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Methods based on real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) can speed up the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis but are limited by a lack of standardization. We evaluated the commercially available MycAssay™ Aspergillus test for the diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis in patients without hematological cancer. We prospectively collected 322 lower respiratory(More)
The presence of Aspergillus antigens in blood transfusion components from different manufacturers was analyzed. Galacomannans were found in transfused patients, pooled platelet concentrates, fresh frozen plasma, and packed red cells collected using Fresenius Kabi bags. Galacomannans were also found in blood collection anticoagulant and platelet additive(More)
The aim of this study is to evaluate the prevalence of BK virus (BKV) infection in HIV-positive patients receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in our hospital. The presence of BKV was analysed in urine and plasma samples from 78 non-selected HIV-infected patients. Clinical data were recorded using a pre-established protocol. We used a(More)
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