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Infectious complications after autologous peripheral blood progenitor cell transplantation (PBPCT) have been reported in a few studies including small patient numbers. The present study was performed to assess the incidence, types, outcome and factors affecting early and late infections in 150 patients aged 18 to 68 years (median 46.5) who underwent(More)
Viable bacteria were sought in 44 Maki-negative biofilms from central venous catheters (CVCs) using epifluorescence microscopy after live/dead staining. Thirty (77%) samples contained viable but non-culturable (VBNC) cells; the majority were positive on real-time PCR specific for Staphylococcus epidermidis (one also for Staphylococcus aureus). Viable cells(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of the present study was to compare, in vitro and in vivo, the effects of caspofungin, micafungin and anidulafungin against Candida parapsilosis complex isolates. METHODS In vitro activities of all three echinocandins were assessed against C. parapsilosis sensu stricto (n = 4), Candida orthopsilosis (n = 4) and Candida metapsilosis (n =(More)
We present a case of mycetoma by Madurella mycetomatis on the foot of a Chinese young man, living in Italy for more than ten years. Clinically the lesion closely resembled and was initially misinterpreted as a vascular neoformation. We analyze the histological and morphological features of the Madurella mycetomatis infection through which we managed to type(More)
BACKGROUND Candida bloodstream infections (BSI) represent an important problem in Intensive Care Units (ICUs). The epidemiology of candidemia is changing with an increase in the proportion of Candida (C.) non-albicans. OBJECTIVES An Italian 2-year observational survey on ICU was conducted to evaluate the species distribution and possible differences(More)
The in vitro activity of caspofungin (CAS) was investigated against 28 yeast isolates belonging to Candida albicans (n = 5), Candida guilliermondii (n = 10), and Candida parapsilosis (n = 13). CAS MICs obtained by broth dilution and Etest methods clearly showed a rank order of susceptibility to the echinocandin compound with C. albicans > C. parapsilosis >(More)
BACKGROUND The mortality rate associated with fever accompanied by pulmonary infiltrates after chemotherapy for hematologic malignancies remains higher than the corresponding rate associated with febrile neutropenia without pulmonary infiltrates. Nonetheless, few studies have focused on the factors that predict outcome for patients with lung infiltrates.(More)
Reported here are the features of a Rhodotorula mucilaginosa outbreak that occurred in a neonatal intensive care unit. Over a period of 19 days, clinical and laboratory signs of sepsis appeared in four premature infants carrying indwelling vascular catheters. After bloodstream infection with R. mucilaginosa was ascertained, the patients underwent(More)