Assessment of posaconazole salvage therapy in chronic pulmonary aspergillosis by using predefined response criteria

Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA) is a slowly progressive infection mainly caused by Aspergillus fumigatus, characterized by inflammatory destruction of lung tissue with cavitation, pleural thickening and/or fibrosis, and associated with significant respiratory and constitutional symptoms [1 –3]. CPA usually affects patients with underlying structural airway disease with air-filled cavities or bullae, such as tuberculosis (TB), non-tuberculous mycobacterial infection, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis (ABPA), pneumothorax and sarcoid osis.
Source: International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Source Type: research

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Source: Journal of Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Tags: J Palliat Care Source Type: research
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Source: Topics in antiviral medicine - Category: Infectious Diseases Tags: Top Antivir Med Source Type: research
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Source: Acupuncture and Electro-Therapeutics Research - Category: Complementary Medicine Tags: Acupunct Electrother Res Source Type: research
We report the case of a male with no medical history with acute cholangitis secondary to a pancreatic head´s mass suggestive of neoplasm. An EUS-FNA was performed where no atypical cells were identified but a granulomatous component did. The patient was finally diagnosed of disseminated tuberculosis with pancreatic involvement. Pancreatic tuberculosis is an infrequent entity that requires a high index of suspicion due to the variability of its forms of presentation and the high morbidity and mortality without targeted therapy. PMID: 29900747 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Revista Espanola de Enfermedades Digestivas - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Rev Esp Enferm Dig Source Type: research
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Source: Respiratory Care - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Eur Respir Rev Source Type: research
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Source: Clin Med Res - Category: Research Authors: Tags: J Clin Med Res Source Type: research
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Contributors : Yong Kim ; Jae-Hyuk YuSeries Type : Expression profiling by high throughput sequencingOrganism : Aspergillus fumigatusRgsD functioned in asexual development and melanin synthesis. Rax1 involved in the protection against oxidative stresses.
Source: GEO: Gene Expression Omnibus - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Tags: Expression profiling by high throughput sequencing Aspergillus fumigatus Source Type: research
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Source: Respiratory Medicine - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Source Type: research
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