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Primary invasive aspergillosis of the digestive tract: report of two cases and review of the literature

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Starobinski, M.
Chapuis, B.
Published in Infection. 2006, vol. 34, no. 6, p. 333-338
Abstract BACKGROUND: Disseminated aspergillosis is thought to occur as a result of vascular invasion from the lungs with subsequent bloodstream dissemination, and portals of entry other than sinuses and/or the respiratory tract remain speculative. METHODS: We report two cases of primary aspergillosis in the digestive tract and present a detailed review of eight of the 23 previously-published cases for which detailed data are available. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: These ten cases presented with symptoms suggestive of typhlitis, with further peritonitis requiring laparotomy and small bowel segmental resection. All cases were characterized by the absence of pulmonary disease at the time of histologically-confirmed gastrointestinal involvement with vascular invasion by branched Aspergillus hyphae. These cases suggest that the digestive tract may represent a portal of entry for Aspergillus species in immunocompromised patients.
Keywords AgedAspergillosis/ pathologyCross Infection/ microbiologyFatal OutcomeGastrointestinal Diseases/complications/ microbiologyHumansImmunocompromised HostMaleMiddle AgedOpportunistic Infections/microbiologyShock, Septic/etiology/ microbiology
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PMID: 17180588
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Research group Staphylocoques dorés résistants à la méthicilline et hygiène hospitalière (330)
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EGGIMANN, Philippe et al. Primary invasive aspergillosis of the digestive tract: report of two cases and review of the literature. In: Infection, 2006, vol. 34, n° 6, p. 333-338. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:7175

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