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Clinical and epidemiological features of chronic Trypanosoma cruzi infection in patients with HIV/AIDS in Buenos Aires, Argentina

International Journal of Infectious Diseases February 2018 V.67 P.118–121

Andrés Guillermo Benchetrit, Marisa Fernández, Amadeo Javier Bava, Marcelo Corti, Norma Porteiro, Liliana Martínez Peralta

Highlights

  • Chagas disease reactivation is an AIDS-defining illness with a high mortality rate.
  • Besides the vector-borne route, other means of T. cruzi infection acquisition must be assessed.
  • HIV-infected patients with lower CD4 T-cell counts are at higher risk of Chagas disease reactivation.
  • Severely immunecompromised patients infected with T. cruzi may have negative serological assay results.
  • Direct parasitological techniques should be performed in the diagnosis of patients for whom there is a suspicion of T. cruzi reactivation.

Objectives

Trypanosoma cruzi reactivation in HIV patients is considered an opportunistic infection, usually with a fatal outcome. The aim of this study was to describe the epidemiological and clinical features of T. cruzi infection in HIV patients and to compare these findings between patients with and without Chagas disease reactivation.

Methods

The medical records of T. cruzi–HIV co-infected patients treated at the Muñiz Infectious Diseases Hospital from January 2005 to December 2014 were reviewed retrospectively. Epidemiological and clinical features were assessed and compared between patients with and without Chagas disease reactivation.

Results

The medical records of 80 T. cruzi–HIV co-infected patients were reviewed. The most likely route of T. cruzi infection was vector-borne (32/80 patients), followed by intravenous drug use (12/80). Nine of 80 patients had reactivation. Patients without reactivation had a significantly higher CD4 T-cell count at diagnosis of T. cruzi infection (144 cells/μl vs. 30 cells/μl, p = 0.026). Chagas disease serology was negative in two of nine patients with reactivation.

Conclusions

Serological assays for T. cruzi infection may be negative in severely immunocompromised patients. Direct parasitological techniques should be performed in the diagnosis of patients for whom there is a suspicion of T. cruzi reactivation. HIV patients with a lower CD4 count are at higher risk of reactivation.

abstract

http://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(17)30309-0/fulltext

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http://www.ijidonline.com/article/S1201-9712(17)30309-0/pdf

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February 18, 2018 at 4:05 pm

Ceftriaxone versus ceftriaxone plus a macrolide for community-acquired pneumonia in hospitalized patients with HIV/AIDS: a randomized controlled trial

Clinical Microbiology and Infection February 2018 V.24 N.2 p146–151 

Figueiredo-Mello, P. Naucler, M.D. Negra, A.S. Levin

Objectives

To evaluate if treatment with ceftriaxone and a macrolide, improved patient outcome when compared with monotherapy with ceftriaxone, in hospitalized patients with human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficient syndrome (HIV/AIDS) with community-acquired pneumonia (CAP).

Methods

Adult patients with HIV hospitalized due to suspected CAP were randomized to receive one of two regimens, ceftriaxone plus macrolide or ceftriaxone plus placebo, at a 1:1 proportion (Brazilian Clinical Trials Registry: RBR-8wtq2b). The primary outcome was in-hospital mortality and the secondary outcomes were mortality within 14 days, need for vasoactive drugs, need for mechanical ventilation, time to clinical stability and length of hospitalization.

Results

A total of 227 patients were randomized, two were excluded after randomization; 225 patients were analysed (112 receiving ceftriaxone plus placebo and 113 receiving ceftriaxone plus macrolide). The frequency of the primary outcome, in-hospital mortality, was not statistically different between the regimens: 12/112 (11%) patients who received ceftriaxone plus placebo and 17/113 (15%) who received ceftriaxone plus macrolide died during hospitalization (hazard ratio 1.22, 95% CI 0.57–2.59). We did not find differences between the regimens for any of the secondary outcomes, including mortality within 14 days, which occurred in 5/112 (4%) patients with ceftriaxone plus placebo and in 12/113 (11%) patients with ceftriaxone plus macrolide (relative risk 2.38, 95% CI 0.87–6.53).

Conclusions

Among hospitalized patients with HIV/AIDS with CAP, treatment with ceftriaxone and a macrolide did not improve patient outcomes, when compared with ceftriaxone monotherapy.

abstract

http://www.clinicalmicrobiologyandinfection.com/article/S1198-743X(17)30332-4/fulltext

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http://www.clinicalmicrobiologyandinfection.com/article/S1198-743X(17)30332-4/pdf

 

January 31, 2018 at 11:25 pm

Fiebre de origen desconocido en pacientes HIV positivos

ANALES DE MEDICINA INTERNA (Madrid), 2001 V.18 N.4 P.181-186

BARBA, J. GÓMEZ-RODRIGO, J. MARCO, P. RONDÓN, G. EROLES,

LÓPEZ-VARAS, R. TORRES

Departamento de Medicina Interna y Enfermedades Infecciosas. Hospital Severo Ochoa.

Leganés. Madrid

RESUMEN

Objetivos

Describir la presentación clínica y la utilidad de los de tests diagnósticos habitualmente recomendados en el estudio de la fiebre de origen desconocido (FOD) en los pacientes VIH positivos.

Pacientes y métodos

Incluimos en el estudio a los 54 pacientes con infección por el VIH que ingresaron en nuestro Hospital por FOD durante un periodo de 23 meses. La FOD fue definida de acuerdo con los criterios modificados de Petersdorf´s.

Resultados

La causa de la fiebre se identificó en 48 casos (89%). La tuberculosis, la micobacteriosis atípica y la leishmaniasis pueden explicar el 68% de los casos. El aspirado de médula ósea, la punción aspiración o la biopsia de los ganglios linfáticos y los cultivos para micobacterias fueron las pruebas diagnósticas más rentables.

Conclusiones

La infección por micobacterias debe ser el primer diagnóstico de sospecha en los pacientes VIH positivos con FOD. Es posible precedir el diagnóstico de tuberculosis con una alta precisión (90,5%) con un modelo de regresión logística basado en datos clínicos y analíticos fácilmente obtenibles.

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http://scielo.isciii.es/pdf/ami/v18n4/original2.pdf

November 21, 2017 at 8:41 am

FIEBRE DE ORIGEN DESCONOCIDO EN PACIENTES INFECTADOS CON EL VIRUS DE LA INMUNODEFICIENCIA HUMANA

MEDICINA (Buenos Aires) 2000 V.60 N.5 P.623-630

SEBASTIAN A. MATHURIN, SERGIO LUPO, HECTOR O. ALONSO

Primera Cátedra de Clínica Médica y Terapéutica, Facultad de Ciencias Médicas, Universidad Nacional de Rosario; Hospital Provincial del Centenario, Rosario

La fiebre de origen desconocido (FOD) es frecuente en pacientes infectados por el HIV. Existen numerosas causas que pueden originar FOD y su frecuencia relativa depende de múltiples factores. Usualmente se debe a una infección oportunista agregada.

La evaluación diagnóstica depende de la presentación clínica y del estadio de la infección por HIV. Existe una asociación entre el recuento de linfocitos CD4 y ciertas enfermedades oportunistas que pueden originar FOD.

El área geográfica y la prevalencia local de infecciones endémicas es un factor importante. Las infecciones de distribución mundial como la tuberculosis siempre deben ser consideradas y otras como la histoplasmosis diseminada son causa frecuente de FOD en áreas endémicas como la Argentina.

La mayor utilidad diagnóstica se obtiene con los cultivos de esputo y hemocultivos para micobacterias, y entre los métodos invasivos con cultivos a partir de la aspiración/biopsia de ganglio linfático, la biopsia de médula ósea y la biopsia hepática.

La eficacia del tratamiento empírico ha sido documentada en ciertas infecciones.

FULL TEXT

http://www.medicinabuenosaires.com/revistas/vol60-00/5-1/fiebredeorigen.htm

November 21, 2017 at 8:34 am

2017-07 Guidelines for the managing advanced HIV disease and rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy. WHO 56 pags

Overview

The objectives of these guidelines are to provide recommendations outlining a public health approach to managing people presenting with advanced HIV disease, and to provide guidance on the timing of initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) for all people living with HIV.

The first set of recommendations addresses the specific needs of people with advanced HIV disease and defines a package of interventions aimed at reducing HIV-associated morbidity and mortality. WHO recommends that a package of screening, prophylaxis, rapid ART initiation and intensified adherence interventions be offered to everyone living with HIV presenting with advanced disease. This is a strong recommendation that applies to all populations and age groups. The guidelines also include an algorithm to support decision making for providing care for people with advanced HIV disease.

The second set of recommendations defines how rapidly ART should be initiated within the context of the “treat all” policy, especially when coinfections are present. WHO strongly recommends that rapid ART initiation should be offered to people living with HIV following confirmed diagnosis and clinical assessment. Rapid initiation of ART is defined as within seven days of HIV diagnosis. WHO further strongly recommends ART initiation on the same day as HIV diagnosis based on the person’s willingness and readiness to start ART immediately, unless there are clinical reasons to delay treatment. Both of these recommendations apply to all populations and age groups. People with advanced HIV disease should be given priority for clinical assessment and treatment initiation.

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http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/255884/1/9789241550062-eng.pdf?ua=1

August 7, 2017 at 9:56 am

Pneumocystis jiroveci pneumonia: comparative study of cases in HIV-infected patients and immunocompromised non-HIV-infected patients.

Rev Chilena Infectol. August 2014 V.31 N.4 P.417-24.

[Article in Spanish]

Cerón I, Rabagliati R, Langhaus J, Silva F, Guzmán AM, Lagos M.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Although P. jiroveci pneumonia affects immunocompromised (IC) patients of any etiology, clinical features and prognostic outcomes are different depending if they are patients with HIV infection or other causes of IC.

OBJECTIVES:

To compare clinical and laboratory features as well as outcomes of P. jiroveci pneumonia in HIV versus non-HIV patients.

METHODS:

Retrospective review of clinical records of HIV and non-HIV patients with P. jiroveci pneumonia managed at the Hospital Clínico Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile, between 2005 and 2007.

RESULTS:

We included 28 HIV and 45 non-HIV patients with confirmed P. jiroveci pneumonia. The non-HIV population was older (65 vs 36,2 years, p < 0,01), had shorter duration of symptoms (7 [1-21] vs 14 [2-45] days, p < 0,01), required more invasive techniques (60 vs 21%, p < 0,01) and RT-PCR to confirm the diagnosis (93 vs 68%, p < 0,01), were more frequently treated at intensive care units (58 vs. 25%, p < 0,01) requiring artificial ventilation (56 vs 11%, p < 0,01), and had a higher attributable mortality (33% vs 0%, p < 0,01).

CONCLUSIONS:

Our study confirmed that P. jiroveci pneumonia in non-HIV IC patients is more severe, more difficult to diagnose and has higher mortality that in HIV patients. Therefore, it is mandatory to optimize diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for this patients group

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http://www.scielo.cl/pdf/rci/v31n4/art07.pdf

July 18, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Pneumocystis pneumonia in hospitalized patients: a detailed examination of symptoms, management, and outcomes in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected and HIV-uninfected persons.

Transpl Infect Dis. 2012 Oct;14(5):510-8.

McKinnell JA1, Cannella AP, Kunz DF, Hook EW 3rd, Moser SA, Miller LG, Baddley JW, Pappas PG.

Author information

1 Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is a life-threatening infection for immunocompromised individuals. Robust data and clear guidelines are available for prophylaxis and treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-related PCP (HIV-PCP), yet few data and no guidelines are available for non-HIV-related PCP (NH-PCP). We postulated that prevention and inpatient management of HIV-PCP differed from NH-PCP.

METHODS:

We performed a retrospective case review of all pathologically confirmed cases of PCP seen at the University of Alabama Medical Center from 1996 to 2008. Data on clinical presentation, hospital course, and outcome were collected using a standardized data collection instrument. Bivariate analysis compared prophylaxis, adjunctive corticosteroids, and clinical outcomes between patients with HIV-PCP and NH-PCP.

RESULTS:

Our analysis of the cohort included 97 cases of PCP; 65 HIV and 32 non-HIV cases. Non-HIV cases rarely received primary prophylaxis (4% vs. 38%, P = 0.01) and received appropriate antibiotics later in the course of hospitalization (5.2 days vs. 1.1 days, P < 0.005). Among transplant patients, NH-PCP was diagnosed a mean of 1066 days after transplantation and most patients were on low-dose corticosteroids (87%) at the time of disease onset. No significant differences in adjunctive corticosteroid use (69% vs. 77%, P = 0.39) and 90-day mortality (41% vs. 28%, P = 0.20) were detected.

CONCLUSIONS:

Patients who have undergone organ or stem cell transplant remain at risk for PCP for many years after transplantation. In our cohort, patients who developed NH-PCP were rarely given prophylaxis, and initiation of appropriate antibiotics was significantly delayed compared to cases of HIV-PCP. Medical providers should be aware of the ongoing risk for NH-PCP, even late after transplantation, and consider more aggressive approaches to both prophylaxis and earlier empirical therapy for PCP.

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3889465/pdf/nihms-536426.pdf

July 18, 2017 at 3:43 pm

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