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Ability of quantitative PCR to discriminate Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia from colonization.


  • 影响因子:2.05
  • DOI:10.1099/jmm.0.001190
  • 作者列表:"Perret T","Kritikos A","Hauser PM","Guiver M","Coste AT","Jaton K","Lamoth F
  • 发表时间:2020-05-01

:Introduction.Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia (PCP) is a severe disease affecting immunocompromised patients. Diagnosis is difficult due to the low sensitivity of direct examination and inability to grow the pathogen in culture. Quantitative PCR in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BAL) has high sensitivity, but limited specificity for distinguishing PCP from colonization.Aim. To assess the performance of an in-house quantitative PCR to discriminate between PCP and colonization.Methodology. This was a single-centre retrospective study including all patients with a positive PCR result for P. jirovecii in BAL between 2009 and 2017. Irrespective of PCR results, PCP was defined as the presence of host factors and clinical/radiological criteria consistent with PCP and (i) the presence of asci at direct examination of respiratory sample or (ii) anti-PCP treatment initiated with clinical response and absence of alternative diagnosis. Colonization was considered for cases who did not receive anti-PCP therapy with a favourable outcome or an alternative diagnosis. Cases who did not meet the above mentioned criteria were classified as 'undetermined'.Results. Seventy-one patients with positive P. jirovecii PCR were included (90 % non-HIV patients). Cases were classified as follows: 37 PCP, 22 colonization and 12 undetermined. Quantitative PCR values in BAL were significantly higher in patients with PCP versus colonization or undetermined (P<0.0001). The cut-off of 5×103 copies/ml was able to discriminate PCP cases from colonization with 97 % sensitivity, 82 % specificity, 90 % positive predictive value and 95 % negative predictive value.Conclusions. Our quantitative PCR for P. jirovecii in BAL was reliable to distinguish PCP cases from colonization in this predominantly non-HIV population.


: 简介: 肺孢子虫肺炎 (PCP) 是一种影响免疫功能低下患者的严重疾病。由于直接检查的敏感性低和不能在培养物中生长病原体,诊断是困难的。支气管肺泡灌洗液 (BAL) 中的定量PCR具有很高的灵敏度,但对于区分PCP和定殖目的特异性有限。评估内部定量PCR区分PCP和定殖的性能。方法。这是一项单中心回顾性研究,包括 2009 年至 2017 年间BAL中P. jirovecii PCR结果阳性的所有患者。无论PCR结果如何,PCP被定义为与PCP一致的宿主因素和临床/放射学标准的存在,以及 (i) 在直接检查呼吸样本时存在asci或 (ii) 抗PCP治疗开始时临床反应和缺乏替代诊断。对于未接受抗PCP治疗且结果良好或有替代诊断的病例,考虑定植。不符合上述标准的病例被归类为 “不确定”。结果。包括 71 例P. jirovecii PCR阳性患者 (90% 非HIV患者)。病例分类如下: 37 例PCP,22 例定植,12 例未确定。患有PCP的患者BAL中的定量PCR值显著高于定植或未确定的患者 (P<0.0001)。5 × 103 copies/ml的截止值能够以 97   % 的灵敏度、 82   % 的特异性区分PCP病例与定植,阳性预测值为 90%,阴性预测值为 95%。结论。我们对BAL中P. jirovecii的定量PCR可靠地区分了PCP病例和在这个主要的非HIV人群中的定植。



来源期刊:Nature immunology
作者列表:["Adrover JM","Aroca-Crevillén A","Crainiciuc G","Ostos F","Rojas-Vega Y","Rubio-Ponce A","Cilloniz C","Bonzón-Kulichenko E","Calvo E","Rico D","Moro MA","Weber C","Lizasoaín I","Torres A","Ruiz-Cabello J","Vázquez J","Hidalgo A"]

METHODS::The antimicrobial functions of neutrophils are facilitated by a defensive armamentarium of proteins stored in granules, and by the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs). However, the toxic nature of these structures poses a threat to highly vascularized tissues, such as the lungs. Here, we identified a cell-intrinsic program that modified the neutrophil proteome in the circulation and caused the progressive loss of granule content and reduction of the NET-forming capacity. This program was driven by the receptor CXCR2 and by regulators of circadian cycles. As a consequence, lungs were protected from inflammatory injury at times of day or in mouse mutants in which granule content was low. Changes in the proteome, granule content and NET formation also occurred in human neutrophils, and correlated with the incidence and severity of respiratory distress in pneumonia patients. Our findings unveil a 'disarming' strategy of neutrophils that depletes protein stores to reduce the magnitude of inflammation.

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作者列表:["Yang LC","Suen YJ","Wang YH","Lin TC","Yu HC","Chang YC"]

METHODS::Pneumonia is a common respiratory infectious disease that involves the inflammation of the pulmonary parenchyma. Periodontal disease is widespread and correlated with pneumonia. However, the relationship between periodontal treatment and clinical infectious outcomes in patients with pneumonia has remained undetermined. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between periodontal treatment and the risk of pneumonia events in the Taiwanese population. A nationwide population-based cohort study was conducted using data from the Taiwanese National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD). A total of 49,400 chronic periodontitis patients who received periodontal treatment from 2001 to 2012 were selected. In addition, 49,400 healthy individuals without periodontal diseases were picked randomly from the general population after propensity score matching according to age, gender, monthly income, urbanization, and comorbidities. The Cox proportional hazard regression analysis was adopted to assess the hazard ratio (HR) of pneumonia between the periodontal treatment cohort and the comparison cohort. The average ages of the periodontal treatment and comparison groups were 44.25 ± 14.82 years and 44.15 ± 14.5 years, respectively. The follow up durations were 7.66 and 7.41 years for the periodontal treatment and comparison groups, respectively. We found 2504 and 1922 patients with newly diagnosed pneumonia in the comparison cohort and the periodontal treatment cohort, respectively. The Kaplan-Meier plot revealed that the cumulative incidence of pneumonia was significantly lower over the 12 year follow-up period in the periodontal treatment group (using the log-rank test, p < 0.001). In conclusion, this nationwide population-based study indicated that the patients with periodontal treatment exhibited a significantly lower risk of pneumonia than the general population.

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作者列表:["Ngocho JS","Horumpende PG","de Jonge MI","Mmbaga BT"]

METHODS:OBJECTIVE:To describe the treatment of community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) in children under five years in Tanzania. METHODS:Between January and December 2017, children aged 2-59 months with chest radiography-confirmed CAP were enrolled. The parents were interviewed to collect information on the patients and home-based medication. Clinical information was derived from the patient files. Nasopharyngeal swab and blood samples were collected for isolation of the causative pathogens. Swab samples were analysed by quantitative PCR whereas blood samples were tested using BacT/Alert 3D. RESULTS:Overall, 109 children with CAP were included in this analysis. Provision of care to most children was delayed (median = 4.6 days). A quarter (26.6%) were given unprescribed/leftover antibiotics at home. Only one child had positive bacterial culture. Referrals were associated with nasopharyngeal carriage of Streptococcus pneumoniae (p = 0.003) and Haemophilus influenzae (p = 0.004). Of all admitted children, more than a quarter (n = 29) did not need to be hospitalised and inappropriately received injectable instead of oral antibiotics. CONCLUSION:We found high rates of home treatment, particularly with antibiotics. Appropriate health care was delayed for most children because of home treatment. Efforts are needed at the community level to improve awareness of antimicrobial resistance.

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