Clinical characteristics and outcome of invasive fungal infections in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia patients in a medical center in Taiwan.

Abstract

BACKGROUND Invasive fungal infection (IFI) causes significant morbidity and mortality in patients with hematological malignancies, especially those with acute myeloid leukemia (AML), recurrent acute leukemia, high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. The study aimed to investigate the clinical characteristics and outcome of IFIs in pediatric AML patients in a medical center in Taiwan. METHODS We performed retrospective chart reviews. We enrolled pediatric AML patients who were admitted to National Taiwan University Hospital between January 2005 and December 2014. IFI was defined according to the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer/Mycosis Study Group 2008 consensus criteria. RESULTS In total, 78 patients were included for analysis. Twenty two episodes of IFIs were identified in 16 patients. The incidence for IFIs was 20.5% (16/78), and no specific trend of increase or decrease was observed through the study period (p=0.374). Candida species caused the majority (59.1%) of IFIs. Prolonged neutropenia and elevated alanine aminotransferase and creatinine values were factors associated with IFIs (p<0.001, p<0.001, and p=0.001, respectively). Patients with endotracheal intubation or inotropes usage had a higher probability of developing IFIs (p<0.001 and p=0.001, respectively). The overall mortality of IFIs was 53% (8/15) over 10 years, and patients with pulmonary aspergillosis had the highest mortality (80%). CONCLUSION IFIs continue to pose significant morbidity and mortality in pediatric AML patients, and patients with other hematology-oncology cancers. Recognition of factors associated with IFIs may help us early identify IFIs and promptly initiate antifungal therapy.

DOI: 10.1016/j.jmii.2016.08.011

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@article{Lin2016ClinicalCA, title={Clinical characteristics and outcome of invasive fungal infections in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia patients in a medical center in Taiwan.}, author={Gu-Lung Lin and Hsiu-Hao Chang and Chun-Yi Lu and Chung-Ming Chen and Meng-Yao Lu and Ping-Ing Lee and Shiann-Tarng Jou and Yung-Li Yang and Li-Min Huang and Luan-Ying Chang}, journal={Journal of microbiology, immunology, and infection = Wei mian yu gan ran za zhi}, year={2016} }