Posts filed under ‘Infecciones en transplantados’

The Brief Case: Bacteremia Caused by Helicobacter cinaedi

Journal of Clinical Microbiology January 2017 V.55 N.1 P.5-9

Allen C. Bateman and Susan M. Butler-Wu* Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Carey-Ann D. Burnham, Editor Washington University School of Medicine


A 61-year-old male with relapsed multiple myeloma presented to clinic with fatigue and chills.

The patient had undergone two rounds of autologous stem cell transplantation in 2012 and was undergoing chemotherapy with pomalidomide, cyclophosphamide, and dexamethasone.

He was admitted for neutropenic fever (absolute neutrophil count of 1.4 × 109/liter, temperature of 38.4°C). His physical exam was normal, and he denied any other symptoms.

Two sets of blood cultures were obtained (VersaTREK Redox; Trek Diagnostic Systems), and the patient was started on levofloxacin, vancomycin, and cefepime. His fever subsided after 24 h, and he was discharged home to complete a 30-day course of oral levofloxacin…



October 19, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Moraxella osloensis, an emerging pathogen of endocarditis in immunocompromised patients?

Swiss Med Wkly. 2015 Sep 16;145:w14185.

Gagnard JC1, Hidri N2, Grillon A3, Jesel L4, Denes E5.

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1 Infectious Diseases Department, Limoges Teaching Hospital, France.

2 Bacteriology Laboratory, Limoges Teaching Hospital, France.

3 Bacteriology Laboratory, Strasbourg Teaching Hospital, France.

4 Cardiology Department, Strasbourg Teaching Hospital, France.

5 CHU Dupuytren, 2 Ave Martin Luther King, LIMOGES, FRANCE.


We report two cases of endocarditis due to Moraxella osloensis. Only one previous case of such infection has been described.

These infections occurred in immunocompromised patients (B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukaemia and kidney graft associated with Hodgkin’s disease) and both patients had a favourable outcome with a complete cure of their infectious endocarditis.

This bacterium could be an emerging pathogen revealed by MALDI-TOF. Indeed, its characterisation within the Moraxella group by use of biochemistry-based methods is difficult.

Moreover, this strain could be particularly involved in immunocompromised patients.


August 2, 2017 at 4:17 pm

Aspergilosis. Formas clínicas y tratamiento

Enf Infecciosas & Microbiologia Clínica Abril 2012 V.30 N.4

Jesús Fortún, Yolanda Meije, Gema Fresco, Santiago Moreno.

Servicio de Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital Ramón y Cajal, Madrid, España


La aspergilosis invasiva junto con la aspergilosis crónica pulmonar y la aspergilosis broncopulmonar alérgica, constituyen las formas clínicas de aspergilosis.

Aunque el número de especies de Aspergillus spp. es muy numeroso, Aspergillus fumigatus-complex es el agente etiológico más frecuente, independientemente de la forma clínica y la afección de base del paciente.

El incremento de los diferentes tratamientos inmunosupresores y el mayor uso de corticoides en pacientes con enfermedad obstructiva crónica han condicionado un mayor protagonismo de la aspergilosis en los últimos años.

El uso de galactomanano y las pruebas de imagen complementan las limitaciones microbiológicas en el diagnóstico de estos pacientes. Voriconazol y anfotericina liposomal constituyen la base del tratamiento en todas las formas de aspergilosis, y posaconazol, itraconazol, caspofungina y otras equinocandinas son alternativas eficaces.

El pronóstico depende de la forma clínica y las características del huésped, pero es sombrío fundamentalmente en las formas invasivas diseminadas.



July 17, 2017 at 8:11 am

Cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA Quantitation in Bronchoalveolar Lavage Fluid From Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant Recipients With CMV Pneumonia

Journal of Infectious Diseases May 15, 2017 V.215 N.10 P.1514-1522


Michael Boeckh  Terry Stevens-Ayers  Giovanna Travi  Meei-Li Huang  Guang-Shing Cheng Hu Xie  Wendy Leisenring  Veronique Erard  Sachiko Seo  Louise Kimball  …


Quantitative cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA–specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis is widely used as a surveillance method for hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HCT) recipients. However, no CMV DNA threshold exists in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) to differentiate pneumonia from pulmonary shedding.


We tested archived BAL fluid samples from 132 HCT recipients with CMV pneumonia and 139 controls (100 patients with non-CMV pneumonia, 18 with idiopathic pneumonia syndrome [IPS], and 21 who were asymptomatic) by quantitative CMV and β-globin DNA–specific PCR.


Patients with CMV pneumonia had higher median viral loads (3.9 log10 IU/mL; interquartile range [IQR], 2.6–6.0 log10 IU/mL) than controls (0 log10 IU/mL [IQR, 0–1.6 log10 IU/mL] for patients with non-CMV pneumonia, 0 log10 IU/mL [IQR, 0–1.6 log10 IU/mL] for patients with IPS, and 1.63 log10 IU/mL [IQR, 0–2.5 log10 IU/mL] for patients who were asymptomatic; P < .001 for all comparisons to patients with CMV pneumonia). Receiver operating characteristic curve analyses and predictive models identified a cutoff CMV DNA level of 500 IU/mL to differentiate between CMV pneumonia and pulmonary shedding, using current CMV pneumonia prevalence figures. However, different levels may be appropriate in settings of very high or low CMV pneumonia prevalence. The presence of pulmonary copathogens, radiographic presentation, or pulmonary hemorrhage did not alter predictive values.


CMV DNA load in BAL can be used to differentiate CMV pneumonia from pulmonary shedding.


July 5, 2017 at 10:24 pm

Estimating the burden of invasive and serious fungal disease in the United Kingdom

Journal of Infection January 2017 V.74 N.1

Matthew Pegorie a, David W. Denning b,c,d, *, William Welfare a,d

a Public Health England North West Health Protection Team (Greater Manchester), UK

bNational Aspergillosis Centre, University Hospital of South Manchester, Manchester, UK

c The University of Manchester, Manchester, UK

d Manchester Academic Health Sciences Centre, University of Manchester, UK

Background: The burden of fungal disease in the UK is unknown. Only limited data are systematically collected. We have estimated the annual burden of invasive and serious fungal disease.

Methods: We used several estimation approaches. We searched and assessed published estimates of incidence, prevalence or burden of specific conditions in various high risk groups. Studies with adequate internal and external validity allowed extrapolation to estimate current UK burden. For conditions without adequate published estimates, we sought expert advice.

Results: The UK population in 2011 was 63,182,000 with 18% aged under 15 and 16% over 65. The following annual burden estimates were calculated: invasive candidiasis 5142; Candida peritonitis complicating chronic ambulatory peritoneal dialysis 88; Pneumocystis pneumonia 207e587 cases, invasive aspergillosis (IA), excluding critical care patients 2901e2912, and IA in critical care patients 387e1345 patients, <100 cryptococcal meningitis cases. We estimated 178,000 (50,000e250,000) allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis cases in people with asthma, and 873 adults and 278 children with cystic fibrosis. Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis is estimated to affect 3600 patients, based on burden estimates post tuberculosis and in sarcoidosis.

Conclusions: Uncertainty is intrinsic to most burden estimates due to diagnostic limitations, lack of national surveillance systems, few published studies and methodological limitations. The largest uncertainty surrounds IA in critical care patients. Further research is needed to produce a more robust estimate of total burden


March 25, 2017 at 5:40 pm

Pre-existing medical conditions associated with Vibrio vulnificus septicaemia.

Epidemiol Infect. 2014 Apr;142(4):878-81.

Menon MP1, Yu PA1, Iwamoto M1, Painter J1.

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1Division of Foodborne, Waterborne and Environmental Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA.


Vibrio vulnificus (Vv) can result in severe disease. Although pre-existing liver disease is a recognized risk factor for serious infection, the relative importance of other comorbidities has not been fully assessed.

We analysed reports of Vv infections submitted to CDC from January 1988 to September 2006 in order to assess the role of pre-existing conditions contributing to severe outcomes.

A total of 1212 patients with Vv infection were reported. Only patients with liver disease [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) 5.1)] were more likely to become septic when exposure was due to contaminated food.

Patients with liver disease (aOR 4.1), a haematological disease (aOR 3.2), or malignancy (aOR 3.2) were more likely to become septic when infection was acquired via a non-foodborne exposure.

As such, patients with these pre-existing medical conditions should be advised of the risk of life-threatening illness after eating undercooked contaminated seafood or exposing broken skin to warm seawater


February 17, 2017 at 4:39 pm

Infectious Complications After Liver Transplantation.

Gastroenterol Hepatol (N Y). 2015 Nov;11(11):741-53.

Hernandez Mdel P1, Martin P1, Simkins J1.

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1Dr Hernandez is an assistant professor of medicine and Dr Martin is a professor of medicine in the Division of Hepatology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. Dr Simkins is an assistant professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.


Orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) is the standard of care for patients with decompensated cirrhosis and for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma.

More than 6000 liver transplants are performed annually in the United States. High patient and graft survival rates have been achieved in great part due to the availability of potent immunosuppressive agents.

Systemic immunosuppression has rendered the liver recipient susceptible to de novo infections as well as reactivation of preexisting latent infections. Infections occurring during the first month post-OLT are usually nosocomial, donor-derived, or the result of a perioperative complication.

The development of opportunistic infections (OIs) such as Aspergillus and the reactivation of latent infections such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis are more frequent 1 to 6 months posttransplant, when the net state of immunosuppression is the highest.

Immunosuppressive therapy is tapered 6 to 12 months post-OLT; therefore, infections occurring during that time period and afterward generally resemble those of the general population.

Screening strategies applied to determine the risk of an infection after transplantation and the use of prophylactic antimicrobial therapy have reduced the incidence of OIs after OLT.

This article will review the various causes of infection post-OLT and the therapies used to manage complications.


February 10, 2017 at 8:49 am

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