Posts filed under ‘Infecciones micoticas’

Histoplasmosis-related healthcare use, diagnosis, and treatment in a commercially insured population, United States.

Clinical Infectious Diseases April 30, 2019  

Benedict K1, Beer KD1, Jackson BR1.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Infections with Histoplasma can range from asymptomatic to life-threatening acute pulmonary or disseminated disease. Histoplasmosis can be challenging to diagnose and is widely under-recognized. We analyzed insurance claims data to better characterize histoplasmosis testing and treatment practices and its burden on patients.

METHODS:

We used the IBM® MarketScan® Research Databases to identify patients with histoplasmosis (International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification [ICD-9-CM] codes 115.00-115.99) during 2012-2014. We analyzed claims in the 3 months before to the 1 year after diagnosis and examined differences between probable (hospitalized or >1 outpatient visit) and suspect (1 outpatient visit) patients.

RESULTS:

Among 1,935 patients (943 probable, 922 suspect), 54% had codes for symptoms or findings consistent with histoplasmosis and 35% had ≥2 healthcare visits in the 3 months before diagnosis. Overall, 646 (33%) had any fungal-specific laboratory test: histoplasmosis antibody test (n= 349, 18%), Histoplasma antigen test (n=349, 18%), fungal smear (n=294, 15%), or fungal culture (n=223, 12%); 464 (24%) had a biopsy. Forty-nine percent of probable patients and 10% of suspect patients were prescribed antifungal medication in the outpatient setting. Total, 19% were hospitalized. Patients’ last histoplasmosis-associated healthcare visits occurred a median of 6 months after diagnosis.

CONCLUSIONS:

Some histoplasmosis patients experienced severe disease, apparent diagnostic delays, and prolonged illness, whereas other patients lacked symptoms and were likely diagnosed incidentally (e.g., via biopsy). Low rates of histoplasmosis-specific testing also suggest incidental diagnoses and low provider suspicion, highlighting the need for improved awareness about this disease.

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https://academic.oup.com/cid/advance-article/doi/10.1093/cid/ciz324/5481778

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May 23, 2019 at 8:16 am

Mortality due to Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattiiin low-income settings: an autopsy study

Scientific Reports May 2019       

Cryptococcosis is a major opportunistic infection and is one of the leading causes of death in adults living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa. Recent estimates indicate that more than 130,000 people may die annually of cryptococcal meningitis in this region.

Although complete diagnostic autopsy (CDA) is considered the gold standard for determining the cause of death, it is seldom performed in low income settings.

In this study, a CDA was performed in 284 deceased patients from Mozambique (n = 223) and Brazil (n = 61). In depth histopathological and microbiological analyses were carried out in all cases dying of cryptococcosis. We determined the cryptococcal species, the molecular and sero-mating types and antifungal susceptibility.

We also described the organs affected and reviewed the clinical presentation and patient management. Among the 284 cases included, 17 fatal cryptococcal infections were diagnosed. Cryptococcus was responsible for 16 deaths among the 163 HIV-positive patients (10%; 95%CI: 6–15%), including four maternal deaths.

One third of the cases corresponded to C. gattii (VGI and VGIV molecular types, Bα and Cα strains) and the remaining infections typed were caused by C. neoformans var. Grubii (all VNI and Aα strains). The level of pre-mortem clinical suspicion was low (7/17, 41%), and 7/17 patients (41%) died within the first 72 hours of admission.

Cryptococcosis was responsible for a significant proportion of AIDS-related mortality. The clinical diagnosis and patient management were inadequate, supporting the need for cryptococcal screening for early detection of the disease.

This is the first report of the presence of C. gattii infection in Mozambique…

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https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-43941-w.epdf

May 22, 2019 at 7:53 am

Liposomal Amphotericin B: Two Decades of Preclinical and Clinical Advances for Treatment of Invasive Fungal Infections

Clinical Infectious Diseases May 15, 2019 V.68 SUPPL. 4

Pharmacology of Liposomal Amphotericin B: An Introduction to Preclinical and Clinical Advances for

Treatment of Life-threatening Invasive Fungal Infections

Preclinical Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Antifungal Activity of Liposomal Amphotericin B

Clinical Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, Safety and Efficacy of Liposomal Amphotericin B

https://academic.oup.com/cid/issue/68/Supplement_4

 

May 5, 2019 at 12:31 pm

Candida auris Clinical Isolates from South Korea: Identification, Antifungal Susceptibility, and Genotyping

Journal of Clinical Microbioliology March 2019 57:e01624-18

Yong Jun Kwon, Jong Hee Shin, Seung A Byun, Min Ji Choi, Eun Jeong Won, Dain Lee, Seung Yeob Lee, Sejong Chun, Jun Hyung Lee, Hyun Jung Choi, Seung Jung Kee, Soo Hyun Kim and Myung Geun Shin

Candida auris is an emerging worldwide fungal pathogen. Over the past 20 years, 61 patient isolates of C. auris (4 blood and 57 ear) have been obtained from 13 hospitals in Korea.

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https://jcm.asm.org/content/57/4/e01624-18.abstract?etoc

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https://jcm.asm.org/content/jcm/57/4/e01624-18.full.pdf

 

March 31, 2019 at 6:54 pm

Molecular Epidemiology of Candida auris in Colombia Reveals a Highly Related, Countrywide Colonization With Regional Patterns in Amphotericin B Resistance

Clinical Infectious Diseases, January 1, 2019 V.68  N.1 P.15–21

Patricia Escandón; Nancy A Chow; Diego H Caceres; Lalitha Gade; Elizabeth L Berkow …

Background

Candida auris is a multidrug-resistant yeast associated with hospital outbreaks worldwide. During 2015–2016, multiple outbreaks were reported in Colombia. We aimed to understand the extent of contamination in healthcare settings and to characterize the molecular epidemiology of C. auris in Colombia.

Methods

We sampled patients, patient contacts, healthcare workers, and the environment in 4 hospitals with recent C. auris outbreaks. Using standardized protocols, people were swabbed at different body sites. Patient and procedure rooms were sectioned into 4 zones and surfaces were swabbed. We performed whole-genome sequencing (WGS) and antifungal susceptibility testing (AFST) on all isolates.

Results

Seven of the 17 (41%) people swabbed were found to be colonized. Candida auris was isolated from 37 of 322 (11%) environmental samples. These were collected from a variety of items in all 4 zones. WGS and AFST revealed that although isolates were similar throughout the country, isolates from the northern region were genetically distinct and more resistant to amphotericin B (AmB) than the isolates from central Colombia. Four novel nonsynonymous mutations were found to be significantly associated with AmB resistance.

Conclusions

Our results show that extensive C. auris contamination can occur and highlight the importance of adherence to appropriate infection control practices and disinfection strategies. Observed genetic diversity supports healthcare transmission and a recent expansion of C. auris within Colombia with divergent AmB susceptibility.

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https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/68/1/15/4996781

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January 5, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Candida auris Sternal Osteomyelitis in a Man from Kenya Visiting Australia, 2015

Emerging Infectious Diseases January 2019 V.25  N.1

H. Heath et al.

In Australia in 2015, Candida auris sternal osteomyelitis was diagnosed in a 65-year-old man with a history of intensive care treatment in Kenya in 2012 and without a history of cardiac surgery.

The isolate was South Africa clade III.

Clinicians should note that C. auris can cause low-grade disease years after colonization.

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https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/eid/article/25/1/pdfs/18-1321.pdf

December 26, 2018 at 3:48 pm

Radiological characteristics of pulmonary cryptococcosis in HIV-infected patients.

PLoS One. March 16, 2017 V.12 N.3 P.:e0173858.

Hu Z1, Chen J2, Wang J3, Xiong Q1, Zhong Y1, Yang Y1, Xu C4, Wei H1.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Current understanding of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-associated pulmonary cryptococcosis (PC) is largely based on studies performed about 2 decades ago which reported that the most common findings on chest radiograph were diffuse interstitial infiltrates. Few studies are available regarding the computed tomography (CT) findings. The aim of this study was to characterize chest CT features of HIV-associated PC.

METHODS:

HIV patients with cryptococccal infection and pulmonary abnormalities on Chest CT between September 2010 and May 2016 in the Second Affiliated Hospital of the Southeast University were retrospectively analyzed. Confirmed cases of tumors, mycobacterial infections and other fungal infections were excluded from the analysis.

RESULTS:

60 cases were identified. The median CD4 T-cell counts were 20 cells/μL (range, 0-205 cells/μL). Chest CT scans demonstrated nodular lesions in 93.3% of the studied patients. Those nodular lesions were usually cavitated and solitary nodule was the most common form. Pleural effusions and pneumonic infiltrates occurred in 11.6% and 31.7% of the cases respectively. Those lesions were usually had co-existing nodular lesions. Etiological analysis suggested that 76.8% of the nodular lesions could have a relationship with PC that 12.5% of the nodular lesions were “laboratory-confirmed” cases, 48.2% were “clinically confirmed” cases and 16.1% were “clinically probable” cases. 85.7% of the pleural effusions could be “clinically confirmed” cases of PC. At least, 38.5% of the diffuse pneumonic infiltrates may be clinically attributed to pneumocystis pneumonia.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study suggested that pulmonary nodules but not diffuse pneumonia are the most common radiological characteristics of HIV-associated PC. HIV-infected patients with pulmonary nodules on Chest CT should particularly be screened for cryptococcal infection

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https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5354418/pdf/pone.0173858.pdf

November 25, 2018 at 9:40 am

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