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Cutaneous Candidiasis

Candidal paronychia (see Fig 2.8.i3.B ). This common candidal infection is characterized by the development of painful, red swellings of the skin around the nail plate. In chronic infections the nail becomes secondarily thickened and hardened. Candidal paronychia is commonly seen in housewives and those persons whose occupations predispose to frequent immersion of the hands in water. This nail involvement is to be differentiated from superficial tinea of the nails (the candidal infection usually does not cause the nail to lose its luster or to become crumbly, and debris does not accumulate beneath the nail, except in chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis) and from bacterial paronychia (this is more acute in onset and throbs with pain and may drain pus). b. Candidal intertrigo (Fig 19-15 see Fig 19_-7, Fig 1 _-_8, Fig 19-9, Fig 1 10, Fig 19-11, Fig 19-12, Fig 1 1_3, and Fig 19-14). This moderately common Candidal intertrigo is to be differentiated from superficial tinea infections,...

Mucous Membrane Candidiasis

Oral candidiasis (thrush and perleche). Thrush is characterized by creamy white flakes on a red, inflamed mucous membrane. The tongue may be smooth and atrophic, or the papillae may be hypertrophic, as in the condition labeled hairy tongue. Therapy with Mycostatin pastilles (lozenges) or Mycelex troches is effective. Perleche is seen as cracks or fissures at the corners of the mouth and is usually associated with candidal disease elsewhere and rarely a dietary deficiency (usually B12 deficiency). Thrush is seen commonly in immunosuppressed patients. A noncandidal, clinically similar condition is commonly seen in elderly persons with ill-fitting dentures in whom the corners of the mouth override. Oral candidiasis is also to be differentiated from allergic conditions, such as those due to toothpaste or mouthwash. 2. Candidal vulvovaginitis. The clinical picture is an oozing, red, sharply bordered skin infection surrounding an inflamed vagina that contains a buttermilk-like discharge....

Candidiasis Including Thrush

Reports of the diverse manifestations of candidiasis caused by Candida albicans and other Candida species have made a major contribution to the literature of medical mycology. As with ringworm, a stable taxonomic base was necessary to underpin research on this mycotic complex. It was mainly a group of yeast specialists working in the Netherlands who clarified the taxonomy the genus Candida was proposed in 1923. Thrush (oral candidiasis), an infection of mucous membranes (especially of the mouth) in infants, was mentioned in the Hippocratic corpus (400 B.C.) and later by Galen and others under the heading aphthae. Over the centuries, references to thrush in the young, as a feature of terminal illness, and as a vaginal infection continued. Candidiasis, like ringworm, was proved mycotic by three independent workers in the 1840s B. Langenbeck in Berlin, F. T. Berg in Stockholm, and Gruby in Paris. In 1844, J. H. Bennett in Edinburgh described what was probably C. albicans from the human...

Candida

CNS candidiasis occurs in patients who have undergone organ transplantation, those receiving chronic corticosteroid therapy, those with a prolonged stay in the intensive care unit requiring invasive monitoring devices, and those who are treated with broad-spectrum antibiotics. CNS infections due to Candida present as either meningitis or cerebritis from multiple small parenchymal abscesses. r15 CNS infection due to Candida often occurs in conjunction with fungemiaJm1 The majority of patients with CNS Candida infections have positive fungal blood cultures and are neutropenic. 119 Scattered, irregular ring-enhancing lesions surrounded by edema may be present on neuroimaging studies. A definitive diagnosis is made through CSF or tissue biopsy and culture. Standard therapy includes intravenous amphotericin B (0.5 to 0.7 mg kg d) plus flucytosine (100 mg kg d in four divided doses).

Candidiasis

Candidiasis (moniliasis) is a fungal infection caused by Candida albicans that produces lesions in the mouth, the vagina, the skin, the nails, the lungs, or the gastrointestinal tract or occasionally a septicemia. The latter condition is seen in patients who are on long-term, high-dose antibiotic therapy and in those who are immunosuppressed. Because C. albicans exists commonly as a harmless skin inhabitant, the laboratory findings of this organism are not adequate proof of its pathogenicity and etiologic role. Candida organisms commonly seed preexisting disease conditions. Concern here is with the cutaneous and the mucocutaneous candidal diseases. The following classification is helpful.

Relevance to dermatology

The role of the dermatologist in caring for patients with AIDS should not be underestimated. Mucocutaneous eruptions occur frequently in patients with HIV infection and are a major source of morbidity. Several prospective studies have shown the prevalence of skin diseases in patients with HIV infection to range between 85 and 100 . The vast majority of patients with AIDS present with dermatologic complaints that are not specific for HIV infection. In the early days of the epidemic the most frequent diagnoses were oral candidiasis, seborrheic dermatitis, xerosis, fungal infections, and Kaposi's sarcoma. Although Kaposi's sarcoma has decreased in incidence, inflammatory and infectious cutaneous diseases, particularly viral and fungal infections, remain prevalent.

Differential Diagnosis

Candidiasis of fingernails Common in people who frequently wash their hands paronychial involvement common Candida found (see later in this chapter). Green nails This fingernail infection yields Candida albicans and Pseudomonas aeruginosa most commonly. Clinically, there is a distal detachment of the nail plate, with underlying greenish black debris. For cure, complete debridement of the detached part of the nail is necessary, plus local antifungal therapy.

Peripheral Blood Lymphocyte Stimulation Assay

Peripheral blood lymphocytes of patients with Crohn's disease and healthy controls were isolated from heparinized blood on a Ficoll-Hypaque gradient (Pharmacia LKB, Uppsala, Sweden). The cells were washed and resuspended in RPMI-1640 medium (Gibco, Paisley, Scotland) supplemented with penicillin, streptomycin, glutamine, and 5 autologous plasma. Cells were cultured at a concentration of 1 x 106 cells ml in 96-well round-bottom culture plates (Falcon, Lincoln Park, NY). For stimulation with mycobacterial hsp 65 (gift from Dr. J.D.A. van Embden, National Institute of Public Health and Environmental Hygiene, Bilthoven, The Netherlands), a final concentration of 1 and 10 Hg ml was used. The following other antigens and mitogen were also used for stimulation, each at an indicated final concentration that has been shown in previous experiments to induce optimal T-cell proliferation streptokinase-strep-todornase 100 IU ml (Lederle, Belgium), Candida albicans 0.5 ng ml (Haarlem Allergenen...

Correlates Of Transmission

There is data to suggest that breastmilk transmission of HIV is more efficient in the early months of life. Some studies have reported the association between oral thrush and infant sero-conversion (Ekpini et al. 1997, Njenga et al. 1997). It is not clear whether this is a causal relationship or oral thrush is as result of the profound transient immunosuppression associated with primary HIV-1 infection. The method ofinfant feeding also appears to have a role in determining the magnitude of postnatal transmission. One study has reported that babies who are exclusively breastfed in the first 3 months of life appear to have a lower risk of HIV infection compared to babies on mixed breast and formula (Coutsoudis 1999).

Allergic Contact Reactions

The usual culprits for contact dermatitis in nail cosmetics are methacrylates in sculptured nails and cyanoacrylates in nail glues. These reactions usually cause onycholysis (lifting up of the nail plate from the nail bed distally) and paronychia, which can be quite painful and disfiguring. The pain in the nail may persist long after the nail dystrophy has healed. Sometimes an irritant reaction or a secondary yeast infection is responsible for the nail dystrophy rather than a true contact dermatitis.

Fungal Proteomics Examples

The benefits of a 2DE-based sequential extraction approach to membrane proteomics are illustrated in the study of the change in composition of the cell wall in Candida albicans as the cells change from yeast to filamentous forms.58,59 C. albicans cell wall extracts were washed with decreasing salt concentrations to remove any extracellular or cytosolic protein contaminants before being treated to sequential release of cell wall components. Cell surface associated and other loosely attached membrane proteins were released by SDS extraction. The remaining insoluble pellet was washed and treated with sodium hydroxide (releasing Pir-CWPs and CEPs directly linked to (3-1,3-glucan via alkali-labile bonds) or digested with (3-1,3-glucanase (releasing mannoproteins attached to (3-1,3-glucan, via p-1,6-glucan, by a phosphodiester bridge). Remaining extracts from the latter treatment were then treated with exochitinase to release GPI-CWP attached to chitin through a (3-1,6-glucan moiety....

Gastrointestinal Problems 1261 Dysphagia

There are various HIV-related causes of oesophageal inflammation.They present in a similar way with pain on swallowing. Oesophageal candidiasis is the commonest HIV-related cause of dysphagia. The diagnosis of other causes needs endoscopy, biopsy and a good laboratory. Candidal oesophagitis

Ceftriaxone and Cefonicid

Mercader et al. (22) reported that ceftriaxone 2 g day was effective in achieving the resolution of 83 of 18 episodes of SBP in cirrhotic patients. Three patients developed superinfections (Candida in two and Enterococcus in one). More recently, ceftriaxone (2 g 24 h) and cefonicid (2 g 12 h.) were compared in an unblinded randomized trial (23). Both antibiotics showed similar efficacy in the treatment of SBP, with a resolution rate of 100 for ceftriaxone and 94 for cefonicid. Despite this high efficacy, the hospital mortality rates were 30 and 37 , respectively. Three patients treated with ceftriaxone and two patients treated with cefonicid developed superinfection with Enterococcus faecalis or Candida albicans.

Amoxicillin Plus Clavulanic Acid

The combination of amoxicillin plus clavulanic acid suppresses most of the bacteria responsible for SBP. Combining clavulanate with amoxicillin does not significantly alter the pharmacological parameter of either drug. Both drugs have good penetration into peritoneal fluid. Diarrhea and superinfections, particularly by Candida albicans, are not uncommon. The administration of 1 g per 6 h of amoxicillin associated with 200 mg of clavulanic acid was found to be effective in 85 of 27 episodes of SBP. Only one patient developed superinfection (27).

Mechanisms Of Immunodeficiency

Table 35-1 lists the most common primary immunodeficiencies and their sequelae. Patients with primary immune defects are more likely to have infectious complications that require medical, rather than surgical, treatment compared with patients with acquired deficiencies. With combined cellular and humoral defects, severe, life-threatening infections with opportunistic organisms such as cytomegalovirus (CMV), Pneumocystis carinii, or Candida may occur. Secondary immunodeficiency is caused by immunosuppressive medication administered to patients after transplantation, with inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, cancer therapies, injury, or malnutrition. Common causes of acquired immunodeficiency in surgical patients are summarized in Table 35-2 .

Taxonomy and Phylogeny

Although only a single species of Wolbachia exists, there is great diversity within the genus. Genetic analysis has allowed the formation of six taxonomic supergroups within the genus, known as supergroups A to F (32,33). Supergroups A and B are found only in arthropods, whereas supergroups C and D are found only in filarial nematodes. The members of supergroups E and F are less well-defined, although supergroup E includes the Wolbachia of the springtail Folsomia candida and supergroup F encompasses termite wolbachiae and those of the nematode M. ozzardi (32,33). Separation between the main lineages of Wolbachia may have occurred 50 to 100 million years ago (34,35). C and D (nematode) supergroups of Wolbachia have congruent phylogenies with their hosts, but the A and B (arthropod) supergroups do not (34,36). This phylogenetic congruence exhibited by filarial nematodes and their Wolbachia endosymbionts is indicative of a strict dependent association, which is further supported by more...

Histoplasma capsulatum

Histoplasma capsulatum is a dimorphic fungus that is endemic to the Ohio and Mississippi river valleys of the central United States. The fungus is acquired by inhalation. Dissemination is rare and occurs primarily in patients with defective cellular immunity, such as patients with AIDS, patients with lymphoreticular malignancies, and organ transplant recipients. 115 The most common presentation of CNS histoplasmosis is meningitis. The typical presentation includes fever, sweats, weight loss, headache, mental status abnormalities (including decreased level of consciousness, confusion, personality changes, and or memory impairment), cranial nerve palsies, stroke, or seizures. 115 CNS histoplasmosis may also be a solitary abscess or multiple lesions, but meningitis is the much more common presentation. The majority of patients with CNS histoplasmosis have an abnormal neuroimaging study with meningeal enhancement, hydrocephalus, solitary or disseminated contrast-enhancing lesions, or...

Discussion Pneumonia and HIV

The case described was initially treated empirically for community acquired bacterial pneumonia and PCP. Table 20.1 outlines common HIV associated pulmonary infections. In the absence of confirmatory tests, a diagnosis of PCP was most likely based on the clinical presentation and chest radiographic appearance in this at risk patient. PCP is nowadays most commonly seen in newly diagnosed HIV infected patients with advanced disease or HIV infected individuals not taking PCP prophylaxis or HAART. In the case described the patient had recently been diagnosed with advanced disease (CD4 count 30 cells mm3) and was not taking PCP prophylaxis or HAART. PCP typically presents when the CD4 count falls below 200 cells mm3 and is one of the most common opportunistic infections precipitating admission to the HDU and ICU for respiratory support.410-13 The risk of a first episode of infection below a CD4 count of 200 cells mm3 (in patients not taking PCP prophylaxis or HAART) is estimated to be 18...

Mucocutaneous diseases associated with hiv infection

Aids Infection Skin

The most common mucocutaneous eruption in patients infected with HIV is oral candidiasis (Fig 18.-Z) or thrush. A number of these patients may develop esophageal involvement with characteristic ulcerations visible on endoscopy or barium swallow. Moniliasis involving the diaper area is a significant problem in children with AIDS. Candida paronychia has also been reported. Figure 18-7. Oral candidiasis. White plaques on the tongue of a child with AIDS. ( Drs. J. Rico and N. Prose)

Chronic Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis CAPD

Peritoneal macrophages are the predominant phagocytic cells of the peritoneal cavity. This is true in normal subjects and in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis. Human peritoneal macrophages have been shown to be capable of phagocytizing opsonized Candida albicans and Staphylococcus epidermidis and of killing opsonized Salmonella typhimurium (60). They appear to behave as intact, fully functional phagocytes. However, this capacity does not indicate that the peritoneal cavity of patients on CAPD has adequate phagocytic defenses because the concentration of peritoneal macrophages is insufficient to inactivate all the bacteria that may invade this site. In fact, the concentration of phagocytes in each peritoneal fluid is 104 cells per ml (10 cells cubic millimeter), a concentration which is deemed inadequate for efficient neutralization of the invading organisms (61), although the numbers of cells in peritoneal effluences tend to increase during bacterial peritonitis. The use of...

Localized pruritic dermatoses

Lichen Simplex Chronicus Scrotum

Oral antibiotics Pruritus ani from oral antibiotic therapy is seen frequently. It may or may not be due to an overgrowth of candidal organisms. The physician who automatically questions patients about recent drug ingestion will not miss this diagnosis. VULVAR PRURITUS. Etiologically, vulvar pruritus is due to candida or trichomonas infection contact dermatitis from underwear, douche chemicals, contraceptive jellies, and diaphragms chronic cervicitis neurodermatitis menopausal or senile atrophic changes lichen sclerosus et atrophicus or leukoplakia. Pruritus vulvae is frequently seen in patients with diabetes mellitus and during pregnancy.

Beneficial Effects of Hsps

Candida albicans Aspergillus fimigatus Histoplasma capsulatum Hsp 90 Candidosis 84, 86 Consistent with this idea a purified major cytoplasmic membrane protein (a member of the hsp 60 family) of Legionella pneumophila has been shown to be protective in guinea pigs (78). Adoptive transfer of CD4 a p T-cell clones with specificity for hsp 60 of Yersinia enterocolitica protects mice from lethal infection with this pathogen (79). A high degree of protection was obtained with a monocytic tumor cell line transfected with the mycobacterial hsp 60 gene as vaccine. Such immunized mice were protected against challenge with Mycobacterium tuberculosis. The responsible T cells were CD8+ and CD4+ (80). Infection with Candida albicans may result in superficial candidosis which is prevented by cell-mediated immunity or systemic candidosis, where humoral immunity against a breakdown product of hsp 90 prevents dissemination beyond the mucosa. In systemic candidosis, low titers of anti-hsp 90 antibodies...

RNA profiling of host cells after infections

The functional genomics approach most widely applied to explore the response of host cells to microbial infections is RNA profiling. In one of the first studies, Huang et al. showed that 20 of the 6,800 genes analyzed in dendritic cells (DCs) changed their RNA level in response to infection with E. coli, Candida albicans or influenza virus 92 . Of the 1,330 regulated genes, 166 genes were strongly regulated after infection with each microorganism. A comparison of the host cell RNA profiles from 77 different host-pathogen interaction studies extended this common host response to 511 host cell genes that are co-regulated in response to bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens 93 . This response includes genes that encode proinflammatory cytokines such as IL-1 , IL-6, IL-8 and TNF and chemokines (for example MIP1a, MIP1 , GRO1) and genes with roles in lymphocyte activation, antigen presentation and cell signaling 92-94 . The common host response is, therefore, crucial for the activation of...

Believers in Wilsons Thyroid Syndrome

In Wilson's syndrome literature such as his book Wilson's Thyroid Syndrome A Reversible Thyroid Problem (1991), published by the Wilson's Syndrome Foundation (which also appears on the Wilson's Syndrome website), more than thirty-seven symptoms as well as others are listed as part of the condition. There are few people, healthy or not, who could say that they don't have at least a few of the symptoms on the list. And while some of these symptoms can be due to genuine hypothyroidism, some of the symptoms describe completely unrelated problems, such as asthma. Wilson's list of symptoms also mimic those that you'll find under the following conditions neurasthenia, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical sensitivity, chronic Epstein-Barr disease, and chronic candidiasis. Since these conditions typically describe people with chronic malaise, in search of an answer to their malaise, it is suspicious and convenient that Wilson's syndrome seems to offer an answer which, however, is...

Pharmacology 11 The Biologicalpharmacological Activity Of The Salvia Genus

According to Deans and Ritchie (1987), who tested 50 essential oils against 25 genera of bacteria, sage (S. officinalis L.) essential oil (undiluted) was moderately effective against the growth of Bacillus subtilis, Brevibacterium linens, Micrococcus luteus, Seratia marcescens bacteria. When tested against eight bacteria (Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Hafnia alvei, Micrococcus luteus, Proteus vulgaris, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus faecalis) and five fungi (Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus terreus, two strains of Candida albicans, Significant antibacterial (towards gram-negative Klebsiella pneumoniae at a concentration 400 pg ml and against gram-positive Bacillus subtilis at 300 pg ml and Staphylocoecus aureus (200 pg ml) and antifungal (towards Candida albicans at concentration of 200 pg ml) compounds (carnosic acid, 16-hydroxycarnosic acid and their derivatives) were found in the diterpene acid fraction of extract of S. apiana, whereas its...

Opportunistic and Iatrogenic Infections

During World War II, for example, ringworm symptoms disappeared in prisoners held under starvation conditions only to reappear on the restoration of a full diet. Tinea capitis (M. audouinii) in children, although persistent, resolves spontaneously at puberty for reasons not fully understood. Tinea pedis has been claimed as an occupational disease of workers who wear heavy boots. Candida infection is affected by pregnancy, and metabolic disorders such as diabetes are frequently associated with it. Iatrogenic mycoses have resulted from the use of antibacterials. Moreover, immuno-suppressive drugs used in organ transplantation have resulted in Candida endocarditis and my-cotic septicemia. Antimycotic therapy is now a routine supplementary practice.

Clinical Spectrum Of Hivrelated Disease

In general, pathogens may be high-grade or low-grade. High-grade pathogens may be pathogenic in healthy individuals with normal immune status. Low-grade pathogens are usually pathogenic in persons with immunodeficiency. The pathogens that cause disease and the type of clinical disease they cause depend on the degree of progression of HIV infection and the associated extent of immunosuppression. High-grade pathogens (e.g. the pneumococcus, non-typhoid salmonellae and M. tuberculosis) can cause disease at any stage in the course of HIV infection. Low-grade pathogens (e.g. candida, Cryptococcus neoformans, toxoplasma, cytomegalovirus, Pneumocystis carinii and atypical mycobacteria) cause disease in the more advanced stages. Disseminated infections become increasingly common in advanced stages of HIV infection with more severe imunosuppression. The WHO clinical staging system for HIV infection and disease reflects these features. Diseases caused by low-grade pathogens and disseminated...

Category C Severely Symptomatic

Candidiasis, esophageal or pulmonary history should be obtained including a review of risk factors for HIV-1 exposure, drug and alcohol history, sexual history, travel history, and medical history. A complete baseline physical examination should be performed. Focused follow- up examinations are then recommended with attention directed to findings that indicate disease progression such as general appearance and weight loss, dermatological conditions (seborrheic dermatitis, folliculitis, dermatophytosis, Kaposi's sarcoma, bacillary angiomatosis), oral lesions (candidiasis, hairy leukoplakia, aphthous ulcers, periodontal disease), localized lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly and signs or symptoms of neurological neuropsychiatric involvement (mood or affective disorders, psychomotor slowing, abnormal eye movements, hyperreflexia, change of gait).

Fungus Infections Mycoses

Although some 200 fungi are established as pathogenic for humans, through the mid-nineteenth century only two human diseases caused by fungi were generally recognized. These were ringworm and thrush, known since Roman times. Two important additions came at the end of the century mycetoma of the foot and aspergillosis. Fungi were the first pathogenic microorganisms to be recognized. By the early nineteenth century, they had been shown to cause disease in plants and insects, and during the 1840s both ringworm and thrush were shown to be mycotic in origin. For a short period, fungi were blamed for many diseases (for example, cholera). But with recognition of the role played by bacteria

What Laboratory Studies Are Needed For Initiation In Monitoring Of Therapy In Developing Countries

Several initiatives need to urgently be taken. First, critical studies are needed to identify what clinical parameters can replace the surrogate laboratory studies now used to diagnose and monitor ARV treatment. Can the presence of mild or moderate OIs, such as thrush, be used instead of CD4 counts to initiate therapy Can these be useful indicators for continuing therapy What errors are made when clinical markers are used for managing patients, and how can these errors be substantially reduced Are viral loads measures ever necessary in a setting of limited resources How should treatment failure be recognized and patients offered a second treatment option Another strategy currently under investigation attempts to simplify and replace conventional technologies with reliable tests that will predict CD4 cell counts and viral load measures at reduced cost. These tests are currently in review and should become available by 2006. Presumably if a

MDCs in Adaptive Immune Responses

Myeloid DC subsets have the capacity to produce IL-12 in response to microbial stimuli and thereby to induce protective Thl-type immune responses however, this capacity may vary with the type of signals delivered to the DC (summarized in Fig. 1.2). Pathogens and or pathogen-derived products such as LPS from Escherichia coli (Pulendran et al., 2001b), peptidoglycan from Gram-positive bacteria (Hilkens et al., 1997), Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Stenger and Modlin, 2002), pertussis toxin (Hou et al., 2003), Toxoplasma gondii (Sher et al., 2003a), and double-stranded viral RNA (Cella et al., 1999b) may activate myeloid DCs to produce IL-12 and drive Th1 development. By contrast, microbial products such as LPS from Porphyromonas gingivalis (Jotwani et al., 2003), Candida albicans at the hyphae stage (d'Ostiani et al., 2000), flagellin (Didierlaurent et al., 2004), Der p 1 (house dust mite allergen) (Hammad et al., 2003), Nippostrongylus brasiliensis (Balic et al., 2004), and Schistosoma...

Spirulina And Its Antibacterial Activity

Spirulina excretes variable quantities of products from its metabolism, such as organic acids, vitamins, and phytohormones, and extracts of S. maxima have shown antimicrobial activity against Bacillus subtillis, Streptococcus aureus, Saccharomy-ces cerevisiae, and Candida albicans. The presence of high quantities of acrylic acid in Spirulina was substantiated at the end of the seventies and this substance shows antimicrobial activity at 2 mg L of biomass concentration. In addition, other bioact-ive compounds including propionic, benzoic, and mandelic organic acids were also found.76

HTIPSAssociated SBP

The syndrome emerging from these eight cases is a relatively simple one. All eight had cirrhosis of various etiologies for which a TIPS had been implanted. Seven of them had Childs-Pugh class B or C cirrhosis. The mean age was 49 years. Three-fourths of them had alcoholic cirrhosis although HCV was involved in some of them. Within a mean period of 9 to 10 months (mean 284 days) of implantation, all had developed fever and often shaking chills with profuse sweating. Most of them complained of aching, right-upper-quadrant abdominal pain and tenderness. None had rebound abdominal tenderness and none had had paracenteses. All had bacteremia, which was monomicrobial in six and polymicrobial in two. E. coli was the most common organism isolated (four patients) and Klebsiella was the second most common (two patients). A variety of bacteria, including gram-positive streptococci, staphylococci, and Candida albicans comprised the others. Seven of the eight were men. CT examination and Gallium...

White Blood Cells

For assessing radiolabeled WBC viability, in vitro testing before administration to the patient and in vivo distribution of WBC can be performed. The adherence characteristics of WBC are measured in vitro and performed easily, but suffer from a lack of specificity and sensitivity (McAfee et al. 1984). Adherence of WBC is not altered by labeling with HMPAO, while it is decreased by albumin colloid, sestamibi, and teboroxime and increased by sulfur colloid (probably as a result of activation) (Segall et al. 1994). Routine tests of granulocyte function, namely random migration, chemotaxis, Candida killing, phagocytosis, and trypan blue exclusion test, are not sensitive enough to detect abnormalities on the status of the cell function before administration, which profoundly change further in vivo behavior (Peters et al. 1986) and are of limited value, only showing a difference in rather extreme situations. Besides, results of these tests generally are not available until several hours...

Case

Candidal paronychia of two fingers is seen in a 37-year-old male bartender. Candidal intertrigo of inframammary and crural region is seen in an elderly obese woman. Candidal vulvovaginitis is found in a woman who is 6 months pregnant. Do not treat a candidal infection with oral griseofulvin. This intensifies the candidal infection. KETOCONAZOLE (NIZORAL), ITRICONAZOLE (SPORANOX) OR FLUCONAZOLE (DIFLUCAN) THERAPY. This systemic therapy is rarely indicated for routine candidal infections. For chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis, ketoconazole and fluconazole can heal dramatically. Dosage information is provided in the package insert. The patient must be monitored carefully.

Oral Cavity

Any discussion regarding oral cavity carcinoma should include leukoplakia which is a common finding on clinical exam. Leukoplakia is a white lesion of the oral cavity which can not be rubbed off and is not another clinical entity, such as lichen planus, candidiasis, white sponge nevus, or lupus erythematosus. In a study of leukoplastic lesions, Waldron and Shafer (1975) found 80.1 had no evidence of epithelial dysplasia. However, 12.2 showed mild to moderate epithelial dysplasia, 4.5 showed severe dysplasia or carcinoma in situ, and 3.1 showed infiltrating squamous cell carcinoma. Thus, the leukoplastic lesion runs a small but significant risk of containing or developing carcinoma. For this reason, these lesions should be biopsied and followed closely.

Fungal Cells

To undergo self-assembly into AmB octamer-ergosterol, an oligomeric complex, thus forming ion-permeable channels across lipid bilayers (Figure 3.78) 368 . Tethering two neighboring monomeric AmBs through a spacer provides a possible route for preorganizing dimeric constructs and stabilizing the functional complex. Matsumori et al. 369 tested this design strategy by constructing AmB dimers. The model for this complex suggests that the optimal spacer between AmB units would extend outside the fungal membrane. Therefore, a chemical handle was installed on the glycoside domain of AmB to allow dime-rization with a linker. Reductive amination of an N-Fmoc-protected amino-aldehyde with AmB affords such a derivative (100), after deprotection of the Fmoc group. To generate dimeric AmB, the primary amine of 100 is coupled with an activated bisester with a variable linker length (101 and 102). In a hemolytic assay using human red blood cells, both of the dimers are highly active, with an...

Infection

Infection poses a serious threat to FHF patients, both by placing them at risk for sepsis and by being a contraindication to liver transplantation. Immunologic defects include impaired opsonization, impaired chemotaxis, neutrophil and Kupffer cell function impairment and complement deficiency.34-37 Bacterial infection is reported to be prevalent in more than 80 of cases, usually with a respiratory or urinary source.38 Bacteria are seen in 25 of the patients, with Staphylococcus sp., Streptococcus sp. and Gram negative rods as the most common pathogens.5,35,38 Iatrogenic sources must be considered, as most patients have percutaneous lines and an indwelling urinary bladder catheter. In one series, fungal infections were found in a significant number of patients, with Candida albicans cultured in 33 of the patients studied.39 These patients were predominantly in renal failure and had been treated with antibiotics for periods longer than 5 days.

Results

Occult sepsis is commonly seen in FHF.80 Several series report a significant incidence of bacterial and fungal sepsis.3,6,8 Infection is most commonly caused by gram-positive organisms, predominantly Staphylococcus aureus. Gram-negative organisms, especially coliforms, are the cause for at least 30 of the infections. Candida and Aspergillus are the most common fungal pathogens and constitute up to 20 of the infections in FHF.81,82 Broad-spectrum antibiotic and antifungal therapy is warranted, as well as close clinical observation and routine surveillance cultures. Antibiotics are discontinued 48 hours following transplantation unless warranted from culture results or clinical suspicion, to lower the risk of fungal super-infection. Due to the high incidence of fungal infection and its associated high morbidity and mortality, prophylactic use of intravenous fluconazole or amphotericin B is recommended. In the presence of renal dysfunction, liposomal amphotericin B may be used.

Infections

Primary nail infections can occur from several causes. Bacterial and candidal infections ( Fig. 28 3B) can cause paronychial reactions. Candidal infections are often paronychias are more acute, are painful, require antibiotics, and may require surgical drainage of pus. Green nails ( Flg, ,. 8 4) are a unique and distinctive infection from which Candida albicans and Pseudomonas aeruginosa can be cultured. Figure 28-4. Nail disorders. Green nails from candidal and pseudomonal infection.( Westwood Pharmaceuticals)

Serum Reactivity

Using a sensitive immunoblotting protocol, the serum antibody reactivities to mycobacterial SP 70 and SP 65 in patients with sarcoidosis, other ILDs and infections were analyzed (33,103). Although the majority of patients with sarcoidosis showed antibody reactivity to SP 65, they appeared not to differ significantly from other disease groups (Fig. 5) (33,103). As suggested by Kiessling et al. (20), the SP 65 serum reactivity might represent a response to protracted or repeated exposure to nonmycobacterial stimuli such as commensal organisms or clinically silent, superficial mucosal infections with Candida albicans (104) or Chlamydia spp. (105,106), or it might follow vaccination with nonmycobacterial vaccines (107).

Acknowledgements

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Contrast Studies

Figure 4-6 Double-contrast esophagogram demonstrates multiple oval and linear filling defects (arrows), compatible with plaques due to Candida esophagitis. (From Jones, B., and Braver, J.M. (eds.) Essentials of Gastrointestinal Radiology. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders, 1982.) Figure 4-7 Double-contrast esophagogram demonstrates multiple intersecting linear and horizontal ulcers with intervening areas of edema, resulting in a shaggy, cobblestone appearance. This is severe candidal esophagitis. (From von Heuck, F. Klinische Radiologie Diagnotik mit bildgebenden Verfahren. In von Fuchs, H.-F., and Donner, M.W. eds. Gastrointestinaltrakt. Berlin, Springer-Verlag, 1990.)

Rosacea

Tetracycline or other antibiotics are frequently prescribed for the acne patient who is developing scars or pits. This antibiotic therapy may be continued by the physician for many months or even years. Occasionally, one develops an upset stomach, diarrhea, or a genital itch from an overgrowth of yeast organisms. Oral fluconazole (Diflucan) has made control of vaginal yeast infection much easier. If these problems develop, stop the medication and call the physician.

Brain Abscess

Brain abscess is a rare disease in immunocompetent individuals. In adults, otitis media and paranasal sinusitis (frontal, ethmoidal, or sphenoidal sinuses) are the most common predisposing conditions for brain abscess formation. In children, otitis media and cyanotic congenital heart disease are the most common predisposing conditions for brain abscess formation. Individuals with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) are at increased risk for focal intracranial infections caused by Toxoplasma gondii. Organ transplant recipients are at risk for brain abscesses caused by Aspergillus fumigatus. Patients receiving chronic corticosteroid therapy and those who are immunosuppressed from bone marrow transplantation are at a particular risk for CNS candidiasis manifested as multiple intraparenchymal microabscesses mainly in the territory of the middle cerebral artery. Brain abscesses may develop as a result of cranial trauma, either penetrating brain...

Eczematous Lesions

Immunodeficiency Severe combined immunodeficiency, Omen's syndrome (familial reticuloendotheliosis with eosinophilia), and HIV infections can present as erythematous scaly eruptions in the intertriginous areas and be associated with yeast infections. 5. Diaper rash (Fig,,33 27) Punched out erosions are seen in Jacquet's dermatitis. Vesicular eruptions are seen secondary to candida albicans. Irritant or contact dermatitis is usually confined to the buttocks and perineal areas. Atopic dermatitis spares the diaper area.

Antifungal Drugs

Fungal infections (mycoses) occur less than bacterial or viral infections. However, that statement may be untrue for a few geographical regions that are favorable for the existence and growth of specific fungal pathogens. A few fungal infections can spread to the surface of the body and cause local disturbances, while others can be systemic and life threatening. Some of these organisms (for example, Candida) can spread from a superficial location to internal organs, leading to systemic diseases with serious complications. Fungal (mycotic) infections cause a lot of discomfort, and as a rule, are difficult to cure. Fungal infections are conventionally divided into three categories dermatophylic, mucocutaneous, and systemic. Mucocutaneous infections caused primarily by the fungus Candida albicans occur in regions of moist skin and mucous membranes (i.e. gastrointestinal tract, perianal, and vul-vovaginal areas). Amphotericin B, miconazole, clotrimazole, and nystatin are used topically to...

Achalasia

Endoscopy is normal unless esophageal or gastric carcinoma is seen. Contraction of the LES can give a puckered appearance to the distal esophagus, and mild resistance can sometimes be felt as the endoscope passes into the stomach. Candida infection and mucosal ulcers can be seen secondary to stasis. Evaluation of both sides of the LES and biopsy of any suspicious lesions must be done in all

Tinea of the Groin

Dermagrams for comparison of tinea of crural area and candidiasis of crural area. (Left) Tinea of crural area. Note sharp border of lesions. (See also Fig. 19-18). (Right) Candidiasis of crural area. Note indefinite border with satellite pustule-like lesions as edge. Candiadiasis can also involve the scrotum. (See also Fig 19-14.)

Classification

Candidal infections should not be treated with oral griseofulvin. Very commonly, candidal intertrigo of the groin or candidal paronychias are erroneously treated with griseofulvin. Griseofulvin is of no value in these conditions. Because it is a penicillin-related drug, it usually aggravates the candidiasis.

History

In 1981, the first reported case studies of what was later identified as AIDS described five male homosexuals with pneumocystis pneumonia, acute cyto-megalovirus infections, and mucosal candidiasis (1). All five men had a history of inhalant-drug use, and one had concurrent intravenous drug use. By 1983 it was clear that certain behaviors put people at a significant risk of infection, and people with identified risk factors (injection drug use, homosexual activity) were asked to refrain from donating blood or plasma (2). Also in 1983, patients with lymphadenopathy and AIDS were found to be carriers of a previously unidentified cytopathic retrovirus (3,4). The year ended with a recommendation that AIDS be added to the list of conditions reportable to health departments (5). In 1985 a serological assay became available to detect HIV antibodies in the serum (6). As a result of the assay it was determined that a greater number of people were infected with the virus than were diagnosed...

Characteristics

HIV cripples the body's immunologic system, making an infected individual vulnerable to other disease-causing agents in the environment. The most common of these opportunistic infections in AIDS patients has been pneumo-cystis pneumonia, previously seen principally in patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs. In addition to pneumocystis, AIDS patients are prone to other infectious agents such as cytomegalovirus, Candida albicans (a yeastlike fungus), and Toxoplasma gondii (a protozoan parasite). Moreover, a resurgence of tuberculosis has been reported in nations with high AIDS incidence.

Fungal Infections

As a general rule, fungal infections occur in individuals who are immunosuppressed as a result of (1) AIDS (2) organ transplantation (3) immunosuppressive chemotherapy or chronic corticosteroid therapy and (4) chronic disease. The single exception to this generalization is cryptococcal meningitis, which may occur in healthy individuals. The fungus-causing infection can be predicted to some degree based on the predisposing condition. For example, individuals with AIDS are at risk for meningitis due to Cryptococcus neoformans, and Histoplasma capsulatum. Cryptococcal meningitis is the most common life-threatening opportunistic fungal infection in patients with AIDS and occurs in 5 to 10 percent of patients, typically when their circulating CD4+ T lymphocyte count is less than 100 cells mm 3 . 110 In patients who have undergone organ transplantation, two fungi are responsible for the majority of CNS fungal infections. Fungal meningitis in these patients is typically due to C. neoformans,...

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