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Hage C.A.,Indiana University | Bowyer S.,Indiana University | Tarvin S.E.,Indiana University | Helper D.,Indiana University | And 2 more authors.
Clinical Infectious Diseases | Year: 2010

Life-threatening histoplasmosis is one of the most common opportunistic infections in patients receiving tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blockers. Delays in considering the diagnosis may lead to increased morbidity and mortality. Most affected patients present with pneumonitis, usually accompanied by additional signs of progressive dissemination, or with signs of progressive dissemination alone. The diagnosis often can be promptly established using antigen detection or direct examination of bronchoalveolar lavage specimens. If histoplasmosis is diagnosed promptly, antifungal therapy is highly effective. After a favorable clinical response, the safety of both discontinuation of antifungal therapy and the resumption of TNF blocker remains undetermined. The management of the immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome that may follow discontinuation of TNF blockers also requires investigation. Prescribers should become aware of the recognition, diagnosis, and treatment of histoplasmosis and educate recipients about decreasing their risk of exposure and both recognizing and reporting signs of early infection. © 2009 by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. All rights reserved. Source


Chaaban S.,University of Kansas | Wheat L.J.,MiraVista Diagnostics | Assi M.,University of Kansas
Transplant Infectious Disease | Year: 2014

Disseminated Cryptococcus disease occurs in patients with defective T-cell immunity. Cryptococcal meningitis following autologous stem cell transplant (SCT) has been described previously in only 1 patient, 4 months post SCT and while off antifungal prophylaxis. We present a unique case of Cryptococcus meningitis pre-engraftment after autologous SCT, while the patient was receiving fluconazole prophylaxis. A 41-year-old man with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma underwent autologous SCT. Post-transplant prophylaxis consisted of fluconazole 400 mg daily, levofloxacin 500 mg daily, and acyclovir 800 mg twice daily. On day 9 post transplant, he developed fever and headache. Peripheral white blood cell count (WBC) was 700/μL. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed lesions consistent with meningoencephalitis. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis revealed a WBC of 39 with 77% lymphocytes, protein 63, glucose 38, CSF pressure 20.5 cmH2O, and a positive cryptococcal antigen. CSF culture confirmed Cryptococcus neoformans. The patient was treated with liposomal amphotericin B 5 mg/kg intravenously daily, and flucytosine 37.5 mg/kg orally every 6 h. He was switched to fluconazole 400 mg daily after 3 weeks of amphotericin therapy, with sterilization of the CSF with negative CSFCryptococcus antigen and negative CSF culture. Review of the literature revealed 9 cases of cryptococcal disease in recipients of SCT. Median time of onset was 64 days post transplant. Only 3 meningitis cases were described; 2 of them after allogeneic SCT. Fungal prophylaxis with fluconazole post autologous SCT is recommended at least through engraftment, and for up to 100 days in high-risk patients. A high index of suspicion is needed to diagnose and treat opportunistic infections, especially in the face of immunosuppression and despite adequate prophylaxis. Infection is usually fatal without treatment, thus prompt diagnosis and therapy might be life saving. © 2014 John Wiley & Sons A/S. Source


Hage C.A.,Indiana University | Knox K.S.,University of Arizona | Wheat L.J.,MiraVista Diagnostics
Respiratory Medicine | Year: 2012

The endemic mycoses are important but often overlooked causes for community acquired pneumonia. Delays in recognition, diagnosis and proper treatment often lead to disastrous outcomes. This topic is not usually discussed in reviews and guidelines addressing the subject of community acquired pneumonia. In this review we discuss the three major endemic mycoses in North America that present as community acquired pneumonias; Coccidioidomycosis, Histoplasmosis and Blastomycosis. We discuss their epidemiology, clinical presentations, methods of diagnosis and current treatment strategies. Source


Azar M.M.,Section of Infectious Disease | Assi R.,Yale University | Norris S.,Community North Hospital | Joseph Wheat L.,MiraVista Diagnostics | Hage C.A.,Indiana University
Chest | Year: 2015

BACKGROUND: To better understand clinical and epidemiologic patterns of blastomycosis, we report on a large series of blastomycosis in Indiana. METHODS: All microbiologically and histopathologically confi rmed cases of blastomycosis from four hospitals serving Central Indiana from 1985 to 2014 were identifi ed. Available data were collected. Data on population estimates, annual precipitation, and construction in Indiana were evaluated for correlations with incidence rates of blastomycosis. RESULTS: A total of 114 patients were identified. The mean age was 44.4 years; 27% had diabetes mellitus, and 16% were immunosuppressed. Most presented with pneumonia (90%); 48% had extrapulmonary disease (CNS involvement in 9%), and 15% developed ARDS. Cultures, cytopathology, and histopathology were positive in 86%, 27%, and 85% of the sample, respectively, and fungal antigen was positive in 76%. Amphotericin B was administered in 49%, and 87% received an azole. Total mortality was 12%. Immunosuppression (OR 5 3.0), diabetes mellitus (OR 5 2.9), and multilobar pneumonia (OR 5 2.9) were associated with increased likelihood of ICU admission. Th ere was a signifi cant increase in incidence over time in Marion County. Th ere was no correlation with amount of precipitation, but the rise in incidence coincided with a 2005 state initiative to expand Indiana's highway infrastructure. CONCLUSIONS: Th e incidence of blastomycosis in Central Indiana may be on the rise. Physicians in endemic areas should be aware of the potentially fulminant consequences of the disease. © 2015 American College of Chest Physicians. Source


Hage C.A.,Indiana University | Knox K.S.,University of Arizona | Davis T.E.,Indiana University | Wheat L.J.,MiraVista Diagnostics
Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine | Year: 2011

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to describe important findings published during the past 18 months using bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) for diagnosis of pulmonary mycoses. RECENT FINDINGS: Clinical studies and meta-analysis have established a high sensitivity and specificity for Aspergillus galactomannan testing of BAL specimens for diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis, superior to that observed with other diagnostic methods. Similar findings have been reported in histoplasmosis and blastomycosis. SUMMARY: Fungal antigen testing of BAL specimens is recommended if bronchoscopy is performed for diagnosis of pulmonary infiltrates in patient groups at risk for aspergillosis or the endemic mycoses if the diagnosis cannot be established by evaluation of sputum specimens or detection of antigen in the urine or serum. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Source

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