Infectious complications in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

February 23, 2017 at 7:49 am

Mediterr J Hematol Infect Dis. 2012;4(1):e2012070. doi: 10.4084/MJHID.2012.070. Epub 2012 Nov 5.

Nosari A1.

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1Divisione di Ematologia, Niguarda Ca’ Granda Hospital, Piazza Ospedale Maggiore 3 – 20162 Milano, Italy. Tel: 39-02-64442668.

Abstract

Infectious complications have been known to be a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) patients who are prone to infections because of both the humoral immunodepression inherent to the hematologic disease and to the immunosuppression related to the 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 subsequent introduction of monoclonal antibodies in 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.

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Entry filed under: Antimicrobianos, Bacterias, Bacteriemias, Biológicos, Biología Molecular, Epidemiología, F.O.D, HIC no SIDA, Infecciones en neutropenicos, Infecciones en onco-hematologicos, Infecciones en piel y tej blandos, Infecciones en seniles, Infecciones micoticas, Infecciones respiratorias, Infecciones senos paranasales y oidos, Infecciones sitio quirurgico, Inmunizaciones, Metodos diagnosticos, REPORTS, Sepsis, Update.

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