Kyle D. Brizendine

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INTRODUCTION Cryptococcosis is an invasive fungal infection causing substantial morbidity and mortality. Prognostic factors are largely derived from trials conducted prior to the modern era of antifungal and potent combination antiretroviral therapies, immunosuppression, and transplantation. Data describing the clinical features and predictors of mortality(More)
Cryptococcal meningitis is a life-threatening fungal infection of the central nervous system (CNS). Its management is characterized by the administration of initial combination antifungal therapy by following the principles of induction, consolidation, and maintenance therapy with aggressive management of elevated intracranial pressure (ICP). These tenets(More)
The impact of antifungal therapy on economic outcomes in patients with invasive aspergillosis (IA) needs further exploration. The purpose of this study was to describe antifungal therapy and factors associated with hospital length of stay (LOS) in transplant patients with IA. Patients were enrolled from March 2001 to October 2005 and IA cases identified(More)
Data describing the risk of lung transplantation (LT), clinical features, and outcomes of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) infected with Burkholderia gladioli are limited. Herein, we report a case of disseminated B. gladioli infection characterized by bacteremia, necrotizing pneumonia, lung abscess, and empyema in a lung transplant recipient with CF,(More)
Cryptococcosis is an invasive fungal infection (IFI), caused predominantly by Cryptococcus neoformans or Cryptococcus gattii, that affects both immunocompromised (IC) and non-IC patients. Although the most serious disease manifestation is meningoencephalitis, cryptococcal pneumonia is underdiagnosed and may disseminate to the central nervous system (CNS)(More)
Carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae (CRKP) is an emerging pathogen with a devastating impact on organ transplant recipients (OTRs). Data describing urinary tract infections (UTIs) due to CRKP, compared to extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL)-producing and susceptible K. pneumoniae, are lacking. We conducted a retrospective cohort study comparing OTRs(More)
Selection of the appropriate donor is essential to a successful allograft recipient outcome for solid organ transplantation. Multiple infectious diseases have been transmitted from the donor to the recipient via transplantation. Donor-transmitted infections cause increased morbidity and mortality to the recipient. In recent years, a series of high-profile(More)
Solid organ transplantation is life saving for thousands of patients worldwide with end-stage organ failure, but post-transplantation invasive fungal infections (IFIs) remain a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. To improve patient outcomes, investigators have explored various strategies of prevention, including the use of antifungal prophylaxis(More)