Disseminated aspergillosis caused by Aspergillus ustus in a patient following allogeneic peripheral stem cell transplantation

Peter Charles Iwen, Mark Edmund Rupp, Michael R. Bishop, Michael G. Rinaldi, Deanna A. Sutton, Stefano Tarantolo, Steven Heye Hinrichs

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The first case of disseminated aspergillosis caused by Aspergillus ustus in an allogeneic peripheral stem cell transplant patient is described. The patient, a 46-year-old female with a history of myelodysplastic syndrome, underwent high-dose chemotherapy and total body irradiation prior to transplantation. She was released from the hospital 49 days posttransplant (p.t.) in a stable condition with an absolute neutrophil count (ANC) of 2,700 cells per μl. Multiple antimicrobial agents, including itraconazole (ITR), were prescribed during hospitalization and at the time of discharge. Three days after discharge, the patient was readmitted with hemorrhagic cystitis, persistent thrombocytopenia, and bilateral pulmonary consolidation, although no fever was present. The ANC at the time of readmission was 3,500. Upon detection of a pulmonary nodule (day 67 p.t.), a bronchoalveolar lavage was performed; the lavage fluid was positive for both cytomegalovirus and parainfluenza virus and negative for fungus. The patient was placed on ganciclovir. A biopsy specimen from a leg lesion also noted on day 67 p.t. revealed septate hyphae consistent with Aspergillus species, and a culture subsequently yielded Aspergillus ustus. Confirmation detection of A. ustus was made by demonstration of characteristic reproductive structures with the presence of Hulle cells. On day 67 p.t., ITR was discontinued and liposomal amphotericin B (AMB) was initiated. The patient's condition worsened, and she died 79 days p.t. At the time of autopsy, septate hyphae were present in heart, thyroid, and lung tissues, with lung tissue culture positive for A. ustus. In vitro susceptibility testing indicated probable resistance to AMB but not to ITR. This case supports the need for the development of rapid methods to determine antifungal susceptibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3713-3717
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of clinical microbiology
Volume36
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998

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Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation
Aspergillosis
Aspergillus
Itraconazole
Lung
Hyphae
Neutrophils
Paramyxoviridae Infections
Ganciclovir
Cystitis
Patient Discharge
Whole-Body Irradiation
Therapeutic Irrigation
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Amphotericin B
Bronchoalveolar Lavage
Anti-Infective Agents
Cytomegalovirus
Thrombocytopenia
Autopsy

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Disseminated aspergillosis caused by Aspergillus ustus in a patient following allogeneic peripheral stem cell transplantation. / Iwen, Peter Charles; Rupp, Mark Edmund; Bishop, Michael R.; Rinaldi, Michael G.; Sutton, Deanna A.; Tarantolo, Stefano; Hinrichs, Steven Heye.

In: Journal of clinical microbiology, Vol. 36, No. 12, 01.12.1998, p. 3713-3717.

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