinoid tumor with superimposed Aspergillus colonization. The Aspergillus hyphae were associated with fibrin, ulcer debris, and granulomatous inflammation in part masking the carcinoid tumor. Presence of necrotic debris made diagnosis on biopsy difficult, and atypical carcinoid could not be ruled out. The association of carcinoid tumor with aspergillosis is rare and has been reported in 4 other cases thus far. A review of the literature reveals at least 35 cases of lung carcinoma with coexisting Aspergillus upon presentation. Most of these carcinomas are either cavitary squamous cell or adenocarcinomas harboring an aspergilloma. The other carcinomas are associated with bronchial obstruction as in carcinoids or are a minor component of a preexisting cavity raising the possibility of "scar carcinoma." As in aspergillomas not associated with carcinoma, upper lobe involvement predominates. Diagnosis can be challenging with delayed discovery of underlying neoplasm leading to suboptimal treatment. PMID:22079170

  1. 20例侵袭性肺曲霉病临床分析%Clinical analysis on 20 cases of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis

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    梁永祥; 黄富; 朱杏培; 吴金环

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate high-risk factors,clinical features,imaging features,treatment and prognosis factors in the incidence of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis.Methods A retrospective analysis was carried out to 20 cases of clinical data in our hospital diagnosed as pulmonary aspergillosis infection from January 2008 to June 2012.Results In the 20 cases of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis,there were 15 patients found with immunodeficiency,5 cases of previously healthy.Clinical features:fever 14 cases (70%),cough in 12 patients (60%),sputum in 10 patients (50%),shortness of breath,8 cases (40%),pleural effusion in 4 cases (20%),4 cases of chest pain (20%),hemoptysis in 12 cases (60%).Imaging features:5 cases of nodules,lumps shadow 3 cases,2 cases of ground-glass infiltrates,4cases of empty and crescent sign 3 cases,large tracts of real change 3 cases.18 patients with the antifungal drug voriconazole,2 cases of surgical treatment.Prognosis:cured 10 cases,5 cases effective,2 cases giving up,and 3 patients died.Conclusion The clinical features and imaging features of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis are not specific,the diagnosis relies on etiology and pathological examination.Early diagnosis to patients with immunodeficiency by using voriconazole therapy can improve the cure rate,and provide a good prognosis for patients without high risk factors.%目的 探讨侵袭性肺曲霉病发病的高危因素、临床特点、影像学特征、治疗及预后因素.方法 回顾分析2008年1月至2012年6月在本院确诊肺曲霉病感染的20例临床资料.结果 20例侵袭性肺曲霉病患者中15例患者有免疫缺陷,5例既往体健.临床特点:发热14例(70%)、咳嗽12例(60%)、咳痰10例(50%)、气促8例(40%)、胸腔积液4例(20%)、胸痛4例(20%)、咯血12例(60%)等.影像学特征:结节影5例,团块影3例,磨玻璃浸润影2例,空洞4例及新月征3例,大片实变3例.治疗予抗真菌药物伏立康

  2. A model for treating avian aspergillosis: serum and lung tissue kinetics for Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) following single and multiple aerosol exposures of a nanoparticulate itraconazole suspension.

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    Rundfeldt, Chris; Wyska, Elżbieta; Steckel, Hartwig; Witkowski, Andrzej; Jeżewska-Witkowska, Grażyna; Wlaź, Piotr

    2013-11-01

    Aspergillosis is frequently reported in parrots, falcons and other birds held in captivity. Inhalation is the main route of infection for Aspergillus fumigatus, resulting in both acute and chronic disease conditions. Itraconazole (ITRA) is an antifungal commonly used in birds, but administration requires repeated oral dosing and the safety margin is narrow. We describe lung tissue and serum pharmacokinetics of a nanoparticulate ITRA suspension administered to Japanese quail by aerosol exposure. Aerosolized ITRA (1 and 10% suspension) administered over 30 min did not induce adverse clinical reactions in quail upon single or 5-day repeated doses. High lung concentrations, well above the inhibitory levels for A. fumigatus, of 4.14 ± 0.19 μg/g and 27.5 ± 4.58 μg/g (mean ± SEM, n = 3), were achieved following single-dose inhalation of 1% and 10% suspension, respectively. Upon multiple dose administration of 10% suspension, mean lung concentrations reached 104.9 ± 10.1 μg/g. Drug clearance from the lungs was slow with terminal half-lives of 19.7 h and 35.8 h following inhalation of 1% and 10% suspension, respectively. Data suggest that lung clearance is solubility driven. Lung concentrations of hydroxy-itraconazole reached 1-2% of the ITRA lung tissue concentration indicating metabolism in lung tissue. Steady, but low, serum concentrations of ITRA could be measured after multiple dose administration, reaching less than 0.1% of the lung tissue concentration. This formulation may represent a novel, easy to administer treatment modality for fungal lung infection, preventing high systemic exposure. It may also be useful as metaphylaxis to prevent the outbreak of aspergillosis in colonized animals. PMID:23815436

  3. Primary aspergilloma and subacute invasive aspergillosis in two AIDS patients Aspergiloma primário e aspergilose invasiva subaguda em dois pacientes com AIDS

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    Roberto Martinez

    2009-02-01

    Full Text Available Although uncommon, invasive aspergillosis in the setting of AIDS is important because of its peculiar clinical presentation and high lethality. This report examines two AIDS patients with a history of severe cellular immunosuppression and previous neutropenia, who developed subacute invasive aspergillosis. One female patient developed primary lung aspergilloma, with dissemination to the mediastinum, vertebrae, and spine, which was fatal despite antifungal treatment. The second patient, who had multiple cavitary brain lesions, and eye and lung involvement, recovered following voriconazole and itraconazole, and drugs for increasing neutrophil and CD4+ lymphocyte levels. These cases demonstrate the importance of Aspergillus infections following neutropenia in AIDS patients, and emphasize the need for early and effective antifungal therapy.A aspergilose invasiva em pacientes com aids, embora incomum, é relevante pela apresentação clínica peculiar e alta letalidade. Este relato descreve os casos de dois pacientes com aids com grave imunossupressão celular e neutropenia prévia, os quais tiveram aspergiloma pulmonar primário, com disseminação para mediastino, vértebras e medula espinhal, evoluindo para óbito apesar do tratamento antifúngico. O segundo paciente, que tinha lesões cavitárias múltiplas no cérebro e infecção ocular e pulmonar, recuperou-se após tratamento com voricanazol, itraconazol e com drogas para aumentar o número de neutrófilos e de linfócitos CD4+. Estes casos demonstram o risco de infecção por Aspergillus após episódios de neutropenia em pacientes com aids e alertam para o início precoce de terapia antifúngica eficaz.

  4. Aspergilosis broncopulmonar alérgica. Complicaciones poco usuales de la afección ALLERGIC BRONCHOPULMONARY ASPERGILLOSIS. UNUSUAL COMPLICATIONS

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    Full Text Available Se revisa definición, etiología, etapas clínicas, tratamiento y complicaciones de la Aspergilosis Broncopulmonar Alérgica (ABPA. En el Instituto Nacional del Tórax se han seguido 35 casos de ABPA durante un promedio de 15 años. De esta serie se presentan dos pacientes de sexo femenino que corresponden a ABPA complicada por infección por Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare (MAI. Las pacientes que tenían 71 y 72 años de edad respectivamente, presentaron una infección pulmonar por MAI, 3 y diez años después de habérseles diagnosticado ABPA. El diagnóstico de ABPA se basó en sus características clínicas, radiológicas y en sus pruebas inmunológicas (prueba cutánea y Elisa IgG + para A. fumigatus. En ambos casos la infección pulmonar por MAI -confirmada por dos cultivos positivos- estuvo asociada a agravación clínica y radiológica. Las pacientes fueron tratadas exitosamente con claritromicina y etambutol durante 12 meses; este tratamiento estuvo asociado a estreptomicina y minociclina durante los primeros dos meses. La infección por MAI es una complicación poco frecuente de la ABPA. Esta asociación se debe sospechar si una TAC de alta resolución muestra nódulos asociados a bronquiectasias difusas ubicadas más allá de las bronquiectasias centrales (lesiones típicas de la ABPA no complicada. La infección pulmonar por MAI debe ser confirmada a través de cultivos de MAI en expectoración o en el líquido de lavado broncoalveolarDefinition, etiology, clinical stages, treatment and complications of Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis (ABPA are reviewed. Thirty five cases of ABPA have been followed during an average of 15 years at Instituto Nacional del Tórax-Chile. From this series two female patients, corresponding to ABPA complicated by Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare (MAI infection are presented. The patients that were 71 and 72 years old respectively, presented a MAI pulmonary infection 3 and ten years after

  5. Azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus isolate with the TR34/L98H mutation in both a fungicide-sprayed field and the lung of a hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipient with invasive aspergillosis.

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    Rocchi, Steffi; Daguindau, Etienne; Grenouillet, Frédéric; Deconinck, Eric; Bellanger, Anne-Pauline; Garcia-Hermoso, Dea; Bretagne, Stéphane; Reboux, Gabriel; Millon, Laurence

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    A French farmer developed invasive aspergillosis with azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus with the TR34/L98H mutation following a hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. He had worked in fungicide-sprayed fields where a non-genetically related A. fumigatus TR34/L98H isolate was collected. If azole resistance detection increases, voriconazole as first-line therapy might be questioned in agricultural areas.

  6. Comparison of Galactomannan Detection, PCR-Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay, and Real-Time PCR for Diagnosis of Invasive Aspergillosis in a Neutropenic Rat Model and Effect of Caspofungin Acetate

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    The performance of different in vitro diagnostic tests for the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA) was investigated in a transiently neutropenic rat model. Rats were immunosuppressed with cyclophosphamide and then inoculated intravenously with 1.5 × 104 CFU Aspergillus fumigatus spores. Animals were then either treated with caspofungin acetate, 1 mg/kg/day for 7 days, or not treated. PCR-enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), real-time PCR, and galactomannan (GM) detection were perfo...

  7. 急性白血病合并侵袭性曲霉病的临床治疗%Treatment of acute leukemia complicated by invasive aspergillosis in children

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    刘英; 唐锁勤; 王建文; 龙卉; 冯晨; 张昊

    2009-01-01

    Objective To study the antifungal treatment and intensive chemotherapy in children with acute leukemia and invasive aspergillosis. Methods The diagnosis and treatment of 4 cases of childhood acute leukemia complicated by invasive aspergillosis between July 2007 and July 2008 were studied retrospectively. Results Three children who underwent remission induction chemotherapy for ALL and one who underwent consolidation chemotherapy for AML developed invasive aspergillosis. One child with proven aspergillosis and 3 with possible aspergillosis all had halo sign on CT at diagnosis. Voriconazole or amphotericin B was given as primary therapy. Improvements of fungal lesions were shown by CT after two to four weeks of antifungal therapy. Complete radiologic remissions were achieved between 4 months and one year. The intensive chemotherapy schedule was continued in all of 4 cases. The median time from fungal infection to the continuation of chemotherapy was 35 days. None showed recurrence of fungal infection. Conclusions The halo sign on CT may be a reliable indicator for the early diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis. The preemptive antifungal therapy on the basis of the identification of a halo sign and the reversal of immunosuppression may improve the outcome of invasive aspergillosis. Prolonged antifungal treatment during subsequent cycles of chemotherapy permits completion of scheduled intensive chemotherapy without fungal recurrence.%目的 探讨急性白血病合并侵袭性曲霉病患儿抗真菌治疗和连续强烈化疗的治疗经验.方法 回顾分析我院2007年7月至2008年7月收治的4例儿童急性白血病合并侵袭性曲霉病的诊断和治疗.结果 3例急性淋巴细胞白血病(ALL)诱导缓解化疗和1例急性髓细胞白血病(AML)巩固化疗的患儿合并侵袭性曲霉病,1例确诊,3例拟诊,诊断时CT表现均有晕轮征.抗霉菌初始用药首选伏立康唑或两性霉素B.治疗2~5周病灶好转,4月至1年病灶缓解.4

  8. Clinical analysis of 16 cases of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis%侵袭性肺曲菌病16例临床分析

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    王真真; 戴新建; 郑纪阳

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the clinical characteristics of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. Methods: The clinical data of 16 patients with IPA from January 2010 to July 2012 in our respiratory medicine department were retrospectively analyzed. Results: Among 16 patients with IPA, 15 cases have basic disease. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, diabetes mellitus, radiotherapy and chemotherapy of malignant tumor were the main basis of IPA. The clinical symptoms mostly presented as fever, emptysis, dyspnea and cough. CT features included single or multiple nodules, consolidations, and cavities were found in 2 patients. Every patient received antifungal therapies, 13 patients were recurred. Conclusion: The clinical symptoms and imaging feature for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis are non-specific, and with a high mortality rate. Early diagnosis and reasonable treatments for IPA could remarkably improve the prognosis of IPA.%目的:总结侵袭性肺曲菌病(IPA)的临床特点.方法:对2010年1月至2012年7月间在我院呼吸科诊断为IPA的患者的危险因素、临床特征、治疗与转归进行回顾性分析.结果:16例IPA患者中15例合并有基础疾病,主要为慢性阻塞性肺疾病、糖尿病及恶性肿瘤放化疗.临床表现主要为发热、咯血、呼吸困难、咳嗽咳痰,影像学多表现为单发或多发结节影或实变影,有2例出现空洞.所有病例均接受抗真菌治疗,13例痊愈.结论:IPA临床症状和影像学表现不典型,病死率高,对临床诊断病例应尽早治疗,从而改善预后.

  9. New therapeutic strategies for invasive aspergillosis in the era of azole resistance: how should the prevalence of azole resistance be defined?

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    Alanio, Alexandre; Denis, Blandine; Hamane, Samia; Raffoux, Emmanuel; Peffault de la Tour, Régis; Touratier, Sophie; Bergeron, Anne; Bretagne, Stéphane

    2016-08-01

    Given reports showing a high prevalence of azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus, alternatives to azole therapy are discussed when a threshold of 10% of azole-resistant environmental isolates is reached. This raises the issue of calculation of this threshold, either on the prevalence of azole-resistant isolates as a whole or on the prevalence of azole-resistant cases in populations at risk of invasive aspergillosis (IA). For isolate evaluation, there are high disparities in routine microbiological procedures for the isolation of A. fumigatus and azole resistance detection. There are also huge differences between the microbiological work-up for diagnosing IA. Some centres rely on galactomannan detection alone without actively trying to culture appropriate samples, which affects reliability of the figures on the prevalence of resistance and thus the threshold of resistance. Moreover, reports from the laboratory could mix up figures from completely different patient populations: frequent azole-resistant isolates from pneumology patients and rare azole-resistant isolates from haematology patients. Therefore, to sum isolates from different specimens and different wards can lead to erroneous calculations for the restricted populations at risk of developing IA. In conclusion, assessing the incidence of azole resistance in A. fumigatus should be based on harmonized consensual microbiological methods and reports should be restricted to IA episodes in identified populations at risk of IA when the issue is to define an operational threshold for modifying recommendations. PMID:27494830

  10. 伏立康唑在肾移植术后侵袭性肺曲霉菌病中的应用%Voriconazole for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis after renal transplantation

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    邢利; 苗书斋; 曲青山; 蒋欣; 李玉华; 胡俊杰

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To observe the clinical efficacy and safety of voriconazole in treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis after renal transplantation so as to provide basis for clinical therapy. METHODS A total of 17 invasive pulmonary aspergillosis patients who used voriconazole after renal transplantation were retrospectively analyzed, the relevant support therapy was supplemented. RESULTS Of 3 diagnosed patients, 2 cases were cured, 9 of 11 clinically diagnosed patients were cured, 2 of 3 suspected patients were cured, the mean cure rate was 76.5%. CONCLUSION No matter is it the diagnosed, clinically diagnosed or suspected invasive pulmonary aspergillosis after renal transplantation, the broad-spectrum antifungal drugs such as voriconazole should be applied in the early stage so as to improve the clinical symptoms and raise the cure rate.%目的 观察伏立康唑在肾移植术后侵袭性肺曲霉菌病中的临床疗效和安全性,为临床治疗提供依据.方法 回顾性分析17例肾移植术后侵袭性肺曲霉菌病患者早期应用伏立康唑,同时辅以相关支持治疗.结果 3例确诊患者中,2例治愈;11例临床诊断患者9例治愈;3例拟诊患者2例治愈,平均治愈率为76.5%.结论 无论确诊、临床诊断或拟诊的肾移植术后侵袭性肺曲霉菌病,尽早应用广谱抗真菌药物-伏立康唑,均能改善症状并提高治愈率.

  11. 慢性空洞性肺曲菌病临床表现%Clinical manifestation of chronic cavitary pulmonary aspergillosis

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    刘爱华; 陆京伯; 苏瑾; 吴雷

    2010-01-01

    Objective To discuss the clinical manifestation,imaging characteristic,diagnosis and treatment of chronic cavitary pulmonary aspergillosis(CCPA).Methods Clinical data of three patients with CCPA were summarized,who had ever been misdiagnosed as pulmonary tuberculosis for a long time and failed to treatment with antituberculosis drugs,even aggravated to have lung injury,and were pathologically confirmed as CCPA by surgery or transbronchial lung biopsy.Results Chronic cough,fatigue,or short breath were common clinical symptoms of CCPA.Imaging results showed that cavitary lesions appeared in the upper lobe of lung,which increased progressively,and sometimes were multiple.Histological examination showed that fungal hyphae cound be found in the cavity,chronic inflammation and pulmonary fibrosis appeared in surrounding lung tissue,accompanying pleural thickening.Conclusions CCPA is a subtype of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis,which is rare in clinic.The imaging characteristic is mainly that cavitary lesions increase progressively.Fungal hyphae can be found in the cavity by histological examination.For CCPA patients,antifungal therapy should be taken actively,and surgery can be taken if necessary.%目的 探讨慢性空洞性肺曲菌病的临床症状、影像学特点、诊断和治疗方法.方法 对3例误诊为肺结核而长期抗结核治疗无效,甚至导致肺毁损,经手术切除病变肺叶或经支气管肺活检术,病理确诊为慢性空洞性肺曲菌病的临床资料进行总结.结果 慢性空洞性肺曲菌病常见的临床症状为慢性咳嗽、疲劳不适,严重者出现气短.影像学显示空洞出现在肺上叶,且进行性增大,有时为多发.组织学检查在空洞内可找到真菌菌丝,周围肺组织有慢性炎症和肺纤维化,伴有胸膜肥厚.结论 慢性空洞性肺曲菌病是慢性肺曲菌病的一种亚型,临床上少见,常见影像学特点是肺内空洞进行性增大,组织学检查在空洞内可找到真菌

  12. 慢性肺曲霉病28例临床分析%Clinicial analysis of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis in 28 cases

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    董双霞; 郑纪阳; 戴新建; 黄晓颖

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To study the clinical features and method of diagnosis and treatment in chronic pul-monary aspergillosis. Methods:Twenty-eight cases of chronic pulmonary aspergillosis from May 2010 to Feb 2015 in Wenzhou Central Hospital were retrospectively analyzed. Results:Twenty-four cases had basic disease or mildly immunodepression, in whom the most common was pulmonary tuberculosis and the followed by was bronchiectasis. There was no speciifcity in clinical manifestations, the common presentations included produc-tive cough, haemoptysis.Imaging examination showed the diseased region mainly located in upper lobe, the main characteristic lesion, were pulmonary cavity with aspergills ball, inlfitrating shadows around, pleural thickening, and the air crescent sign founded in 10 cases. Nine cases were pathologically diagnosed by surgery or lung punc-ture, and 19 cases were diagnosed by bronchoalveolar lavage lfuid or sputum culture. The antifungal therapy was given in 19 cases, which improved symptoms in 17 cases and cured in 2 cases. Surgery treatment performed in 6 cases, and 4 cases of them with good prognosis. Conclusion:Lacking speciifcity of clinical manifestations, it is easy to be misdiagnosed and missed diagnosis. Imaging examination plays an important role in disease diagnosis, and making a deifnite diagnosis requires pathological or etiological foundation. Patients with complete lesion re-section and in good condition recommended surgery as soon as possible, others needed the anti-fungal treatment to improve the outcome.%目的:探讨慢性肺曲霉病的临床特点及诊治方法。方法:回顾性分析2010年5月至2015年2月温州市中心医院28例慢性肺曲霉病的病例资料。结果:28例中存在基础疾病或轻度免疫功能受限24例,最常见为陈旧性肺结核,其次为支气管扩张。临床表现无特异性,最常见的症状是咳嗽、咳痰和咯血。影像学检查病变部位以肺上叶多见,病灶特点

  13. Second-hand Smoke Increases Nitric Oxide and Alters the IgE Response in a Murine Model of Allergic Aspergillosis

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    Brian W. P. Seymour

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available This study was performed to determine the effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS on nitric oxide (NO and immunoglobulin (Ig production in a murine model of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA. Adult BALB/c mice were exposed to aged and diluted sidestream cigarette smoke from day 0 through day 43 to simulate “second-hand smoke”. During exposure, mice were sensitized to soluble Aspergillus fumigatus (Af antigen intranasally between day 14 and 24. All Af sensitized mice in ambient air (Af + AIR made elevated levels of IgE, IgG1, IgM, IgG2a and IgA. Af sensitized mice housed in ETS (Af + ETS made similar levels of immunoglobulins except for IgE that was significantly reduced in the serum and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL. However, immunohistochemical evaluation of the lung revealed a marked accumulation of IgE positive cells in the lung parenchyma of these Af + ETS mice. LPS stimulation of BAL cells revealed elevated levels of NO in the Af + AIR group, which was further enhanced in the Af+ETS group. In vitro restimulation of the BAL cells on day 45 showed a TH0 response with elevated levels of IL3, 4, 5, 10 and IFN-γ. However, by day 28 the response shifted such that TH2 cytokines increased while IFN-γ decreased. The Af + ETS group showed markedly reduced levels in all cytokines tested, including the inflammatory cytokine IL6, when compared to the Af+AIR group. These results demonstrate that ETS affects ABPA by further enhancing the NO production and reduces the TH2 and the inflammatory cytokines while altering the pattern of IgE responses.

  14. Significance of Aspergillus spp.isolation from lower respiratory tract samples for the diagnosis and prognosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    HE Hang-yong; CHANG Shuo; DING Lin; SUN Bing; LI Fang; ZHAN Qing-yuan

    2012-01-01

    Background Chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) is an emerging population at risk for invasive infection of Aspergillus.Isolation of Aspergillus from lower respiratory tract (LRT) samples is important for the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA).The purpose of this study was to investigate the value of Aspergillus isolation from LRT samples for the diagnosis and prognosis of IPA in COPD population.Methods Clinical record with Aspergillus spp.isolation in COPD and immunocompromised patients was reviewed in a retrospective study.Patients were categorized and compared according to their severity of illness (admitted to general ward or ICU) and immunological function (COPD or immunocompromised).Results Multivariate statistical analysis showed that,combined with Aspergillus spp.isolation,APACHE Ⅱ scores >18,high cumulative doses of corticosteroids (>350 mg prednisone or equivalent dose) and more than four kinds of broad-spectrum antibiotics received in hospital may be predictors of IPA in COPD (OR=9.076,P=0.001; OR=4.073,P=-0.026; OR=4.448,P=0.021,respectively).The incidence of IPA,overall mortality,mortality of patients with IPA and mortality of patients with Aspergillus spp.colonization were higher in COPD patients in ICU than in general ward,but were similar between COPD and immunocompromised patients.Conclusions Aspergilltus spp.isolation from LRT in COPD may be of similar importance as in immunocompromised patients,and may indicate an increased diagnosis possibility of IPA and worse prognosis when these patients received corticosteroids,antibiotics,and need to admit to ICU.Aspergillus spp.isolation from LRT samples combined with certain risk factors may be useful in differentiating colonization from IPA and evaluating the prognosis of IPA in COPD patients.

  15. Genetically-determined hyperfunction of the S100B/RAGE axis is a risk factor for aspergillosis in stem cell transplant recipients.

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    Cristina Cunha

    Full Text Available Invasive aspergillosis (IA is a major threat to the successful outcome of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT, although individual risk varies considerably. Recent evidence has established a pivotal role for a danger sensing mechanism implicating the S100B/receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE axis in antifungal immunity. The association of selected genetic variants in the S100B/RAGE axis with susceptibility to IA was investigated in 223 consecutive patients undergoing HSCT. Furthermore, studies addressing the functional consequences of these variants were performed. Susceptibility to IA was significantly associated with two distinct polymorphisms in RAGE (-374T/A and S100B (+427C/T genes, the relative contribution of each depended on their presence in both transplantation counterparts [patient SNP(RAGE, adjusted hazard ratio (HR, 1.97; P = 0.042 and donor SNP(RAGE, HR, 2.03; P = 0.047] or in donors (SNP(S100B, HR, 3.15; P = 7.8e-(4 only, respectively. Functional assays demonstrated a gain-of-function phenotype of both variants, as shown by the enhanced expression of inflammatory cytokines in RAGE polymorphic cells and increased S100B secretion in vitro and in vivo in the presence of the S100B polymorphism. These findings point to a relevant role of the danger sensing signaling in human antifungal immunity and highlight a possible contribution of a genetically-determined hyperfunction of the S100B/RAGE axis to susceptibility to IA in the HSCT setting.

  16. Genetically-determined hyperfunction of the S100B/RAGE axis is a risk factor for aspergillosis in stem cell transplant recipients.

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    Cunha, Cristina; Giovannini, Gloria; Pierini, Antonio; Bell, Alain S; Sorci, Guglielmo; Riuzzi, Francesca; Donato, Rosario; Rodrigues, Fernando; Velardi, Andrea; Aversa, Franco; Romani, Luigina; Carvalho, Agostinho

    2011-01-01

    Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a major threat to the successful outcome of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), although individual risk varies considerably. Recent evidence has established a pivotal role for a danger sensing mechanism implicating the S100B/receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) axis in antifungal immunity. The association of selected genetic variants in the S100B/RAGE axis with susceptibility to IA was investigated in 223 consecutive patients undergoing HSCT. Furthermore, studies addressing the functional consequences of these variants were performed. Susceptibility to IA was significantly associated with two distinct polymorphisms in RAGE (-374T/A) and S100B (+427C/T) genes, the relative contribution of each depended on their presence in both transplantation counterparts [patient SNP(RAGE), adjusted hazard ratio (HR), 1.97; P = 0.042 and donor SNP(RAGE), HR, 2.03; P = 0.047] or in donors (SNP(S100B), HR, 3.15; P = 7.8e-(4)) only, respectively. Functional assays demonstrated a gain-of-function phenotype of both variants, as shown by the enhanced expression of inflammatory cytokines in RAGE polymorphic cells and increased S100B secretion in vitro and in vivo in the presence of the S100B polymorphism. These findings point to a relevant role of the danger sensing signaling in human antifungal immunity and highlight a possible contribution of a genetically-determined hyperfunction of the S100B/RAGE axis to susceptibility to IA in the HSCT setting. PMID:22114731

  17. Performance of MycAssay Aspergillus DNA real-time PCR assay compared with the galactomannan detection assay for the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis from serum samples.

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    Danylo, Alexis; Courtemanche, Chantal; Pelletier, René; Boudreault, Alexandre A

    2014-08-01

    Invasive aspergillosis (IA) is a major problem in the immunocompromised population, and its diagnosis is difficult due to the low sensitivity of available tests. Detection of Aspergillus nucleic acid by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in serum samples is a promising diagnostic tool; however, use of multiple "in-house" methods precludes standardization. The first commercial PCR assay, MycAssay Aspergillus (Myconostica, Ltd), became available recently, and its performance in the diagnosis of IA was evaluated and compared with the galactomannan (GM) assay. Serum samples obtained from patients with hematological cancer were tested retrospectively with MycAssay Aspergillus PCR. Per-episode and per-test analyses were undertaken with 146 sera from 35 hematological patients. Sixteen patients had proven or probable IA and 19 had possible or no IA. In per-episode analysis, MycAssay Aspergillus had a sensitivity of 43.8% (95% confidence interval [CI], 19.8%-70.1%) and a specificity of 63.2% (95% CI, 38.4%-83.7%) for IA diagnosis. In per-test analyses, MycAssay Aspergillus had a lower specificity than the GM assay (83.3% vs. 93.1%, P = 0.04). The addition of PCR to routine clinical practice would have permitted the diagnosis of one additional probable IA in our cohort. Use of PCR instead of GM assay would have delayed the diagnosis in two cases. Aspergillus DNA detection by PCR with serum specimens using MycAssay showed a lower specificity than the GM assay and was associated with a low sensitivity for IA diagnosis. More studies are needed to determine the exact role of MycAssay in IA diagnosis in patients with hematological malignancy.

  18. Detection of Aspergillus-specific antibodies by agar gel double immunodiffusion and IgG ELISA in feline upper respiratory tract aspergillosis.

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    Barrs, V R; Ujvari, B; Dhand, N K; Peters, I R; Talbot, J; Johnson, L R; Billen, F; Martin, P; Beatty, J A; Belov, K

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    Feline upper respiratory tract aspergillosis (URTA) is an emerging infectious disease. The aims of this study were: (1) to assess the diagnostic value of detection of Aspergillus-specific antibodies using an agar gel double immunodiffusion (AGID) assay and an indirect immunoglobulin G (IgG) ELISA; and (2) to determine if an aspergillin derived from mycelia of Aspergillus fumigatus, Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus flavus can be used to detect serum antibodies against cryptic Aspergillus spp. in Aspergillus section Fumigati. Sera from cats with URTA (group 1: n = 21) and two control groups (group 2: cats with other upper respiratory tract diseases, n = 25; group 3: healthy cats and cats with non-respiratory, non-fungal illness, n = 84) were tested. Isolates from cats with URTA comprised A. fumigatus (n = 5), A. flavus (n = 1) and four cryptic species: Aspergillus felis (n = 12), Aspergillus thermomutatus (Neosartorya pseudofischeri, n = 1), Aspergillus lentulus (n = 1) and Aspergillus udagawae (n = 1). Brachycephalic purebred cats were significantly more likely to develop URTA than other breeds (P = 0.013). The sensitivity (Se) of the AGID was 43% and the specificity (Sp) was 100%. At a cut-off value of 6 ELISA units/mL, the Se of the IgG ELISA was 95.2% and the Sp was 92% and 92.9% for groups 2 and 3 cats, respectively. Aspergillus-specific antibodies against all four cryptic species were detected in one or both assays. Assay Se was not associated with species identity. Detection of Aspergillus-specific antibodies by IgG ELISA has high Se and Sp for diagnosis of feline URTA.

  19. Safety and efficacy of a caspofungin-based combination therapy for treatment of proven or probable aspergillosis in pediatric hematological patients

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    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Fungal infections are diagnosed increasingly often in patients affected by hematological diseases and their mortality has remained high. The recent development of new antifungal drugs gives the clinician the possibility to assess the combination of antifungal drugs with in-vitro or in animal-model synergistic effect. Methods We analyzed retrospectively the safety and efficacy of caspofungin-based combination therapy in 40 children and adolescents, most of them were being treated for a malignant disease, who developed invasive aspergillosis (IA between November 2002 and November 2005. Results Thirteen (32.5% patients developed IA after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT, 13 after primary diagnosis, usually during remission-induction chemotherapy, and 14 after relapse of disease. Severe neutropenia was present in 31 (78% out of the 40 patients. IA was classified as probable in 20 (50% and documented in 20 (50% patients, respectively. A favorable response to antifungal therapy was obtained in 21 patients (53% and the probability of 100-day survival was 70%. Different, though not significant, 100-day survival was observed according to the timing of diagnosis of IA: 51.9% after HSCT; 71.4% after relapse; and 84.6% after diagnosis of underlying disease, p 0.2. After a median follow-up of 0.7 years, 20 patients are alive (50%. Overall, the combination therapy was well tolerated. In multivariate analysis, the factors that were significantly associated to a better overall survival were favorable response to antifungal therapy, p 0.003, and the timing of IA in the patient course of underlying disease, p 0.04. Conclusion This study showed that caspofungin-based combination antifungal therapy is an effective therapeutic option also for pediatric patients with IA. These data need to be confirmed by prospective, controlled studies.

  20. Misdiagnosis analysis of twenty-two cases with pulmonary aspergillosis%22例肺曲霉菌病误诊分析

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    姜鲁宁; 刘雪青; 张秀莲; 山凤莲; 党艳梅; 宋敏

    2015-01-01

    Objective To explore the clinical characteristics and diagnostic methods of pulmonary aspergillosis(PA) and improve the abilities of clinical diagnosis.Methods Retrospective review on clinical data of twenty⁃two misdiagnostic cases with pulmonary aspergillosis, which were admitted to Affiliated Hospital of Jining Medical University during January 2007 to April 2014. Results Twenty⁃two cases of pulmonary aspergillosis patients were diagnosed as other diseases primarily,including sixteen cases(72.7%) as bacterial pneumonia,three cases (13.6%)as suspected tuberculosis and three cases (13.6%)as suspected lung cancer or pulmonary metastasis. Clinical manifestations were as follows:sixteen cases with cough and sputum,thirteen cases with gasp and dyspnea,eight cases with fever,five cases with hemoptysis,two cases with chest pain and two cases with hoarseness. White blood cells in peripheral blood were high in thirteen cases;neutrophils ratio was high in fifteen cases, c⁃reactive protein ( CRP ) increased in twelve cases and galactomannan ( GM) test was positive in six cases. Chest CT scans in patients were diverse and dynamic, including nine cases with right lung lesions,two cases with left lung lesions and eleven cases with double lung lesions.There were six cases with “air crescent sign”,five cases with double lung multiple patchy shadows, five cases with mild or moderate bronchial expansion , three cases with a single or multiple nodules or masses,two cases with “halo sign” and one case with “gloves sample changes”.In addition,ten cases were accompanied with emphysema or pulmonary bullae, nine cases were accompanied with lung door and mediastinal lymph node enlargement, five cases were accompanied with multiple or single cavity and four cases were accompanied with unilateral or bilateral pleural effusion. Mycelium could be seen in sputum specimens of nine cases by deep microscopic examination, including aspergillus fumigatus in five cases, aspergillus

  1. Aspergillosis in immunocompromised children acute myeloid leukemia and bone marrow aplasia.: Report of two cases Aspergilose em crianças imunocomprometidas com leucemia mielóide aguda e aplasta de medula óssea: Registro de 2 casos

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    Maria Zilda de Aquino

    1994-10-01

    Full Text Available Two cases of Aspergillosis in immunocompromised children are reported. Both were caused by Aspergillns flavus. Early diagnosis and treatment led to the remission of the process. One patient had acute myeloid leukemia; the fungus was isolated from the blood. The other patient with bone marrow aplasia, presented an invasive aspergillosis of the paranasal sinuses with dissemination of fungal infection; the diagnosis was obtained by histology and culture of biopsied tissue from a palatal ulceration.No presente trabalho são registrados dois casos de aspergilose em crianças imunocomprometidas. O estudo micológico completo identificou Aspergillus flavus como agente dos dois processos. A presença cada vez mais frequente da aspergilose invasiva deve-se ao número crescente de pacientes imunocomprometidos, muitos com hemopatias graves submetidos à quimioterapia. O diagnóstico precoce em um dos casos possibilitou remissão do processo. Tratava-se de paciente com leucemia mielóide aguda, tendo sido isolado o fungo do sangue circulante. O segundo caso evoluiu para óbito, com infecção fúngica generalizada.

  2. 侵袭性肺曲霉病的临床特征分析%Clinical Manifestations and Imaging Findings of Patients with Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

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    刘丹丹; 陈慧; 邵长周; 何礼贤

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨侵袭性肺曲霉病(invasive pulmonary aspergillosis,IPA)的临床特征。方法:回顾分析83例 IPA 患者的临床及影像学资料。结果:IPA 患者的主要临床表现为发热、咳嗽、咳痰、喘息、呼吸困难、咯血。IPA 患者的影像学表现多样,典型表现如晕征和新月征则较少见(主要见于免疫抑制患者)。83例中原发性 IPA 患者18例,均治愈;继发性 IPA 患者65例,治愈23例,好转出院25例,患者要求出院12例,病死 5例。结论:IPA 好发于有基础疾病和免疫抑制的患者,其临床和影像学表现不典型;原发性 IPA 较继发性 IPA 预后好。%Objective:To investigate the clinical features of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA).Methods:The clinical fea-tures and imaging characteristics of 83 patients with IPA were retrospectively and comparatively analyzed.Results:The clinical manifestations of IPA included fever,cough,sputum,wheezing,dyspnea,hemoptysis.Imaging findings in patients with IPA were diverse.Typical manifestations such as Halo sign and crescent sign were rare,which were mainly observed in immuno-suppressed patients.All of the 18 cases of primary IPA were cured.Among the 65 secondary IPA patients,23 cases were cured,25 cases improved and discharged,12 cases discharged without medical advice,and 5 cases died.Conclusions:IPA oc-curred often in patients with underlying diseases and immune suppression,having atypical clinical manifestations and imaging findings.Patients with primary IPA have better prognosis than those with secondary IPA.

  3. HLA-DRB1 and HLA-DQB1 genes on susceptibility to and protection from allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis in patients with cystic fibrosis.

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    Muro, Manuel; Mondejar-López, Pedro; Moya-Quiles, María Rosa; Salgado, Gema; Pastor-Vivero, María Dolores; Lopez-Hernandez, Ruth; Boix, Francisco; Campillo, José Antonio; Minguela, Alfredo; Garcia-Alonso, Ana; Sánchez-Solís, Manuel; Álvarez-López, María Rocío

    2013-03-01

    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is a hypersensitivity pulmonary disease that affects both patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and those with asthma. HLA-DRB1 alleles have previously been associated with ABPA-CF susceptibility; however, HLA-DQB1 allele associations have not been clearly established. The aim of the present study was to investigate HLA class II associations in patients with ABPA-CF and determine their roles in susceptibility or protection. Patients with ABPA-CF, patients with CF without ABPA, patients with asthma without ABPA (AST), and healthy controls were included in this study. DNA was extracted by automatic extractor. HLA-DRB1 and -DQB1 genotyping was performed by the Luminex PCR-SSOP method (One Lambda, Canoga Park, CA, USA). Allele specific PCR-SSP was also performed by high-resolution analysis (One Lambda). Statistical analysis was performed with SSPS and Arlequin software. Both HLA-DRB1*5:01 and -DRB1*11:04 alleles occurred with greater frequency in patients with ABPA-CF than in those with AST and CF and control subjects, corroborating previously published data. On the other hand, analysis of haplotypes revealed that almost all patients with ABPA-CF lacking DRB1*15:01 or DRB1*11:04 carry either DRB1*04, DRB1*11:01, or DRB1*07:01 alleles. In the HLA-DQB1 region, the HLA-DQB1*06:02 allele occurred more frequently in patients with ABPA-CF than in those with AST and CF and healthy controls, whereas HLA-DQB1*02:01 occurred less frequently in patients with ABPA-CF. These data confirm that there is a correlation between HLA-DRB1*15:01, -DRB1*11:04, DRB1*11:01, -DRB1*04 and -DRB1*07:01 alleles and ABPA-CF susceptibility and suggest that HLA-DQB1*02:01 is an ABPA-CF resistance allele.

  4. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in autoimmune bullous diseases patients:three cases report%自身免疫性大疱病合并侵袭性肺曲霉病:3例报告

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    余进; 牟向东; 万喆; 阙呈立; 李若瑜

    2012-01-01

    Objective To study the diagnosis and treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in autoimmune bullous diseases patients under long-term glucocorticoids treatment by retrospectively reviewing three cases. Methods Report three cases of autoimmune bulious diseases with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. KOH smear and culture, antigen detection, chest CT scan and his-topathologic test were used to diagnose the patients. The organisms isolated from the sputum were identified as Aspergillus fumigatus A. Flavus and Emericella echinulata by morphological and molecular methods. Results Three cases were diagnosed as invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. The patients were cured with voriconazole treatment and other antifungal agents. Conclusion Autoimmune bullous diseases patients should be watched out emerging invasive apergillosis during long-term glucocorticoids therapy. Combined laboratory examinations will be helpful in early diagnosis and increasing efficacy.%目的 通过典型病例回顾探讨自身免疫性大疱病糖皮质激素治疗过程中合并肺曲霉病的诊断和治疗情况.方法 报告3例自身免疫性大疱病合并侵袭性肺曲霉病病例.3例病例均行痰镜检、培养、抗原检测、胸部CT或者坏死组织病理检查.分离病原菌经形态学和分子生物学鉴定为烟曲霉、黄曲霉和刺孢裸胞壳.结果 3例病例证实为侵袭性肺曲霉病.进行以伏立康唑为主的综合治疗后均治愈.结论 自身免疫性大疱病糖皮质激素治疗过程中应警惕肺曲霉病的发生.多种实验室检查可以帮助早期诊断,提高疗效.

  5. Elevated levels of manna-binding lectin (MBL) and eosinophilia in patients of bronchial asthma with allergic rhinitis and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis associated with a novel intronic polymorphism in MBL

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    Kaur, S.; Gupta, G.K.; Shah, A.;

    2006-01-01

    Mannan-binding lectin (MBL), an important component of innate immunity, binds to a range of foreign antigens and initiates the lectin complement pathway. Earlier studies have reported high plasma MBL levels in allergic patients in comparison to healthy controls. In view of varied plasma MBL levels...... being determined by genetic polymorphisms in its collagen region, we investigated the association of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the collagen region of human MBL with respiratory allergic diseases. The study groups comprised patients of bronchial asthma with allergic rhinitis (n = 49......) and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (APBA) (n = 11) and unrelated age-matched healthy controls of Indian origin (n = 84). A novel intronic SNP, G1011A of MBL, showed a significant association with both the patient groups in comparison to the controls (P

  6. Aspergillosis: a limiting factor during recovery of captive magellanic penguins Aspergilose: um fator limitante na reabilitação de pingüins-de-Magalhães

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    Melissa O. Xavier

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available The article describes the epidemiology, macroscopic and histological lesions as well as the isolation of Aspergillus flavus and A. fumigatus from Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus during recovery in the Center for Recovery of Marine Animals (CRAM - 32ºS/52ºW, over a period of two years. From January 2004 to December 2005 the Center received 52 Magellanic penguins, and 23% (12/52 died. Necropsies were performed and tissue samples were collected for histological and microbiological examination. From 12 dead animals, aspergillosis was confirmed in five animals, corresponding to 42% of the mortality. Granulomatous nodules were observed mainly on air sacs and lungs. Histologically, septate and branching hyphae, measuring 3-5 µm and PAS positive were found. Two of these cases were caused by A. fumigatus, two other by A. flavus, and in one the diagnostic was established by macroscopic lesions observed in the necropsy without sample collection for fungal isolation and identification. The five aspergillosis cases occurred in the first year of the study, when a disinfection program was not yet established in the CRAM. This paper points out the importance of aspergillosis in the rehabilitation process of captive penguins, and emphasize the necessity of an environmental disinfection on the aspergillosis prevention, mycosis that caused a high rate of mortality of the seabirds found on the Brazilian coast and admitted in the CRAM.O trabalho descreve fatores epidemiológicos, achados de necropsia, histológicos e o isolamento de Aspergillus flavus e A. fumigatus em pingüins-de-Magalhães (Spheniscus magellanicus em reabilitação no Centro de Recuperação de Animais Marinhos (CRAM - 32ºS/52ºW, durante um período de dois anos. De janeiro de 2004 a dezembro de 2005 foram recebidos no Centro, 52 pingüins-de-Magalhães, dos quais 23% (12/52 morreram. Esses animais foram necropsiados e amostras de tecidos foram coletadas para exame histol

  7. 不同免疫状态下肺曲霉菌感染24例临床分析%Pulmonary aspergillosis: clinical analysis in immunocompetent and immunocompromised patients

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    彭敏; 蔡柏蔷; 施举红; 罗金梅; 王澎; 冯瑞娥; 肖毅; 许文兵; 朱元珏

    2011-01-01

    目的探讨不同免疫状态下肺曲霉菌感染的临床特点、治疗及预后因素.方法回顾性分析2000年1月至2010年3月北京协和医院有组织病理或者培养证据确诊肺曲霉菌感染的24例病例资料.结果免疫正常组7例,免疫缺陷组17例.和免疫正常组相比,免疫缺陷组病程短(<1个月更多见,88.2%对14.3%),发热症状常见(88.2%对28.6%),咯血少见(11.8%对71.4%),差异均有统计学意义.免疫正常组影像表现为单发病灶者占57.1%高于免疫缺陷组患者(11.8%,P<0.05).免疫缺陷组主要用药物治疗,免疫正常组中57.1%手术切除.免疫正常组均存活;免疫缺陷组病死率为52.9%,并且死亡可能与存在严重合并症,免疫缺陷宿主因素不能纠正以及外周血淋巴细胞下降等因素有关.结论不同免疫状态的肺曲菌感染患者临床表现及影像表现不同.免疫缺陷的肺曲霉菌感染患者预后差,其中有严重合并症、宿主因素不能纠正、外周血淋巴细胞下降可能与预后不良有关.治疗应根据患者的免疫状态而有所不同.%Objective To analyze the clinical characteristics and treatment of pulmonary aspergillosis in im-munocompetent and immunocompromised patients. Methods Patients diagnosed as proven pulmonary aspergillosis in Peking Union Medical College Hospital from Jan 2000 to Mar 2010 were included in this analysis. Clinical characteristics were studied retrospectively. Results 24 patients were included,7 immunocompetent and 17 immunocompromised patients. Fever was more common in immunocompromised patients than immunocompetent patients (88. 2% vs 28. 6% ,P <0. 05), While hemoptysis was more common in immunocompetent patients than in immunocompromised patients(71.4% vs 11.8% ,P <0.05). A single or localized lesion on CT scan was more common in immunocompetent patients than in immunocompromised patients(57. 1% vs 11. 8% ,P<0. 05). Surgical resection was performed in 5 (71% ) immunocompetent patients

  8. Altered CD8+ T-cell counts as an early predictor of prognosis in critically ill immunocompromised patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis

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    Cui Na; Wang Hao; Long Yun; Liu Dawei

    2014-01-01

    Background The number of critically ill immunocompromised (CIIC) patients has increased dramatically in recent years,and they represent a high risk population for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) infection.Host immunity should play a major role in determining the outcome and recovery of these patients.The purpose of this study was to evaluate the dynamic changes in host immune status and its potential influence on prognosis in CIIC patients with IPA.Methods We monitored the evolution of a number of key cellular and humoral parameters on days 1,3,and 10 (D1,D3 and D10) following ICU admission in sixty-two CIIC patients with microbiological evidence of IPA.We included immunoglobulins IgG,IgA and IgM,complement factors C3 and C4,and lymphocyte subgroups CD3+,CD4+,CD8+,CD28+CD4+,and CD28+CD8+ T cells,CD19+B cells,and CD3-CD16+CD56+ natural killer cells (NK).Results The primary outcome was 28-day mortality.Thirty-eight (61.3%) patients died within the 28 days following ICU admission.Compared to patients who died,CD3+,CD8+,CD28+CD8+ T-cell counts on D1,D3,and D10,CD28+CD4+ T-cell counts on D3 and D10,and NK counts on D3 and D10 were significantly higher in survivors.Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis of immune parameters predicting 28-day mortality revealed area under the curve (AUC) values of 0.82 (95% CI 0.71-0.92),0.94 (95% CI 0.87-0.99),and 0.94 (95% CI 0.85-0.99) for CD8+ T-cell counts for D1,D3,and D10 respectively,and 0.84 (95% CI 0.75-0.94),0.92 (95% CI 0.85-0.99),and 0.90 (95% CI 0.79-0.99) for CD28+CD8+ T-cell counts for D1,D3,and D10 respectively.Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed that CD8+ T-cell counts <149.5×106 cells/L and CD28+CD8+ T-cell counts <75×106 cells/L at ICU admission were associated with lower survival probabilities in CIIC patients with IPA (both Log rank:P<0.001).Conclusions Low CD8+ and CD28+CD8+ T-cell counts were associated with high mortality in CIIC patients with IPA.Early counts of CD8+ and

  9. 8例变态反应性支气管肺曲霉菌病的临床分析%Clinical Analysis of 8 Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis

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    赵玉国

    2013-01-01

    目的:研究变态反应性支气管肺曲霉菌病(ABPA)的的诊断和治疗方法,并总结其临床特点。方法回顾性分析本人在省人民医院进修期间收集8例ABPA患者的临床表现,血清学结果,胸部放射学,病理检查结果,总结其临床特点,结果 ABPA的临床表现主要包括:哮鸣音、咳嗽、咳痰、咯血、呼吸困难和发热。所有病例血清IgE水平(3040±306) U/mL和外周血嗜酸性粒细胞计数(0.19±0.02)均升高。6例患者曲霉抗原皮肤测试阳性。CT可见中心支气管扩张,支气管壁增厚。、黏液或痰栓、游走性片状、结节状或肿块状肺浸润。所有患者均进行皮质类固醇与抗真菌治疗结合治疗。结论 ABPA的临床特征包括哮喘病史,血清总IgE水平升高,曲霉IgE抗体的存在,外周血嗜酸性粒细胞增高,特异性CT表现等。曲霉抗原皮肤测试、血清总IgE水平和胸部CT扫描对ABPA的诊断有重要意义。口服糖皮质激素和抗真菌的药物是有效的治疗方法。%Objective?To sdudy the diagnostic and treatment methods of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), and summarizes its clinical features. Methods Retrospective analysis of 8 ABPA patients’ clinical manifestations, serological results, chest radiology, and pathology results, and summarize the clinical features. Results ABPA clinical manifestations include:wheeze, cough, sputum, hemoptysis, dyspnea, and fever. All cases serum IgE levels (3040±306)U/mL and peripheral blood eosinophilic granulocyte count (0.19±0.02) were increased. Six cases of patients with aspergillus antigen skin test positive. CT visible center of bronchiectasis, bronchial wall thickening. Mucus or sputum, migratory flake, nodular or mass-like pulmonary infiltration. All patients were corticosteroids and antifungal therapy combined treatment. Conclusion The clinical features of ABPA include a history of asthma, elevated total serum

  10. Azole-Resistant Invasive Aspergillosis

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    Stensvold, Christen Rune; Jørgensen, Lise Nistrup; Arendrup, Maiken Cavling

    2012-01-01

    for the highest fungicide use in the global perspective (37 % and 24 %, respectively). Among the 25 azole fungicides, five have been associated with the potential to select for the TR34/L98H genotype; three of these are among those most frequently used. Although the number of antifungal fungicide compounds...

  11. Diagnosis and treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in 21 children with non-hematologic diseases%非血液病患儿侵袭性肺曲霉病21例的诊断与治疗

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    张晓艳; 赵顺英; 钱素云; 胡英慧; 曾津津; 江载芳

    2009-01-01

    Objective To explore diagnosis and treatments of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in children with non-hematologic diseases. Method Twenty one patients without hematological malignancy were diagnosed with proven or possible IPA from July 2002 to June 2008. The risk factors, clinical manifestations, chest radiographic findings, microbiological and histopathological evidence, diagnostic procedures, treatment and prognosis were retrospectively reviewed. Result Five children had proven IPA, and 16 patients had possible IPA. Thirteen children were classified as having acute invasive pulmonary asergillosis (AIPA), eight children as having chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis (CNPA). Definitive diagnosis of primary immunodeficiency (PID) was made in 6 children (4 with chronic granulomatous disease, 2 with cellular immunodeficiency); three children were suspected of having PID. Corticosteroids and multiple broad-spectrum antibiotics had been administered in 5 patients (3 of these 5 patients also had invasive mechanical ventilation). Two children had underlying pulmonary disease. Three patients had unknown risk factors. Among these three patients, two had history of environmental exposure. Fever and cough were present in all the children. Fine rales were found in nineteen children. Six children had hepatosplenomegaly. The common roentgenographic feature of AIPA in 13 patients was nodular or mass-like consolidation with multiple cavity. "air-crescent" was seen in 10 of patients with AIPA. Lobar consolidation with cavity and adjacent pleural thickening was found in all children with CNPA. The positive rate of sputum and/or BALF culture in MPA and CNFA were 72.1% and 22.4%, respectively. A large number of septate hyphae on wet smear were found in all of the children whose sputum and/or BALF culture were positive. Lung biopsy was performed in 3 children with CNPA, and necrosis, granulomatous inflammation, as well as septate, branching hyphae were observed on

  12. Analysis of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis in 8 children%儿童变应性支气管肺曲霉病8例

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    陈兰勤; 殷菊; 徐保平; 胡英惠; 申昆玲

    2015-01-01

    目的 总结儿童变应性支气管肺曲霉病(ABPA)病例的临床特点,提高对该病的认识,以期早期诊断及治疗.方法 以首都医科大学附属北京儿童医院2010年3月至2013年12月确诊的所有ABPA病例为研究对象,收集病例的临床资料、实验室检查、影像学检查及治疗预后等资料,并进行描述性分析.结果 确诊ABPA患儿8例,均为学龄期儿童,年龄为7岁2个月~13岁8个月.8例患儿中最显著的临床表现为咳嗽(8例)、咯痰(8例)、喘息(6例)、发热(4例)及咯血(3例).8例患儿中有6例外周血嗜酸性粒细胞计数明显升高,2例嗜酸性粒细胞计数正常;7例患儿血清总IgE水平显著升高(1.000 ~5.000 IU/L),1例患儿血清IgE水平轻度升高.血清变应原检测结果显示所有患儿对包括户尘螨、真菌等多种致敏原过敏,8例患儿对烟曲霉均有不同程度过敏,但仅有2例患儿痰和/或支气管灌洗液真菌培养烟曲霉阳性.影像学检查均有明显的肺部浸润表现,7例患儿具有典型中心型支气管扩张表现.肺功能表现有阻塞性通气功能障碍或混合性通气功能障碍.诊断ABPA后有7例患儿进行治疗,包括口服糖皮质激素、抗真菌治疗(伊曲康唑或伏立康唑口服)及其他对症治疗.治疗后患儿临床症状缓解,血清总IgE水平及嗜酸性粒细胞计数下降.结论 儿童ABPA相对少见,临床表现缺乏特异性,但血清总IgE水平显著升高、血嗜酸性粒细胞计数升高、烟曲霉特异性IgE/IgG抗体阳性及中心型支气管扩张等表现相对特异,是ABPA的主要诊断标准.ABPA对全身糖皮质激素及抗真菌药物治疗反应较好.%Objective To summarize the clinical features of the allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) in children,in order to improve the understanding for ABPA and make early diagnosis and treatment of the disease.Methods A retrospective study was performed on ABPA patients diagnosed in Department of

  13. Diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary aspergillosis in patients without immunodeficiency: report of 15 cases%无免疫功能缺陷者肺曲霉感染15例临床分析

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    刘吉福; 徐波

    2008-01-01

    Objective To study the diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary aspergillosis in patients without immunodefieiency. Method Pulmonary aspergillosis in 15 patients without immunodeficiency was reviewed. Results Twelve of the patients had underlying lung diseases ( lung cancer),2 showed masses in the lung by radiography and CT halo,and 1 had aspergilloma within the left main bronchus. The diagnosis of intra-cavitary aspergilloma had been made in all the patients with lung cancer before surgery. Only 3 cases were confirmed by fungal examination before surgery. Thirteen patients received surgical removal of the lesions, and the post-operative recovery was uneventful.Anfifungal therapy and open drainage were administered in 1 patient with pleural residual cavity infection,but the treatment failed. Anti-cancer therapy alone was given in 1 patient. Sudden death occurred in another patient. Conclusion In suspected cases of aspergillosis, CT halo sign, histology examination are helpful for the diagnosis. Aspergilloma complicated with underlying lung diseases and mass lesions can be cured by surgery.%目的 探讨无免疫功能缺陷患者肺曲霉感染的诊断及治疗.方法 回顾性分析1997年1月至2006年12月在北京军区总医院胸外科住院的15例肺曲霉感染患者的病历资料.结果 15例患者中男12例,女3例,年龄43~62岁,平均46.8岁.12例有肺部病变;2例肺内肿块影,CT显示有晕征;1 例左主支气管腔内可见曲霉.15例均无免疫功能缺陷.肺癌空洞伴曲菌球的术前、术后诊断符合率为100%.术前经细菌学诊断者仅3例,诊断为肺癌2例.手术治疗13例,其中12例恢复良好,无并发症;1例胸膜残腔感染经开窗引流和抗曲霉治疗,感染未能控制.1例仅行抗肿瘤治疗,1例猝死.结论 CT表现的晕征及组织学检查对疑有肺曲霉感染者的诊断有重要意义.基础性肺病变伴曲菌球和肿块表现的肺曲霉感染应积极手术治疗.

  14. Tomografia computadorizada na avaliação da aspergilose pulmonar angioinvasiva em pacientes com leucemia aguda Computed tomography in the assessment of angioinvasive pulmonary aspergillosis in patients with acute leukemia

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    Renata Carneiro Leão

    2006-10-01

    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste trabalho foi avaliar os principais achados na tomografia computadorizada de pacientes portadores de leucemia aguda complicada com aspergilose pulmonar angioinvasiva. MATERIAIS E MÉTODOS: Foram estudadas, retrospectivamente, as tomografias computadorizadas de 19 pacientes, avaliando-se a presença de consolidações, nódulos e massas, com ou sem sinal do halo, escavação e sinal do crescente aéreo. RESULTADOS: Áreas de consolidação foram o achado mais comum, ocorrendo em 12 dos 19 casos. A maioria delas apresentou o sinal do halo, enquanto escavação foi encontrada em 5 dos 12 casos com consolidações, sendo um deles com sinal do crescente aéreo. Nódulos e massas ocorreram em, respectivamente, seis e quatro casos, a maioria com sinal do halo. Escavação foi encontrada em apenas um caso de massa. Outros achados observados foram pavimentação em mosaico (dois casos, áreas de vidro fosco esparsas (três casos e envolvimento pleural (sete casos, sob a forma de derrame ou espessamento. CONCLUSÃO: Áreas de consolidação, massas ou nódulo, mesmo solitário, com sinal do halo, quando vistos na tomografia computadorizada em um contexto clínico apropriado, são altamente sugestivos de aspergilose angioinvasiva.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the main findings of computed tomography in patients presenting acute leukemia complicated by angioinvasive aspergillosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Computed tomography images of 19 patients were retrospectively studied for the presence of consolidations, nodules and masses, with or without presentation of halo sign, cavitation and air crescent sign. RESULTS: Consolidation was the most frequent finding, occurring in 12 of the 19 cases, most of them presenting the halo sign; cavitation was found in 5 of 12 cases, one of them with air crescent sign. Nodules and masses occurred respectively in six and four cases, most of them with halo sign. Cavitation was found

  15. Recent advance of the diagnosis and treatment of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis%变应性支气管肺曲菌病的诊治最新进展

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    张永祥; 刘希芝; 王海英

    2012-01-01

    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA) is an immunologic pulmonary disorder caused by hypersensitivity to Aspergillus fumigatus,most often occurring in a patient with asthma or cystic fibrosis.Diagnostic criteria include clinica manifestations of chronic asthma,recurrent pulmonary infiltrates with bronchiectasis,serum eosinophilia,elevated serum total IgE and Aspergillus fumigatus skin test positive,etc.Because many patients with ABPA may be minimally symptomatic or asymptomatic,a high index of suspicion for ABPA should be maintained while managing any patient with asthma,and further screening Aspergillus fumigatus by skin testing to prevent misdiagnosis.Early recognition allows treatment with corticosteroids,which are effective but may be required indefinitely,and combined hormone with newer antifungal azoles may be more effective.This review summarizes the advances in the diagnosis and management of ABPA.%变应性支气管肺曲菌病(allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis,ABPA)是机体对烟曲霉过敏引起的一种免疫性肺部疾病,最常见于哮喘和囊性纤维化患者.诊断标准包括慢性哮喘的临床表现、反复肺浸润与支气管扩张、血嗜酸粒细胞增高、血清总IgE增高及烟曲霉皮肤试验阳性等.由于许多ABPA患者症状轻微或无症状,对于哮喘患者一定要想到ABPA的可能,并进一步筛查皮肤试验,以防漏诊.早期诊断可早期给予糖皮质激素治疗,但激素可能要长期应用,激素联合较新的唑类抗真菌药可能更有效.本文对近几年来ABPA的流行病学、发病机制、诊断及处理进行综述.

  16. 血清甘露聚糖结合凝集素检测在诊断肺烟曲霉菌感染中的意义%Application of detecting mannose-binding lectins in pulmonary aspergillosis in rats

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    胡华; 杨燕; 陈影; 李学政; 滕隔玲; 张琳琳

    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore the effects of mannose-binding lectins (MBL) in pulmonary aspergillosis.Methods A total of 96 adult Wistar rats were randomly divided into 3 groups of aspergillus fumigatus (A.fumigatus) pulmonary,colonization and normal (n =32 each).An intramuscular injection (0.6 mg/kg × 3 d) of dexamethasone sodium phosphate and a nostril drop (1 × 107 cfu/ml) were administered for modeling.The animals were sacrificed at Days 3,7,14 and 28 post-inoculation and blood samples were obtained by cardiac puncture for MBL detection.Lung tissues were prepared for routine pathology examinations.The lung tissues infected with A.fumigatus showed remarkable inflammatory reactions.The serum value of MBL was detected by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).And the results were compared and analyzed.Results All infected lung tissues showed remarkable inflammatory reactions.The serum MBL levels of A.fumigatus pulmonary and colonization groups were (8.57 ±0.88) and (7.87 ± 0.45) ng/ml and both significantly increased compared with non-pulmonary aspergillosis group (P < 0.05).The area under the curve was 0.744 (P =0.002).The diagnosis of MBL had a sensitivity of 75.0%,a specificity of 86.7%,a positive predictive value of 87.1% and a negative predictive value of 74.3% for pulmonary aspergillosis.The inflammatory cells infiltration were detected in pathology in infection and colonization groups at Day 3 and Day 7.Conclusion The detection of serum MBL may be used for the diagnosis of pulmonary aspergillosis.%目的 探讨血清甘露聚糖结合凝集素(MBL)动态检测在诊断肺烟曲霉菌感染中的意义.方法 成年Wistar大鼠96只,雌雄各半,按随机数字表法随机分为3组,每组32只:(1)对照组:未免疫抑制,未接种烟曲霉菌;(2)感染组(免疫抑制+接种烟曲霉菌):采用地塞米松0.6 mg/kg肌肉注射×3d,通过双侧鼻孔分别滴入烟曲霉菌孢子(1×107 cfu/ml),建立大鼠肺曲菌病模型;(3)定植组:仅双侧

  17. Breakthrough Scedosporium apiospermum (Pseudallescheria boydii) brain abscess during therapy for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis following high-risk allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Scedosporiasis and recent advances in antifungal therapy.

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    Safdar, A; Papadopoulos, E B; Young, J W

    2002-12-01

    Systemic scedosporiasis due to the anamorph or asexual form Scedosporium apiospermum (Pseudallescheria boydii) has become an important cause of opportunistic mycosis, especially in patients undergoing high-risk hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. We report a case of rapidly progressive cerebellar hyalohyphomycosis due to Scedosporium apiospermum in an allogeneic marrow graft recipient receiving treatment for severe graft-versus-host disease. This fatal breakthrough intracranial abscess, due to amphotericin B-resistant (minimum inhibitory concentration > 16 micro g/ml) mold, developed during the course of systemic antifungal therapy given for multicentric pulmonary aspergillosis. Despite treatment with high-dose Abelcet (10 mg/kg daily), free amphotericin B was not detected in postmortem cerebellar tissue. A broad-spectrum triazole-based agent (voriconazole/UK-109, 496--Vfend), and a novel fungal cell wall inhibitor, an echinocandin/pneumocandin analog (caspofungin/MK-0991--Cancidas), which exhibit excellent in vitro activity against most clinical Pseudallescheria boydii-Scedosporium apiospermum isolates, have recently become available in the United States and may provide much needed treatment options for patients at risk. PMID:12535265

  18. 2型糖尿病合并侵袭性肺曲霉病9例临床分析%Clinical analysis of 9 cases of type 2 diabetes mellitus complicated with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis

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    韩秀迪; 刘学东; 葛云洁; 赵伟业

    2015-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical characteristics and prognosis in the patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and invasive pulmonary aspergillosis(IPA) for better management of the disease .Methods Clinical data of 9 cases of type 2 diabetes associated with IPA treated in Qingdao Municipal Hospital from January 2008 to December 2013 were analyzed retrospectively . Results The diagnosis of IPA was proven in 5 and probable in 4 of the 9 patients .The main clinical manifestations were fever , cough and expectoration .The findings of CT scan mainly showed pulmonary nodules along the bronchovascular bundle and cavity signs .Bronchoscopy showed congestion ,edema ,and erosion of bronchial mucosa covered with yellow‐white or brown pus ,partially or completely blocking the lumen .Antifungal treatment was effective for 4 patients .The other five patients died . Conclusions Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a risk factor for developing invasive pulmonary aspergillosis .Early diagnosis and proper treatment are critical for improved prognosis .%目的:探讨2型糖尿病合并侵袭性肺曲霉病的临床特点及预后,加强临床医师对该病的警惕及认识,提高早期诊疗水平。方法回顾性分析2008年1月—2013年12月在青岛市市立医院呼吸科收治的9例单纯2型糖尿病合并侵袭性肺曲霉病患者的临床资料。结果9例2型糖尿病合并侵袭性肺曲霉病患者中确诊5例,临床诊断4例;临床表现以发热、咳嗽、咯痰为主;肺CT表现以沿支气管血管束分布的结节影,空洞征为主,支气管镜检查镜下可见气管或支气管黏膜充血水肿,局部黄白色或褐色脓苔覆盖,部分或完全阻塞管腔;经抗真菌治疗后4例好转,5例死亡。结论2型糖尿病是发生侵袭性肺曲霉病的高危因素,早期诊断与及时治疗是改善2型糖尿病合并侵袭性肺曲霉病预后的关键。

  19. 重症患者侵袭性肺曲霉病5例临床诊治分析%Analysis of the diagnosis and treatment of 5 cases of critically ill patients with pulmonary invasive aspergillosis

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    龚书榕; 于荣国

    2015-01-01

    Objective To raise clinicians’ awareness of clinical manifestations, imaging diagnosis and treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) so as to improve the treatment success rate.Method Five critically ill cases admitted to our department from January 2010 to July 2014 with invasive aspergillosis infection were observed.Result The appliance of glucocorticoid and broad spectrum antibiotics was a high risk factor for this group of patients who had multiple clinical manifestations. Four patients underwent lung CT scan, three of whom presented typical signs separately such as aspergilloma with halo sign, air-crescent sign and hollow shape in consolidation area. The data of two cases were on the basis of microbiological testing. The five patients all received antifungal therapy using voriconazole powder for infusion solution; three patients’ lesions in lungs were absorbed and cured; one patient’s condition improved but one died from multiple organ failure caused by aggravating infection.Conclusion Non-neutropenic critically ill patients with IPA in the intensive care unit (ICU) usually have no typical signs, but the typical signs in the lung CT image are one of the most important bases of clinical diagnosis of IPA infection. Considering the high-risk host factors and other secondary clinical features of IPA, clinicians should start the empiric therapy as early as possible according to the clinical experience, especially for those critically ill patients.%目的:加强临床医师对侵袭性肺曲霉病(invasive pulmonary aspergillosis,IPA)的临床表现、影像学诊断和治疗的认识,提高救治成功率。方法对本科2010年1月至2014年7月收治的5例重症患者IPA病例进行临床分析。结果该组患者多具有应用激素及广谱抗菌药物的高危因素,临床表现多样,4例行肺部CT检查,其中3例肺部CT分别呈现典型征象如曲霉球伴晕轮征、实变区域空洞形成及空气新月征。2

  20. 1例糖尿病合并侵袭性肺曲霉菌感染患者的药学监护%Pharmaceutical care on a diabetic patient with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis

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    刘丽娜; 刘晓东; 肇丽梅

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate better patient care via the improved use of medicines and pharmaceutical services for hospital inpatients .Methods Through a case of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in a diabetic patient , the efficacy of prescribed treat-ment was evaluated , and adverse drug reactions were prevented by clinical pharmacists .Results Pharmaceutical services were provid-ed , adverse drug reactions were reduced and the use of medicines was improved by clinical pharmacists .Conclusion Clinical phar-macists could help provide tailored treatment to the needs of individuals , ensure patient safety and appropriate use of medicines .%目的:探讨临床药师为住院患者提供药学服务的内容,以及如何最大限度地发挥药物的临床疗效。方法对1例老年男性糖尿病合并侵袭性肺曲霉菌感染患者进行跟踪治疗,评估药物治疗方案,预防并及时处理药物不良反应。结果临床药师通过参与临床工作,实施药学监护,降低药物不良反应的危害,提高患者用药疗效。结论临床药师全程参与治疗过程,可以为患者提供个体化治疗方案,提高用药合理性与安全。

  1. Immunological Mechanism,Diagnosis and Treatment of Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis%变应性支气管肺曲霉菌病的免疫机制与诊治

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    张鼎; 胡建; 廖纪萍; 迟春花

    2015-01-01

    Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis(ABPA)is one kind of hypersensitivity pulmonary diseases in response to Aspergillus fumigatus that occurred smore often in patients with asthma and cystic fibrosis.ABPA develops in genetically susceptible patients related to human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR2 and DR5 restrictions,increased sensitivity to interleukin-4 stimulation,and increased Aspergillus fumigatus allergen-specific Th2CD4 + T-cell-mediated responses.Main symptoms of ABPA include cough,expectoration and wheeze.The new diagnostic criterion for ABPA was suggested by International Society for Human and Animal Mycology workgroup in 2013.Avoidance of fungi,steroids,antifungals and anti-IgE monoclonal antibody therapy play important roles in treatment of ABPA.%变应性支气管肺曲霉菌病(allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis,ABPA)是一种人体对曲霉菌发生变态反应所引起的疾病,好发于哮喘及囊性纤维化患者。发病机制复杂,与个体人类白细胞抗原(human leukocyte antigen,HLA)-DR2/DR5表达、对白细胞介素-4的易感性及由 CD4+辅助 T 细胞2介导的免疫反应相关。多表现为咳嗽、咯痰、喘息。2013年国际人和动物真菌学会工作组提出新的诊断标准。治疗包括避免变应原接触,可应用糖皮质激素、抗真菌药物及靶向治疗。

  2. Retrospective analysis of 22 cases of pulmonary aspergillosis in non-neutropenic patients%非粒细胞减少患者肺曲霉病22例回顾性分析

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    王凌伟; 杨蓬; 陈春婵; 李秀媚; 邱晨

    2012-01-01

    Objective To improve the cognition, diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary aspergillosis (PA) in non-neutropenic patients. Method Clinical, radiological data of 22 cases of PA in non-neutropenic patients, including underlying diseases, clinical symptoms, radiological characteristics and treatment strategies were collected and analyzed retrospectively, and the outcomes were followed-up. Result The average age was (57. 3 ±21.4) years with 12 male and 10 female. The cases of " proven" , " probable" and " possible" were 8, 8 and 6, respectively. 11 patients were considered as having IPA, including 1 with underlying aspergilloma; 6 were having simple pulmonary aspergilloma, and 5 CNPA. The leading underlying diseases were pulmonary tuberculosis (8/22) , diabetes mellitus (6/22) , hypertension (5/22) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (5/22) in pulmonary aspergillosis (PA). Chronic cough, expectoration, hemoptysis and recurrent dyspnea were the most common symptoms of PA. Radiological manifestations were infiltration or consolidation (10/22) , cavity or typical pulmonary aspergilloma (12/22) and nodule or lump mass (1/22). The first-line antifugal treatment was voriconazole (10/22) , caspofungin (4/22) , itraconazole (3/22). Conclusion Diabetes mellitus and COPD patients are vulnerable to have IPA and patients without underlying diseases may also develop IPA as primary community infection. Pulmonary tuberculosis with cavitary changes is responsible for simple pulmonary aspergilloma. We should pay more attention to differentiate simple aspergilloma from choronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis which need long-term antifungal therapy. There are no specific clinical manifestations in non-neutropenic patients with IPA. Holo sign, air crescent sign or extrapulmonary dissemination are absent in these cases. Voriconazole is the fist-line antifugal treatment.%目的 提高对非粒细胞减少患者肺曲霉病的认识及诊疗水平.方法 回顾性分析22

  3. 手术联合抗真菌药物治疗肝移植术后颅内曲霉菌感染:附1例报告并文献复习%Combined surgical resection and antifungal therapy for intracranial aspergillosis after liver transplantation:a case report and literature review

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    王腾飞; 张威; 方振宇; 王洪海; 杨涛

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨肝移植术后曲霉菌感染及颅内曲霉菌感染患者的病因、临床表现、诊断及治疗。方法回顾性分析天津市第一中心医院1例经典原位肝移植术后并发颅内曲霉菌感染患者的临床资料、诊断及治疗经过,并进行文献复习。结果患者于移植术后1个月无明显诱因出现肌肉抽搐,抽搐时意识清晰,磁共振成像(MRI)提示:右侧额叶可见占位病变,病灶中心呈长T1长T2信号影,周围可见环形等T1短T2信号影,增强后病灶呈环形强化,中心未强化,周围低密度影未见强化,诊断为颅内曲霉菌感染。患者停用吗替麦考酚酯(MMF)及激素,单用他克莫司(FK506)抗排斥反应,且FK506血药浓度维持在较低水平,同时应用卡泊芬净抗真菌治疗,2周后查头颅MRI见右侧额叶脓肿无明显变化。为治愈颅内感染,患者于全麻下行右额叶脓肿切除术,术中可见坚韧的脓肿壁,大小约1.5 cm×2.0 cm,脑脓肿完整切除后送病理,术后病理回报:颅内曲霉菌感染。术后继续给予卡泊芬净抗真菌治疗,并定期复查头颅CT。颅内脓肿切除术后患者未再发抽搐、高热。术后1个月复查头颅CT显示,颅脑术后改变较前好转,右侧额颞部皮下组织肿胀较前减轻,其他无异常。患者痊愈后出院。结论由于颅内曲霉菌感染抗真菌药往往在局部难以达到有效的抑菌浓度,对于肝移植术后孤立的颅内曲霉菌感染病灶,联合应用局部手术切除和抗真菌药物,同时减少抗排斥反应药物的剂量,可能是理想的治疗方案。%Objective To investigate the etiology,clinical presentation,diagnosis and treatment of Intracranial aspergillosis after liver transplantation. Methods Clinical data, diagnosis and treatment of one case with intracranial aspergillosis after liver transplantation were analyzed and correlative literatures were reviewed

  4. Literature review of 35 cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complicated with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis%慢性阻塞性肺疾病合并侵袭性肺曲霉病35例文献分析

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    刘菁; 刘学东

    2013-01-01

    Objective To review the reported cases of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in the patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in recent 10 years in China in terms of risk factors,clinical and imaging characteristics,in an attempt to provide important clues for prompt and accurate diagnosis.Methods The literature reports of COPD complicated with IPA from 2002 to 2012 in China were analyzed retrospectively.A total of 35 cases were identfied and reviewed in terms of the relevant clinical data.Results Broad spectrum antibiotic treatment was found in 33 of the 35 cases.Long-term use of glucocorticoids was documented in 34 cases.The most common clinical symptoms included dyspnea,chest tightness,breathlessness,chest pain,fever and pulmonary rales.Conclusions Broad spectrum antibiotic treatment,long-term use of glucocorticoids and invasive procedures are the risk factors of IPA in COPD patients.The clinical manifestations are variable and nonspecific.Early diagnosis and empirical antifungal treatment are effective for improving the outcome.%目的 总结10年来国内报道的慢性阻塞性肺疾病(COPD)合并侵袭性肺曲霉病(IPA)的危险因素、临床特点、影像学特点、诊断方法,为临床医师早期、快速、准确地诊断该病提供依据.方法 回顾性分析2002-2012年国内有关COPD合并IPA的文献资料,统计分析并总结了35例COPD合并IPA患者的临床资料.结果 35例患者中应用广谱抗生素33例,长期应用糖皮质激素34例.常见症状是呼吸困难、胸闷憋气、胸痛、发热和肺部啰音.结论 使用广谱抗生素、长期激素治疗、有创操作是COPD合并IPA的危险因素,患者临床和胸部CT表现多样,缺乏特异性;减少危险因素,做到早期诊断和早期治疗是改善预后的有效方法.

  5. Clinical analysis of 16 cases of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in children%儿童侵袭性肺曲霉菌病16例临床分析

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    李勇; 农光民; 蒋敏; 刘静; 梁秀安

    2016-01-01

    目的 探讨儿童侵袭性肺曲霉菌病(IPA)的诊断及治疗.方法 回顾性分析2006年1月至2014年6月广西医科大学第一附属医院确诊或临床诊断IPA的16例患儿临床资料.四格表确切概率法进行组间比较.结果 16例患儿中男11例,女5例,确诊1例,临床诊断15例.宿主高危因素为:长时间使用多种广谱抗菌药物16例,中性粒细胞减少症9例,有创机械通气3例,原发性免疫缺陷病2例,长期使用糖皮质激素2例,麻疹2例,先天性肺发育不良1例.16例患儿均有发热、咳嗽、咳痰(痰响)(0/7和1/7).诊断时,中性粒细胞减少症组“晕轮征”(5/9)、胸膜下楔形实变影(7/9)高于非中性粒细胞减少症组(0/7和1/7)(P<0.05);抗曲霉菌治疗15 d~1个月后,空洞、“空气新月征”阳性率高于诊断时(P<0.05).血清半乳甘露糖聚糖抗原检测阳性率高于痰培养及血清G实验(P<0.05).13例首选伏立康唑治疗,7例有效.结论 中性粒细胞减少症是儿童IPA常见宿主高危因素.胸膜下楔形实变影、“晕轮征”及“空气新月征”对诊断有提示意义,前两者在有中性粒细胞减少症患儿早期更多见.血清GM实验有较高的诊断价值.大部分IPA患儿伏立康唑治疗有效.%Objective To investigate the diagnosis and treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in children.Method The clinical data of 16 cases of proven or probable IPA who had been in our Hospital from January 2006 to June 2014 were retrospectively analyzed.Result Among the 16 patients,11 were males and 5 were females.One child had proven IPA and 15 children had probable IPA.Host risk included long duration use of multiple broad-spectrum antibiotics in 16 cases,neutropenia in 9 cases,invasive mechanical ventilation in 3 cases,primary immunodeficiency disease in 2 cases,long-term use of glucocorticoids in 2 cases,measles in 2 cases,and congenital pulmonary hypoplasia in 1 case.Fever,cough and expectoration were

  6. A clinical analysis on invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in patients with hepatic failure%肝衰竭患者合并侵袭性肺曲霉菌病临床分析

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    邓西龙; 陈志敏; 黄煌; 潘越峻; 李粤平

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore the risk factors,clinical characteristics,and proguosis ofinvasive pulmonary aspergillosis ( IPA ) in patients with hepatic failure.Methods The clinical data of 15 patients with hepatic failure complicated with IPA were analyzed retrospectively.Results All the patients had an underlying disorder that was chronic hepatitis B,but had no granulocytopenia or agranulocytosis.The MELD score was ( 37.13 ± 11.03 )46.7% ( 7/15 ) of the patients had history of hormone uses ; 60% ( 9/15 ) had history of broad-spectrum antibiotic uses ( single or mulitple ) 60% ( 9/15 )of patients received previous blood purification.33.3% ( 5/15 )had a reduction in CD4+ T cells or ratio imbalance.Clinical manifestations lacked of obvious specificity.Roentgenographic examination of the lungs showed changes in all the patients; GM test was positive in 73.3% ( 11/15 )of the patients.20% ( 3/15 )of the patients improved after treatment; 80% ( 12/15 ) did not repond to therapies; and 40% ( 6/15 ) were dead within 7 days after diagnosis.Conclusions Patients with hepatic failure have multiple risk factors of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis.IPA is one of the reasons for deterioration in patients with hepatic failure.Early CT examination combined with GM tests can increase the early diagnostic rate.Early effective antifungal therapy can improve the prognosis of the disease.%目的 了解肝衰竭患者合并侵袭性肺曲霉菌病的危险因素、临床特征和预后,提高对肝衰竭合并侵袭性肺曲霉菌病的认识.方法 对15例肝衰竭合并侵袭性肺曲霉菌病患者的临床资料,包括基础疾病、住院时间、ICU住院时间、激素和抗生素使用情况、临床表现、诊断分层、治疗情况以及预后等进行回顾性分析.结果 全部患者存在慢性乙型肝炎基础疾病,均无粒细胞减少或缺乏.患者MELD评分(37.13±11.03)分.其中46.7%( 7/15)的患者有激素使用史;60%( 9/15)

  7. Clinical characteristics and treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in patients with liver failure%肝功能衰竭合并侵袭性肺曲霉病的临床特征与治疗

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    邹颖; 钱志平; 张宇一; 王介非; 黄金伟; 李光辉

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To analyze the clinical features of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in patients with liver failure and to improve the identification of aspergillosis at an early stage. METHODS Medical records of 39 liver failure patients with IPA admitted in Shanghai public health center from Jan 2006 to May 2011were reviewed. T test or non-parametric test was performed for inter-group comparison of means, and chi-square test was performed for enumeration data. RESULTS The clinical features of IPA with liver failure were atypical. The most common initial symptom was fever, accounting for 66. 7%. Early imaging showed multiple nodules or masses shadow with negative results in 1,3-β-D glucan test. The patients condition rapidly deteriorated after infection accompanied by significantly increased TB, Scr, INR, WBC and MELD score and significantly decreased Alb, Gib, PTA, HB, and PLT. Among the 39 cases, anti-fungal therapy was only effective in 8 patients who were discharged after improvement of hepatic function, while the other 31 patients were dead within 2 months of onset. The mortality rate was 79. 5%. 17 patients died during hospitalization with an average time of (5. 3±4. 7) days from the first symptom to death. There was no statistical significance between the survivors and the dead patients in respect of demographic characteristics, stage of liver failure and constitution of cause before IPA. However, the survivors had better MELD scores and received definite diagnosis and effective anti-fungal therapy earlier than dead patients. All the 8 survivors received a long-term treatment with echinocandin including two cases received combination of viriconazole. The mean therapeutic course lasted for (70. 9 + 26. 4) days. No serious adverse drug reactions such as hepatic function relapse were observed. The drugs were well tolerated. CONCLUSION Disease condition is rapidly deteriorated after liver failure complicated with IP A, with extremely high mortality. However

  8. 抗真菌治疗中血液样本PCR诊断侵袭性真菌性肺炎的价值%The value of PCR analysis of blood samples in diagnosing invasive aspergillosis during antifungal therapy

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    刘晓宇; 郑玉荣; 邓曦东; 刘运秋

    2012-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the value of PCR analysis of blood samples in diagnosing invasive aspergillosis( IA) during antifungal therapy. Methods IA in blood and bronchoalveolar lavage fluids and/or tissue specimens was detected by PCR in 86 patients whith fungal pneumonia and underwent antifungal therapy. On the basis of EORTC/MSG criteria, the patients were divided into three groups of A(confirmed),B(clinically diagnosed) and C(suspectable) and the PCR results were compared among three groups. Results A total of 496 whole-blood samples,37 fine-needle aspirations or tissue biopsy specimens and 53 tracheal secretions was analyzed using PCR The sensitivities of whole-blood samples and bronchoalveolar lavage fluids and/or tissue specimens in group A were 61.5% and 66. 7%, respectively, which in group B were 51.8% and 57. l%,and in group C were 55. 0% and 45. 0%,respectively. The specificity was 100% in three groups. The mortalities in positive and negative patients in group A were 63.0% and 41. 0%,respectively. Conclusion The benefits of PCR diagnosis are limited during antifungal therapy. Aspergillus PCR is recommended to be performed as an adjutant manner to the microscopic examination and culture technique.%目的 评估抗真菌治疗期间,全血曲霉菌PCR方法检测侵袭性曲霉菌感染(IA)的价值.方法 入选86例真菌性肺炎而接受抗真菌治疗的血液病患者.IA感染通过血液样本、支气管肺泡灌洗液和组织样本,经过细菌培养、组织病理学检测及PCR测定进行确认.依据欧洲癌症研究治疗组织真菌病研究组(EORTC/MSG)标准,将患者分为确诊、临床诊断和拟诊三组,比较全血样本和支气管肺泡灌洗液或组织样本的PCR结果.结果 86例患者496个血液样本,37个针吸或组织活检样本和53个支气管肺泡灌洗或气管分泌物样本.PCR测定在血液样本和支气管肺泡灌洗或组织样本中的灵敏度在确诊组分别为61.5%和66.7

  9. 恶性血液病患者侵袭性肺曲霉菌感染的治疗分析%Analysis of treatment and influence factors of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in patients with hematological malignancies

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    吴隼; 字友梅; 黄琰; 马栋; 杨满; 贺立山

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To investigate clinical effect of antifungal therapy for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) in patients with hematological malignancies ,and analyze the influence factors for the reference for clinical data .METHODS According to the therapeutic regimen ,82 patients with hematological malignancies and IPA were randomly divided into 3 groups including voriconazole group (n=28) ,caspofungin group (n=27) and combination group (n=27) .The clinical effect ,adverse reactions ,and influence factors of the effect were analyzed with SAS 9 .0 software .RESULTS Totally 241 patients with hematologic malignancies were investigated in this study ,82 ca-ses were diagnosed as IPA ,the infection rate was 34 .0% .The effect of antifungal therapy in combination group was significantly better than that in voriconazole and caspofungin groups (P0 .05) .The age≥50 years ,haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT ) ,HLA dismatch and IPA history were negative factors for the treatment effect of hematological malignancies combined with IPA .CONCLUSION Combined therapy of voriconazole and caspofungin for hematological malignancies and IPA is better than single medication in efficacy , without increasing the adverse drug reactions .The efficacy of IPA treatment may be related to age ,HSCT ,HLA dismatch and IPA history .%目的:研究恶性血液病患者侵袭性肺曲霉菌感染(IPA )抗真菌治疗效果及其影响因素,为临床资料提供参考依据。方法选择2008年1月-2013年4月收治的82例患者,根据不同的用药方案随机分为伏立康唑组28例、卡泊芬净组27例、联合组27例3组,比较各组患者的临床疗效、不良反应,并对疗效的影响因素,采用SAS 9.0软件进行分析。结果共调查恶性血液病患者241例,其中IPA 82例,感染率为34.0%;联合组的抗真菌疗效显著优于伏立康唑组、卡泊芬净组( P<0.05);单药与两药联合用药的不良反应差异

  10. Cerebral aspergillosis due to Aspergillus fumigatus in AIDS patient: first culture - proven case reported in Brazil Aspergilosis cerebral causada por Aspergillus fumigatus en paciente con SIDA: primer reporte de caso demostrado por cultivo en Brasil

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    José E. Vidal

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Cerebral aspergillosis is a rare cause of brain expansive lesion in AIDS patients. We report the first culture-proven case of brain abscess due to Aspergillus fumigatus in a Brazilian AIDS patient. The patient, a 26 year-old male with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection and history of pulmonary tuberculosis and cerebral toxoplasmosis, had fever, cough, dyspnea, and two episodes of seizures. The brain computerized tomography (CT showed a bi-parietal and parasagittal hypodense lesion with peripheral enhancement, and significant mass effect. There was started anti-Toxoplasma treatment. Three weeks later, the patient presented mental confusion, and a new brain CT evidenced increase in the lesion. He underwent brain biopsy, draining 10 mL of purulent material. The direct mycological examination revealed septated and hyaline hyphae. There was started amphotericin B deoxycholate. The culture of the material demonstrated presence of the Aspergillus fumigatus. The following two months, the patient was submitted to three surgeries, with insertion of drainage catheter and administration of amphotericin B intralesional. Three months after hospital admission, his neurological condition suffered discrete changes. However, he died due to intrahospital pneumonia. Brain abscess caused by Aspergillus fumigatus must be considered in the differential diagnosis of the brain expansive lesions in AIDS patients in Brazil.La aspergilosis cerebral es una causa rara de lesión expansiva cerebral en pacientes con SIDA. Presentamos el primer reporte de un absceso cerebral causado por Aspergillus fumigatus en un paciente brasileño con SIDA. El paciente, de 26 años de edad, presentaba antecedentes de infección por el virus de la inmunodeficiencia humana (VIH, tuberculosis pulmonar y toxoplasmosis cerebral. Manifestó fiebre, tos, disnea y dos episódios de convulsiones. La tomografía computadorizada (TC demostró una lesión hipodensa parasagital y bi-parietal con

  11. Aspergillosis - chest x-ray (image)

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    ... usually occurs in immunocompromised individuals. Here, a chest x-ray shows that the fungus has invaded the lung ... are usually seen as black areas on an x-ray. The cloudiness on the left side of this ...

  12. Cerebral Aspergillosis Caused by Neosartorya hiratsukae, Brazil

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    Kallas, Esper G.; Godoy, Patricio; Karenina, Anna; Gené, Josepa; Stchigel, Alberto; Colombo, Arnaldo Lopes

    2002-01-01

    We report the first case of infection by Neosartorya hiratsukae, an ascomycete in which the conidial state resembles Aspergillus fumigatus. The fungus caused a brain infection in a Brazilian woman, who died despite itraconazole treatment. Diagnosis was established by direct microscopic examination, computed tomographic scan, and magnetic resonance imaging of the brain, and repeated cultures from the lesions. The in vitro antifungal susceptibility of the isolate is provided. PMID:12194781

  13. 儿童变应性支气管肺曲霉菌病四例报告并文献复习%Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis:a report of four cases with literature review

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    徐慧; 赵宇红; 王维; 刘金荣; 赵顺英

    2015-01-01

    目的 分析儿童变应性支气管肺曲霉菌病(ABPA)的临床特点.方法 回顾性分析首都医科大学附属北京儿童医院呼吸二科病房2010年4月至2014年3月确诊的4例ABPA患儿的临床资料.分析近10年国内外数据库中报道的儿童ABPA检索资料.结果(1)4例ABPA患儿,2例确诊为囊性纤维化,1例同时诊断为哮喘.临床表现:咳嗽3例,胸闷(黏液栓堵塞)1例,反复喘息史2例;4例肺部影像学均表现有中心性支气管扩张,其中1例表现为游走性片状阴影;4例患儿血清总IgE升高,烟曲霉抗原速发皮试、血烟曲霉特异性IgE和IgG均为阳性.4例均使用糖皮质激素及抗真菌药物(伊曲康唑或伏立康唑)口服治疗,病情均得到不同程度的缓解.(2)在近10年国内外数据库中检索儿童ABPA,国外病例报告15篇,共报道22例,其中16例发生于囊性纤维化,3例发生于哮喘,16例囊性纤维化合并ABPA患儿中,仅1例以ABPA为首发症状.国内ABPA病例报告仅1例.结论 对于哮喘、过敏性疾病的患儿,如伴有IgE的异常增高、影像学出现支气管扩张、反复肺不张时需考虑ABPA的可能;对于临床确诊为ABPA的患儿,应注意除外囊性纤维化.%Objective To understand the clinical characteristics of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis(ABPA) so as to diagnose and treat the disease earlier.Method A retrospective study was conducted on ABPA patients diagnosed in the Second Department of Respiratory Medicine,Beijing Children's Hospital Affiliated to Capital Medical University from April 2010 to March 2014.The literature of children's ABPA retrieved from the databases at home and abroad in recent 10 years were analyzed.Result (1)Among the 4 cases of ABPA,cystic fibrosis (CF) and asthma were diagnosed in 2 and 1 cases,respectively.Cough was present in 3 patients,recurrent wheezing in 2 and chest tightness in 1 case.CT scans showed central bronchiectasis in all 4 cases,while 1 patient had migratory

  14. Clinical analysis of chronic airway diseases combined with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis%慢性气道疾病合并侵袭性肺曲霉病临床分析

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    戴然然; 张旻

    2013-01-01

    目的 回顾性总结慢性气道疾病合并侵袭性肺曲霉病(IPA)患者的临床资料,分析慢性气道疾病患者发生IPA的危险因素、临床特点、诊断、治疗和预后.方法 收集2007年1月-2012年8月上海交通大学医学院附属瑞金医院呼吸科和上海交通大学附属第一人民医院呼吸科病房收治的慢性气道疾病合并IPA患者的临床资料.分析其危险因素、临床表现、实验室检查和影像学检查特征、诊断、治疗及预后.结果 共入选18例患者,2例患者经肺活组织穿刺病理学检查明确诊断为IPA,16例患者临床诊断为IPA.男14例,女4例,年龄29~80岁,中位年龄为62.2岁.慢性阻塞性肺疾病(COPD) 13例,支气管哮喘3例,支气管扩张2例.COPD和支气管哮喘患者住院后均应用糖皮质激素治疗,包括静脉注射甲泼尼龙及口服泼尼松,疗程均>2周.3例支气管哮喘患者平时均不规则口服泼尼松.2例COPD和2例支气管哮喘患者有口服邮购的“中成药”(含糖皮质激素)史,疗程均>半年.2例支气管扩张患者因反复感染,长期口服抗生素.13例COPD患者中4例合并糖尿病.所有患者均接受抗真菌药物治疗,其中6例患者死于IPA和呼吸衰竭.结论 慢性气道疾病易合并严重的IPA,大部分患者由于基础疾病急性加重反复使用糖皮质激素治疗,临床和影像学检查无特异性,当临床高度怀疑IPA时应给予尽早诊断和治疗,可以降低病死率.%Objective To retrospectively study the clinical data of the patients with chronic airway disease combined with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA), and to analyze the risk factors, clinical features, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of IPA. Methods Clinical data of chronic airway disease patients with IPA were collected. All the patients were hospitalized in Ruijin Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiaotong University School of Medicine and Shanghai First People's Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai

  15. Clinical features of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in critically ill patients with chronic respiratory diseases%重症慢性呼吸道疾病合并侵袭性肺曲霉病的临床特点

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    詹庆元; 贺航咏; 童朝晖; 栗芳; 孙兵; 王辰

    2008-01-01

    目的 总结重症慢性呼吸道疾病(CRD)合并侵袭性肺曲霉病(IPA)的临床特点,为早期诊断和治疗提供依据.方法 分析2004年10月至2007年2月在北京朝阳医院呼吸科重症监护室(RICU)住院的149例痰或BALF分离出曲霉的CRD患者资料.以SPSS 10.0统计软件进行数据处理,所有计量资料以均数±标准差表示,计数资料以例数表示.计量资料采用t检验,计数资料采用X2检验.结果 149例CRD患者中共收集16例IPA病例(COPD 11例,COPD合并支气管哮喘4例,支气管扩张症1例),其中3例确诊,10例临床诊断,3例拟诊.12例在人RICU前使用过大量糖皮质激素,15例使用广谱抗生素.15例临床表现为严重气道痉挛,9例行无创通气失败,14例因严重呼吸衰竭而需有创机械通气.12例X线胸片可见明显渗出影.外周血白细胞及中性粒细胞比例在疾病后期迅速增高;早期气管镜检查可见气道黏膜充血、水肿、糜烂,气道痉挛,痰液黏稠,后期气道黏膜可出现伪膜;早期真菌病原学检查阳性率低(2/12),后期阳性率高(10/12);早期治疗的患者存活率高(4/4),晚期治疗效果差(11/12),由呼吸衰竭迅速进展为多脏器衰竭是最主要的死亡原因.结论 CRD合并IPA并不少见,预后差.根据临床特点进行早期诊断及经验性治疗可改善患者的预后.%Objective To describe the clinical features of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis(IPA) in critically ill patients with chronic respiratory diseases(CRD)and to estimate its value for early diagnosis and treatment. Methods Retrospective study of critically ill CRD patients with Dositive Aspergillus from sputum or bronchial alveolar lavage fluid in a respiratory ICU of a teaching hospital.Results There were 149 CRD patients admitted between October 2004 and February 2007. Among these patients,16 cases of IPA(11 COPD,4 COPD with asthma,1 bronchiectasis)were collected.Three cases fulfilled the criteria of proven IPA,10 of probable

  16. Clinical analysis of voriconazole in treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in children with hematological disease%伏立康唑治疗儿童血液病合并侵袭性肺曲霉菌感染的临床分析

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    周海霞; 李原; 钱江潮; 王菊香; 方希敏; 黄珍; 曾炜炜; 陈敏; 徐智胜

    2012-01-01

    OBJECTIVE To evaluate the clinical efficacy and safety of voriconazole in the treatment of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in the children with hematological disease. METHODS A total of 10 children with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis complicated by hematological disease who enrolled the hospital from Feb 2009 to Jun 2011 were analyzed respectively, the diagnosis was confirmed by CT and GM test. All of them were treated with intravenous voriconazole 7 mg/kg, once per 12 hours lasting for about 10-14 days before changing to oral maintenance therapy of the same dosage for 4 - 8 weeks. The efficacy and safety of voriconazole were comprehensively evaluated according to clinical evaluation criteria. RESULTS The overall response rate of the 10 patients was 90. 0% (9 of 10) after voriconazole treatment; the clinical effective time was 2 - 5 days by judging from the symptoms and physical condition of the 9 patients; the incidence of drug related adverse events was 20.0%. CONCLUSION Both the oral and intravenous use of voriconazole show good antifungal activity, which therefore can be used as the first-line antibiotics for the treatment of pulmonary aspergillosis in the children with hematological disease.%目的 观察伏立康唑治疗儿童血液病合并侵袭性肺曲霉菌感染(IPA)的临床疗效及安全性.方法 回顾性分析医院2009年2月-2011年7月血液病伴发侵袭性肺曲霉菌感染住院患儿10例,所有患儿均经CT检查和GM试验临床诊断;伏立康唑针每次7 mg/kg,静脉滴注,1次/12 h,10~14 d后改用伏立康唑片剂,剂量不变,口服1次/12 h,总疗程4~8周;根据临床疗效标准,综合评价该药物的疗效和安全性.结果 10例患儿中,9例治疗有效,总有效率为90.0%,治疗有效的9例患儿从症状及体征上判定临床有效的时间为2~5 d;伏立康唑治疗过程中两例发生轻微不良反应,不良反应发生率20.0%.结论 伏立康唑口服和静脉给药均有很好的抗真

  17. 雾化吸人两性霉素B对侵袭性肺曲霉病预防效果的Meta分析%Efficacy and Safety of Inhaled Amphotericin B in Prophylaxis of Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis:A Meta-analysis

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    卢鑫; 孙文逵; 高伟; 苏欣; 施毅

    2012-01-01

    目的 采用Meta分析方法对现已发表的关于雾化吸入两性霉素B(AmB)预防侵袭性肺曲霉病(IPA)的文献进行综合分析,从动物实验和临床研究两个方面分别评价雾化吸入AmB对IPA的预防作用.方法 检索MEDLINE生物医学数据库、科学引文索引(ISI)、医学文摘资料库(EMBASE)及万方数据库,检索发表于2011年3月以前关于雾化吸入AmB预防IPA的文献,由2名评价员分别筛选符合标准的文献,进行质量评价和数据提取.采用RevMan4.22软件进行异质性分析,合并效应量的检验采用优势比(OR)及95%可信区间(95%CI).结果 共纳入符合标准的动物实验文献5篇,包括实验动物626只;临床研究文献6篇,包括1354例真菌感染高危病人.Meta分析结果显示感染前雾化吸入AmB的实验动物存活率高于安慰剂对照组(38.3%比9.7%,OR=13.93,95%CI7.46 ~26.01,P<0.000 01).真菌感染高危人群中,预防性雾化吸入AmB的患者IPA发生率较安慰剂或空白对照组为低(2.6%比9.2%,OR =0.27,95%CI0.16 ~0.46,P<0.000 01);雾化预防组与对照组患者IPA相关病死率及总死亡率差异无统计学意义(RR =0.65,95% CI0.33~1.30,P=0.23;OR=1.17,95% CI0.73 ~ 1.89,P=0.51);雾化吸入AmB绝大部分不良反应程度轻微.结论 预防性雾化吸入AmB能有效降低实验动物肺曲霉感染死亡率,对粒细胞缺乏等高危人群预防性雾化吸入AmB能有效降低IPA发生率,不良反应轻微,但未降低曲霉感染相关病死率及总死亡率.需要更多高质量大型临床研究进一步提供循证医学证据.%Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of inhaled amphotericin B ( AmB) in prophylaxis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis ( IP A) in both animal studies and clinical researches. Methods MEDLINE.ISI.EMBASE and Wanfang Periodical Databases were searched until march 2011 for case-control study on the efficacy and safety of inhaled AmB in prophylaxis of IPA. The

  18. A systematic review of the accuracy of diagnostic test of serum galactomannan antigen detection for invasive aspergillosis%血清半乳甘露聚糖检测诊断侵袭性曲霉病价值的荟萃分析

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    孙文逵; 张峰; 徐小勇; 申玉英; 施毅

    2010-01-01

    Objective To assess the value of galactomannan(GM) double-direct sandwich enzymelinked immunosorbent assay(ELISA) in the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis(IA). Methods A search in MEDLINE,EMbase,OVID,CBMdisc and CHKD from Jan. 1991 to Dec. 2008 was conducted to collect all articles about diagnostic tests of serum GM detection. Then the methodological quality was assessed by QUADAS-items, sources of heterogeneity investigated, pooled effect quantities evaluated, and meta-analysis studies, SROC curves, and subgroup analysis performed. Results Thirty-six articles with a population of 4959 patients were included. The average prevalence of IA was 10% (532/4959). Our meta-analysis reported a median heterogeneity ( I2 = 48.6%, P < 0.05 ), with a pooled DOR value of 19.10 ( 95% CI 12.67-28.79), a pooled sensitivity of 0.66(95% CI 0.61-0.70), a pooled specificity of 0.90(95% CI 0.89-0.90 ), a pooled positive likelihood ratio of 5.48 (95% CI 4.27-7.02 ), a pooled negative likelihood ratio of 0.38(95% CI 0.29-0.50) , and an area under curve of SROC 0.88. The rate of underdiagnosis of serum GM detection was 34% (168/490) and the rate of misdiagnosis was 10% (466/4469). With a rise in the cut-off value the sensitivity of GM test decreased and specificity increased. Two consecutive positive tests decreased the sensitivity but increased the specificity. Age had no significant effect on the diagnosis by GM test. Both antifungal prophylaxis and antifungal therapy had no significant effect on sensitivity and specificity of GM test for IA diagnosis. Conclusion Serum GM detection is an effective diagnostic tool for invasive aspergillosis in high-risk populations.%目的 评价ELISA法检测血清半乳甘露聚糖(GM)诊断侵袭性曲霉病(IA)的价值.方法 检索Medline生物医学数据库、医学文摘资料库(EMbase)、OVID全文期刊库、中国生物医学文献数据库、中国生物医学期刊文献数据库及万方数据库等,检索时间为1991年1月至2008

  19. The application of nucleic acid sequence?based amplification,real?time PCR and GM test in invasive aspergillosis diagnosis%核酸序列依赖性扩增、Real?time PCR及GM试验诊断侵袭性曲霉菌感染的临床应用评价

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    王立朋; 鲍翠霞; 于丽梅; 张晓录; 于威娟; 张霞; 李玮; 黄葆华; 李杰

    2015-01-01

    Objective To study the diagnostic performance of nucleic acid sequence?based amplification ( NASBA) assay,real?time PCR and GM test in detecting invasive aspergillosis for clinical diagnosis.Methods Blood samples from 80 patients at a high risk for IA were collected during from November 2013 to June 2014.These patients were categorized as 8 proven IA,26 probable IA, and 46 non?IA according to the 2008 revised definitions of EORTC/MSG.Blood samples were tested by NASBA,real?time PCR and GM test and their diagnostic parameters were calculated,respectively.Result The sensitivity of NASBA,real?time PCR and GM test was 76.47%,67.65% and 52.94%,while their specificity was 80.43%,89.13%,80.43%,respectively.The efficiency of various com?binations of tests was also evaluated.Perfect specificity (100%) and positive predictive value (100%) were achieved by combining NASBA and real?time PCR as a serial testing.A combination of NASBA and real?time PCR as a parallel testing was the most sensitive (94.12%).Conclusion The sensitivity and specificity of NASBA and real?time PCR were superior to GM test.Combination of these assays could be particularly useful in specific clinical situations.%目的 核酸序列依赖性扩增 ( nucleic acid sequence?based amplification,NASBA)、Real?time PCR及GM试验在侵袭性曲霉菌感染中的诊断价值. 方法 收集2013年11月~2014年6月临床上曲霉菌感染高危病患的血液标本80例,并根据EORTC/MSG诊断标准分为确诊组8例,拟诊组26例,非感染组46例,分别利用NASBA、real?time PCR及GM试验进行检测,计算3种方法的诊断指标并分析评价. 结果 NASBA、real?time PCR及GM试验3种方法的灵敏度分别为76.47%、67.65%、52.94%,特异度分别为80.43%、89.13%、80.43%. 联合诊断结果显示,NASBA与real?time PCR串联方案有最好的特异度 (100%)及阳性预测值(100%);NASBA与real?time PCR并联方案则最为灵敏(94.12%). 结论 NASBA用于诊断IA最为敏感,而real?time PCR

  20. 两性霉素B静脉和雾化联合给药治疗肺曲霉病1例报告%The intravenous infusion of amphotericin B combined with aerosol inhalation for pulmonary aspergillosis:1 case report

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    杨玉亚; 叶晓芬; 蔡映云

    2014-01-01

    1例47岁男性患者因“肺曲霉病”住院治疗。因抗真菌药敏试验显示耐药或用药后治疗效果欠佳及肝功能异常而先后停用卡泊芬净和伏立康唑。换用两性霉素B脂质体静脉滴注治疗病灶吸收缓慢,且肾功能有受损趋势。给予联合两性霉素B(AmB)雾化吸入治疗,因出现呛咳、咽痛等局部刺激症状而停用。临床药师认为两性霉素B雾化吸入疗效好,安全性高,局部药物浓度维持时间长,虽然局部不良反应发生率较高,但降低吸入药物浓度可以避免或减轻不良反应。建议继续联合雾化吸入两性霉素B。临床医生采纳临床药师意见,减低雾化吸入两性霉素B的浓度,待患者耐受后再逐渐提高浓度和剂量。联合给药2周后,咳嗽症状基本消失。复查纤支镜示支气管腔病灶显著减少。随访肾功能无进一步恶化。%A 47-year-old man was hospitalized for pulmonary aspergillosis. The use of caspofungin and voriconazole were gradually stopped because the antifungal susceptibility test indicated resistance to caspofungin, the therapeutic efifcacy was unsatisfactory and hepatic dysfunction occurred to him owing to the treatment of voriconazole. Amphotericin B (AmB) liposome was used instead by intravenous infusion. Consequently, lesions were slowly absorbed, however it’s likely to impair his renal function. The patient had local irritations such as bucking and pharyngalgia when aerosol AmB inhalation was coadministrated. So taking aerosol AmB inhalation was also stopped. Clinical pharmacist considers that aerosol inhalation of AmB has better curative effect and safety, and its local concentration can be maintained for a long time. Although the incidence rate of local adverse reaction is higher, it could be avoided or relieved by reducing the inspired concentration. So clinical pharmacist advised to continue the combination therapy with aerosol AmB inhalation, and the

  1. 肺部 CT 联合血清半乳甘露聚糖实验在白血病并发侵袭性肺曲霉菌病诊断及疗效评价中的应用%The diagnosis and therapeutic evaluation of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in leukemia patients using CT combined with galactomannan test

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    李明; 李功杰; 周娟; 盛复庚; 乔鹏岗

    2016-01-01

    Objective To investigate the role of chest CT image combine serum galactomannan (GM)test as predictors of therapeutic effect in leukemia patients with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA).Methods In this retrospective study from Jan 2010 to Dec 2012,we analyzed both of chest CT image and GM test in 25 patients classified as "clinical diagnosis" IPA. Result Chest CT image had four kinds of manifestations:nodules with halo sign (1 7 cases),wedge-shaped consolidation (3 cases),diffuse lesser tubercle (4 cases)and scattered patchy shadows with satellite lesions (1 case).Antifungal treatment was effectivein 1 5 cases with GM index being down to normal at the same time.In 8 cases in progress,GM index raised according-ly;when new antifungal therapy was accepted and worked well,the GM index was lower down.In 2 cases of inflammation out of control,GM index was positive constantly.Conclusion Chest CT image combine serum GM test can be considered as a val-uable tool to monitoring treatment effect in leukemia patient with IPA.%目的:探讨肺部 CT 联合血清半乳甘露聚糖实验在白血病并发侵袭性肺曲霉菌病诊断及疗效评价中的应用价值。方法对我院2010年1月~2012年12月期间,收集临床诊断为 IPA 的白血病患者25例,回顾性分析其 CT 影像和 GM 实验。结果 CT 表现出现结节及晕征17例,出现楔形实变影3例,弥漫分布粟粒或小结节模糊影4例;1例表现为两肺散在斑片影伴周围“卫星灶”。15例抗真菌治疗有效,治疗过程中 GM 值降低至正常;8例进展、GM 值升高,之后调整抗真菌治疗方案有效、GM 值降低;2例患者感染无法控制,GM 值上升或虽有下降但一直处于阳性水平。结论肺部 CT 检查联合血清半乳甘露聚糖(GM)实验可监测临床诊断侵袭性肺曲霉病(IPA)的疗效。

  2. Immunohistochemistry for the diagnosis of aspergillosis in turkey poults

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    Jensen, H.E.; Christensen, J.P.; Bisgaard, M.;

    1997-01-01

    From each of two flocks (A and B) of poults comprising 14,100 females and 11,300 males, respectively, 15 poults were examined pathologically. Poults of flock A. had signs of neurological disturbances whereas birds from flock B showed respiratory symptoms. Gross lesions were observed only in two p...

  3. Surgical treatment of pulmonary aspergillosis: A single center experience

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    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Aspergillus fumigatus is a saprophytic fungus which colonizes in the cavitary lesions in the lungs. In our part of the world, where tuberculosis is endemic, the healed tubercular cavities form a good nidus for this fungus. The fungus forms a fungal ball or aspergilloma within the cavity, which erodes the walls of the cavity and causes hemoptysis by erosion of the bronchial vessels. Hemoptysis is the main symptom. Antifungal agents are not useful against the fungal ball. Surgery in the form of lobectomy is the primary treatment. Surgery for aspergilloma is known to be risky because of intra-pleural adhesions, obliteration of the interlobar fissures, massive hemorrhage during dissection and poor pulmonary reserve of the patient due to the underlying disease. Materials and Methods: Clinical presentation, radiological investigations, operative techniques, postoperative outcome, and follow-up of 24 cases of pulmonary aspergilloma treated surgically were studied prospectively between August 2010 and July 2013 at IPGMER and SSKM Hospital, Kolkata. Results: There were 15 male (62.5% and 9 female (37.5% patients. Mean age of the study population was 34.54 years. All the patients had complex aspergilloma. Tuberculosis was the underlying disease in 22 patients (91%. Hemoptysis was the main symptom in 79.16% cases. Chest X-ray was the first investigation, which gave a clue to the diagnosis. Computed tomography scan was diagnostic in all cases. Lobectomy was done in 16 patients (66.67%. There was one mortality and the overall complication was 33.33%. The average follow-up period was 21.65 months, during which there was no mortality and no recurrence of hemoptysis in these patients. Conclusions: Though surgery for aspergilloma is considered to be risky, excision of the cavity along with the involved lobe can be done with acceptable morbidity and mortality to provide the patient complete cure and symptom-free survival.

  4. The Treatment of Chronic Pleural Empyema with Aspergillosis

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    Feride Sapmaz

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Chronic pleural empyema with aspergillus is a rare complication that usually presents after lung resection operations. Etiologic factors of pleural aspergillus includes healed or presence pulmonary tuberculosis, bronchopleural fistula, pleural catheterisation or drainage, lung resection, complex antibiotic uses. Medical and surgical treatments of chronic pleural empyema with aspergillus were examined in this study. Antifungal agents is used as medical treatment. Surgical therapy has a widely spectrum which includes tube tho-racostomy, open drainage, (Eleosser flap, Clagett Procedures, thoracostoma, decortication, omentum and/or extrathoracic or abdominal muscles transpo-sition to intrathoracic space.

  5. Trends in invasive fungal infections, with emphasis on invasive aspergillosis

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    Erjavec, Z.; Kluin-Nelemans, H.; Verweij, P. E.

    2009-01-01

    P>Patterns of invasive fungal infections are changing in many ways. Although yeast infections appear to have reached a stable incidence, the number of infections as a result of Aspergillus species appears to be increasing. Especially for mould infection, the diagnosis remains difficult and the detec

  6. Invasive aspergillosis in association with criminal arsenic poisoning.

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    Parent, Muriel; Hantson, Philippe; Haufroid, Vincent; Heilier, Jean-François; Mahieu, Paul; Bonbled, Frédéric

    2006-04-01

    A 26-year-old man suffered acute arsenic poisoning after a poisoning attempt. He developed multiple organ failure including encephalopathy, bleeding disorders, pancreatitis, renal and hepatocellular impairment. Generalized erythroderma also developed within one week after admission. The developed acute respiratory distress syndrome and Aspergillus fumigatus was isolated from the endotracheal aspirate. Despite intensive care support, antidote administration and various epuration techniques, the patient died on day 26 from subarachnoid bleeding. An autopsy was obtained and the concentration of arsenic was determined in different tissues. Multiple abscesses due to Aspergillus fumigatus were seen in the lungs, myocardium and kidneys. This uncommon complication in a previously immunocompetent patient could be related to impaired immunity directly caused by arsenic poisoning.

  7. [A case of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis accompanied with Aspergillus meningitis].

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    Akutsu, K; Goto, H; Sakurada, S; Ota, T; Yuasa, K; Iguchi, M; Okamura, T; Ieki, R; Kawamura, T

    1996-06-01

    A 53-year-old female was admitted to our hospital complaining of chest pain and gait disturbance. Examinations on admission showed that she was immunocompetent except the negative tuberculin test. The chest X-ray showed infiltrative shadows with old tuberculous lesions in the bilateral upper lung fields. In CT, a mass lesion was revealed in the lesion, which destructed the fifth thoracic vertebra and invaded into the epidural space. She died of meningitis on the 18th day after admission. On autopsy, it was made clear that the mass lesion was caused by Aspergillus fumigatus, and that the meningitis was the result of the invasion of the fungus into the epidural space. PMID:8741716

  8. The potential impact of the pulmonary microbiome on immunopathogenesis of Aspergillus-related lung disease

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    Kolwijck, E.; Veerdonk, F.L. van de

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    Aspergillosis is an infection or allergic response caused by fungi of the genus Aspergillus. The most common forms of aspergillosis are allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, chronic pulmonary aspergillosis, and invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. Aspergillus also plays an important role in fungal s

  9. Scintigraphic detection of pulmonary aspergillosis in rabbits with a radiolabeled leukotriene b4 antagonist.

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    Eerd-Vismale, J.E.M. van; Rennen, H.J.J.M.; Oyen, W.J.G.; Harris, T.D.; Edwards, D.S.; Corstens, F.H.M.; Boerman, O.C.

    2004-01-01

    Radiolabeled chemotactic peptides have been studied for their applicability to the visualization of infectious and inflammatory foci. Because a radiolabeled leukotriene B4 (LTB4) antagonist allowed visualization of intramuscular E. coli abscesses in rabbits within a few hours after injection, we dec

  10. Cerebral aspergillosis and pulmonary tuberculosis in a child with chronic granulomatous disease

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    Waqas, Muhammed; Zafar, Sidra; Rehman, Tooba; Riyaz, Muhammed; Bari, Muhammed E.; Idrees, Romana

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    Background: Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) is an immune disorder that affects phagocytes. It is characterized by recurrent or persistent bacterial and fungal infections. Reports of tuberculosis (TB) in patients with CGD are rare. In developing countries, where TB is endemic, possibility of other chronic infections is often overlooked by physicians. Case Description: We report the case of a 4-year-old boy who had recurrent respiratory infections and episodes of headache. He was put on antituberculosis (ATT) drugs without microbiological or pathological evidence 2 months prior to presentation. The child did not improve and was brought to our hospital where a computed tomography scan revealed multiple cerebral abscesses. These abscesses were excised. The microbiological specimen was determined to be positive for Aspergillus fumigatus. His tracheal aspirate was positive for Mycobacterium tuberculosis polymerase chain reaction assay. Further work-up confirmed the diagnosis of CGD in the child. Conclusion: This report describes the course of the patient's illness in order to highlight the challenges associated with the management of these infections. We also aim to stress on the importance of pathological diagnosis before starting a therapy. PMID:27308089

  11. Immunodiagnosis of opportunistic mycoses: detection of fungal antigenemia by radioimmunoassays in systemic candidiasis and aspergillosis

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    The authors have developed radioimmunoassays to the Candida carbohydrate, mannan, and to an Aspergillus cell wall carbohydrate. They evaluate these radioimmunoassays with sera from rabbit models of disseminated mycoses, and further evaluate the radioimmunoassays for their diagnostic usefulness in a panel of patient sera. (Auth.)

  12. Tracheoesophageal fistula resulting from invasive aspergillosis in acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a case report

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    Kang, Si Won [Daejeon St. Mary' s Hospital, College of Medicine, Catholic University, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)

    2006-04-15

    Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) in adult patients is an uncommon complication in leukemia. We present here on a case of TEF in a 46-year-old woman with ALL. The patient was asymptomatic and TEF is resulted from aspergillus bronchitis during the chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

  13. Development of murine monoclonal antibodies for the immunohistochemical diagnosis of systemic bovine aspergillosis

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    Jensen, H.E.; Aalbaek, B.; Lind, Peter;

    1996-01-01

    Murine monoclonal antibodies (MAbs) against water-soluble somatic antigens (WSSA) and the wall fraction (WF) from Aspergillus fumigatus were produced by fusion of splenocytes from immunized BALB/c mice with mouse myeloma X63-Ag 8.653 cells. The supernatants of in vitro cultured hybridomas were...... techniques using formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissues from experimentally infected mice. Because of a high immunohistochemical reactivity with homologous fungi, 4 MAbs raised against A. fumigatus WSSA and WF were selected for a further evaluation of cross-reactivity (diagnostic specificity......) in immunohistochemical and immunoblotting assays. In immunohistochemical assays, all MAbs raised against WSSA cross-reacted heavily with a number of other fungal species. All 4 MAbs (MAb-WF-AF-1-4) raised against the WF reacted strongly with hyphae of Aspergillus spp.; hyphae of Scedosporium apiospermum were also...

  14. Aspergilose pulmonar necrotizante crônica Chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis

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    Eduardo Felipe Barbosa Silva; Melânio de Paula Barbosa; Marco Antônio Alves de Oliveira; Rosane Rodrigues Martins; Jefferson Fontinele e Silva

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    A aspergilose pulmonar necrotizante crônica é uma das formas de aspergilose pulmonar usualmente encontrada em pacientes com imunossupressão leve. Apresentamos o caso de uma paciente com queixas de tosse produtiva crônica, febre e astenia. Havia utilizado corticóides. A TC do tórax evidenciava consolidação com cavitação de permeio no lobo superior direito. A fibrobroncoscopia demonstrou secreção purulenta em árvore traqueobrônquica e lesão vegetante endobrônquica. Biópsias desta lesão e biópsi...

  15. Tracheoesophageal fistula resulting from invasive aspergillosis in acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a case report

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    Tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) in adult patients is an uncommon complication in leukemia. We present here on a case of TEF in a 46-year-old woman with ALL. The patient was asymptomatic and TEF is resulted from aspergillus bronchitis during the chemotherapy for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)

  16. Post-transplant aspergillosis and the role of combined neurosurgical and antifungal therapies under belatacept immunosuppression

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    Ekkehard, Kasper; Bartek, Jiri; Johnson, Jesper Scott;

    2011-01-01

    Opportunistic CNS-infection represent a major threat to patients after organ transplantation due to the need for ongoing immunosuppression and belatacept is a novel CTL4A inhibitor, which is increasingly used for patients following cadaveric kidney transplantation. Among the CNS infections...... into our institution in June 2007 with speech difficulties and gait instability 1.5 years after cadaveric kidney transplantation. On imaging, both a mediastinal and left frontal mass were found. Radiographically guided sampling of the mediastinal mass and a stereotactic biopsy of the left frontal brain...

  17. Clinical and pathological findings of concurrent poxvirus lesions and aspergillosis infection in canaries

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    Kheirandish Reza; Askari Nasrin; Salehi Mahmoud

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    Objective:To investigate clinical, pathological and mycological findings in canaries, in which pox lesions and Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus) infection were observed simultaneously. Methods:This study was performed on a breeding colony (about 100 canaries) affected by fatal wasting disease. Necropsy was undertaken on 10 severely affected canaries, and gross lesions were recorded. Samples from internal organs displaying lesions were obtained for histopathological evaluation. Tracheal swap samples of internal organs of the all infected animals with lesions at necropsy were cultured in Sabouraud Dextrose Agar for mycological examination. Results: At necropsy, caseous foci were determined in the lungs, on the air sacs, liver, spleen, heart. Swelling of the eyelids, diffuse hemorrhages in the subcutaneous tissue with small papular lesions of the skin were other typical necropsy findings. Histopathologically, pathognomonic eosinophilic intracytoplasmic inclusion bodies, which called Bollinger bodies, in both skin cells and vacuolated air way epithelial cells confirmed canary pox infection. Moreover, histopathological examination of the white-yellowish caseous foci revealed necrotic granulomatous reaction consisting of macrophages, heterophil leukocytes and giant cells encapsulated with a fibrous tissue. After the culture of the tissue samples, the formation of bluish green colonies confirmed A. fumigatus infection. Conclusions:Canary pox has been known as the disease that can result in high losses in a short time, as a re-emerging disease that has not been present during recent years in canary flocks in Iran. So, the current paper provides useful information to prevent misdiagnosed of canary pox disease which can cause secondary mycotic infection.

  18. Vacuum-Assisted Closure and Primary Cutaneous Aspergillosis in a Burn - A Management Dilemma!

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    Lohana, P.; Hogg, F. J.

    2010-01-01

    The advent of vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) devices has changed many wound management practices by application of topical negative pressure. A 20-year-old male sustained 21% total body surface area circumferential full-thickness burns to both legs from knees to feet. The VAC dressing was used in the management of his wounds. The patient had persistent pyrexia and graft destruction and subsequently the wounds cultured Aspergillus fumigatus. The increasing popularity of the VAC dressing is well...

  19. Aspergilosis: una patología a considerar Aspergillosis: a phatology to be considered

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    Héctor Guillermo Oxilia; Rodrigo Guillermo Oxilia; Lorena Morales; Fernando Falco

    2008-01-01

    La aspergilosis pulmonar es una infección micótica causada por el Aspergillus fumigatus, saprófito del esputo humano normal. Se estudiaron cinco casos de pacientes con aspergilosis, cuatro de ellos adultos, tres del sexo femenino y uno masculino, todos de presentación no invasiva, y uno, pediátrico, sexo masculino, del tipo invasiva. Fueron estudiados con radiología convencional, tomografía computada (TC) helicoidal, TC multislice y video cápsula endoscópica. Afecta 3:1 a los hombres en relac...

  20. A pulmonary aspergillosis case with fatal course in a patient with SIRS clinic

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    Nedim Çekmen

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A 77-year-old male patient with a history of tuberculosis applied to emergency service with complaints of confusion, shortness of breath, tachycardia, hypothermia and hypotension. A bronchoalveolar lavage culture was collected because a fungus ball was seen on repeat chest X-ray and thoracic CT of the patient. Aspergillus fumigatus grew and voricona-zole treatment was started, but the patient was lost from multiple organ failure (MOF. In diagnosis of patients with SIRS clinic, causative factor may be aspergillus located in an old tuberculosis cavity, and this may have a fatal course in an old patient having previous pulmonary and systemic diseases.

  1. The use of abatacept in debilitating cavitating lung disease associated with rheumatoid arthritis, bronchocentric granulomatosis and aspergillosis.

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    Neff, K

    2010-06-01

    A case of debilitating cavitating lung disease associated with rheumatoid arthritis and bronchocentric granulomatosis, which failed to respond to conventional medical or surgical treatment, is described. The patient was treated over 10 years with steroids, antimicrobial agents, disease-modifying antirheumatoid drugs and surgery. Lung function continued to decline and the patient presented for admission with recurrent pneumonia. Abatacept was initiated to modify the underlying immunopathology. Following 12 months of treatment with abatacept the patient has demonstrable improvement in lung function and lung anatomy, and has not presented to hospital with pneumonia. She has tolerated the treatment without complication. The use of abatacept has stabilised the lung disease in this case in the medium term and prevented readmission to hospital. These results suggest a larger role for abatacept in those with such disease in the future and may warrant further investigation.

  2. Aspergilosis broncopulmonar alérgica. Complicaciones poco usuales de la afección ALLERGIC BRONCHOPULMONARY ASPERGILLOSIS. UNUSUAL COMPLICATIONS

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    EDGARDO CARRASCO C.

    2004-01-01

    Se revisa definición, etiología, etapas clínicas, tratamiento y complicaciones de la Aspergilosis Broncopulmonar Alérgica (ABPA). En el Instituto Nacional del Tórax se han seguido 35 casos de ABPA durante un promedio de 15 años. De esta serie se presentan dos pacientes de sexo femenino que corresponden a ABPA complicada por infección por Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare (MAI). Las pacientes que tenían 71 y 72 años de edad respectivamente, presentaron una infección pulmonar por MAI, 3 y diez...

  3. Strategies for treating aspergillosis due to azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus : from the bench to the bedside

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    Seyedmousavi Tasieh, S.

    2014-01-01

    In humans, Aspergillus fumigatus is the most common and life-threatening aerial fungal pathogen, especially among immunocompromised patients, with an overall mortality ranging between 30 to 88%. Azole antifungals, such as voriconazole and posaconazole, are recommended first choice drugs to manage as

  4. 鸵鸟曲霉菌病的中药诊治%Treat ostrich's aspergillosis with Chinese traditional drug

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    卢一丰; 胡永玉

    2009-01-01

    @@ 一肺型曲霉菌病 鸵鸟曲霉菌病以本型发病为最多,临床表现为精神沉郁,眼半闭,食少或拒食,呼吸困难,张口呼吸,呼气时两侧翅膀抖动,气管发出咯咯的音响.

  5. Image findings of a false positive radioactive iodine-131 uptake mimicking metastasis in pulmonary aspergillosis identified on single photon emission computed tomography-computed tomography

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    Kamaleshwaran Koramadai Karuppusamy

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available High doses of iodine-131 are commonly used in patients with differentiated thyroid cancer after total or subtotal thyroidectomy, in order to ablate the remaining cancer or normal thyroid tissue. Multiple different false-positive scans can occur in the absence of residual thyroid tissue or metastases. The authors present a case of abnormal uptake of radioactive iodine in the aspergilloma, potentially masquerading as pulmonary metastases.

  6. Aspergilosis pulmonar secundaria a neutropenia inducida por metimazol: reporte de un caso Pulmonary aspergillosis due to methimazole-induced neutropenia: a case report

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    Miguel E. Pinto; Claudia Banda; Carlos Seas

    2012-01-01

    Se reporta el caso de una paciente de 48 años de edad con diagnóstico reciente de enfermedad de Graves, quien acudió a emergencia por presentar fiebre, palpitaciones y dolor faríngeo. Su tratamiento regular incluía metimazol. Al ingreso, los análisis mostraron TSH suprimido, T4 libre elevado y neutropenia. La paciente fue hospitalizada, se administraron antibióticos y factor estimulante de colonia. Después de diez días de tratamiento, la paciente presentó leucocitosis, fiebre y hemoptisis. La...

  7. 实体器官移植后侵袭性肺曲菌病的CT表现%CT manifestations of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis after solid organ transplantation

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    董莘; 李海斌

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND:The morbidity and mortality of lung infection after solid organ transplantation remains high, especial y the opportunistic aspergil osis infection. The early diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergil osis is difficult. OBJECTIVE:To summarize the CT manifestations of invasive pulmonary aspergil osis after solid organ transplantation. METHODS:The VIP database, CNKI database, Medline database, Highwire database and Foreign Journals Integration System were retrieved with the key words of“solid organ transplantation/renal transplantation/liver transplantation/lung transplantation/heart transplantation, aspergil osis, fungus, mold, pulmonary invasive, tomography computerized”in Chinese and English for the articles published from January 2001 to October 2012. The clinical reports related with the CT manifestations of invasive pulmonary aspergil osis among the reports of pulmonary aspergil osis infections and the fungus or mold lung infections were selected. Secondary manual retrieval of solid organ transplantation was performed, and the literatures on the CT manifestations of invasive pulmonary aspergil osis after solid organ transplantation were included. Reproductive research and atypical report were excluded. RESULTS AND CONCLUSlON:The typical chest CT manifestations of invasive pulmonary aspergil osis after solid organ transplantation included nodules, masses, consolidations and ground-glass opacities. With infection time prolonged, the halo sign, reversed halo sign, cavitis and air crescent sign appeared successively. Different incidences of these signs may be associated with the time interval between onset to a CT examination, fungus preventive treatment time and early antifungal treatment. Meaningful results are the relationship between invasive pulmonary aspergil osis signs and the prognosis of patients. No consolidations or masses and presence of smal cavitis may be related with a better prognosis. Greater nodules, multi-infarct consolidation, renal replacement therapy and persistent positive serum galactomannan is a 90-day independent predictor for mortality. Halo sign on behalf of bleeding has nothing to do with the 90-day mortality. Although the report is less, the CT pulmonary angiography is a promising diagnostic tool for the diagnosis of invasive fungal pneumonia, which can early detect the vascular occlusion used to reflect the invasive vascular involvement, and its sensitivity and specificity are better than the halo sign, and approximate to serum galactomannan test.%背景:实体器官移植后肺部感染的发病率和死亡率居高不下,尤其是作为机会感染的曲菌,早期诊断侵袭性肺曲霉菌病是困难的。目的:总结实体器官移植后侵袭性曲菌性肺炎的CT表现。方法:以“实体器官移植/肾移植/肝移植/肺移植/心脏移植,曲菌,真菌,霉菌,肺,侵袭性,体层摄影术,X线计算机”为中文捡索词,以“solid organ transplantation/renal transplantation/liver transplantation/lung transplantation/heart transplantation, aspergil osis , fungus , mold , pulmonary invasive, tomography computerized”为英文检索词,检索维普和中国知网(CNKI)期刊全文数据库、Medline,highwire和外文生物医学期刊全文数据库(Foreign Journals Integration System)2001年1月至2012年10月有关肺曲菌感染和真菌或霉菌肺感染报告中主要涉及曲菌的侵袭性曲菌肺炎 CT 表现的临床报道。然后二次人工检索实体器官移植后,纳入有关实体器官移植后侵袭性曲菌肺炎CT表现的文献,排除重复性研究和不典型报道。结果与结论:实体器官移植后侵袭性肺曲霉菌病典型的胸部 CT 表现包括结节、肿块、实变以及磨玻璃影。随感染时间依次出现晕征、反晕征、空洞和空气半月征。这些征象的发生率的不同可能与 CT 检查时间和早期抗真菌治疗已经真菌预防性治疗有关。有意义的结果是侵袭性肺曲霉菌病征象与患者预后的关系。无实变或肿块和

  8. Aspergillosis Superinfection as a Cause of Death of Crizotinib-Induced Interstitial Lung Disease Successfully Treated with High-Dose Corticosteroid Therapy

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    Deiana, Laura; Grisanti, Salvatore; Ferrari, Vittorio; Tironi, Andrea; Brugnoli, Giulia; Ferrari, Laura; Bozzola, Giordano; Berruti, Alfredo

    2015-01-01

    Crizotinib is an efficacious and well-tolerated drug in the management of ALK-positive lung cancer. Crizotinib treatment, however, is rarely complicated by the occurrence of acute interstitial lung disease (ILD) that is often fatal. There is no treatment for this serious adverse event. We report a female non-small cell lung cancer patient who developed ILD after a few days of crizotinib therapy. She showed a significant improvement after a high dose of pulse corticosteroid therapy, both radio...

  9. A guide to the recent literature on aspergillosis as caused by Aspergillus fumigatus, a fungus frequently found in self-heating organic matter.

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    Marsh, P B; Millner, P D; Kla, J M

    1979-11-30

    Spores of Aspergillus fumigatus have been found to be abundantly present in the outdoor air at a site where large scale experimental composting of sewage sludge is in progress at Beltsville, Maryland. The health significance of this finding, for that site and for others in the future, is still only incompletely understood. Further studies are in progress to characterize absolute concentrations of the spores of the fungus in air at the site, spore dispersal by air from composting operations, and background environmental spore levels in air. The present paper contains a list of references to papers on health effects of A. fumigatus, many published in the past ten years, along with a review of the same designed to assist the reader in finding information on particular aspects of the subject in the literature. It is intended primarily as an aid to individuals interested in sludge composting and wishing to attain an insight into the A. fumigatus-composting situation, but it may also interest others concerned with other substrates which become moldy at 40--50 C. A. fumigatus has been found in great numbers in naturally and artificially heated environments such as decaying leaves, compost heaps, solar heated sloughs, cooling canals for nuclear power generators, silos, grain storage bins, boiler rooms, detritus around steam turbines and sauna baths. The evident practical merits of sludge composting have been described elsewhere; the information presented here has its main significance in respect to requirements for choice of locations for composting sites and to process and design criteria. PMID:396477

  10. The pH-responsive PacC transcription factor of Aspergillus fumigatus governs epithelial entry and tissue invasion during pulmonary aspergillosis.

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    Margherita Bertuzzi

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Destruction of the pulmonary epithelium is a major feature of lung diseases caused by the mould pathogen Aspergillus fumigatus. Although it is widely postulated that tissue invasion is governed by fungal proteases, A. fumigatus mutants lacking individual or multiple enzymes remain fully invasive, suggesting a concomitant requirement for other pathogenic activities during host invasion. In this study we discovered, and exploited, a novel, tissue non-invasive, phenotype in A. fumigatus mutants lacking the pH-responsive transcription factor PacC. Our study revealed a novel mode of epithelial entry, occurring in a cell wall-dependent manner prior to protease production, and via the Dectin-1 β-glucan receptor. ΔpacC mutants are defective in both contact-mediated epithelial entry and protease expression, and significantly attenuated for pathogenicity in leukopenic mice. We combined murine infection modelling, in vivo transcriptomics, and in vitro infections of human alveolar epithelia, to delineate two major, and sequentially acting, PacC-dependent processes impacting epithelial integrity in vitro and tissue invasion in the whole animal. We demonstrate that A. fumigatus spores and germlings are internalised by epithelial cells in a contact-, actin-, cell wall- and Dectin-1 dependent manner and ΔpacC mutants, which aberrantly remodel the cell wall during germinative growth, are unable to gain entry into epithelial cells, both in vitro and in vivo. We further show that PacC acts as a global transcriptional regulator of secreted molecules during growth in the leukopenic mammalian lung, and profile the full cohort of secreted gene products expressed during invasive infection. Our study reveals a combinatorial mode of tissue entry dependent upon sequential, and mechanistically distinct, perturbations of the pulmonary epithelium and demonstrates, for the first time a protective role for Dectin-1 blockade in epithelial defences. Infecting ΔpacC mutants are hypersensitive to cell wall-active antifungal agents highlighting the value of PacC signalling as a target for antifungal therapy.

  11. Interaction between aspergilli and streptomycetes in the soil of potted indoor plants: a preliminary report (contribution to the epidemiology of human aspergillosis).

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    Staib, F; Mishra, S K; Blisse, A

    1980-02-29

    The soil of potted ornamental plants as a reservoir for Aspergillus species pathogenic for man is of epidemiological and ecological interest. Isolation of A. niger as the sole hyphomycete from the soil of potted African violets (Saintpaulia ionantha, Gesneriaceae), prompted us to look for A. inger on the surface of the roots of this plant. Small pieces of the roots were inoculated in the nutrient-free agar-gel with and without antibiotics. On the antibiotic-free gel, a dense growth of Streptomyces griseus was consistently observed around the root pieces. But the gel fortified with antibiotics showed pure growth of only A. niger. One of the two strains of S. ariseus isolated from the African violet, showed inhibitory effect against a number of fungi including A. niger but the other strain had no effect on this fungus. The possible influence of streptomycetes on the occurrence of aspergilli in the soil of potted ornamental plants is discussed. PMID:6769046

  12. Aspergilosis pulmonar secundaria a neutropenia inducida por metimazol: reporte de un caso Pulmonary aspergillosis due to methimazole-induced neutropenia: a case report

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    Miguel E. Pinto

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Se reporta el caso de una paciente de 48 años de edad con diagnóstico reciente de enfermedad de Graves, quien acudió a emergencia por presentar fiebre, palpitaciones y dolor faríngeo. Su tratamiento regular incluía metimazol. Al ingreso, los análisis mostraron TSH suprimido, T4 libre elevado y neutropenia. La paciente fue hospitalizada, se administraron antibióticos y factor estimulante de colonia. Después de diez días de tratamiento, la paciente presentó leucocitosis, fiebre y hemoptisis. La tomografía de tórax mostró una cavidad con múltiples nódulos en el lóbulo superior derecho. Los cultivos fueron positivos a Aspergillus fumigatus y Aspergillus flavus. Se inició tratamiento con anfotericina B y luego se cambió a voriconazol, a pesar de lo cual no hubo mejoría del cuadro. La paciente falleció por falla multiorgánica.A 48-year old woman with a recent diagnosis of Graves’ disease arrived at the emergency room with fever, palpitations, and a sore throat. Her regular treatment included methimazole. On admission, laboratory results showed suppressed TSH, elevated free thyroxine, and neutropenia. She was admitted and started on antibiotics and granulocyte-macrophage colony stimulating factor (gm-csf. After ten days, the patient developed leukocytosis, fever, and hemoptysis. Chest CT scan showed a lung cavity with multiple nodules in the upper right lobe. Cultures from a lung biopsy were positive for Aspergillus Fumigatus and Aspergillus Flavus. Amphotericin B was started but then switched to voriconazole, with both treatments failing to result in clinical improvement. The patient died of multi-organ failure.

  13. Surto de aspergilose pulmonar invasiva em enfermaria de transplante de medula óssea: achados tomográficos Outbreak of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis among patients hospitalized in a bone marrow transplant ward: tomographic findings

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    Daniela Batista de Almeida Freitas; Ana Cláudia Piovesan; Gilberto Szarf; Dany Jasinowodolinski; Gustavo de Souza Portes Meirelles

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    OBJETIVO: Avaliar os principais aspectos encontrados na TC de seis pacientes internados em uma enfermaria de transplante de medula óssea, diagnosticados com aspergilose pulmonar invasiva (API) durante um surto intra-hospitalar da doença. MÉTODOS: Foram revisadas 10 TC de tórax de seis pacientes internados na enfermaria de hematologia e transplante de medula óssea do Hospital São Paulo em São Paulo (SP) entre abril de 2007 e outubro de 2007, neutropênicos ou imunossuprimidos, que evoluíram com...

  14. Aspergillosis: a limiting factor during recovery of captive magellanic penguins Aspergilose: um fator limitante na reabilitação de pingüins-de-Magalhães

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    Xavier, Melissa O.; Mauro P Soares; Ana Raquel M. Meinerz; Márcia O. Nobre; Luiza G. Osório; Rodolfo P. da Silva Filho; Mário Carlos A. Meireles

    2007-01-01

    The article describes the epidemiology, macroscopic and histological lesions as well as the isolation of Aspergillus flavus and A. fumigatus from Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) during recovery in the Center for Recovery of Marine Animals (CRAM - 32ºS/52ºW), over a period of two years. From January 2004 to December 2005 the Center received 52 Magellanic penguins, and 23% (12/52) died. Necropsies were performed and tissue samples were collected for histological and microbiologica...

  15. Function and pathological change in rabbits'main organs infected by aspergillosis%曲霉菌感染兔主要脏器的功能及病理变化

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    张建芳; 苏明权; 马越云; 丁振若; 于文彬; 郝晓柯

    2003-01-01

    材料甲强龙(注射用甲泼尼龙琥珀酸钠)为法码西亚普强公司产品;新西兰大白兔购自本校实验动物中心,2只,体质量分别为2.5kg和3kg;曲霉菌为临床器官移植患者标本分离株.

  16. 黄曲霉致鼻-眼-耳-脑侵袭性曲霉病的抗真菌治疗%Antifungal therapy in severe rhinosino-optical-otic and cerebral invasive aspergillosis caused by Aspergillus flavus

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    朱红梅; 贾袆鹏; 陈敏; 赵瑾; 温海

    2009-01-01

    报告1例抗真菌治疗有效的重症鼻、眼、耳、脑侵袭性曲霉病.患者男,37岁,因右眼眶肿物11 a,右眼视力下降8a,失明伴头痛、头晕进行性加重1 a就诊.11 a前曾行右上颌窦根治术.临床表现为右眼球突出眼眶,角膜混浊,球结膜充血,眼球内可见白色絮状团块,并有大量透亮稀薄液态分泌物流出.右眼球不能自主活动,完全无光感.右眼眶下方、右上颌窦骨质缺损,塌陷.右侧外耳道骨壁、乳突均受累及.右侧鼻道及外耳道亦见较多透亮稀薄液态分泌物.右眼、右鼻腔、右耳分泌物真菌涂片均见菌丝及孢子,培养结果 均为同一黄曲霉.经两性霉素B及伊曲康唑、氟胞嘧啶联合抗真菌治疗6周后,予口服伊曲康唑维持治疗近18个月,目前病变区显著缩小,头痛、头晕症状消失.

  17. Monoclonal Antibodies to Hyphal Exoantigens Derived from the Opportunistic Pathogen Aspergillus terreus

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    Aspergillus terreus has been difficult to identify in cases of aspergillosis, and clinical identification has been restricted to the broad identification of aspergillosis lesions in affected organs or the detection of fungal carbohydrates. As a result, there is a clinical need to...

  18. USE OF THE GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEM TO INVESTIGATE MERCURY LEVELS IN CORRELATION WITH POSTMORTEM FINDINGS OF ASPERGILLUS INDUCED LESIONS IN THE COMMON LOON (GAVIA IMMER) IN THE NORTHEASTERN USA

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    This study employed the Geographic Information System (GIS) to correlate total mercury levels in liver tissue with post-mortem findings of aspergillosis in common loons (Gavia immer) in the northeast United States of America (USA). Aspergillosis is an opportunistic fungal infecti...

  19. Pharmacodynamics of Voriconazole in Children : Further Steps along the Path to True Individualized Therapy

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    Huurneman, Luc J.; Neely, Michael; Veringa, Anette; Docobo Perez, Fernando; Ramos-Martin, Virginia; Tissing, Wim J.; Alffenaar, Jan-Willem C.; Hope, William

    2016-01-01

    Voriconazole is the agent of choice for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis in children at least 2 years of age. The galactomannan index is a routinely used diagnostic marker for invasive aspergillosis and can be useful for following the clinical response to antifungal treatment. The aim of this

  20. Exploring azole antifungal drug resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus with special reference to resistance mechanisms

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    Chowdhary, A.; Sharma, C.; Hagen, F.; Meis, J.F.G.M.

    2014-01-01

    Aspergillus fumigatus, a ubiquitously distributed opportunistic pathogen, is the global leading cause of aspergillosis. Azole antifungals play an important role in the management of aspergillosis. However, over a decade, azole resistance in A. fumigatus isolates has been increasingly reported with v

  1. Successful Treatment of Fanconi Anemia and T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

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    Terrie Flatt

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Fanconi anemia is associated with an increased risk of malignancy. Patients are sensitive to the toxic effects of chemotherapy. We report the case of a patient with Fanconi anemia who developed T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He experienced chemotherapy-related complications including prolonged neutropenia, grade IV vincristine neuropathy, and disseminated aspergillosis. He was successfully treated with modified dosing of cytarabine and intrathecal methotrexate followed by allogeneic bone marrow transplant. The aspergillosis was treated with systemic antifungal treatment and surgical resection. Now 30 months after bone marrow transplant the patient is without evidence of aspergillosis or leukemia.

  2. Chronic granulomatous disease associated with chronic glomerulonephritis

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    Frifelt, J J; Schønheyder, Henrik Carl; Valerius, Niels Henrik;

    1985-01-01

    A boy with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) developed glomerulonephritis at the age of 12 years. The glomerulonephritis progressed to terminal uraemia at age 15 when maintenance haemodialysis was started. The clinical course was complicated by pulmonary aspergillosis and Pseudomonas septicaemia...

  3. Aspergillus antigen testing in bone marrow transplant recipients

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    Williamson, E; Oliver, D.; Johnson, E.; Foot, A.; D. Marks; Warnock, D.

    2000-01-01

    Aims—To assess the clinical usefulness of a commercial aspergillus antigen enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis (IA) in bone marrow transplant recipients, and to compare it with a commercial latex agglutination (LA) test.

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    Roentgenological pictures of lungs mycoses: actinomycosis, aspergillosis, c andidiasis, histoplasmosis, cryptococcosis, and coccidioidomycosis, have been studied. Special attention is paid to the problems of high-quality X-ray diagn osis in case of the above-mentioned pneumomycoses

  5. Voriconazole versus a regimen of amphotericin B followed by fluconazole for candidaemia in non-neutropenic patients: a randomised non-inferiority trial.

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    Kullberg, B.J.; Sobel, J.D.; Ruhnke, M.; Pappas, P.; Viscoli, C.; Rex, J.H.; Cleary, J.D.; Rubinstein, E.; Church, L.W.; Brown, J.M.; Schlamm, H.T.; Oborska, I.T.; Hilton, F.; Hodges, M.R.

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    BACKGROUND: Voriconazole has proven efficacy against invasive aspergillosis and oesophageal candidiasis. This multicentre, randomised, non-inferiority study compared voriconazole with a regimen of amphotericin B followed by fluconazole for the treatment of candidaemia in non-neutropenic patients. ME

  6. Susceptibility testing of sequential isolates of Aspergillus fumigatus recovered from treated patients.

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    Danaoui, E.; Meletiadis, J.; Tortorano, A.M.; Symoens, F.; Nolard, N.; Viviani, M.A.; Piens, M.A.; Lebeau, B.; Verweij, P.E.; Grillot, R.

    2004-01-01

    Two-hundred sequential Aspergillus fumigatus isolates recovered from 26 immunocompromised patients with invasive aspergillosis or bronchial colonization were tested for their in vitro susceptibility to posaconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole, terbinafine and amphotericin B. Twenty-one patients were

  7. Medications that Weaken Your Immune System and Fungal Infections

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    ... 7 , 8 Pneumocystis pneumonia (PCP) 9 , 10 Invasive Candida infection 7 Invasive aspergillosis 7 Other fungal infections, such as oral candidiasis (thrush) , are usually not life threatening. 11 What ...

  8. Detection of Aspergillus Galactomannan Antigenemia To Determine Biological and Clinical Implications of Beta-Lactam Treatments

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    Bart-Delabesse, Emmanuelle; Basile, Maria; Al Jijakli, Ahmad; Souville, Didier; Gay, Frédérick; Philippe, Bruno; Bossi, Philippe; Danis, Martin; Vernant, Jean-Paul; Datry, Annick

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    Detection of Aspergillus galactomannan (GM) in serum with the Platelia Aspergillus enzyme immunoassay (EIA) is useful for diagnosing invasive aspergillosis. From May 2003 to November 2004, 65 patients who did not develop aspergillosis had at least two positive sera while receiving a beta-lactam treatment (GM index [GMI], ≥0.5). Of the 69 treatment episodes scored, 41 consisted of a beta-lactam other than piperacillin-tazobactam (n = 29), namely, amoxicillin-clavulanate (n = 25), amoxicillin (...

  9. CT "halo sign" in pulmonary tuberculoma.

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    Gaeta, M; Volta, S; Stroscio, S; Romeo, P; Pandolfo, I

    1992-01-01

    The CT halo sign has been described as the CT finding of a low-attenuation zone surrounding a pulmonary nodule. It is an early clue to the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. We describe a case of CT halo sign associated with a pulmonary tuberculoma. Therefore, we think that a diagnosis other than invasive pulmonary aspergillosis should be considered in the presence of the CT halo sign in immunocompetent patients.

  10. Breakthrough Aspergillus fumigatus and Candida albicans double infection during caspofungin treatment

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    Arendrup, Maiken Cavling; Garcia-Effron, Guillermo; Buzina, Walter;

    2009-01-01

    Caspofungin is used for the treatment of acute invasive candidiasis and as salvage treatment for invasive aspergillosis. We report characteristics of isolates of Candida albicans and Aspergillus fumigatus detected in a patient with breakthrough infection complicating severe gastrointestinal surgery...... without FSK1 resistance mutations in liver and lung tissues. Breakthrough disseminated aspergillosis and candidiasis developed despite an absence of characteristic FKS1 resistance mutations in the Aspergillus isolates. EUCAST and CLSI methodology did not separate the candin-resistant clinical isolate from...

  11. Development of Novel PCR Assays To Detect Azole Resistance-Mediating Mutations of the Aspergillus fumigatus cyp51A Gene in Primary Clinical Samples from Neutropenic Patients

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    Spiess, Birgit; Seifarth, Wolfgang; Merker, Natalia; Howard, Susan J.; Reinwald, Mark; Dietz, Anne; Hofmann, Wolf-Karsten; Buchheidt, Dieter

    2012-01-01

    The increasing incidence of azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus causing invasive aspergillosis (IA) in immunocompromised/hematological patients emphasizes the need to improve the detection of resistance-mediating cyp51A gene mutations from primary clinical samples, particularly as the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis is rarely based on a positive culture yield in this group of patients. We generated primers from the unique sequence of the Aspergillus fumigatus cyp51A gene to establis...

  12. Immunosuppressive Compounds Exhibit Particular Effects on Functional Properties of Human Anti-Aspergillus TH1 Cells

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    Tramsen, Lars; Schmidt, Stanislaw; Roeger, Frauke; Schubert, Ralf; Salzmann-Manrique, Emilia; Latgé, Jean-Paul; Klingebiel, Thomas; Lehrnbecher, Thomas

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    Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) recipients are at high risk for invasive aspergillosis. Whereas adoptive immunotherapy transferring donor-derived anti-Aspergillus TH1 cells has been shown to be beneficial for HSCT recipients suffering from invasive aspergillosis, little is known about the impact of commonly used immunosuppressants on the functional properties of anti-Aspergillus TH1 cells. Anti-Aspergillus TH1 cells were coincubated with different concentrations of methyl...

  13. Micromorphological changes on the embryonic membranes of turkey eggs infected with Aspergillus fumigatus and their importance for embryonic survival

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    Jezdimirović Nemanja V.; Kureljušić Branislav I.; Kureljušić Jasna M.; Jakić-Dimić Dobrila P.; Ilić Živka Đ.; Miljković Biljana; Radanović Oliver Č.; Cvetojević Đorđe N.; Ivetić Vojin L.; Jezdimirović Milanka B.

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    Aspergillosis is a frequent fungal disease of young and adult poultry in our commercial flocks. Infection can occur after hatching by inhalation of Aspergillus conidia which can be present in contaminated hatcheries, or later, by spores from moldy litter, dust, faeces or feed. Spores from the surface of egg shell can penetrate inside of an egg. The main characteristic of aspergillosis is granulomatous inflammation of respiratory system, although generalized form is possible as well. Mul...

  14. Cerebral Aspergillus arteritis with bland infarcts: A report of two patients with poor outcome

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    Uppin Megha

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Two patients with cerebrovascular aspergillosis, in the form of arteritis, thrombosis and bland infarcts are reported. One patient had systemic lupus erythematosus with disseminated aspergillosis in lungs, kidneys and brain. The other patient was immunocompetent and had sphenoid sinusitis. Both the patients were diagnosed at autopsy only, despite extensive imaging and laboratory studies. High index of clinical suspicion and early aggressive antifungal therapy are required since definite diagnostic modalities are not available.

  15. Nationwide Surveillance of Azole Resistance in Aspergillus Diseases.

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    Vermeulen, Edith; Maertens, Johan; De Bel, Annelies; Nulens, Eric; Boelens, Jerina; Surmont, Ignace; Mertens, Anna; Boel, An; Lagrou, Katrien

    2015-08-01

    Aspergillus disease affects a broad patient population, from patients with asthma to immunocompromised patients. Azole resistance has been increasingly reported in both clinical and environmental Aspergillus strains. The prevalence and clinical impact of azole resistance in different patient populations are currently unclear. This 1-year prospective multicenter cohort study aimed to provide detailed epidemiological data on Aspergillus resistance among patients with Aspergillus disease in Belgium. Isolates were prospectively collected in 18 hospitals (April 2011 to April 2012) for susceptibility testing. Clinical and treatment data were collected with a questionnaire. The outcome was evaluated to 1 year after a patient's inclusion. A total of 220 Aspergillus isolates from 182 patients were included. The underlying conditions included invasive aspergillosis (n = 122 patients), allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (APBA) (n = 39 patients), chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (n = 10 patients), Aspergillus bronchitis (n = 7 patients), and aspergilloma (n = 5 patients). The overall azole resistance prevalence was 5.5% (95% confidence interval [CI] 2.8 to 10.2%) and was 7.0% (4/57; 95% CI, 2.3 to 17.2%) in patients with APBA, bronchitis, aspergilloma, or chronic aspergillosis and 4.6% in patients with invasive aspergillosis (5/108; 95% CI, 1.7 to 10.7%). The 6-week survival in invasive aspergillosis was 52.5%, while susceptibility testing revealed azole resistance in only 2/58 of the deceased patients. The clinical impact of Aspergillus fumigatus resistance was limited in our patient population with Aspergillus diseases.

  16. Non-cavitary lung cancer complicated with pulmonary aspergillosis: one case report and literature review of 21 cases%非空洞肺癌合并癌旁曲霉病1例并21例文献分析

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    吴婷; 施毅; 张明; 袁冬梅; 苏欣

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    目的 掌握非空洞肺癌合并癌旁曲霉病的临床特征、诊断方法和治疗.方法 对1例肺癌合并局部侵袭性曲霉病患者的临床表现、纤维支气管镜(纤支镜)检查和病理诊断进行分析;回顾1984-2011年国内外非空洞肺癌合并癌旁曲霉病的文献资料,总结患者临床特点.结果 该例患者纤支镜活检病理示曲霉感染,伊曲康唑治疗后复查纤支镜活检病理疑似合并肺鳞癌,行肺叶切除术后确诊肺鳞癌合并肺曲霉病.文献回顾纳入21例临床病例报告,显示非空洞肺癌同时可合并原位曲霉感染临床较少见且易漏诊.结论 非空洞肺癌患者确诊同时可合并癌旁曲霉感染;对于没有真菌易感因素的肺曲霉病患者,要考虑合并肺癌的可能;治疗肺癌的同时,需关注癌旁真菌感染的治疗及归转.

  17. Anestesia para tratamento de aspergilose cardíaca em paciente com trombocitopenia: o uso criterioso da aprotinina Anestesia para tratamiento de aspergilosis cardiaca en paciente con trombocitopenia: el uso con criterio de la aprotinina Anesthesia for treatment of cardiac aspergillosis in a patient with thrombocytopenia and the judicious use of aprotinin

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    Raquel Reis Soares

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    Full Text Available JUSTIFICATIVA E OBJETIVOS: A aprotinina tem sido muito utilizada em intervenções cirúrgicas cardíacas como recurso terapêutico para redução dos efeitos da circulação extracorpórea (CEC sobre a coagulação e fibrinólise. A recuperação da hemostasia adequada ao final do procedimento é um dos objetivos do anestesiologista. Porém, o uso da aprotinina tem indicação específica. O objetivo deste trabalho foi apresentar o caso de um paciente com plaquetopenia intensa submetido à intervenção cirúrgica cardíaca no qual a interconsulta com a Hematologia e o planejamento adequado permitiram o sucesso do procedimento. RELATO DO CASO: Paciente do sexo masculino, 18 anos, 64 kg, estado físico ASA IV, portador de aplasia de medula, em investigação para ser submetido a transplante de medula. Apresentava febre persistente, de um mês de evolução, sem melhora com antibioticoterapia. Na investigação com métodos de imagem, diagnosticou-se massa intra-atrial esquerda. Ao exame laboratorial apresentava hemoglobina de 9 g.dL-1 e trombocitopenia - 6.000 plaquetas.mm-3. Foi submetido à esternotomia com CEC para retirada de trombo intracavitário. Com objetivo de controlar o sangramento intra-operatório foram administrados: plaquetaférese, hidrocortisona e aprotinina. Durante a intervenção cirúrgica não houve aumento do sangramento nem instabilidade hemodinâmica e o paciente foi encaminhado à Unidade de Terapia Intensiva (UTI sem intercorrências. O exame anatomopatológico revelou trombo repleto de Aspergillus (massa fúngica. No sétimo dia de pós-operatório o paciente evoluiu com insuficiência respiratória e parada cardiorrespiratória sem resposta às manobras de reanimação. CONCLUSÕES: Apesar do grande risco de sangramento no paciente descrito, conseguiu-se realizar intervenção cirúrgica cardíaca com CEC sem intercorrências graças ao uso de aprotinina e plaquetoaférese.JUSTIFICATIVA Y OBJETIVOS: La aprotinina ha sido muy utilizada en intervenciones quirúrgicas cardiacas como recurso terapéutico para la reducción de los efectos de la circulación extracorpórea (CEC sobre la coagulación y la fibrinólisis. La recuperación de la hemostasia adecuada al final del procedimiento es uno de los objetivos del anestesiólogo. Sin embargo, el uso de la aprotinina tiene una indicación específica. El objetivo de este trabajo fue presentar el caso de un paciente con plaquetopenia intensa sometido a la intervención quirúrgica cardiaca en el cual la interconsulta con hematología y la planificación adecuada permitieron el éxito del procedimiento. RELATO DEL CASO: Paciente del sexo masculino, 18 años, 64 kg, estado físico ASA IV, portador de aplasia de medula, en investigación para ser sometido al transplante de médula. Presentaba fiebre persistente, de un mes de evolución, sin mejoría con antibioticoterapia. En la investigación con métodos de imagen, se diagnosticó masa intra atrial izquierda. En el examen de laboratorio presentaba hemoglobina de 9 g.dL-1 y trombocitopenia - 6.000 plaquetas mm-3. Se sometió a la esternotomía con CEC para retirada de trombo intracavitario. Con el objetivo de controlar el sangramiento intraoperatorio fueron administrados: plaqueto-aferesis, hidrocortisona y aprotinina. Durante la intervención quirúrgica no hubo aumento del sangramiento ni inestabilidad hemodinámica y el paciente fue llevado a la Unidad de Terapia Intensiva (UTI sin intercurrencias. El examen anátomo patológico reveló trombo repleto de Aspergilus (masa fúngica. Al sétimo día del postoperatorio el paciente evolucionó con insuficiencia respiratoria y parada cardiorrespiratoria sin respuesta a las maniobras de reanimación. CONCLUSIONES: A pesar del gran riesgo de sangramiento en el paciente descrito, se logró realizar la intervención quirúrgica cardiaca con CEC sin intercurrencias gracias al uso de aprotinina y plaquetoaféresis.BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Aprotinin has been widely used in cardiac surgeries as a therapeutic resource for reducing the effect

  18. Aspergilosis broncopulmonar alérgica, una complicación del paciente con fibrosis quística: reporte de dos casos y revisión de la literatura = Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, a complication of patients with cystic fibrosis: Report of two cases and review of the literature

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    Ballesteros Calderón, Alicia Lucía

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available La aspergilosis broncopulmonar alérgica (ABPA es la enfermedad pulmonar resultante de hipersensibilidad a Aspergillus, que lleva a alteración de la depuración mucociliar, impactación mucosa con obstrucción de la vía aérea e infiltración pulmonar. Se caracteriza clínicamente por disnea, sibilancias, fiebre, malestar general y expectoración de color marrón o negro, y por la mala respuesta clínica al tratamiento habitual instaurado para las exacerbaciones en pacientes con enfermedad pulmonar crónica. En los pacientes con fibrosis quística (FQ puede ser difícil establecer el diagnóstico de ABPA debido a la superposición de las características clínicas, radiológicas e inmunológicas de las dos enfermedades y a la presencia frecuente de infecciones bacterianas pulmonares. Por ello, se recomienda que en el seguimiento de dichos pacientes se haga medición anual de la inmunoglobulina E (IgE sérica total y, según su resultado y el contexto clínico, se plantee el diagnóstico de ABPA y se haga el tratamiento oportuno con esteroides con el cual mejoran los síntomas, la función pulmonar, la calidad de vida y el pronóstico. Presentamos dos pacientes pediátricos con diagnóstico de FQ de difícil control, en quienes se hizo el diagnóstico de ABPA y cuya sintomatología pulmonar mejoró con el tratamiento esteroide.

  19. Analysis of the clinical value of GM test and G test in invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis in the Examination%GM试验和G试验在肺侵袭性曲霉菌感染检查中的临床价值分析

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    胡海宗; 谢小丽

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    目的 分析GM试验和G试验在肺侵袭性曲霉菌感染检查中的临床价值.方法 选取我院收治的疑似肺曲霉菌感染患者49例,对其痰液、肺泡灌洗液以及静脉血展开培养、G试验、GM试验,分析实验结果.结果 本组49例患者经痰液与肺泡灌洗液培养均发现丝状菌生长,G试验阳性者44例,GM试验者41例.结论 G试验与GM试验的操作简单、报告迅速,在临床肺曲霉菌感染诊断中发挥了重要作用,值得关注.

  20. Clinical evidence for caspofungin monotherapy in the first-line and salvage therapy of invasive Aspergillus infections.

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    Heinz, Werner J; Buchheidt, Dieter; Ullmann, Andrew J

    2016-08-01

    In 2001, caspofungin received market authorisation by the FDA and EMA and is globally licensed for several indications, including candidiasis, empirical antifungal therapy in patients with neutropenic fever of unknown origin and treatment of invasive aspergillosis in patients refractory to or intolerant of amphotericin B, lipid formulations of amphotericin B or itraconazole. Despite the lack of phase III data in first-line treatment of invasive aspergillosis, increasing evidence supports the use of first-line therapy. Here, we analyse the evidence of therapeutic activity, represented by favourable response rates, of caspofungin for invasive aspergillosis. A systematic literature search was conducted to identify international presentations and papers reporting monotherapy with caspofungin. Efficacy data are summarised separately for first-line and salvage therapy. Thirty-one papers and published abstracts reported caspofungin therapy for aspergillosis. Fifteen full papers and two abstracts fulfilled the criteria of reporting significant outcome data for caspofungin monotherapy for invasive aspergillosis. Consistent with other analyses and the known safety profile, few adverse events and associated terminations of caspofungin medication have been reported. Although a randomised, comparative, prospective study using caspofungin in this indication is still lacking, growing evidence supports the efficacy of this echinocandin not only for salvage but also for first-line therapy. PMID:27324802

  1. Serological monitoring of antibodies for an early diagnosis ofaspergillosis in captive penguins

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    Ângela L. Cabana

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of detection of anti-Aspergillus fumigatus antibodies in captive penguins by double radial agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID for the aspergillosis diagnosis. We included 134 Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus in rehabilitation at the Center for Recovery of Marine Animals (CRAM / FURG. All of them were monitored by AGID weekly until its final destination (death or release, totalizing 660 serum samples studied. All animals were clinically accompanied and post-mortem examinations was performed in penguins that died during the studied period. A total of 28% (37/134 of the penguins died, 89.2% (33/37 due to aspergillosis, 11% (4/37 by other causes and 97 were released. From the 33 animals with proven aspergillosis, 21 presented anti- A. fumigatus antibodies by AGID, being the average interval between death and positive AGID 16.4 days. Twelve animals with negative serology died of aspergillosis. The sensitivity and specificity rates were 63.6% and 95% respectively, and the positive and negative predictive values were 80.7% and 88.9% respectively. These data demonstrate that the serological monitoring for detection of antibodies by AGID can be an important tool for the diagnosis of aspergillosis in penguins.

  2. Cavernous sinus thrombosis secondary to aspergillus granuloma: A case report and review of the literature.

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    Brenet, Esteban; Boulagnon-Rombi, Camille; N'guyen, Yohan; Litré, Claude-Fabien

    2016-10-01

    Cavernous sinus thrombosis is a rare but serious complication of sphenoid aspergillosis. The rarity of this pathology makes its diagnostic very difficult on a clinical, biological and radiological sense. The authors present a case of cavernous sinus thrombosis with ipsilateral internal carotid artery thrombosis secondary to a non-invasive sphenoid aspergillosis in an immunocompetent host, responsible of a cavernous syndrome associated to a Claude Bernard Horner syndrome. One year after surgery, the patient is still asymptomatic without recurrence. Diagnostic modalities are detailed and several management of this pathology are compared. Surgery is essential in a diagnostic and therapeutic sense. There is no evidence of the interest of adjuvant therapies such as antibiotic and anticoagulation. Concerning the antifungal treatment, the attitude towards a non-invasive sphenoid aspergillosis in an immunocompetent host is unclear. PMID:26860234

  3. Aspergillus-Related Lung Disease

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    Alia Al-Alawi

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Aspergillus is a ubiquitous dimorphic fungus that causes a variety of human diseases ranging in severity from trivial to life-threatening, depending on the host response. An intact host defence is important to prevent disease, but individuals with pre-existing structural lung disease, atopy, occupational exposure or impaired immunity are susceptible. Three distinctive patterns of aspergillus-related lung disease are recognized: saprophytic infestation of airways, cavities and necrotic tissue; allergic disease including extrinsic allergic alveolitis, asthma, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, bronchocentric granulomatosis and chronic eosinophilic pneumonia; and airway and tissue invasive disease -- pseudomembranous tracheobronchitis, acute bronchopneumonia, angioinvasive aspergillosis, chronic necrotizing aspergillosis and invasive pleural disease. A broad knowledge of these clinical presentations and a high index of suspicion are required to ensure timely diagnosis and treatment of the potentially lethal manifestations of aspergillus-related pulmonary disease. In the present report, the clinical, radiographic and pathological aspects of the various aspergillus-related lung diseases are briefly reviewed.

  4. Successful Treatment of Fungal Osteomyelitis with Voriconazole in a Patient with CGD

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    Mahsa Oaji

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Background:Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD is an immunodeficiency affecting phagocytic leukocytes. Defective respiratory burst mechanism renders the affected patients to be susceptible to catalase positive microorganisms. With the great successes in antibacterial prophylaxis and therapy, fungal infections are a persistent problem. Invasive aspergillosis is the most important cause of mortality in CGD. Case Presentation: We describe a nine year-old boy with CGD who presented with aspergillus induced skull osteomyelitis. He was successfully treated with voriconazole after initial failure of amphotericin B therapy. Conclusion: Currently, newer triazoles are recommended as initial therapy for invasive aspergillosis in immunodeficiency states such as CGD.

  5. Cerebralt aspergillom hos patient med immundefekt og follikulært lymfom

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    Lorentzen, Kristian; Talibi, Monica Nicole; Hansen, Per Boye

    2014-01-01

    We present a case of central nervous system aspergillosis in an immunocompromised 69-year-old male with a history of chemotherapeutic treatment for follicular lymphoma. The patient presented with aphasia, apraxia and confusion. An MRI of the central nervous system and Aspergillus antigen in the s......We present a case of central nervous system aspergillosis in an immunocompromised 69-year-old male with a history of chemotherapeutic treatment for follicular lymphoma. The patient presented with aphasia, apraxia and confusion. An MRI of the central nervous system and Aspergillus antigen...

  6. Epidural mass due to Aspergillus flavus causing spinal cord compression - A case report and brief update

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    Tendolkar U

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Aspergillus infection of the central nervous system (CNS is an uncommon disease. Most of the reported cases are of sinocranial spread and cases with contiguous spread to spinal cord from lung and other organs are uncommon. A case of pulmonary aspergillosis with extension to thoracic vertebrae forming a paraspinal mass resulting in neurological deficit due to Aspergillus flavus , is reported. The 43 year old patient did not have any obvious predisposing condition. He presented with loss of motor function and succumbed to the infection despite operative intervention and antifungal therapy. A brief update on CNS aspergillosis is presented along with detailed clinical, radiological and laboratory work up of the patient.

  7. Disease: H01328 [KEGG MEDICUS

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    Full Text Available H01328 Aspergillosis Infectious disease Aspergillus fumigatus [GN:afm] Aspergillus flavus [GN:afv] Asperg...illus nidulans [GN:ani] Aspergillus niger [GN:ang] ICD-10: B44 MeSH: D001228 MedlinePlus: 001326 ...

  8. Aspergillus and aspergilloses in wild and domestic animals : a global health concern with parallels to human disease

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    Seyedmousavi, Seyedmojtaba; Guillot, Jacques; Arné, Pascal; de Hoog, G Sybren; Mouton, Johan W; Melchers, Willem J G; Verweij, Paul E

    2015-01-01

    The importance of aspergillosis in humans and various animal species has increased over the last decades. Aspergillus species are found worldwide in humans and in almost all domestic animals and birds as well as in many wild species, causing a wide range of diseases from localized infections to fata

  9. Infectious complications in hematology patients: A clinical focus on prevention

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    L. Slobbe (Lennert)

    2010-01-01

    textabstractThe aim of this thesis was to contribute to infection preventive strategies in hematology patients with prolonged neutropenia. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) develops by pulmonary deposition of conidia. A placebo-controlled trial on the efficacy of prophylactic aerosolized lipos

  10. Fatal coinfection with Legionella pneumophila serogroup 8 and Aspergillus fumigatus.

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    Guillouzouic, Aurélie; Bemer, Pascale; Gay-Andrieu, Françoise; Bretonnière, Cédric; Lepelletier, Didier; Mahé, Pierre-Joachim; Villers, Daniel; Jarraud, Sophie; Reynaud, Alain; Corvec, Stéphane

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    Legionella pneumophila is an important cause of community-acquired and nosocomial pneumonia. We report on a patient who simultaneously developed L. pneumophila serogroup 8 pneumonia and Aspergillus fumigatus lung abscesses. Despite appropriate treatments, Aspergillus disease progressed with metastasis. Coinfections caused by L. pneumophila and A. fumigatus remain exceptional. In apparently immunocompetent patients, corticosteroid therapy is a key risk factor for aspergillosis.

  11. Antifungal prophylaxis during neutropenia and immunodeficiency.

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    Lortholary, O; Dupont, B

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    Fungal infections represent a major source of morbidity and mortality in patients with almost all types of immunodeficiencies. These infections may be nosocomial (aspergillosis) or community acquired (cryptococcosis), or both (candidiasis). Endemic mycoses such as histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, and penicilliosis may infect many immunocompromised hosts in some geographic areas and thereby create major public health problems. With the wide availability of oral azoles, antifungal prophylact...

  12. Immunological characterization of a recombinant 27-kilodalton antigenic protein from Paracoccidioides brasiliensis.

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    Ortiz, B L; Garcia, A. M.; A. Restrepo; McEwen, J. G.

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    We report the expression in Escherichia coli of a 27-kDa antigenic protein from Paracoccidioides brasiliensis. When analyzed by immunoblotting, this recombinant antigenic protein was recognized by antibodies present in the sera of 40 of the 44 paracoccidioidomycosis patients studied. No cross-reactions were observed with sera from patients with other mycoses (histoplasmosis, aspergillosis, cryptococcosis, sporotrichosis, and chromoblastomycosis) or with tuberculosis.

  13. A prospective survey of Aspergillus spp. in respiratory tract samples: prevalence, clinical impact and antifungal susceptibility

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    Mortensen, K L; Johansen, H K; Fuursted, K;

    2011-01-01

    ) was evaluated using modified EORTC/MSG criteria. A total of 11,368 airway samples were received. Growth of Aspergillus spp. was found in 129 and 151 patients using routine and extended incubation, respectively. Three patients had proven IA (2%), 11 probable (7%), four had allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis...

  14. Anti-Aspergillus human host defence relies on type 1 T helper (Th1), rather than type 17 T helper (Th17), cellular immunity

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    L.Y.A. Chai (Louis); F. van de Veerdonk (Frank); R.J. Marijnissen (Renoud); S.C. Cheng; A.L. Khoo; M. Hectors (Magda); K. Lagrou (Katrien); A.G. Vonk (Alieke); J. Maertens (Johan); L.A.B. Joosten (Leo); B.J. Kullberg (Bart Jan); M.G. Netea (Mihai)

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    textabstractSummary Both interferon-γ-producing type 1 T helper (Th1)- and interleukin-17 (IL-17)-producing Th17 cells have been proposed to be involved in anti-fungal host defence. Although invasive aspergillosis is one of the most severe human fungal infections, little is known regarding the relat

  15. Human leukocytes kill Aspergillus nidulans by reactive oxygen species-independent mechanisms

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    Henriet, S.S.V.; Hermans, P.W.M.; Verweij, P.E.; Simonetti, E.R.; Holland, S.M.; Sugui, J.A.; Kwon-Chung, K.J.; Warris, A.

    2011-01-01

    Invasive aspergillosis is a major threat for patients suffering from chronic granulomatous disease (CGD). Although Aspergillus fumigatus is the most commonly encountered Aspergillus species, the presence of A. nidulans appears to be disproportionately high in CGD patients. The purpose of this study

  16. Anti-Aspergillus human host defence relies on type 1 T helper (Th1), rather than type 17 T helper (Th17), cellular immunity.

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    Chai, L.; Veerdonk, F.L. van de; Marijnissen, R.J.; Cheng, S.C.; Khoo, A.L.; Hectors, M.P.C.; Lagrou, K.; Vonk, A.G.; Maertens, J.; Joosten, L.A.B.; Kullberg, B.J.; Netea, M.G.

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    Both interferon-gamma-producing type 1 T helper (Th1)- and interleukin-17 (IL-17)-producing Th17 cells have been proposed to be involved in anti-fungal host defence. Although invasive aspergillosis is one of the most severe human fungal infections, little is known regarding the relative importance o

  17. Clonal expansion and emergence of environmental multiple-triazole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus strains carrying the TR(3)(4)/L98H mutations in the cyp51A gene in India.

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    Chowdhary, A.; Kathuria, S.; Xu, J.; Sharma, C.; Sundar, G.; Singh, P.K.; Gaur, S.N.; Hagen, F.; Klaassen, C.H.; Meis, J.F.G.M.

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    Azole resistance is an emerging problem in Aspergillus which impacts the management of aspergillosis. Here in we report the emergence and clonal spread of resistance to triazoles in environmental Aspergillus fumigatus isolates in India. A total of 44 (7%) A. fumigatus isolates from 24 environmental

  18. Azole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus: a side-eff ect of environmental fungicide use?

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    Verweij, P.A.; Snelders, E.; Kema, G.H.J.; Mellado, E.; Melchers, W.J.G.

    2009-01-01

    Invasive aspergillosis due to multi-azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus has emerged in the Netherlands since 1999, with 6·0–12·8% of patients harbouring resistant isolates. The presence of a single resistance mechanism (denoted by TR/L98H), which consists of a substitution at codon 98 of cyp51A an

  19. In Vitro Activities at pH 5.0 and pH 7.0 and In Vivo Efficacy of Flucytosine against Aspergillus fumigatus▿

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    Verweij, P. E.; Dorsthorst, D.T.A. te; Janssen, W.H.P.; Meis, J. F. G. M.; Mouton, J. W.

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    The antifungal agent flucytosine was found to be active in vitro against Aspergillus fumigatus isolates when the MIC was determined at pH 5.0 instead of pH 7.0. The in vitro MIC at pH 5.0 corresponded to the in vivo efficacy of flucytosine monotherapy in a murine model of invasive aspergillosis.

  20. ANTİFUNGALLERİN SİSTEMİK MANTAR İNFEKSİYONLARINDA KULLANIMI VE DUYARLILIK DENEYLERİ: GENEL YÖNLENDİRME

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    YÜCEL, AYHAN; KANTARCIOĞLU, A. Serda

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    Background.- This paper outlines major distinctive features of conventional antifungal agents and their common practice, and also reviews various reports related to systemic antifungal prophylaxis and therapy administrations. Furthermore, general therapeutic approaches in some special situations such as certain types of candidiasis, aspergillosis, cryptococcosis, pregnancy, and nosocomial mycoses are summarized. The significance of susceptibility tests in antifungal therapy is discussed.* Ana...

  1. Enteral voriconazole induced hypoglycemia: A potentially life threatening complication

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    Tanmoy Ghatak

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Voriconazole is a newer effective antifungal agent currently available for the treatment of invasive aspergillosis. The case we present describes an episode of serious persistent hypoglycemia after voriconazole therapy and we believe that this strongly contributed to this event. It is a warning to all that voriconazole has a propensity to alter glucose homeostasis in the presence of kidney disturbance.

  2. Plasma concentrations of caspofungin at two different dosage regimens in a patient with hepatic dysfunction

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    van der Elst, K. C. M.; Bruggemann, R. J. M.; Rodgers, M. G. G.; Alffenaar, J. W. C.

    2012-01-01

    The currently recommended dosage regimen of caspofungin (50 mg/day) was developed for patients with invasive candidiasis. With invasive aspergillosis, successful outcomes occur in less than half the patients. We evaluate the pharmacokinetics in a patient with elevated liver enzyme levels after liver

  3. Increasing fungal infections in the intensive care unit

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    Pauw, B.E. de

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    BACKGROUND: Yeasts and molds now rank among the most common pathogens in intensive care units. Whereas the incidence of Candida infections peaked in the late 1970s, aspergillosis is still increasing. METHOD: Review of the pertinent English-language literature. RESULTS: Most factors promoting an inva

  4. Hospitalized Patients and Fungal Infections

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    ... Care Med 1998;24:206-16. Alangaden GJ. Nosocomial Fungal Infections: Epidemiology, Infection Control, and Prevention. Infectious Disease Clinics ... 25:201-25. Zilberberg MD, Shorr AF. Fungal infections in the ICU. Infect Dis ... D. Nosocomial aspergillosis and building construction. Med Mycol 2009;47 ...

  5. Immuno PET/MR imaging allows specific detection of Aspergillus fumigatus lung infection in vivo

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    Rolle, Anna-Maria; Hasenberg, Mike; Thornton, Christopher R.;

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    Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is a life-threatening lung disease caused by the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, and is a leading cause of invasive fungal infection-related mortality and morbidity in patients with hematological malignancies and bone marrow transplants. We developed and teste...

  6. Aspergillus PCR: one step closer to standardization.

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    White, P.L.; Bretagne, S.; Klingspor, L.; Melchers, W.J.G.; McCulloch, E.; Schulz, B.; Finnstrom, N.; Mengoli, C.; Barnes, R.A.; Donnelly, J.P.; Loeffler, J.

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    PCR has been used as an aid in the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis for almost 2 decades. A lack of standardization has limited both its acceptance as a diagnostic tool and multicenter clinical evaluations, preventing its inclusion in disease-defining criteria. In 2006, the European Aspergillus P

  7. A polysaccharide virulence factor from Aspergillus fumigatus elicits anti-inflammatory effects through induction of Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist.

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    Mark S Gresnigt

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available The galactosaminogalactan (GAG is a cell wall component of Aspergillus fumigatus that has potent anti-inflammatory effects in mice. However, the mechanisms responsible for the anti-inflammatory property of GAG remain to be elucidated. In the present study we used in vitro PBMC stimulation assays to demonstrate, that GAG inhibits proinflammatory T-helper (Th1 and Th17 cytokine production in human PBMCs by inducing Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra, a potent anti-inflammatory cytokine that blocks IL-1 signalling. GAG cannot suppress human T-helper cytokine production in the presence of neutralizing antibodies against IL-1Ra. In a mouse model of invasive aspergillosis, GAG induces IL-1Ra in vivo, and the increased susceptibility to invasive aspergillosis in the presence of GAG in wild type mice is not observed in mice deficient for IL-1Ra. Additionally, we demonstrate that the capacity of GAG to induce IL-1Ra could also be used for treatment of inflammatory diseases, as GAG was able to reduce severity of an experimental model of allergic aspergillosis, and in a murine DSS-induced colitis model. In the setting of invasive aspergillosis, GAG has a significant immunomodulatory function by inducing IL-1Ra and notably IL-1Ra knockout mice are completely protected to invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. This opens new treatment strategies that target IL-1Ra in the setting of acute invasive fungal infection. However, the observation that GAG can also protect mice from allergy and colitis makes GAG or a derivative structure of GAG a potential treatment compound for IL-1 driven inflammatory diseases.

  8. Extrapulmonary Aspergillus infection in patients with CARD9 deficiency

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    Gazendam, Roel P.; Freeman, Alexandra F.; Hsu, Amy P.; Collar, Amanda L.; Sugui, Janyce A.; Drummond, Rebecca A.; Rongkavilit, Chokechai; Hoffman, Kevin; Henderson, Carolyn; Clark, Lily; Mezger, Markus; Swamydas, Muthulekha; Engeholm, Maik; Schüle, Rebecca; Neumayer, Bettina; Mikelis, Constantinos M.; Pittaluga, Stefania; Prasad, Vinod K.; Singh, Anurag; Milner, Joshua D.; Williams, Kelli W.; Lim, Jean K.; Kwon-Chung, Kyung J.; Holland, Steven M.; Hartl, Dominik; Kuijpers, Taco W.

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    Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis is a life-threatening mycosis that only affects patients with immunosuppression, chemotherapy-induced neutropenia, transplantation, or congenital immunodeficiency. We studied the clinical, genetic, histological, and immunological features of 2 unrelated patients without known immunodeficiency who developed extrapulmonary invasive aspergillosis at the ages of 8 and 18. One patient died at age 12 with progressive intra-abdominal aspergillosis. The other patient had presented with intra-abdominal candidiasis at age 9, and developed central nervous system aspergillosis at age 18 and intra-abdominal aspergillosis at age 25. Neither patient developed Aspergillus infection of the lungs. One patient had homozygous M1I CARD9 (caspase recruitment domain family member 9) mutation, while the other had homozygous Q295X CARD9 mutation; both patients lacked CARD9 protein expression. The patients had normal monocyte and Th17 cell numbers in peripheral blood, but their mononuclear cells exhibited impaired production of proinflammatory cytokines upon fungus-specific stimulation. Neutrophil phagocytosis, killing, and oxidative burst against Aspergillus fumigatus were intact, but neither patient accumulated neutrophils in infected tissue despite normal neutrophil numbers in peripheral blood. The neutrophil tissue accumulation defect was not caused by defective neutrophil-intrinsic chemotaxis, indicating that production of neutrophil chemoattractants in extrapulmonary tissue is impaired in CARD9 deficiency. Taken together, our results show that CARD9 deficiency is the first known inherited or acquired condition that predisposes to extrapulmonary Aspergillus infection with sparing of the lungs, associated with impaired neutrophil recruitment to the site of infection. PMID:27777981

  9. Update on the optimal use of voriconazole for invasive fungal infections

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    Asma Lat George R Thompson III

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    Full Text Available Asma Lat1 George R Thompson III21Department of Pharmacy, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA; 2Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, Coccidioidomycosis Serology Laboratory, and the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of California-Davis, Sacramento, CA, USAAbstract: Voriconazole is an extended-spectrum triazole with excellent bioavailability that has now become the treatment of choice for aspergillosis. It has a unique side effect profile compared with other azoles, as well as a number of clinically important drug–drug interactions. These factors, along with a correlation between increased serum levels and improved outcomes, have prompted an interest in therapeutic drug monitoring of this agent. The pharmacology and clinical outcomes data of voriconazole are presented in this review.Keywords: therapeutic drug monitoring, aspergillosis, candidiasis, voriconazole

  10. P67-phox (NCF2 lacking exons 11 and 12 is functionally active and leads to an extremely late diagnosis of chronic granulomatous disease (CGD.

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    Joachim Roesler

    Full Text Available Two brothers in their fifties presented with a medical history of suspected fungal allergy, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, alveolitis, and invasive aspergillosis and pulmonary fistula, respectively. Eventually, after a delay of 50 years, chronic granulomatous disease (CGD was diagnosed in the index patient. We found a new splice mutation in the NCF2 (p67-phox gene, c.1000 + 2T → G, that led to several splice products one of which lacked exons 11 and 12. This deletion was in frame and allowed for remarkable residual NADPH oxidase activity as determined by transduction experiments using a retroviral vector. We conclude that p67-phox which lacks the 34 amino acids encoded by the two exons can still exert considerable functional activity. This activity can partially explain the long-term survival of the patients without adequate diagnosis and treatment, but could not prevent progressing lung damage.

  11. Simultaneous Chronic Invasive Fungal Infection and Tracheal Fungus Ball Mimicking Cancer in an Immunocompetent Patient

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    Çetinkaya, Erdoğan; Gül, Şule; Mert, Ali; Boyacı, Hilal; Çam, Ertan; Dincer, H. Erhan

    2016-01-01

    Fungal infections of the lung are uncommon and mainly affect people with immune deficiency. There are crucial problems in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and candidiasis are the most common opportunistic fungal infections. Aspergillus species (spp.) are saprophytes molds that exist in nature as spores and rarely cause disease in immunocompetent individuals. In patients with immune deficiency or chronic lung disease, such as cavitary lung disease or bronchiectasis, Aspergillus may cause a variety of aspergillosis infections. Here we present a case of a 57-year-old patient without immunodeficiency or chronic lung disease who was diagnosed with endotracheal fungus ball and chronic fungal infection, possibly due to Aspergillus. Bronchoscopic examination showed a paralyzed right vocal cord and vegetating mass that was yellow in color, at the posterior wall of tracheal lumen. After 3 months, both the parenchymal and tracheal lesions were completely resolved. PMID:27418930

  12. Simultaneous Chronic Invasive Fungal Infection and Tracheal Fungus Ball Mimicking Cancer in an Immunocompetent Patient

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    Erdoğan Çetinkaya

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Fungal infections of the lung are uncommon and mainly affect people with immune deficiency. There are crucial problems in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and candidiasis are the most common opportunistic fungal infections. Aspergillus species (spp. are saprophytes molds that exist in nature as spores and rarely cause disease in immunocompetent individuals. In patients with immune deficiency or chronic lung disease, such as cavitary lung disease or bronchiectasis, Aspergillus may cause a variety of aspergillosis infections. Here we present a case of a 57-year-old patient without immunodeficiency or chronic lung disease who was diagnosed with endotracheal fungus ball and chronic fungal infection, possibly due to Aspergillus. Bronchoscopic examination showed a paralyzed right vocal cord and vegetating mass that was yellow in color, at the posterior wall of tracheal lumen. After 3 months, both the parenchymal and tracheal lesions were completely resolved.

  13. Simultaneous Chronic Invasive Fungal Infection and Tracheal Fungus Ball Mimicking Cancer in an Immunocompetent Patient.

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    Çetinkaya, Erdoğan; Çörtük, Mustafa; Gül, Şule; Mert, Ali; Boyacı, Hilal; Çam, Ertan; Dincer, H Erhan

    2016-01-01

    Fungal infections of the lung are uncommon and mainly affect people with immune deficiency. There are crucial problems in the diagnosis and treatment of this condition. Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis and candidiasis are the most common opportunistic fungal infections. Aspergillus species (spp.) are saprophytes molds that exist in nature as spores and rarely cause disease in immunocompetent individuals. In patients with immune deficiency or chronic lung disease, such as cavitary lung disease or bronchiectasis, Aspergillus may cause a variety of aspergillosis infections. Here we present a case of a 57-year-old patient without immunodeficiency or chronic lung disease who was diagnosed with endotracheal fungus ball and chronic fungal infection, possibly due to Aspergillus. Bronchoscopic examination showed a paralyzed right vocal cord and vegetating mass that was yellow in color, at the posterior wall of tracheal lumen. After 3 months, both the parenchymal and tracheal lesions were completely resolved. PMID:27418930

  14. [Aspergillus infection and chronic septic granulomatosis].

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    Mouy, R; Bremard, C; Fischer, A; Huu Trong, P; Vilmer, E; Griscelli, C

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    Chronic granulomatous disease of childhood is a hereditary abnormality of phagocytic cells, frequently associated with Aspergillus infections. From 1969 to 1984, 14 of 37 children with chronic granulomatous disease have presented with pulmonary (13 cases) and/or osteo-articular (1 case) aspergillosis. The paucity of symptoms was a characteristic of these infections. Lung lesions extending to the thoracic chest wall carried the bad prognosis. Neither the Aspergillus skin test nor the Aspergillus serology could definitely confirm the diagnosis. Only broncho-alveolar lavage and biopsy with isolation of Aspergillus could confirm the diagnosis. Long-term therapy with amphotericin B alone or associated with other antifungal agents is necessary. For the past 3 years, ketoconazole prophylaxis has been used in 23 children and none of these children has developed aspergillosis.

  15. Aspergillus sellar abscess: Case report and review of the literature

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    Hao Li

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Aspergillus sellar abscess is a very rare form of fungal infections of the central nervous system (CNS. In this report, we describe the successful treatment of a patient with aspergillus sellar abscess. A 65-year-old woman presented with headache, nasal discharge and decreased visual acuity. The diagnosis of sellar mass was made on the basis of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI examination. The computed tomography (CT scan revealed sellar enlargement and sellar floor bony destruction. After hospitalization the patient underwent transsphenoidal surgery. Histopathological examination of the sellar mass revealed aspergillosis. Postoperatively, amphotericine-B and itraconazole therapy was started. During a six-month follow-up, the patient′s headache and inertia disappeared, visual acuity improved. Aspergillus sellar abscess must be considered in the differential diagnosis of a sellar mass. The correct diagnosis of pituitary aspergillosis can only be achieved by histopathological examination. Surgical intervention and antifungal therapy should be considered the optimal treatment.

  16. Cerebral aspergillus infection in pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia induction therapy

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    Gaurav Prakash

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Angioinvasive pulmonary infection from filamentous fungi is not an uncommon occurrence in immunocompromised patients like acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL. Rarely, these lesions can spread via the hematogenous route and involve multiple visceral organs. We report a case of a 14-year-old boy with ALL who developed angioinvasive pulmonary aspergillosis early in the course of induction therapy, which was followed by hematogenous dissemination and formation of multiple brain abscesses. The patient was treated with intravenous amphotericin B. There was no response to the therapy and the patient succumbed to disseminated infection. Postmortem lung biopsy confirmed angioinvasive pulmonary aspergillosis. Poor penetration of amphotericin B across the blood-brain barrier could be one of the contributory factors for poor response to antifungal therapy. We discuss the various antifungal agents with respect to their penetration in brain.

  17. Aspergillus and aspergilloses in wild and domestic animals: a global health concern with parallels to human disease.

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    Seyedmousavi, Seyedmojtaba; Guillot, Jacques; Arné, Pascal; de Hoog, G Sybren; Mouton, Johan W; Melchers, Willem J G; Verweij, Paul E

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    The importance of aspergillosis in humans and various animal species has increased over the last decades. Aspergillus species are found worldwide in humans and in almost all domestic animals and birds as well as in many wild species, causing a wide range of diseases from localized infections to fatal disseminated diseases, as well as allergic responses to inhaled conidia. Some prevalent forms of animal aspergillosis are invasive fatal infections in sea fan corals, stonebrood mummification in honey bees, pulmonary and air sac infection in birds, mycotic abortion and mammary gland infections in cattle, guttural pouch mycoses in horses, sinonasal infections in dogs and cats, and invasive pulmonary and cerebral infections in marine mammals and nonhuman primates. This article represents a comprehensive overview of the most common infections reported by Aspergillus species and the corresponding diseases in various types of animals.

  18. Prevention and treatment of fungal infections in bone marrow transplantation.

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    Mossad, Sherif B

    2003-07-01

    There has not been as much success in the prevention and treatment of invasive fungal infections, particularly aspergillosis, compared to the prevention and treatment of cytomegalovirus infection and graft-versus-host disease in bone marrow transplant (BMT) recipients. Allogeneic BMT recipients who develop graft-versus-host disease and remain immunosuppressed for long periods are at major risk for development of these infections. Prevention of environmental exposure, antifungal chemoprophylaxis, and attempts at early diagnosis are essential for the reduction of mortality from invasive fungal infections. Chest computerized axial tomography is extremely useful in diagnosing pulmonary aspergillosis. However, microbiologic or histologic identification of infection remains essential. Unfortunately, the response to therapy in BMT recipients remains suboptimal. With the development of the lipid formulations of amphotericin B, the newer azoles, and the echinocandins, safer and more efficacious options have become available. The optimal use of antifungal agents or their combinations remains to be determined. PMID:12901327

  19. The Volatome of Aspergillus fumigatus

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    Heddergott, C.; Calvo, A. M.; Latgé, J P

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    Early detection of invasive aspergillosis is absolutely required for efficient therapy of this fungal infection. The identification of fungal volatiles in patient breath can be an alternative for the detection of Aspergillus fumigatus that still remains problematic. In this work, we investigated the production of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) by A. fumigatus in vitro, and we show that volatile production depends on the nutritional environment. A. fumigatus produces a multiplicity of VO...

  20. Mycoplasma bovis mastitis and arthritis in a dairy heifer.

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    Mycoplasma bovis causing mastitis and arthritis in a dairy heifer. Nutritional myopathy in a three-month-old suckler calf. Acute fasciolosis in ewes in Ayrshire. Cardiomyopathy of unknown aetiology causing death of a three-year-old Suffolk ram. Spinal aspergillosis in a seven-week-old pheasant poult These are among matters discussed in the disease surveillance report for August from SAC Consulting: Veterinary Services (SAC C VS). PMID:26679914

  1. Pulmonary fungal infections after bone marrow transplantation: the value of high-resolution computed tomography in predicting their etiology

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    LI Xiang-sheng; ZHU Hong-xian; FAN Hong-xia; ZHU Ling; WANG Heng-xiang; SONG Yun-long

    2011-01-01

    Background The correct diagnosis of etiology of fungal infection after bone marrow transplantation is very important to the choice of antifungal drugs and a premise for improvement of therapeutic efficacy.This study aimed to compare high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) findings of the pulmonary fungal infections to determine whether the etiology of various fungal infections could be diagnosed with HRCT.Methods Eighty-five cases were enrolled.According to the pathogens responsible for fungal infections,the patients were classified into three groups including invasive aspergillosis (n=52),candidiasis (n=19) and cryptococcosis (n=14)groups.All the patients underwent HRCT scans.Two independent radiologists retrospectively analyzed the HRCT scans regarding CT patterns and distribution of lung abnormality.Results Most fungal infections in the three groups occurred in the neutropenic phase.There was no significant difference in the constituent ratio of fungal infections at different phases after bone marrow transplantation among the three groups.Agreement between the two observers for all the CT characteristics of fungal infections was excellent (k>0.75).There was a significant difference in occurrence ratio of mass among the three groups (P=0.02).Occurrence ratio of mass (43.3%,13/30) in the group with invasive aspergillosis was higher than in each of other two groups (20.0%,2/10;14.3%,1/7).There was no significant difference in other CT characteristics of nodules or masses; including number,margin,halo sign,cavitation and air-crescent sign.There was no significant difference in number,margin,air bronchogram and distribution of air-space consolidation.Conclusions The HRCT appearance of various pulmonary fungal infections has a great deal of overlap and is nonspecific.Mass is more common in invasive aspergillosis,which is helpful to the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis after bone marrow transplantation.

  2. Difficult diagnosis of invasive fungal infection predominantly involving the lower gastrointestinal tract in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

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    Gulhadiye Avcu

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Invasive fungal infections are most commonly seen in immunocompromised patients and usually affect the respiratory system. Gastrointestinal system involvement of mucormycosis and invasive aspergillosis is rarely reported in childhood. Here we describe a 5 year old boy with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia who developed invasive fungal infection particularly affecting the lower gastrointestinal system to emphasise the difficulties in diagnosis and management of invasive fungal infections in immunocompromised patients.

  3. Le médicament du mois Le voriconazole (Vfend).

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    Pierard, Gérald; Arrese Estrada, Jorge; Quatresooz, Pascale; Pierard, Claudine

    2003-01-01

    Invasive fungal infections are a rare but important cause of morbidity and mortality among patients with severely compromised host defenses. Despite considerable advances in antifungal therapies over the past years, invasive mycoses remain a stubborn and dramatic problem. Voriconazole is a new triazole antifungal agent which confers a relative survival benefit in fluconazole-resistant invasive candidiasis, and in invasive aspergillosis, fusariosis and Scedosporium infections as well.

  4. Epidemiology of Visceral Mycoses: Analysis of Data in Annual of the Pathological Autopsy Cases in Japan

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    Yamazaki, Toshikazu; Kume, Hikaru; Murase, Setsuko; Yamashita, Eriko; Arisawa, Mikio

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    The data on visceral mycoses that had been reported in the Annual of the Pathological Autopsy Cases in Japan from 1969 to 1994 by the Japanese Society of Pathology were analyzed epidemiologically. The frequency of visceral mycoses among the annual total number of pathological autopsy cases increased noticeably from 1.60% in 1969 to a peak of 4.66% in 1990. Among them, the incidences of candidiasis and aspergillosis increased the most. After 1990, however, the frequency of visceral mycoses dec...

  5. Mortality due to systemic mycoses as a primary cause of death or in association with AIDS in Brazil: a review from 1996 to 2006

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    Marli Prado; Marcelo Barbosa da Silva; Ruy Laurenti; Luiz R Travassos; Carlos P Taborda

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    Deaths caused by systemic mycoses such as paracoccidioidomycosis, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, candidiasis, aspergillosis, coccidioidomycosis and zygomycosis amounted to 3,583 between 1996-2006 in Brazil. When analysed as the underlying cause of death, paracoccidioidomycosis represented the most important cause of deaths among systemic mycoses (~ 51.2%). When considering AIDS as the underlying cause of death and the systemic mycoses as associated conditions, cryptococcosis (50.9%) appeared...

  6. Fungal Disease in Britain and the United States 1850–2000 : Mycoses and Modernity

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    Homei, Aya; Worboys, Michael

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    In this book, we discuss the changing medical and public profile of fungal infections in the period 1850–2000. We consider four sets of diseases: ringworm and athlete’s foot (dermatophytosis); thrush or candidiasis (infection with Candida albicans); endemic, geographically specific infections in North America (coccidioidomycosis, blastomycosis and histoplasmosis) and mycotoxins; and aspergillosis (infection with Aspergillus fumigatus). We discuss each disease in relation to developing medical...

  7. Pathogens spectrum of deep human mycosis

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    A. B. Kulko

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    Full Text Available The article describes characteristics of two different etiology groups of deep human mycosis — extremely dangerous endemic deep mycoses (histoplasmosis, coccidioidomycosis, blastomycosis, paracoccidioidomycosis, penicilliosis due to Penicillium marneffei and opportunistic deep mycosis (candidiasis, cryptococcosis, aspergillosis, mucormycosis. Information on fungal pathogens and antifungal agents is presented. The own results of cultural studies obtained during pneumomycosis diagnosis in patients with tuberculosis are shown.

  8. MR imaging with pathologic correlation of central nervous system manifestations of AIDS

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    This paper presents the MR findings with the pathologic correlation of various examples of the opportunistic infection and other related conditions of head and neck involvement in patients with AIDS. Included in this exhibit are cryptococcal meningitis, tuberculous meningitis, tuberculoma, demyelinating white matter disease, aspergillosis, cervical osteomyelitis, transverse myelitis, primary central nervous system lymphoma, metastatic lymphoma, progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy, parotid cysts, AIDS-related otomastoiditis, and severe nasopharyngeal lymphadenopathy. The basis pathology and MR findings of each entity are described

  9. Difficult diagnosis of invasive fungal infection predominantly involving the lower gastrointestinal tract in acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

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    Avcu, Gulhadiye; Karapinar, Deniz Yilmaz; Yazici, Pinar; Duyu, Muhterem; Polat, Suleyha Hilmioglu; Atabay, Berna; Doganavsargil, Basak; Karapinar, Bulent

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    Invasive fungal infections are most commonly seen in immunocompromised patients and usually affect the respiratory system. Gastrointestinal system involvement of mucormycosis and invasive aspergillosis is rarely reported in childhood. Here we describe a 5 year old boy with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia who developed invasive fungal infection particularly affecting the lower gastrointestinal system to emphasise the difficulties in diagnosis and management of invasive fungal infections in immun...

  10. A bleeding colonic ulcer from invasive Aspergillus infection in an immunocompromised patient: a case report

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    Bizet, Jorge; Chad J. Cooper; Zuckerman, Marc J.; Torabi, Alireza; Mendoza-Ladd, Antonio

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    Introduction Invasive Aspergillus commonly involves the lungs, but can also affect other organs such as the skin, adrenal glands, central nervous system, liver, spleen and the gastrointestinal tract. Gastrointestinal aspergillosis is rare and is most often discovered in immunocompromised patients. There is only one other case report to our knowledge that describes the diagnosis being discovered on histopathological analysis of endoscopic biopsies of necrotic ulcers. Case presentation A 36-yea...

  11. ISOLATION AND IDENTIFICATION OF Aspergillus spp. FROM THE WATER USED FOR REHABILITATION OF MAGELLANIC PENGUINS

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    Vanice Rodrigues Poester; Gabriel Baracy Klafke; Ângela Leitzke Cabana; Andréa Corrado Adornes; Rodolfo Pinho da Silva Filho; Melissa Orzechowski Xavier

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    Aspergillosis is the main cause of mortality in captivity penguins. The infection occurs mainly by conidia inhalation of the Aspergillus genus, however, the fungus can also be dispersed by water. Therefore, this study aimed to evaluate water quality of the pool where the rehabilitated penguins remain at Centro de Recuperação de Animais Marinhos in Rio Grande city, Brazil, searching for the presence of the fungus Aspergillus spp. Water samples were collected weekly during a ten-month period an...

  12. Serological monitoring of antibodies for an early diagnosis ofaspergillosis in captive penguins

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    Ângela L. Cabana; Xavier, Melissa O.; Vanice Poester; Gabriel B. Klafke; Pedro L. B.Filho; Aryse Martins; Rodolfo P. S.Filho; Meireles, Mário C. A.

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    Abstract: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of detection of anti-Aspergillus fumigatus antibodies in captive penguins by double radial agar gel immunodiffusion (AGID) for the aspergillosis diagnosis. We included 134 Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) in rehabilitation at the Center for Recovery of Marine Animals (CRAM / FURG). All of them were monitored by AGID weekly until its final destination (death or release), totalizing 660 serum samples studied. All animals were clin...

  13. A complementary tool for management of disseminated Histoplasma capsulatum var. capsulatum infections in AIDS patients. : A complementary tool for histoplasmosis management

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    Iriart, Xavier; Blanchet, Denis; Menard, Sandie; Lavergne, Rose-Anne; Chauvin, Pamela; Adenis, Antoine; Cassaing, Sophie; Fillaux, Judith; Magnaval, Jean-François; Demar, Magalie; Carme, Bernard; Bessieres, Marie-Hélène; Couppie, Pierre; Nacher, Mathieu; Berry, Antoine

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    : In South America, disseminated histoplasmosis due to Histoplasma capsulatum var. capsulatum (H. capsulatum), is a severe and frequent opportunistic infection in AIDS patients. In areas outside the USA where specific-Histoplasma antigen detection is not available, the diagnosis is difficult. With the galactomannan antigen (GM) detection, a test commonly used for invasive aspergillosis diagnosis, there is a cross-reactivity with H. capsulatum that can be helpful for the diagnosis of histoplas...

  14. Death of a SARS case from secondary aspergillus infection

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    王慧君; 丁彦青; 徐军; 李欣; 李学锋; 杨磊; 张文丽; 耿健; 申洪; 蔡俊杰; 康伟; 吴正容; 赵菲; 钟南山

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    @@ Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is an acute infectious disease which has been found to spread mainly via respiration. The first case was idnetified in Guangdong, southem China in November 2002. This disease has resulted in a severe epidemic outbreak in 27 countries and regions. In order to investigate the etiology and clinicopathologic characteristics of SARS, we reported here a patient with SARS who died of aspergillosis after prolonged treatment with corticosteroids.

  15. Evaluation of mRNA Expression Levels of cyp51A and mdr1, Candidate Genes for Voriconazole Resistance in Aspergillus flavus

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    Fattahi, Azam; Zaini, Farideh; Kordbacheh, Parivash; Rezaie, Sasan; Safara, Mahin; Fateh, Roohollah; Farahyar, Shirin; Kanani, Ali; Heidari, Mansour

    2015-01-01

    Background: Voriconazole Resistance (VRC-R) in Aspergillus flavus isolates impacts the management of aspergillosis, since azoles are the first choice for prophylaxis and therapy. However, to the best of our knowledge, the mechanisms underlying voriconazole resistance are poorly understood. Objectives: The present study was designed to evaluate mRNA expression levels of cyp51A and mdr1 genes in voriconazole resistant A. flavus by a Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-...

  16. Interrogation of Related Clinical Pan-Azole-Resistant Aspergillus fumigatus Strains: G138C, Y431C, and G434C Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms in cyp51A, Upregulation of cyp51A, and Integration and Activation of Transposon Atf1 in the cyp51A Promoter ▿ †

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    Albarrag, Ahmed M.; Anderson, Michael J.; Howard, Susan J.; Robson, Geoff D.; Warn, Peter A.; Sanglard, Dominique; David W Denning

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    Multiple Aspergillus fumigatus isolates from a patient with two aspergillomas complicating chronic pulmonary aspergillosis were pan-azole resistant. Microsatellite typing was identical for all isolates despite major phenotypic and some growth rate differences. Three different cyp51A mutations were found (G138C, Y431C, and G434C), of which the first two were demonstrated by heterologous expression in a hypersusceptible Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain to be at least partly responsible for eleva...

  17. Posaconazole: SCH 56592.

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    Posaconazole [SCH 56592, SPRIAFIL, Noxafil] is an orally active triazole derivative that is in phase III trials with the Schering-Plough Research Institute (SPRI) in the US for the treatment of serious opportunistic fungal infections, including aspergillosis, candidiasis, coccidioidomycosis and fusariosis. This profile has been selected from R&D Insight, a pharmaceutical intelligence database produced by Adis International Ltd. Preclinical studies have also been conducted in Italy for the potential treatment of Cryptococcus neoformans infection (cryptococcosis).

  18. Aspergillus fumigatus-induced Interleukin-8 Synthesis by Respiratory Epithelial Cells Is Controlled by the Phosphatidylinositol 3-Kinase, p38 MAPK, and ERK1/2 Pathways and Not by the Toll-like Receptor-MyD88 Pathway*

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    Balloy, Viviane; Sallenave, Jean-Michel; Wu, Yongzheng; Touqui, Lhousseine; Latgé, Jean-Paul; Si-Tahar, Mustapha; Chignard, Michel

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    Previous studies have established that phagocytes are key cells of the pulmonary innate immune defense against A. fumigatus, an opportunistic fungus responsible of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. Macrophages detect A. fumigatus via Toll-like receptors 2 and 4 (TLR2 and -4) and respond by the MyD88-NF-κB-dependent synthesis of inflammatory mediators. In the present study, we demonstrate that respiratory epithelial cells also sense A. fumigatus and participate in the h...

  19. Aspergillus fumigatus-induced IL-8 synthesis by respiratory epithelial cells is controlled by the PI3 kinase, p38 MAPK and ERK1/2 pathways and not by the TLR-MYD88 pathway.

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    Balloy, Viviane; Sallenave, Jean-Michel; Wu, Yongzheng; Touqui, Lhousseine; Latgé, Jean-Paul; Si-Tahar, Mustapha; Chignard, Michel

    2008-01-01

    Previous studies have established that phagocytes are key cells of the pulmonary innate immune defense against A. fumigatus, an opportunistic fungus responsible of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. Macrophages detect A. fumigatus via Toll-like receptors (TLR) 2 and 4, and respond by the MyD88-NF-B-dependent synthesis of inflammatory mediators. In the present study, we demonstrate that respiratory epithelial cells also sense A. fumigatus and participate to the host defense. Thus, the interacti...

  20. Genetic and structural validation of Aspergillus fumigatus N-acetylphosphoglucosamine mutase as an antifungal target

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    Fang, Wenxia; Du, Ting; Raimi, Olawale G.; Hurtado-Guerrero, Ramón; Mariño, Karina; Ibrahim, Adel F. M.; Albarbarawi, Osama; Ferguson, Michael A. J.; Jin, Cheng; Van Aalten, Daan M. F.

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    Aspergillus fumigatus is the causative agent of IA (invasive aspergillosis) in immunocompromised patients. It possesses a cell wall composed of chitin, glucan and galactomannan, polymeric carbohydrates synthesized by processive glycosyltransferases from intracellular sugar nucleotide donors. Here we demonstrate that A. fumigatus possesses an active AfAGM1 (A. fumigatus N-acetylphosphoglucosamine mutase), a key enzyme in the biosynthesis of UDP (uridine diphosphate)–GlcNAc (N-acetylglucosamine...

  1. Activity and Safety of Inhaled Itraconazole Nanosuspension in a Model Pulmonary Aspergillus fumigatus Infection in Inoculated Young Quails

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    Wlaź, Piotr; Knaga, Sebastian; Kasperek, Kornel; Wlaź, Aleksandra; Poleszak, Ewa; Jeżewska-Witkowska, Grażyna; Winiarczyk, Stanisław; Wyska, Elżbieta; Heinekamp, Thorsten; Rundfeldt, Chris

    2015-01-01

    Pulmonary aspergillosis is frequently reported in parrots, falcons, and other birds held in captivity. Inhalation is the main route of infection for Aspergillus fumigatus, resulting in both acute and chronic disease conditions. Itraconazole (ITRA) is an antifungal commonly used in birds, but its administration requires repeated oral dosing, and the safety margin is narrow. To investigate the efficacy of inhaled ITRA, six groups of ten young quails (Coturnix japonica) were inoculated intratrac...

  2. In Vitro Interactions between Antifungals and Immunosuppressants against Aspergillus fumigatus

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    Steinbach, William J.; Schell, Wiley A.; Blankenship, Jill R.; Onyewu, Chiatogu; Heitman, Joseph; Perfect, John R.

    2004-01-01

    The optimal treatment for invasive aspergillosis remains elusive, despite the increased efficacy of newer agents. The immunosuppressants cyclosporine (CY), tacrolimus (FK506), and sirolimus (formerly called rapamycin) exhibit in vitro and in vivo activity against Candida albicans, Cryptococcus neoformans, and Saccharomyces cerevisiae, including fungicidal synergy with azole antifungals. We report here that both FK506 and CY exhibit a clear in vitro positive interaction with caspofungin agains...

  3. Prevalence and mechanism of triazole resistance in Aspergillus fumigatus in a referral chest hospital in Delhi, India and an update of the situation in Asia

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    Anuradha eChowdhary

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Aspergillus fumigatus causes varied clinical syndromes ranging from colonization to deep infections. The mainstay of therapy of Aspergillus diseases is triazoles but several studies globally highlighted variable prevalence of triazole resistance, which hampers the management of aspergillosis. We studied the prevalence of resistance in clinical A. fumigatus isolates during 4 years in a referral Chest Hospital in Delhi, India and reviewed the scenario in Asia and the Middle East. Aspergillus species (n=2117 were screened with selective plates for azole resistance. The isolates included 45.4% A. flavus, followed by 32.4% A. fumigatus, 15.6% Aspergillus species and 6.6% A. terreus. Azole resistance was found in only 12 (1.7% A. fumigatus isolates.These triazole resistant A. fumigatus (TRAF isolates were subjected to (a calmodulin and β tubulin gene sequencing (b in vitro antifungal susceptibility testing against triazoles using CLSI M38-A2 (c sequencing of cyp51A gene and real-time PCR assay for detection of mutations and (d microsatellite typing of the resistant isolates. TRAF harbored TR34/L98H mutation in 10 (83.3% isolates with a pan-azole resistant phenotype. Among the remaining 2 TRAF isolates, one had G54E and the other had three non-synonymous point mutations. The majority of patients were diagnosed as invasive aspergillosis followed by allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis and chronic pulmonary aspergillosis. The Indian TR34/L98H isolates had a unique genotype and were distinct from the Chinese, Middle East and European TR34/L98H strains. This resistance mechanism has been linked to the use of fungicide azoles in agricultural practices in Europe as it has been mainly reported from azole naïve patients. Reports published from Asia demonstrate the same environmental resistance mechanism in A. fumigatus isolates from two highly populated countries in Asia i.e., China and India and also from the neighboring Middle East.

  4. Imaging of Asthma.

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    Richards, John Caleb; Lynch, David; Koelsch, Tilman; Dyer, Debra

    2016-08-01

    Asthma is one of the most common diseases of the lung. Asthma manifests with common, although often subjective and nonspecific, imaging features at radiography and high-resolution computed tomography. The primary role of imaging is not to make a diagnosis of asthma but to identify complications, such as allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, or mimics of asthma, such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis. This article reviews the imaging features of asthma as well as common complications and mimics. PMID:27401624

  5. Differentiation between Isolates of Aspergillus fumigatus from Breeding Turkeys and Their Environment by Genotyping with Microsatellite Markers

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    Lair-Fulleringer, Sybille; Guillot, Jacques; Desterke, Christophe; Seguin, Dominique; Warin, Stephan; Bezille, Arnaud; Chermette, René; Bretagne, Stéphane

    2003-01-01

    To elucidate the epidemiology of the different forms of avian aspergillosis, 114 Aspergillus fumigatus isolates from sacrificed turkeys and 134 A. fumigatus isolates from air samples were collected and genotyped by microsatellite polymorphism marker analysis. Air sampling confirmed the huge diversity of A. fumigatus populations. Whereas older animals harbored several combinations of genotypes, 1-day-old chicks carried a unique genotype, suggesting a unique source of contamination. PMID:12682192

  6. Molecular Epidemiology of Aspergillus fumigatus Isolates Recovered from Water, Air, and Patients Shows Two Clusters of Genetically Distinct Strains

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    Warris, Adilia; Klaassen, Corné H. W.; Meis, Jacques F. G. M.; de Ruiter, Maaike T.; de Valk, Hanneke A.; Abrahamsen, Tore G.; Gaustad, Peter; Verweij, Paul E.

    2003-01-01

    There has been an increase in data suggesting that besides air, hospital water is a potential source of transmission of filamentous fungi, and in particular Aspergillus fumigatus. Molecular characterization of environmental and clinical A. fumigatus isolates, collected prospectively during an 18-month period, was performed to establish if waterborne fungi play a role in the pathogenesis of invasive aspergillosis. Isolates recovered from water (n = 54) and air (n = 21) at various locations ins...

  7. Iatrogenic Pulmonary Nodule in a Heart Transplant Recipient

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    Mehta, Atul C.; Juan Wang; Jarmanjeet Singh; Joseph Cicenia

    2014-01-01

    A 58-year-old female with a history of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and end-stage nonischemic cardiomyopathy from Adriamycin toxicity underwent orthotic heart transplantation during June 2013. She developed shortness of breath in September 2013 and was suspected to have invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. A flexible bronchoscopy (FB) with a transbronchial biopsy (TBBx) was performed. She was found to have a focal lung nodule in the same location at the site of the TBBx on day 13 after the FB. Spontaneo...

  8. New cause for false-positive results with the Pastorex Aspergillus antigen latex agglutination test.

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    Kappe, R; Schulze-Berge, A

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    The Pastorex Aspergillus antigen test for detection of Aspergillus galactomannan antigen in the sera of patients with invasive aspergillosis is used in many clinical laboratories. A serum sample contaminated with Penicillium chrysogenum gave a strongly positive reaction (1:128) which was heat stable, was not eliminated by pronase treatment, and was not detected by a normal rabbit globulin control. This observation was shown to be due to cross-reactions of the monoclonal antibody EB-A2 used by...

  9. Molecular sub-typing suggests that the environment of rehabilitation centers may be a potential source of Aspergillus fumigatus infecting rehabilitating seabirds.

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    Burco, Julia D; Etienne, Kizee A; Massey, J Gregory; Ziccardi, Michael H; Balajee, S Arunmozhi

    2012-01-01

    Aspergillosis remains a major cause of infection-related avian mortality in birds that are debilitated and undergoing rehabilitation for release into the wild. This study was designed to understand the source of avian aspergillosis in seabirds undergoing rehabilitation at selected northern California aquatic bird rehabilitation centers. Air, surface and water sampling was performed between August 2007 and July 2008 in three such centers and selected natural seabird loafing sites. Average air Aspergillus fumigatus counts were at least nine times higher in samples obtained from the rehabilitation sites (M = 7.34, SD = 9.78 CFU/m(3)), when compared to those found at natural sites (M = 0.76, SD = 2.24 CFU/m(3)), t (205) = -5.99, P < 0.001. A total of 37 A. fumigatus isolates from birds with confirmed aspergillosis and 42 isolates from environmental samples were identified using both morphological and molecular methods, and subsequently sub-typed using an eight-locus microsatellite panel with the neighbor joining algorithm. Results of the study demonstrated the presence of five clonal groups, 13 genotypically related clusters, and 59 distinct genotypes. Six of the 13 genotypically related clusters contained matching genotypes between clinical isolates and local environmental isolates from the rehabilitation center in which these birds were housed. We present evidence that the environment of rehabilitation centers may be a source for A. fumigatus infection in rehabilitated seabirds. PMID:21756021

  10. Mycological Microscopic and Culture Examination of 400 Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL Samples

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    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: The frequency of invasive opportunistic mycoses has increased significantly over the past decades especially in immunocompromised patients. Invasive aspergillosis (IA has become a major cause of morbidity and mortality among these patients. As bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL fluid samples are generally useful specimens in the diagnosis of invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA, this study was designed to evaluate the incidence of fungal elements in at-risk patients by direct microscopy and culture of BAL samples.Methods: In a 16-month period, 400 BAL samples were obtained from several groups of different patients with pulmonary and respiratory disorders and examined by using both direct microscopy and culture.Results: Of the 400 samples, 16 (4% were positive direct examination with branching septate hyphae and 46 (11.5% were positive culture: 25 (54% Aspergillus flavus, 6 (13% A. fumigatus, 5 (10.9% A. niger, 1 (2.2% A. terreus, 3 (6.5% Penicillium spp. and 6 (13% mixed A. flavus/A. niger. A. flavus was the most common cause of Aspergillus infection or colonization. Bone marrow transplant (BMT recipients were the most susceptible group to fungal infection and/or colonization.Conclusion: Among Aspergillus species, A. flavus was the most common isolate in both infections and colonization in Iran. More studies are needed to clarify the epidemiological aspect of aspergillosis in Iran.

  11. Aspergillus citrinoterreus, a new species of section Terrei isolated from samples of patients with nonhematological predisposing conditions.

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    Guinea, Jesús; Sandoval-Denis, Marcelo; Escribano, Pilar; Peláez, Teresa; Guarro, Josep; Bouza, Emilio

    2015-02-01

    The use of molecular identification techniques has revealed an increasing number of new species within Aspergillus section Terrei. We phenotyped a set of 26 clinical isolates that showed genetic differences from Aspergillus terreus sensu stricto by analyzing sequences from PCR-amplified β-tubulin and calmodulin genes and the internal transcribed spacer region. Since the isolates were phylogenetically and morphologically different from all of the members of Aspergillus section Terrei, they are described here as a new species, Aspergillus citrinoterreus, so named because it produces a diffusible yellowish pigment in agar. A. citrinoterreus isolates were significantly more susceptible to itraconazole, voriconazole, and posaconazole than A. terreus sensu stricto isolates were; in contrast, the amphotericin B MICs for both species were high. A. citrinoterreus was found in clinical samples from patients with proven or probable invasive aspergillosis and colonized patients, none of whom had hematological malignancies as predisposing conditions. However, they did have other underlying conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cirrhosis, and cancer or had received a solid organ transplants and presented not only with invasive pulmonary aspergillosis but also with mediastinitis. A. citrinoterreus isolates were detected for the first time in 2002. In all cases of invasive aspergillosis, A. citrinoterreus was found to be a copathogen, mostly with A. fumigatus.

  12. Immune Function Changes in Patients with Invasive Pulmonary Fungal Infections by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease%慢性阻塞性肺病合并肺部真菌感染免疫功能的变化

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    杨青茹; 武焱旻; 张敬浩

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    目的:探讨慢性阻塞性肺病(慢阻肺)合并肺部真菌感染患者免疫功能的变化及其意义。方法对2010年1月至2012年12月在徐州市中心医院呼吸科(含呼吸ICU)住院患者中慢性阻塞性肺病(chronic obstructive pulmonary disease,COPD)合并肺部念珠菌感染患者53例及合并肺部曲霉菌感染患者25例作为研究对象,对其免疫功能进行检测,并与20名正常健康人群(健康对照组)进行对比分析。采用流式细胞仪检测周血T淋巴细胞亚群(CD3+CD4+、CD3+CD8+、CD4+/CD8+)的表达率,采用全自动蛋白分析仪检测患者血清IgM、IgG、IgA含量。结果念珠菌组和曲霉菌组的CD3+CD4+百分比及CD4+/CD8+均明显低于健康对照组(P<0.01),念珠菌组及曲霉菌组CD3+CD8+百分比高于健康对照组(P<0.05),念珠菌组的CD3+CD4+百分比及CD4+/CD8+均低于曲霉菌组(P<0.01),而CD3+CD8+百分比在曲霉菌组及念珠菌组之间无统计学差异。与健康对照组比较,念珠菌组和曲霉菌组的IgG明显低于健康对照组,(P<0.01),IgA均高于健康对照组,(P<0.05),念珠菌组的IgG高于曲霉菌组(P<0.01),而念珠菌组及曲霉菌组IgA比较及三组间IgM比较,无统计学差异。结论慢性阻塞性肺病合并肺部念珠菌及曲霉菌感染时,细胞免疫及体液免疫均受损,其中合并曲霉菌感染时的免疫受损状况较合并念珠菌感染时更重。%Objective To investigate the changes of immune function in patients with invasive pulmonary fungal infections by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Methods 78 patients with invasive pulmonary fungal infections by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were slected, in which ,53 patients were pulmonary candidiasis and 25 patients were pulmonary aspergillosis. The T lymphocyte subsets in peripheral whole blood samples were derected by flow cytometry. The levels of IgM,IgG, IgA were

  13. Fungus infection in immunocompromised rabbits: correlation of thin-section CT findings and histopathology

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    Objective: To compare the thin-section CT findings of pulmonary candidiasis, aspergillosis and cryptococcosis with histopathology in immunocompromised rabbits and improve the diagnostic accuracy of fungus infection. Methods: Healthy New Zealand white rabbits were used for immunocompromised animal models. Thin-section CT scan was performed before and 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 d after inoculation. The pattern and distribution of the pulmonary abnormalities were retrospectively assessed by two thoracic radiologists and compared with histopathology. The granulocyte count was compared before and after administration of immunosuppressive agents. The paired t test, chi square test and the Fisher's exact test were used for the statistics. Results: Fourteen rabbits had candidiasis, 16 rabbits had eryptococcosis, 15 rabbits had aspergillosis. The granulocyte counts before and after administration of immunosuppressive agents were (2.91±0.92) and (0.35±0.19) x 109/L respectively in candidiasis group, there was a significant difference (t=12.484, P9/L in aspergillosis group, there was a significant difference (t=5.792, P9/L in cryptococcosis group, there was a significant difference (t=8.199, P0.05). Ground glass opacity (GGO) and consolidation were the two most common findings in immunocompromised rabbits with three fungus infections, areas of GGO was correlated with the congestion, hemorrhage, inflammatory cell infiltration and interstitial hyperplasia in pathology. Consolidation was correlated with the severe congestion, hemorrhage, inflammatory cell infiltration, interstitial hyperplasia, necrosis and vascular embolism in pathology. Conclusion: GGO and consolidation are the two most common findings of fungus infections in immunocompromised animal models and thin-section CT findings can reflect the pathological changes. (authors)

  14. Activity and Safety of Inhaled Itraconazole Nanosuspension in a Model Pulmonary Aspergillus fumigatus Infection in Inoculated Young Quails.

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    Wlaź, Piotr; Knaga, Sebastian; Kasperek, Kornel; Wlaź, Aleksandra; Poleszak, Ewa; Jeżewska-Witkowska, Grażyna; Winiarczyk, Stanisław; Wyska, Elżbieta; Heinekamp, Thorsten; Rundfeldt, Chris

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    Pulmonary aspergillosis is frequently reported in parrots, falcons, and other birds held in captivity. Inhalation is the main route of infection for Aspergillus fumigatus, resulting in both acute and chronic disease conditions. Itraconazole (ITRA) is an antifungal commonly used in birds, but its administration requires repeated oral dosing, and the safety margin is narrow. To investigate the efficacy of inhaled ITRA, six groups of ten young quails (Coturnix japonica) were inoculated intratracheally with 5 × 10(6) spores (3 groups) or 5 × 10(7) spores (3 groups). Animals were exposed to nebulized ITRA nanosuspension as 10 % suspension or 4 % suspension, once daily for 30 min, starting 2 h after inoculation for 6 days. Control groups were exposed to nebulized saline for the same period of time. Survival and clinical scores were evaluated, and animals were subjected to gross pathology. In control animals, aspergillosis resulted in systemic disease without pulmonary or air sac granulomas. Animals died from multiple organ failure. Inhalation of 10 % ITRA nanosuspension blocked lethality and prevented disease-related symptoms in the quails exposed to the low dose of spores, while the disease course in quails inoculated with the high-spore dose was retarded. Inhalation of 4 % ITRA nanosuspension was less effective. Both inhalations were well tolerated, and gross pathology did not reveal signs of local toxicity. The data indicate that inhaled administration of 10 % ITRA nanosuspension is capable of alleviating an acute A. fumigatus infection in quails. A lower ITRA concentration may be only active in chronic pulmonary aspergillosis. PMID:25790942

  15. A rare case of spontaneous Aspergillus spondylodiscitis with epidural abscess in a 45-year-old immunocompetent female

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Vertebral osteomyelitis and discitis are mainly due to bacterial infections though fungal infections are one of the important causes of morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. Aspergillus involving intervertebral disc space is extremely rare. We report a case of aspergillosis of intervertebral L5-S1 disc space with spinal epidural abscess in an immunocompetent 45-year-old female which can add on to a few case reports described in literature as well as an insight for clinicians regarding this rare spontaneous infection in an immunocompetent patient.

  16. Single Nodula opacity of granulomatous Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumoniain an asymptomatic lymphoma patient

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    Kim, Hyun Soo; Shin, Kyung Eun; Lee, Ju Hie [Kyung Hee University Hospital, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-04-15

    The radiologic findings of a single nodule from Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PJP) have been rarely reported. We described a case of granulomatous PJP manifesting as a solitary pulmonary nodule with a halo sign in a 69-year-old woman with diffuse large B cell lymphoma during chemotherapy. The radiologic appearance of the patient suggested an infectious lesion such as angioinvasive pulmonary aspergillosis or lymphoma involvement of the lung; however, clinical manifestations were not compatible with the diseases. The nodule was confirmed as granulomatous PJP by video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery biopsy.

  17. THE PROBLEM OF INVASIVE MYCOSES IN RHEUMATOLOGY(Part I

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    Full Text Available The problem of invasive mycoses is becoming ever more urgent in modern rheumatology. The fact that physicians are unalert to mycoses in patients with systemic rheumatic diseases and that there are difficulties in their lifetime diagnosis and treatment is noteworthy. The significance of this problem substantially increases with the active clinical introduction of biologicals, primarily tumor necrosis factor а inhibitors (infliximab, adalimumab, etanercept, which goes on concurrently with the increasing risk for opportunistic infections. Part I presents information on different aspects of systemic aspergillosis, including the tactics of its diagnosis and rational therapy

  18. Mortality From Fungal Diseases in the US Air Force From 1970 to 2013.

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    Kugblenu, Richard K; Reeves, Will K

    2016-01-01

    We review a unique set of documents, death certificates, catalogued in the US Air Force Mortality Registry, which tracks deaths for current and retired Air Force service members. We screened the records for all deaths caused by fungal diseases between 1970 and 2013. There were 216 deaths caused by a variety of diseases such as aspergillosis, blastomycosis, candidiasis, coccidioidomycosis, cryptococcosis, histoplasmosis, mucormycosis, pneumocystosis, sporotrichosis, and zygomycosis. The single most common identified cause of death was opportunistic candidiasis. Of the total 216 deaths, only 7 were active duty or active reserve personnel. PMID:27613208

  19. Lethal subarachnoid bleeding under immunosuppressive therapy due to mycotic arteritis

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    Weigel, S.; Kloska, S.; Freund, M. [Dept. of Clinical Radiology, Univ. Hospital of Muenster, Muenster (Germany); Kehl, H.G. [Dept. of Pediatric Cardiology, Univ. Hospital of Muenster, Muenster (Germany)

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    A subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) occurred 67 days after cardiac transplantation in 10-year-old girl with consecutive immunocompromising therapy. Neither digital subtraction angiography (DSA) nor computed tomographic angiography showed signs of intracranial vascular malformations. One month before the lethal SAH occurred, she had developed arterial hypertension and attacks of severe headache with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) pleocytosis while CT scans showed an infarct of the left thalamus. Pathologic findings established the rare diagnosis of SAH due to aspergillosis-related mycotic arteritis. Imaging characteristics are presented. (orig.)

  20. Proposed national strategies for the prevention of leading work-related diseases and injuries. Part 1

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    Preliminary strategies developed at the National Symposium on the Prevention of Leading Work Related Diseases and Injuries, held in Atlanta, Georgia on May 1 to 3, 1985 were revised, elaborated, and further developed. Strategies were developed for the prevention of occupational lung diseases, musculoskeletal injuries, occupational cancers, severe occupational traumatic injuries, and occupational cardiovascular diseases. Lung diseases considered included silicosis, asbestosis, lung cancer mesothelioma, coal workers' pneumoconiosis, byssinosis, occupational asthma, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, asphyxiation, irritation, pulmonary edema, brucellosis, psitticosis, anthrax, mycobacterioses, histoplasmosis, aspergillosis, and coccidioidomycosis. Occupational cancers were discussed as they occur in the lung, pleura, peritoneum, bladder, kidneys, blood, nasal cavity, skin, nasal sinuses, and liver.

  1. Mold and human health: separating the wheat from the chaff.

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    Pettigrew, H David; Selmi, Carlo F; Teuber, Suzanne S; Gershwin, M Eric

    2010-04-01

    The term "mold" is utilized to define the ubiquitous fungal species commonly found in household dust and observed as visible multicellular filaments. Several well-defined human diseases are known to be caused or exacerbated by mold or by exposure to their byproducts. Among these, a solid connection has been established with infections, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, allergic fungal rhinosinusitis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, and asthma. In the past decades, other less-defined and generally false conditions have also been ascribed to mold. We will herein review and critically discuss the available evidence on the influence of mold on human health. PMID:19714500

  2. Differential diagnosis of infections in a patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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    Paolo Ghiringhelli

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available We describe a case of a 65-years-old patient with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD, receiving oxygen therapy and resistant to antibiotic therapy. He was admitted with high fever, productive cough, marked leukocytosis, and chest X-ray findings of infiltration and fluid levels within lung cysts. A differential diagnosis was essential to start an adequate treatment and avoid the rapid worsening of patients respiratory status. In patients with chronic pulmonary diseases under immunotherapy, micotic infections should be considered. Aspergillus fumigatus was cultured from bronchial washing fluid and we diagnosed chronic necrotizing pulmonary aspergillosis (CNPA. Oral itraconazole was started and his symptoms and laboratory data markedly improved.

  3. Posaconazole

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    Bhattacharya M

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Posaconazole is a novel second-generation Triazole oral antifungal agent. It is highly effective in the prophylaxis of invasive fungal infections in immunocompromised patients. It is used as a first-line agent as well as for salvage therapy in invasive fungal infections including aspergillosis, oropharyngeal and esophageal candidiasis. It has a good adverse effect profile. With the rising incidence of invasive fungal infections due to the HIV pandemic and medical advancements in transplantation and cancer therapy, these features make posaconazole a valuable addition in the family of antifungal agents.

  4. Azole-resistant Aspergillus fumigatus due to TR46/Y121F/T289A mutation emerging in Belgium, July 2012.

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    Vermeulen, E; Maertens, J; Schoemans, H; Lagrou, K

    2012-01-01

    A new azole resistance mechanism in Aspergillus fumigatus consisting of a TR46/Y121F/T289A alteration in the cyp51A gene was recently described in the Netherlands. Strains containing these mutations are associated with invasive infection and therapy failure. This communication describes the first case of fatal invasive aspergillosis caused by TR46/Y121F/T289A outside the Netherlands, in the neighboring country of Belgium, suggesting geographical spread. TR46/Y121F/T289A leads to a recognisable phenotypic susceptibility pattern which should trigger cyp51A genotyping to monitor further spread. PMID:23218390

  5. Rapid host defense against Aspergillus fumigatus involves alveolar macrophages with a predominance of alternatively activated phenotype.

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    Shikha Bhatia

    Full Text Available The ubiquitous fungus Aspergillus fumigatus is associated with chronic diseases such as invasive pulmonary aspergillosis in immunosuppressed patients and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA in patients with cystic fibrosis or severe asthma. Because of constant exposure to this fungus, it is critical for the host to exercise an immediate and decisive immune response to clear fungal spores to ward off disease. In this study, we observed that rapidly after infection by A. fumigatus, alveolar macrophages predominantly express Arginase 1 (Arg1, a key marker of alternatively activated macrophages (AAMs. The macrophages were also found to express Ym1 and CD206 that are also expressed by AAMs but not NOS2, which is expressed by classically activated macrophages. The expression of Arg1 was reduced in the absence of the known signaling axis, IL-4Rα/STAT6, for AAM development. While both Dectin-1 and TLR expressed on the cell surface have been shown to sense A. fumigatus, fungus-induced Arg1 expression in CD11c(+ alveolar macrophages was not dependent on either Dectin-1 or the adaptor MyD88 that mediates intracellular signaling by most TLRs. Alveolar macrophages from WT mice efficiently phagocytosed fungal conidia, but those from mice deficient in Dectin-1 showed impaired fungal uptake. Depletion of macrophages with clodronate-filled liposomes increased fungal burden in infected mice. Collectively, our studies suggest that alveolar macrophages, which predominantly acquire an AAM phenotype following A. fumigatus infection, have a protective role in defense against this fungus.

  6. Burden of serious fungal infections in Mexico.

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    Corzo-León, D E; Armstrong-James, D; Denning, D W

    2015-10-01

    Serious fungal infections (SFIs) could be more frequent than are recognised. Estimates of the incidence and prevalence of SFIs are essential in order to identify public health problems. We estimated the rates of SFIs in Mexico, following a methodology similar to that used in prior studies. We obtained information about the general population and populations at risk. A systematic literature search was undertaken to identify epidemiological reports of SFIs in Mexico. When Mexican reports were unavailable, we based our estimates on international literature. The most prevalent SFIs in Mexico are recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis (5999 per 100,000) followed by allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (60 per 100,000), chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (15.9 per 100,000), fungal keratitis (10.4 per 100,000), invasive candidiasis (8.6 per 100,000) and SFIs in HIV (8.2 per 100,000); coccidioidomycosis (7.6 per 100,000), IA (4.56 per 100,000). These correspond to 2,749,159 people affected in any year (2.45% of the population), probably >10,000 deaths and 7000 blind eyes. SFIs affect immunocompromised and healthy populations. Most are associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Validation of these estimates with epidemiological studies is required. The burdens indicate that an urgent need to improve medical skills, surveillance, diagnosis, and management of SFIs exists. PMID:26449505

  7. Neurologic Adverse Events Associated with Voriconazole Therapy: Report of Two Pediatric Cases

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    Sevliya Öcal Demir

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Although voriconazole, a triazole antifungal, is a safe drug, treatment with this agent is associated with certain adverse events such as hepatic, neurologic, and visual disturbances. The current report presents two cases, one a 9-year-old boy and the other a 17-year-old girl, who experienced neurologic side effects associated with voriconazole therapy. Our aim is to remind readers of the side effects of voriconazole therapy in order to prevent unnecessary investigations especially for psychological and ophthalmologic problems. The first case was a 9-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis and invasive aspergillosis that developed photophobia, altered color sensation, and fearful visual hallucination. The second case was a 17-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, and she experienced photophobia, fatigue, impaired concentration, and insomnia, when the dose of voriconazole therapy was increased from 12 mg/kg/day to 16 mg/kg/day. The complaints of the two patients disappeared after discontinuation of voriconazole therapy. Our experience in these patients reminded us of the importance of being aware of the neurologic adverse events associated with voriconazole therapy in establishing early diagnosis and initiating prompt treatment. In addition, although serum voriconazole concentration was not measured in the present cases, therapeutic drug monitoring for voriconazole seems to be critically important in preventing neurologic side effects in pediatric patients.

  8. Secondary glaucoma associated with bilateral Aspergillus niger endophthalmitis in an HIV-positive patient: case report Glaucoma secundário a endoftalmite bilateral por Aspergillus niger em paciente HIV-positivo: relato de caso

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    Jayter Silva Paula

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    Full Text Available Aspergillus endophthalmitis is usually related to systemic or local dissemination in immunosuppressed subjects. The authors report a rare case of severe bilateral glaucoma secondary to an intraocular infection with Aspergillus niger, in the absence of any detectable focus of aspergillosis, in an HIV-infected patient. There were no confirming signs of injection drug use, and the agent was isolated after inoculation in experimental animals. This case shows that Aspergillus endophthalmitis should be considered in non-injecting drug users and HIV-infected patients even in the absence of systemic aspergillosis.Endoftalmite por Aspergillus é geralmente relacionada à disseminação local ou sistêmica do agente em indivíduos imunocomprometidos. Os autores relatam um caso raro de glaucoma bilateral grave secundário a uma infecção intra-ocular por Aspergillus niger, na ausência de qualquer foco detectável de aspergilose em paciente HIV-positivo. Foram afastados sinais e antecedentes de uso de drogas injetáveis e o agente foi isolado após inoculação em animais experimentais. Este caso demonstra que a endoftalmite por Aspergillus deve ser considerada em pacientes HIV-positivos não-usuários de drogas injetáveis, mesmo na ausência de aspergilose sistêmica.

  9. The Crystal Structure of Peroxiredoxin Asp f3 Provides Mechanistic Insight into Oxidative Stress Resistance and Virulence of Aspergillus fumigatus.

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    Hillmann, Falk; Bagramyan, Karine; Straßburger, Maria; Heinekamp, Thorsten; Hong, Teresa B; Bzymek, Krzysztof P; Williams, John C; Brakhage, Axel A; Kalkum, Markus

    2016-01-01

    Invasive aspergillosis and other fungal infections occur in immunocompromised individuals, including patients who received blood-building stem cell transplants, patients with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), and others. Production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by immune cells, which incidentally is defective in CGD patients, is considered to be a fundamental process in inflammation and antifungal immune response. Here we show that the peroxiredoxin Asp f3 of Aspergillus fumigatus inactivates ROS. We report the crystal structure and the catalytic mechanism of Asp f3, a two-cysteine type peroxiredoxin. The latter exhibits a thioredoxin fold and a homodimeric structure with two intermolecular disulfide bonds in its oxidized state. Replacement of the Asp f3 cysteines with serine residues retained its dimeric structure, but diminished Asp f3's peroxidase activity, and extended the alpha-helix with the former peroxidatic cysteine residue C61 by six residues. The asp f3 deletion mutant was sensitive to ROS, and this phenotype was rescued by ectopic expression of Asp f3. Furthermore, we showed that deletion of asp f3 rendered A. fumigatus avirulent in a mouse model of pulmonary aspergillosis. The conserved expression of Asp f3 homologs in medically relevant molds and yeasts prompts future evaluation of Asp f3 as a potential therapeutic target. PMID:27624005

  10. A controlled study to determine the efficacy of Loxostylis alata (Anacardiaceae in the treatment of aspergillus in a chicken (Gallus domesticus model in comparison to ketoconazole

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    Suleiman Mohammed M

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The poultry industry due to intensive methods of farming is burdened with losses from numerous infectious agents, of which one is the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus. In a preliminary study, the extracts of Loxostylis alata A. Spreng, ex Rchb. showed good activity in vitro against A. fumigatus with a minimum inhibitory concentration of 0.07 mg/ml. For this study crude, a crude acetone extract of L. alata leaves was evaluated for its acute toxicity in a healthy chicken model and for efficacy in an infectious model of aspergillosis (A. fumigatus. Results At a dose of 300 mg/kg, the extract induced some toxicity characterised by decreased feed intake and weight loss. Consequently, 100 and 200 mg/kg were used to ascertain efficacy in the infectious model. The plant extract significantly reduced clinical disease in comparison to the control in a dose dependant manner. The extract was as effective as the positive control ketoconazole dosed at 60 mg/kg. Conclusions The results indicate that a crude extract of L. alata leaves has potential as an antifungal agent to protect poultry against avian aspergillosis.

  11. In vitro and in vivo antifungal activity of Cassia surattensis flower against Aspergillus niger.

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    Sumathy, Vello; Zakaria, Zuraini; Jothy, Subramanion L; Gothai, Sivapragasam; Vijayarathna, Soundararajan; Yoga Latha, Lachimanan; Chen, Yeng; Sasidharan, Sreenivasan

    2014-12-01

    Invasive aspergillosis (IA) in immunocompromised host is a major infectious disease leading to reduce the survival rate of world population. Aspergillus niger is a causative agent causing IA. Cassia surattensis plant is commonly used in rural areas to treat various types of disease. C. surattensis flower extract was evaluated against the systemic aspergillosis model in this study. Qualitative measurement of fungal burden suggested a reduction pattern in the colony forming unit (CFU) of lung, liver, spleen and kidney for the extract treated group. Galactomannan assay assessment showed a decrease of fungal load in the treatment and positive control group with galactomannan index (GMI) value of 1.27 and 0.25 on day 28 but the negative control group showed high level of galactomannan in the serum with GMI value of 3.58. Histopathology examinations of the tissues featured major architecture modifications in the tissues of negative control group. Tissue reparation and recovery from infection were detected in extract treated and positive control group. Time killing fungicidal study of A. niger revealed dependence of the concentration of C. surattensis flower extract.

  12. INFECTIOUS COMPLICATIONS IN CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA

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    AnnaMaria Nosari

    2012-01-01

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    Infectious complications have been known to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in CLL patients who are predisposed to infections because of both the humoral immunodepression inherent to hematologic disease, which is related to stage and duration of CLL, and to further immunosuppression related to therapy. The majority of infections in CLL patients treated with alkilating agents is of bacterial origin. The immunodeficiency and natural infectious history of alkylator-resistant, corticosteroid-treated patients appears to have changed with the administration of purine analogs, which has been complicated by very severe and unusual infections and also more viral infections due to sustained reduction of CD4-positive T lymphocytes. The following introduction of monoclonal antibody therapies, in particular alemtuzumab, further increased the immunodepression, increasing also infections which appeared more often in patients with recurrent neutropenia due to chemotherapy cycles.

    Epidemiological data regarding fungal infections in lymphoproliferative disorders are scarce. Italian SEIFEM group in a retrospective multicentre study regarding CLL patients reported an incidence of mycoses 0.5%; however, chronic lymphoproliferative disorders emerged as second haematological underlying disease after acute leukemia in a French study on aspergillosis; in particular CLL with aspergillosis accounted for a third of these chronic lymphoproliferative diseases presenting mould infection.

  13. The Aspergillus nidulans alcA promoter drives tightly regulated conditional gene expression in Aspergillus fumigatus permitting validation of essential genes in this human pathogen.

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    Romero, Beatriz; Turner, Geoffrey; Olivas, Israel; Laborda, Fernando; De Lucas, J Ramón

    2003-11-01

    Aspergillus fumigatus causes invasive aspergillosis, a mycosis that is usually fatal in immunocompromised patients. Functional genomics in this fungus will aid the discovery of novel antifungal drugs to treat invasive aspergillosis. However, there is still a need for appropriate molecular genetic tools to facilitate such functional studies. Here, we describe the use of a conditional gene expression system allowing the identification of novel therapeutic targets through validation of essential genes in A. fumigatus. This system is based on the capacity of the Aspergillus nidulans alcA promoter (alcA(p)) to tightly regulate gene expression in this fungus. Conditionally regulated gene expression in A. fumigatus was demonstrated by transcriptional and phenotypic analyses of strains expressing a nuclear migration gene with a terminal phenotype, the A. fumigatus nudC gene, under control of this promoter. This conditional expression system, the first one described in A. fumigatus, will also be useful for investigating the function of essential genes by altering the threonine/glucose ratio in the growth medium.

  14. Fungal Aflatoxins Reduce Respiratory Mucosal Ciliary Function.

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    Lee, Robert J; Workman, Alan D; Carey, Ryan M; Chen, Bei; Rosen, Phillip L; Doghramji, Laurel; Adappa, Nithin D; Palmer, James N; Kennedy, David W; Cohen, Noam A

    2016-01-01

    Aflatoxins are mycotoxins secreted by Aspergillus flavus, which can colonize the respiratory tract and cause fungal rhinosinusitis or bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. A. flavus is the second leading cause of invasive aspergillosis worldwide. Because many respiratory pathogens secrete toxins to impair mucociliary immunity, we examined the effects of acute exposure to aflatoxins on airway cell physiology. Using air-liquid interface cultures of primary human sinonasal and bronchial cells, we imaged ciliary beat frequency (CBF), intracellular calcium, and nitric oxide (NO). Exposure to aflatoxins (0.1 to 10 μM; 5 to 10 minutes) reduced baseline (~6-12%) and agonist-stimulated CBF. Conditioned media (CM) from A. fumigatus, A. niger, and A. flavus cultures also reduced CBF by ~10% after 60 min exposure, but effects were blocked by an anti-aflatoxin antibody only with A. flavus CM. CBF reduction required protein kinase C but was not associated with changes in calcium or NO. However, AFB2 reduced NO production by ~50% during stimulation of the ciliary-localized T2R38 receptor. Using a fluorescent reporter construct expressed in A549 cells, we directly observed activation of PKC activity by AFB2. Aflatoxins secreted by respiratory A. flavus may impair motile and chemosensory functions of airway cilia, contributing to pathogenesis of fungal airway diseases. PMID:27623953

  15. Aspergillus pragensis sp. nov. discovered during molecular reidentification of clinical isolates belonging to Aspergillus section Candidi.

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    Hubka, Vit; Lyskova, Pavlina; Frisvad, Jens C; Peterson, Stephen W; Skorepova, Magdalena; Kolarik, Miroslav

    2014-08-01

    The identity of nine clinical isolates recovered from Czech patients and presumptively identified as Aspergillus sp. section Candidi based on colony morphology was revised using sequences of β-tubulin, calmodulin gene sequence, and internal transcribed spacer rDNA. Six isolates were from suspected and proven onychomycosis, one from otitis externa, and two associated with probable invasive aspergillosis. The results showed that one Aspergillus candidus isolate was the cause of otitis externa, and both isolates obtained from sputa of patients with probable invasive aspergillosis were reidentified as A. carneus (sect. Terrei) and A. flavus (sect. Flavi). Three isolates from nail scrapings were identified as A. tritici, a verified agent of nondermatophyte onychomycosis. One isolate from toenail was determined to be A. candidus and the two isolates belonged to a hitherto undescribed species, Aspergillus pragensis sp. nov. This species is well supported by phylogenetic analysis based on β-tubulin and calmodulin gene and is distinguishable from other members of sect. Candidi by red-brown reverse on malt extract agar, slow growth on Czapek-Dox agar and inability to grow at 37°C. A secondary metabolite analysis was also provided with comparison of metabolite spectrum to other species. Section Candidi now encompasses five species for which a dichotomous key based on colony characteristics is provided. All clinical isolates were tested for susceptibilities to selected antifungal agents using the Etest and disc diffusion method. Overall sect. Candidi members are highly susceptible to common antifungals.

  16. Metabolomics Analysis Reveals Specific Novel Tetrapeptide and Potential Anti-Inflammatory Metabolites in Pathogenic Aspergillus species.

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    Lee, Kim-Chung; Tam, Emily W T; Lo, Ka-Ching; Tsang, Alan K L; Lau, Candy C Y; To, Kelvin K W; Chan, Jasper F W; Lam, Ching-Wan; Yuen, Kwok-Yung; Lau, Susanna K P; Woo, Patrick C Y

    2015-06-17

    Infections related to Aspergillus species have emerged to become an important focus in infectious diseases, as a result of the increasing use of immunosuppressive agents and high fatality associated with invasive aspergillosis. However, laboratory diagnosis of Aspergillus infections remains difficult. In this study, by comparing the metabolomic profiles of the culture supernatants of 30 strains of six pathogenic Aspergillus species (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus, A. nomius and A. tamarii) and 31 strains of 10 non-Aspergillus fungi, eight compounds present in all strains of the six Aspergillus species but not in any strain of the non-Aspergillus fungi were observed. One of the eight compounds, Leu-Glu-Leu-Glu, is a novel tetrapeptide and represents the first linear tetrapeptide observed in Aspergillus species, which we propose to be named aspergitide. Two other closely related Aspergillus-specific compounds, hydroxy-(sulfooxy)benzoic acid and (sulfooxy)benzoic acid, may possess anti-inflammatory properties, as 2-(sulfooxy)benzoic acid possesses a structure similar to those of aspirin [2-(acetoxy)benzoic acid] and salicylic acid (2-hydroxybenzoic acid). Further studies to examine the potentials of these Aspergillus-specific compounds for laboratory diagnosis of aspergillosis are warranted and further experiments will reveal whether Leu-Glu-Leu-Glu, hydroxy-(sulfooxy)benzoic acid and (sulfooxy)benzoic acid are virulent factors of the pathogenic Aspergillus species.

  17. Disparate Proteome Responses of Pathogenic and Non-pathogenic Aspergilli to Human Serum Measured by Activity-Based Protein Profiling (ABPP)

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    Wiedner, Susan D.; Ansong, Charles; Webb-Robertson, Bobbie-Jo M.; Pederson, Leeanna M.; Fortuin, Suereta; Hofstad, Beth A.; Shukla, Anil K.; Panisko, Ellen A.; Smith, Richard D.; Wright, Aaron T.

    2013-07-01

    Aspergillus fumigatus is the primary pathogen causing the devastating pulmonary disease Invasive Aspergillosis in immunocompromised individuals. Genomic analysis shows high synteny between A. fumigatus and closely related rarely pathogenic Neosartorya fischeri and Aspergillus clavatus genomes. To investigate the presence of unique or highly inducible protein reactivity in the pathogen, we applied activity-based protein profiling to compare protein reactivity of all three fungi over time in minimal media growth and in response to human serum. We found 350 probe-reactive proteins exclusive to A. fumigatus, including known virulence associated proteins, and 13 proteins associated with stress response exclusive to A. fumigatus culture in serum. Though the fungi are highly orthologous, A. fumigatus has significantly more activity across varied biological process. Only 50% of expected orthologs of measured A. fumigatus reactive proteins were observed in N. fischeri and A. clavatus. Human serum induced processes uniquely or significantly represented in A. fumigatus include actin organization and assembly, transport, and fatty acid, cell membrane, and cell wall synthesis. Additionally, signaling proteins regulating vegetative growth, conidiation, and cell wall integrity, required for appropriate cellular response to external stimuli, had higher reactivity over time in A. fumigatus and N. fisheri, but not in A. clavatus. Together, we show that measured proteins and physiological processes identified solely or significantly over-represented in A. fumigatus reveal a unique adaptive response to human protein not found in closely related, but rarely aspergilli. These unique protein reactivity responses may reveal how A. fumigatus initiates pulmonary invasion leading to Invasive Aspergillosis.

  18. Metabolomics Analysis Reveals Specific Novel Tetrapeptide and Potential Anti-Inflammatory Metabolites in Pathogenic Aspergillus species

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    Kim-Chung Lee

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Infections related to Aspergillus species have emerged to become an important focus in infectious diseases, as a result of the increasing use of immunosuppressive agents and high fatality associated with invasive aspergillosis. However, laboratory diagnosis of Aspergillus infections remains difficult. In this study, by comparing the metabolomic profiles of the culture supernatants of 30 strains of six pathogenic Aspergillus species (A. fumigatus, A. flavus, A. niger, A. terreus, A. nomius and A. tamarii and 31 strains of 10 non-Aspergillus fungi, eight compounds present in all strains of the six Aspergillus species but not in any strain of the non-Aspergillus fungi were observed. One of the eight compounds, Leu–Glu–Leu–Glu, is a novel tetrapeptide and represents the first linear tetrapeptide observed in Aspergillus species, which we propose to be named aspergitide. Two other closely related Aspergillus-specific compounds, hydroxy-(sulfooxybenzoic acid and (sulfooxybenzoic acid, may possess anti-inflammatory properties, as 2-(sulfooxybenzoic acid possesses a structure similar to those of aspirin [2-(acetoxybenzoic acid] and salicylic acid (2-hydroxybenzoic acid. Further studies to examine the potentials of these Aspergillus-specific compounds for laboratory diagnosis of aspergillosis are warranted and further experiments will reveal whether Leu–Glu–Leu–Glu, hydroxy-(sulfooxybenzoic acid and (sulfooxybenzoic acid are virulent factors of the pathogenic Aspergillus species.

  19. The Crystal Structure of Peroxiredoxin Asp f3 Provides Mechanistic Insight into Oxidative Stress Resistance and Virulence of Aspergillus fumigatus

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    Hillmann, Falk; Bagramyan, Karine; Straßburger, Maria; Heinekamp, Thorsten; Hong, Teresa B.; Bzymek, Krzysztof P.; Williams, John C.; Brakhage, Axel A.; Kalkum, Markus

    2016-01-01

    Invasive aspergillosis and other fungal infections occur in immunocompromised individuals, including patients who received blood-building stem cell transplants, patients with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), and others. Production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by immune cells, which incidentally is defective in CGD patients, is considered to be a fundamental process in inflammation and antifungal immune response. Here we show that the peroxiredoxin Asp f3 of Aspergillus fumigatus inactivates ROS. We report the crystal structure and the catalytic mechanism of Asp f3, a two-cysteine type peroxiredoxin. The latter exhibits a thioredoxin fold and a homodimeric structure with two intermolecular disulfide bonds in its oxidized state. Replacement of the Asp f3 cysteines with serine residues retained its dimeric structure, but diminished Asp f3’s peroxidase activity, and extended the alpha-helix with the former peroxidatic cysteine residue C61 by six residues. The asp f3 deletion mutant was sensitive to ROS, and this phenotype was rescued by ectopic expression of Asp f3. Furthermore, we showed that deletion of asp f3 rendered A. fumigatus avirulent in a mouse model of pulmonary aspergillosis. The conserved expression of Asp f3 homologs in medically relevant molds and yeasts prompts future evaluation of Asp f3 as a potential therapeutic target. PMID:27624005

  20. Aspergillus flavus-Induced Brain Abscess in an Immunocompetent Child; Case report

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    Nawal Al-Maskari

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Intracranial aspergillosis is an extremely rare manifestation of invasive aspergillosis in immunocompetent children and is associated with high morbidity and mortality. We report a 12-year-old immunocompetent male child who was referred to the King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in May 2010 after a sudden-onset headache and loss of consciousness. Brain imaging revealed a large right space-occupying occipital lesion and the patient underwent a craniotomy and resection. Histopathology of the lesion revealed necrotising granulomatous fungal encephalitis with many hyphae engulfed by multinucleated giant histiocytes. Two days later, a computed tomography scan showed debulking of the fungal mass and the patient was discharged on oral voriconazole. However, imaging at a six-week follow-up showed progression of the abnormality. A residual or persistent fungal brain lesion was suspected. Further neurosurgical resection of the lesion was performed and cultures showed growth of Aspergillus flavus. The patient was treated successfully with antifungal therapy over the following two years.

  1. A Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis Case with Newly Defined UNC13D (c.175G>C; p.Ala59Pro Mutation and a Rare Complication

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    Yasemin Işık Balcı

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH represents a severe hyperinflammatory condition with cardinal symptoms of prolonged fever, cytopenias, hepatosplenomegaly, and hemophagocytosis by activated, morphologically benign macrophages with impaired function of natural killer cells and cytotoxic T lymphocytes. A 2-month-old girl, who was admitted with fever, was diagnosed with HLH and her genetic examination revealed a newly defined mutation in the UNC13D (c.175G>C; p.Ala59Pro gene. She was treated with dexamethasone, etoposide, and intrathecal methotrexate. During the second week of treatment, after three doses of etoposide, it was noticed that there was a necrotic plaque lesion on the soft palate. Pathologic examination of debrided material in PAS and Grocott staining revealed lots of septated hyphae, which was consistent with aspergillosis infection. Etoposide was stopped and amphotericin B treatment was given for six weeks. HLH 2004 protocol was completed to eight weeks with cyclosporine A orally. There was no patient with invasive aspergillosis infection as severe as causing palate and nasal septum perforation during HLH therapy. In immuncompromised patients, fungal infections may cause nasal septum perforation and treatment could be achieved by antifungal therapy and debridement of necrotic tissue.

  2. INFECTIOUS COMPLICATIONS IN CHRONIC LYMPHOCYTIC LEUKEMIA

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    AnnaMaria Nosari

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Infectious complications have been known to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in CLL patients who are predisposed to infections because of both the humoral immunodepression inherent to hematologic disease, which is related to stage and duration of CLL, and to further immunosuppression related to therapy. The majority of infections in CLL patients treated with alkilating agents is of bacterial origin. The immunodeficiency and natural infectious history of alkylator-resistant, corticosteroid-treated patients appears to have changed with the administration of purine analogs, which has been complicated by very severe and unusual infections and also more viral infections due to sustained reduction of CD4-positive T lymphocytes. The following introduction of monoclonal antibody therapies, in particular alemtuzumab, further increased the immunodepression, increasing also infections which appeared more often in patients with recurrent neutropenia due to chemotherapy cycles. Epidemiological data regarding fungal infections in lymphoproliferative disorders are scarce. Italian SEIFEM group in a retrospective multicentre study regarding CLL patients reported an incidence of mycoses 0.5%; however, chronic lymphoproliferative disorders emerged as second haematological underlying disease after acute leukemia in a French study on aspergillosis; in particular CLL with aspergillosis accounted for a third of these chronic lymphoproliferative diseases presenting mould infection.

  3. Echinocandins: A ray of hope in antifungal drug therapy

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    Grover Neeta

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Invasive fungal infections are on the rise. Amphotericin B and azole antifungals have been the mainstay of antifungal therapy so far. The high incidence of infusion related toxicity and nephrotoxicity with amphotericin B and the emergence of fluconazole resistant strains of Candida glabrata egged on the search for alternatives. Echinocandins are a new class of antifungal drugs that act by inhibition of β (1, 3-D- glucan synthase, a key enzyme necessary for integrity of the fungal cell wall. Caspofungin was the first drug in this class to be approved. It is indicated for esophageal candidiasis, candidemia, invasive candidiasis, empirical therapy in febrile neutropenia and invasive aspergillosis. Response rates are comparable to those of amphotericin B and fluconazole. Micafungin is presently approved for esophageal candidiasis, for prophylaxis of candida infections in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT and in disseminated candidiasis and candidemia. The currently approved indications for anidulafungin are esophageal candidiasis, candidemia and invasive candidiasis. The incidence of infusion related adverse effects and nephrotoxicity is much lower than with amphotericin B. The main adverse effect is hepatotoxicity and derangement of serum transaminases. Liver function may need to be monitored. They are, however, safer in renal impairment. Even though a better pharmacoeconomical choice than amphotericin B, the higher cost of these drugs in comparison to azole antifungals is likely to limit their use to azole resistant cases of candidial infections and as salvage therapy in invasive aspergillosis rather than as first line drugs.

  4. Neurologic Adverse Events Associated with Voriconazole Therapy: Report of Two Pediatric Cases

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    Demir, Sevliya Öcal; Atici, Serkan; Akkoç, Gülşen; Yakut, Nurhayat; İkizoğlu, Nilay Baş; Eralp, Ela Erdem; Soysal, Ahmet; Bakir, Mustafa

    2016-01-01

    Although voriconazole, a triazole antifungal, is a safe drug, treatment with this agent is associated with certain adverse events such as hepatic, neurologic, and visual disturbances. The current report presents two cases, one a 9-year-old boy and the other a 17-year-old girl, who experienced neurologic side effects associated with voriconazole therapy. Our aim is to remind readers of the side effects of voriconazole therapy in order to prevent unnecessary investigations especially for psychological and ophthalmologic problems. The first case was a 9-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis and invasive aspergillosis that developed photophobia, altered color sensation, and fearful visual hallucination. The second case was a 17-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, and she experienced photophobia, fatigue, impaired concentration, and insomnia, when the dose of voriconazole therapy was increased from 12 mg/kg/day to 16 mg/kg/day. The complaints of the two patients disappeared after discontinuation of voriconazole therapy. Our experience in these patients reminded us of the importance of being aware of the neurologic adverse events associated with voriconazole therapy in establishing early diagnosis and initiating prompt treatment. In addition, although serum voriconazole concentration was not measured in the present cases, therapeutic drug monitoring for voriconazole seems to be critically important in preventing neurologic side effects in pediatric patients. PMID:27313918

  5. Colopleural fistula caused by aspergillus: an extremely rare complication after lung resection-case report.

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    Hayashi, Akio; Susaki, Yoshiyuki; Ose, Naoko; Takeuchi, Yukiyasu; Maeda, Hajime

    2016-12-01

    A colopleural fistula is a rare condition reported to be caused by Crohn's disease, a malignant tumor of the gastrointestinal tract, and other clinical conditions. Some studies have noted that a sub-diaphragmatic abscess, usually organized following abdominal surgery, may play some role in the formation of this type of fistula. Therefore, a colopleural fistula is a complication very rarely encountered by thoracic surgeons after lung resection.We experienced an extremely rare case of colopleural fistula following a left lower lobectomy for lung aspergillosis. Here, we report a 71-year-old man with a surgical history of proximal gastrectomy for gastric cancer. He underwent left lower lobectomy of the lung for aspergillosis, and a colopleural fistula occurred on the second operative day as a complication. Aspergillus might be responsible for forming a fistula between the colon and lung via the diaphragm, and lung surgery manifested this rare condition. Although some reports suggest that surgical treatment is mandatory to cure this fistula, an immediate colostomy in our case reduced the internal pressure of the colon, thus enabling spontaneous closure of the fistula with appropriate drainage and antibiotics. The patient was discharged in a good condition. PMID:27108124

  6. Fungal Aflatoxins Reduce Respiratory Mucosal Ciliary Function

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    Lee, Robert J.; Workman, Alan D.; Carey, Ryan M.; Chen, Bei; Rosen, Phillip L.; Doghramji, Laurel; Adappa, Nithin D.; Palmer, James N.; Kennedy, David W.; Cohen, Noam A.

    2016-01-01

    Aflatoxins are mycotoxins secreted by Aspergillus flavus, which can colonize the respiratory tract and cause fungal rhinosinusitis or bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. A. flavus is the second leading cause of invasive aspergillosis worldwide. Because many respiratory pathogens secrete toxins to impair mucociliary immunity, we examined the effects of acute exposure to aflatoxins on airway cell physiology. Using air-liquid interface cultures of primary human sinonasal and bronchial cells, we imaged ciliary beat frequency (CBF), intracellular calcium, and nitric oxide (NO). Exposure to aflatoxins (0.1 to 10 μM; 5 to 10 minutes) reduced baseline (~6–12%) and agonist-stimulated CBF. Conditioned media (CM) from A. fumigatus, A. niger, and A. flavus cultures also reduced CBF by ~10% after 60 min exposure, but effects were blocked by an anti-aflatoxin antibody only with A. flavus CM. CBF reduction required protein kinase C but was not associated with changes in calcium or NO. However, AFB2 reduced NO production by ~50% during stimulation of the ciliary-localized T2R38 receptor. Using a fluorescent reporter construct expressed in A549 cells, we directly observed activation of PKC activity by AFB2. Aflatoxins secreted by respiratory A. flavus may impair motile and chemosensory functions of airway cilia, contributing to pathogenesis of fungal airway diseases. PMID:27623953

  7. Detection of Aspergillus fumigatus pulmonary fungal infections in mice with 99mTc-labeled MORF oligomers targeting ribosomal RNA

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    Purpose: Invasive aspergillosis is a major cause of infectious morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised patients. The fungus Aspergillus fumigatus (A. fumigatus) is the primary causative agent of invasive aspergillosis. However, A. fumigatus infections remain difficult to diagnose particularly in the early stages due to the lack of a rapid, sensitive and specific diagnostic approach. In this study, we investigated 99mTc labeled MORF oligomers targeting fungal ribosomal RNA (rRNA) for the imaging detection of fungal infections. Procedures: Three phosphorodiamidate morpholino (MORF) oligomer (a DNA analogue) probes were designed: AGEN, complementary to a sequence of the fungal 28S ribosomal RNA (rRNA) of Aspergillus, as a genus-specific probe; AFUM, complementary to the 28S rRNA sequence of A. fumigatus, as a fungus species-specific probe; and cMORF, irrelevant to all fungal species, as a control probe. The probes were conjugated with Alexa Fluor 633 carboxylic acid succinimidyl ester (AF633) for fluorescence imaging or with NHS-mercaptoacetyl triglycine (NHS-MAG3) for nuclear imaging with 99mTc and then evaluated in vitro and in vivo. Results: The specific binding of AGEN and AFUM to fungal total RNA was confirmed by dot blot hybridization while specific binding of AGEN and AFUM in fixed and live A. fumigatus was demonstrated by both fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis and accumulation in live cells. SPECT imaging of BALB/c mice with pulmonary A. fumigatus infections and administered 99mTc labeled AGEN and AFUM showed immediate and obvious accumulation in the infected lungs, while no significant accumulation of the control 99mTc-cMORF in the infected lung was observed. Compared to non-infected mice, with sacrifice at 1 h, the accumulation of 99mTc-AGEN and 99mTc-AFUM in the lungs of mice infected with A. fumigatus was 2 and 2.7 fold higher respectively. Conclusions: In vivo targeting fungal ribosomal RNA with 99mTc labeled MORF probes AGEN and AFUM

  8. Isolation and identification of Aspergillus spp. from brown kiwi (Apteryx mantelli) nocturnal houses in New Zealand.

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    Glare, Travis R; Gartrell, Brett D; Brookes, Jenny J; Perrott, John K

    2014-03-01

    Aspergillosis, a disease caused by infection with Aspergillus spp., is a common cause of death in birds globally and is an irregular cause of mortality of captive kiwi (Apteryx spp.). Aspergillus spp. are often present in rotting plant material, including the litter and nesting material used for kiwi in captivity. The aim of this study was to survey nocturnal kiwi houses in New Zealand to assess the levels of Aspergillus currently present in leaf litter. Samples were received from 11 nocturnal kiwi houses from throughout New Zealand, with one site supplying multiple samples over time. Aspergillus was isolated and quantified by colony counts from litter samples using selective media and incubation temperatures. Isolates were identified to the species level by amplification and sequencing of ITS regions of the ribosomal. Aspergillus spp. were recovered from almost every sample; however, the levels in most kiwi houses were below 1000 colony-forming units (CFU)/g of wet material. The predominant species was Aspergillus fumigatus, with rare occurrences of Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus nidulans, and Aspergillus parasiticus. Only one site had no detectable Aspergillus. The limit of detection was around 50 CFU/g wet material. One site was repeatedly sampled as it had a high loading of A. fumigatus at the start of the survey and had two recent clinical cases of aspergillosis diagnosed in resident kiwi. Environmental loading at this site with Aspergillus spp. reduced but was not eliminated despite changes of the litter. The key finding of our study is that the background levels of Aspergillus spores in kiwi nocturnal houses in New Zealand are low, but occasional exceptions occur and are associated with the onset of aspergillosis in otherwise healthy birds. The predominant Aspergillus species present in the leaf litter was A. fumigatus, but other species were also present. Further research is needed to confirm the optimal management of leaf litter to minimize Aspergillus

  9. Binding mode of dihydroquinazolinones with lysozyme and its antifungal activity against Aspergillus species.

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    Hemalatha, K; Madhumitha, G; Ravi, Lokesh; Khanna, V Gopiesh; Al-Dhabi, Naif Abdullah; Arasu, Mariadhas Valan

    2016-08-01

    Aspergillosis is one of the infectious fungal diseases affecting mainly the immunocompromised patients. The scarcity of the antifungal targets has identified the importance of N-myristoyl transferase (NMT) in the regulation of fungal pathway. The dihydroquinazolinone molecules were designed on the basis of fragments responsible for binding with the target enzyme. The aryl halide, 1(a-g), aryl boronic acid and potassium carbonate were heated together in water and dioxane mixture to yield new CC bond formation in dihydroquinazolinone. The bis(triphenylphosphine)palladium(II) dichloride was used as catalyst for the CC bond formation. The synthesized series were screened for their in vitro antifungal activity against Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus fumigatus. The binding interactions of the active compound with lysozyme were explored using multiple spectroscopic studies. Molecular docking study of dihydroquinazolinones with the enzyme revealed the information regarding various binding forces involved in the interaction. PMID:27214045

  10. Pulmonary complications of induction therapy for acute myeloid leukemia in adults. Findings of chest X-rays and computed tomography

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    To exclude pulmonary complications, 359 chest radiographs and 50 computed tomographs of the lung were performed in 95 patients suffering from acute myeloid leukemia. The radiological findings were registered, described and correlated with clinical findings in the present study on 2395 days of observation. Results: In summary, 52 patients showed alterations of the lung. Pulmonary hyperhydration was seen in 21 cases, bacterial pneumonia was found in 18 cases, invasive pulmonary aspergillosis was documented in 14 cases, and 5 cases of severe haemorrhage were seen. An unexplained pulmonary edema in 13 patients with interstitial and alveolar infiltrates is considered to be a complication of treatment with cytosine-arabinoside. Conclusion: The results demonstrate that chest X-ray and computed tomography have a high impact in detection and treatment of pulmonary complications following intensive chemotherapy. We may expect the development of diffuse opacity following administration of cytosine-arabinoside in medium-sized doses. (orig.)

  11. Calcineurin Orchestrates Hyphal Growth, Septation, Drug Resistance and Pathogenesis of Aspergillus fumigatus: Where Do We Go from Here?

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    Praveen R Juvvadi

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Studies on fungal pathogens belonging to the ascomycota phylum are critical given the ubiquity and frequency with which these fungi cause infections in humans. Among these species, Aspergillus fumigatus causes invasive aspergillosis, a leading cause of death in immunocompromised patients. Fundamental to A. fumigatus pathogenesis is hyphal growth. However, the precise mechanisms underlying hyphal growth and virulence are poorly understood. Over the past 10 years, our research towards the identification of molecular targets responsible for hyphal growth, drug resistance and virulence led to the elucidation of calcineurin as a key signaling molecule governing these processes. In this review, we summarize our salient findings on the significance of calcineurin for hyphal growth and septation in A. fumigatus and propose future perspectives on exploiting this pathway for designing new fungal-specific therapeutics.

  12. Natural occurrence of gliotoxin in turkeys infected with Aspergillus fumigatus, Fresenius.

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    Richard, J L; Dvorak, T J; Ross, P F

    1996-01-01

    Thirteen samples of infected turkey lung tissue from cases of 'airsacculitis' were collected either at the processing plant or from a local turkey farm and subjected to cultural and gliotoxin analysis. Aspergillus fumigatus was isolated from 6 of the 13 samples; all isolates were determined to be gliotoxin producers when grown in laboratory culture and assayed by HPLC procedures. Gliotoxin was isolated from 5 of the 13 tissue but was not isolated from all tissues that were infected with A. fumigatus. Gliotoxin was isolated from which no A. fumigatus was isolated and it was not detected in three tissues from which gliotoxin-producing isolates of A. fumigatus were obtained. The ability of this pathogenic fungs to produce this immunomodulating compound in naturally infected turkeys provides further evidence that gliotoxin may be involved in the pathogenesis of the disease, aspergillosis of turkeys. PMID:8981782

  13. Oral administration and younger age decrease plasma concentrations of voriconazole in pediatric patients.

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    Kato, Karin; Nagao, Miki; Yamamoto, Masaki; Matsumura, Yasufumi; Takakura, Shunji; Fukuda, Kazuhiko; Ichiyama, Satoshi

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    Voriconazole is used for treating or preventing invasive aspergillosis and other invasive fungal infections. To minimize adverse reactions and to maximize treatment effects, therapeutic drug monitoring should be performed. However, it is challenging to optimize daily voriconazole dosing because limited data have been published so far on pediatric patients. We retrospectively analyzed voriconazole concentrations in patients aged 0-18 years. In addition, a literature review was conducted. In our study cohort, younger age and oral administration were significantly associated with lower plasma voriconazole concentrations (P < 0.01). An unfavorable outcome was associated with low concentrations of voriconazole (P = 0.01). Reports of voriconazole administration in pediatric patients show that higher doses are required in younger children and in patients receiving oral administration. Hence, the current data suggest that we should escalate both initial and maintenance doses of voriconazole in pediatric patients, particularly in patients of younger age receiving an oral administration of voriconazole. PMID:26538245

  14. Silicotuberculosis in potato farmers: case report

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    Pneumoconiosis is defined as the accumulation of solid inanimate particles of inorganic origin in the lungs, together with the non-neoplastic tissue reactions caused by its presence. Among these conditions is silicosis, which is caused by inhalation of silicon dioxide, also known as silica. This disease has various clinical presentations, among which are the chronic, acute, and accelerated forms. Moreover, the pathophysiological mechanisms involved in silicosis make it an important risk factor for acquiring other diseases such as tuberculosis, as well as the mycoses aspergillosis and cryptococcosis. This paper presents the case of a patient admitted to the Hospital Militar Central of Bogota, who was diagnosed with silicotuberculosis. The disease was apparently caused by chronic exposition while working as a potato grower in the department of Boyaca -Colombia.

  15. Silicosis: controversy in detection

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    Diemen Darwin Delgado García

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available In many countries, the work of mining, quarrying, construction of tunnels and galleries, abrasive jet cleaning and smelting continue to present significant risks of silica exposure and silicosis epidemics still occur, even in developed countries. Patients with silicosis are particularly susceptible to opportunistic lung infections such as aspergillosis and tuberculosis. Occasionally silicosis is associated with scleroderma, systemic lupus erythematosus, nephritis and cancer. Early detection of silicosis is made by chest X-ray method, being the presence of rounded opacities the main sign of illness. However, no systematic information is available that allows use as a standard method of evaluation because their interpretation remains operator dependent both conventional radiological technique, digital and interpretation of computed tomography with high resolution.

  16. Endothelial cells, tissue factor and infectious diseases

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    Lopes-Bezerra L.M.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Tissue factor is a transmembrane procoagulant glycoprotein and a member of the cytokine receptor superfamily. It activates the extrinsic coagulation pathway, and induces the formation of a fibrin clot. Tissue factor is important for both normal homeostasis and the development of many thrombotic diseases. A wide variety of cells are able to synthesize and express tissue factor, including monocytes, granulocytes, platelets and endothelial cells. Tissue factor expression can be induced by cell surface components of pathogenic microorganisms, proinflammatory cytokines and membrane microparticles released from activated host cells. Tissue factor plays an important role in initiating thrombosis associated with inflammation during infection, sepsis, and organ transplant rejection. Recent findings suggest that tissue factor can also function as a receptor and thus may be important in cell signaling. The present minireview will focus on the role of tissue factor in the pathogenesis of septic shock, infectious endocarditis and invasive aspergillosis, as determined by both in vivo and in vitro models.

  17. Diseases diagnosed in wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo) of the southeastern United States.

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    Davidson, W R; Nettles, V F; Couvillion, C E; Howerth, E W

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    Diagnostic findings are presented on 139 sick or dead wild turkeys examined during the period 1972 through 1984. Turkeys originated from eight southeastern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia) and included 31 turkeys categorized as capture-related mortalities and 108 turkeys categorized as natural mortalities. Frequent diagnoses (greater than or equal to 10% of case accessions) in the natural mortality group were trauma, avian pox, and histomoniasis. Less frequent diagnoses (less than or equal to 4% of case accessions) included malnutrition/environmental stress syndrome, coligranuloma-like condition, crop impaction, bumblefoot, organophosphate toxicosis, infectious sinusitis, a lympho-proliferative disease, salmonellosis, aspergillosis, toxoplasmosis, crop trichomoniasis, and melorheostosis.

  18. T cell immunity and vaccines against invasive fungal diseases.

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    Ito, James Isami

    2011-01-01

    Over the past two decades much has been learned about the immunology of invasive fungal infection, especially invasive candidiasis and invasive aspergillosis. Although quite different in their pathogenesis, the major common protective host response is Th1 mediated. It is through Th1 cytokine production that the effector cells, phagocytes, are activated to kill the fungus. A more thorough understanding of the pathogenesis of disease, the elicited protective Th1 immune response, the T cell antigen(s) which elicit this response, and the mechanism(s) whereby one can enhance, reconstitute, or circumvent the immunosuppressed state will, hopefully, lead to the development of a vaccine(s) capable of protecting even the most immunocompromised of hosts.

  19. Vaccination approaches against opportunistic fungal infections caused by Aspergillus fumigatus.

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    Reichard, Utz; Herrmann, Sahra; Asif, Abdul R

    2014-01-01

    Although innate immunity primarily combats systemic infections of opportunistic fungi such as Aspergillus and Candida spp., acquired and protective immunoreactions were observed long ago in animal trials following sublethal systemic infections caused by viable fungi or after challenging animals with inactivated fungal cells. Based on these observations, fungal antigens should exist which mediate such protective immunoreactions and have in part already been identified. In this context, this review focuses primarily on the various approaches that have been used to identify protection-mediating Aspergillus-antigens and their rationale. Emphasis is placed on screening methods that have exploited genetic or proteomic approaches on the basis of the corresponding fungal genome projects. Thereby, a survey and description is given of the antigens so far known to be capable of inducing immune responses that protect animals against acquiring lethal systemic aspergillosis.

  20. Aspergilloma of the maxillary sinus: report of a case

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    Kang, Ju Han; Kim, Gyu Tae; Choi, Yong Suk; Hwang, Eui Hwan [School of Dentistry, Kung Hee University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Yu, Jae Jung [Kangdong Scared Heart Hospital, Hallym Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-12-15

    Aspergilloma of the paranasal sinus is a non-invasive form of aspergillosis, most often in the maxillary sinus. This case presents an 86-year-old female with aspergilloma of the left maxillary sinus. The patient's chief complaint was intermittent pain on the left maxillary first premolar area. A radiopacification of the left maxillary sinus was observed on the panoramic radiograph. Cone-beam computed tomography revealed complete radiopacification of the left maxillary sinus and scattered multiple radiopaque mass inside the lesion. Biopsy was performed under local anesthesia. On microscopic examination, numerous fungal hyphae, which branch at acute angle, were observed. The diagnosis was made as an aspergilloma based on the histopathologic examination.

  1. CT and MR findings of mycotic infection of the paranasal sinus: Differentiation from sinonasal neoplasm

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    When a soft tissue mass in the bony wall of the paranasal sinus is present. It is difficult to make a distinction between tumor and inflammatory mass on CT. Fungal sinusitis may have soft tissue attenuation on the bony wall of the sinus, bony sclerosis, focal bony destruction, and calcific areas on CT. This is a report of four proven cases of fungal sinusitis, aspergillosis in 3 cases and mucormycosis in 1 case. All 4 patients had CT and one patient had MRI. On CT, bony sclerosis and destruction were well visualized in all cases. On MRI, mycetoma in the maxillary sinus was hypointense on T1 weighted images and more hypointense on T2 weighted images. Although CT appears to be the best modality for initial examination of the patient with sinusitis, the differentiation of fungal sinusitis from tumor mass or other entity may be better accomplished with MRI

  2. Biological evaluation of 99mTc-Voriconazole as a potential agent for diagnosis of fungal infections by gamma scintigraphy

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    The spread of HIV has led to an increase of fungal infections such as candidiasis and invasive aspergillosis. Several types of antifungals are used to treat them and some of them can be radiolabeled with a gamma emitting agent to allow detection by scintigraphy of foci of infection. Voriconazole is a triazole agent, suitable for the synthesis of a complex linked with the precursor [99mTc(H2O)3(CO)3]+. The aim of his work was to label and determine the physicochemical and biological characteristics of voriconazole with 99mTc for the early detection of fungal infections. Radiochemical purity was determined by HPLC and the complex remained stable during at least 120 min. In vivo studies in rats bearing either sterile inflammation, infection with C. Albicans or A. Niger showed differentiation of the processes not only in biodistribution but also in scintigraphic images

  3. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation after living-related liver transplant.

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    Gedik, Ender; Çelik, Muhammet Reha; Otan, Emrah; Dişli, Olcay Murat; Erdil, Nevzat; Bayındır, Yaşar; Kutlu, Ramazan; Yılmaz, Sezai

    2015-04-01

    Various types of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation methods have been used in liver transplant operations. The main indications are portopulmonary or hepatopulmonary syndromes and other cardiorespiratory failure syndromes that are refractory to conventional therapy. There is little literature available about extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, especially after liver transplant. We describe our experience with 2 patients who had living-related liver transplant. A 69-year-old woman had refractory aspergillosis pneumonia and underwent pumpless extracorporeal lung assist therapy 4 weeks after liver transplant. An 8-month-old boy with biliary atresia underwent urgent liver transplant; he received venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy on postoperative day 1. Despite our unsuccessful experience with 2 patients, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation and pumpless extracorporeal lung assist therapy for liver transplant patients may improve prognosis in selected cases. PMID:25894176

  4. Targeted Disruption of Nonribosomal Peptide Synthetase pes3 Augments the Virulence of Aspergillus fumigatus

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    O'Hanlon, Karen A.; Cairns, Timothy; Stack, Deirdre;

    2011-01-01

    and ferricrocin. No structural or immunologically relevant NRP products have been identified in the organism. We investigated the function of the largest gene in A. fumigatus, which encodes the NRP synthetase Pes3 (AFUA_5G12730), by targeted gene deletion and extensive phenotypic analysis. It was observed...... that in contrast to other NRP synthetases, deletion of pes3 significantly increases the virulence of A. fumigatus, whereby the pes3 deletion strain (A. fumigatus Δpes3) exhibited heightened virulence (increased killing) in invertebrate (P ... of murine pulmonary aspergillosis. Complementation restored the wild-type phenotype in the invertebrate model. Deletion of pes3 also resulted in increased susceptibility to the antifungal, voriconazole (P

  5. Immunohistochemical diagnosis of fusariosis with monoclonal antibodies

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    Jensen, H.E.; Aalbæk, B.; Jungersen, Gregers;

    and the two patients. The Mabs showed no reactivity when tested on tissues containing heterologous fungi. Conclusion: Because prompt diagnosis and initiation of treatment is essential to maximize the chance of survival for any patient with fusariosis, the present Mabs are expected to add to a quick......Objectives: Fusariosis is an emerging fungal infection, especially in neutropenic patients. Proper identification of Fusarium spp. is important because the choice of antifungal treatment of fusariosis differs from that of aspergillosis, candidosis or scedosporidiosis (pseudalleceriosis). Cultural...... the somatic antigen. The production of murine Mabs was carried out as previously described for other fungi (Jensen et al., 1993, APMIS, 101, 505-516). The Mabs were isotyped and tested for reactivity in ELISA and immunoblotting (IB) with the homologous antigen. Reactive Mabs were applied on tissue sections...

  6. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome in an AIDS patient with acute renal failure and hypertension

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    Full Text Available Introduction: The posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES is a neurological entity characterized by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI evidence of bilateral subcortical edema in the occipital regions of the brain. Case report: We report the case of a female patient with AIDS, pulmonary aspergillosis, CMV infection, and acute renal failure due to Clostridium difficile diarrhea. Her clinical course was complicated by seizures and hypertension. MRI findings were consistent with PRES. The patient was treated with anticonvulsants and antihypertensive agents with clinical improvement. Discussion and conclusions: Few cases of PRES in HIV-infected patients have been described, and it is not clear whether HIV infection is a predisposing factor for this syndrome. The article reviews the literature on PRES in HIV and discusses the role of HIV-associated endothelial damage in the pathogenesis of this syndrome.

  7. High-attenuation mucus plugs on MDCT in a child with cystic fibrosis: potential cause and differential diagnosis

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    Morozov, Andrey; Brown, Shanaree [Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis, IN (United States); Applegate, Kimberly E. [Riley Hospital for Children, Department of Radiology, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN (United States); Howenstine, Michelle [Riley Hospital for Children, Department of Pulmonology, Indiana University Medical Center, Indianapolis, IN (United States)

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    High-attenuation mucus plugging is a rare finding in both adults and children. When it occurs, the field of differential diagnoses is typically quite small and includes acute hemorrhage, aspiration of radiodense material, and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA). The last of these three diagnoses is the most difficult to make, although ABPA is more commonly seen in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) or asthma. ABPA is radiographically characterized by recurrent mucus plugging, atelectasis, and central bronchiectasis. Thus far, high-attenuation mucus plugs have only been reported in adults. We report a rare case of a child with CF who had high-attenuation mucus plugs and atelectasis that raised the possibility of ABPA. We discuss the differential diagnoses of this finding and the role of multidetector CT in these children. (orig.)

  8. Mucoid impaction presenting as multiple pulmonary nodules in cystic fibrosis

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    Mucoid impaction has been described as a complication of asthma and more commonly in patients with allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. In such cases, the impacted pools of mucus may present as discrete nodules on chest X-ray and hence simulate the appearance of metastatic malignancy. A case of mucoid impaction presenting as multiple pulmonary nodules in a patient with cystic fibrosis is described. The chest X-ray showed hyperinfiltration and scattered changes consistent with bronchiectasis. Computed tomography scan confirmed these and additional intra-pulmonary nodular densities. This report illustrates that mucus impaction as a cause of pulmonary nodules should be considered in any patient with chronic lung disease characterised by excess mucus production. 6 refs., 3 figs

  9. High-attenuation mucus plugs on MDCT in a child with cystic fibrosis: potential cause and differential diagnosis

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    High-attenuation mucus plugging is a rare finding in both adults and children. When it occurs, the field of differential diagnoses is typically quite small and includes acute hemorrhage, aspiration of radiodense material, and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA). The last of these three diagnoses is the most difficult to make, although ABPA is more commonly seen in children with cystic fibrosis (CF) or asthma. ABPA is radiographically characterized by recurrent mucus plugging, atelectasis, and central bronchiectasis. Thus far, high-attenuation mucus plugs have only been reported in adults. We report a rare case of a child with CF who had high-attenuation mucus plugs and atelectasis that raised the possibility of ABPA. We discuss the differential diagnoses of this finding and the role of multidetector CT in these children. (orig.)

  10. [Acute airway obstruction during chemotherapy-induced agranulocytosis with fever].

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    Vandenbos, F; Deswardt, Ph; Hyvernat, H; Burel-Vandenbos, F; Bernardin, G

    2006-02-01

    Acute airway obstruction caused by mucoid impaction can cause sometimes life-threatening respiratory distress. Bronchial plugging is usually observed in subjects with chronic diseases such as asthma, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, or cystic fibrosis. In children, it can be related to heart failure. Acute airway obstruction in a patient without a chronic respiratory disease is exceptional. We report the case of a patient who developed bronchial plugs obstructing the bronchi during a period of agranulocytosis induced by chemotherapy. The patient experienced acute respiratory distress with asphyxia. The plugs were composed of fibrin and required several fibroscopic procedures for clearance. To our knowledge, this is the first case report of acute airway obstruction by plugging during a period of agranulocytosis. PMID:16604039

  11. Treatment principles for the management of mold infections.

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    Kontoyiannis, Dimitrios P; Lewis, Russell E

    2014-11-06

    Survival rates among immunocompromised patients with invasive mold infections have markedly improved over the last decade with earlier diagnosis and new antifungal treatment options. Yet, increasing antifungal resistance, breakthrough infections with intrinsically resistant fungi, and potentially life-threatening adverse effects and drug interactions are becoming more problematic, especially with prolonged therapy. Evidence-based recommendations for treating invasive aspergillosis and mucormycosis provide excellent guidance on the initial workup and treatment of these molds, but they cannot address all of the key management issues. Herein, we discuss 10 general treatment principles in the management of invasive mold disease in immunocompromised patients and discuss how these principles can be integrated to develop an effective, individualized treatment plan.

  12. The spectrum of allergic fungal diseases of the upper and lower airways.

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    Rodrigues, Jonathan; Caruthers, Carrie; Azmeh, Roua; Dykewicz, Mark S; Slavin, Raymond G; Knutsen, Alan P

    2016-01-01

    Fungi cause a wide spectrum of fungal diseases of the upper and lower airways. There are three main phyla involved in allergic fungal disease: (1) Ascomycota (2) Basidiomycota (3) Zygomycota. Allergic fungal rhinosinusitis (AFRS) causes chronic rhinosinusitis symptoms and is caused predominantly by Aspergillus fumigatus in India and Bipolaris in the United States. The recommended treatment approach for AFRS is surgical intervention and systemic steroids. Allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (APBA) is most commonly diagnosed in patients with asthma or cystic fibrosis. Long term systemic steroids are the mainstay treatment option for ABPA with the addition of an antifungal medication. Fungal sensitization or exposure increases a patient's risk of developing severe asthma and has been termed severe asthma associated with fungal sensitivity (SAFS). Investigating for triggers and causes of a patient's asthma should be sought to decrease worsening progression of the disease. PMID:26776889

  13. Aspergillus fumigatus in Poultry

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    Pascal Arné

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Aspergillus fumigatus remains a major respiratory pathogen in birds. In poultry, infection by A. fumigatus may induce significant economic losses particularly in turkey production. A. fumigatus develops and sporulates easily in poor quality bedding or contaminated feedstuffs in indoor farm environments. Inadequate ventilation and dusty conditions increase the risk of bird exposure to aerosolized spores. Acute cases are seen in young animals following inhalation of spores, causing high morbidity and mortality. The chronic form affects older birds and looks more sporadic. The respiratory tract is the primary site of A. fumigatus development leading to severe respiratory distress and associated granulomatous airsacculitis and pneumonia. Treatments for infected poultry are nonexistent; therefore, prevention is the only way to protect poultry. Development of avian models of aspergillosis may improve our understanding of its pathogenesis, which remains poorly understood.

  14. Cavitary lung lesion 6 years after renal transplantation

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    Subbiah, Arun Kumar; Arava, Sudheer; Bagchi, Soumita; Madan, Karan; Das, Chandan J; Agarwal, Sanjay Kumar

    2016-01-01

    The differential diagnoses of a cavitary lung lesion in renal transplant recipients would include infection, malignancy and less commonly inflammatory diseases. Bacterial infection, Tuberculosis, Nocardiosis, fungal infections like Aspergillosis and Cryptococcosis need to be considered in these patients. Pulmonary cryptococcosis usually presents 16-21 mo after transplantation, more frequently in patients who have a high level of cumulative immunosuppression. Here we discuss an interesting patient who never received any induction/anti-rejection therapy but developed both BK virus nephropathy as well as severe pulmonary Cryptococcal infection after remaining stable for 6 years after transplantation. This case highlights the risk of serious opportunistic infections even in apparently low immunologic risk transplant recipients many years after transplantation. PMID:27358792

  15. Diffuse infiltration of Aspergillus hyphae in the thyroid gland with multinodular goiter

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    Havva Erdem

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available A 35-year-old woman presented with a thyroid mass, weakness and shortness of breath of 3 years duration. On physical examination, she had a diffusely enlarged thyroid gland with multiple nodules. There were no signs to suggest immune suppression. The patient farmed and raised livestock. Biochemical tests and hemogram were normal. She underwent surgery, and a histological examination of the surgical specimen revealed nodular hyperplasia. Microscopically, silver methenamine (PASM stain-positive hyphae that divided into branches at 45° and conidia were detected beside the thyroid capsule, with conidia in the cystic nodule. Moreover, ischemic changes of the thyroid tissue were observed closer to the capsule. We report a case of Aspergillosis of the thyroid of a patient who underwent surgery for a multinodular goiter.

  16. Advances in synthetic approach to and antifungal activity of triazoles

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    Pramod Kumar Sharma

    2011-05-01

    Full Text Available Several five membered ring systems, e.g., triazole, oxadiazole dithiazole and thiadiazole with three heteroatoms at symmetrical or asymmetrical positions have been studied because of their interesting pharmacological properties. In this article our emphasis is on synthetic development and pharmacological activity of the triazole moiety which exhibit a broad spectrum of pharmacological activity such as antifungal, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anticancer etc. Triazoles have increased our ability to treat many fungal infections, for example, candidiasis, cryptococcal meningitis, aspergillosis etc. However, mortality due to these infections even with antifungal therapy is still unacceptably high. Therefore, the development of new antifungal agents targeting specific fungal structures or functions is being actively pursued. Rapid developments in molecular mycology have led to a concentrated search for more target antifungals. Although we are entering a new era of antifungal therapy in which we will continue to be challenged by systemic fungal diseases, the options for treatment will have greatly expanded.

  17. Successful Treatment of Liver Aspergilloma by Caspofungin Acetate First-Line Therapy in a Non-Immunocompromised Patient

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    Hong-Juan Dong

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Aspergillosis remains to be a life-threatening complication in immunocompromised patients. However, Aspergillus infection can be observed in non-immunocompromised individuals in rare cases. We report a case of liver aspergilloma in a chronic aplastic anemia patient under relatively intact immune status. Therapeutic strategy for this rare condition was extensively discussed and caspofungin acetate single agent first-line therapy was applied after careful consideration. Encouraging clinical and radiologic improvements were achieved in response to the antifungal salvage. Our long-term follow-up study also revealed a favorable prognosis. Based on this experience, we suggest caspofungin acetate as first-line therapy for treatment plans of liver aspergilloma.

  18. Antifungal Agents for the Treatment of Systemic Fungal Infections in Children

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    UD Allen

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Traditionally, the mainstay of systemic antifungal therapy has been amphotericin B deoxycholate (conventional amphotericin B. Newer agents have been developed to fulfill special niches and to compete with conventional amphotericin B by virtue of having more favourable toxicity profiles. Some agents have displaced conventional amphotericin B for the treatment of specific fungal diseases. For example, voriconazole has emerged as the preferred treatment for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis. This notwithstanding, conventional amphotericin B remains a useful agent for the treatment of paediatric fungal infections. Knowledge of the characteristics of the newer agents is important, given the increasing numbers of patients who are being treated with these drugs. Efforts need to be directed at research aimed at generating paediatric data where these are lacking. The antifungal agents herein described are most often used as monotherapy regimens because there is no uniform consensus on the value of combination therapy, except for specific scenarios.

  19. Expansion of a recent class of broad-spectrum antifungal agents: the echinocandins

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    Roberto Manfredi

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available The echinocandins show comparable efficacy in the treatment of candidemia and invasive candidiasis. Caspofungin and micafungin appear to be similarly efficacious in salvage therapy in aspergillosis; anidulafungin has excellent in vitro activity against Aspergillus species but as yet there are no sufficient clinical data for anidulafungin in this disease state. Each drug has minor advantages and disadvantages compared to the others of the same classe; however, there are large differences in the approved indications for the different drugs. The formulary selection process should consider the direct and indirect costs of the single agents; the characteristics of the patient population at risk for invasive mycosis, such as frequent use of interacting drugs and the burden of monitoring plasma drug levels of drugs; and the implications of using products for indications which have not been still approved (off-label indications.

  20. [Odontogenic maxillary sinusitis based on overextension of root canal filling material].

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    Badarne, O; Koudstaal, M J; van Elswijk, J F A; Wolvius, E B

    2012-10-01

    In a 48-year-old woman and a 35-year-old man, a sinusitis maxillaris resulting from overextension of root canal filling material after an endodontic treatment ofa maxillary molar could be diagnosed through computed tomography. The woman complained of nasal congestion and in the man 2 radiopaque abnormalities in the maxillary sinus were discovered coincidentally. The corpora aliena were removed surgically. Root canal filling materials containing zinc oxide or hydrocortisone may cause aspergillosis of the maxillary sinus because they encountergrowth of Aspergillus species. In case ofmaxillary sinusitis, surgical removal of overextended root canal filling material from the maxillary sinus is indicated. No treatment consensus consists for cases without maxillary sinusitis symptoms.