Successful Treatment of Invasive Conidiobolus Infection During Therapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Craig Erker, Anna R. Huppler, Thomas J. Walsh, Michael E. McCormick, Mariko Suchi, Neel S. Bhatt, Susan C. Kehl, Jessica Southwood, Paul Harker-Murray

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Abstract

Invasive fungal infections are a serious cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with hematologic malignancies. Conidiobolus species are molds within the order Entomophthorales and may disseminate to become rapidly fatal in immunocompromised individuals. This species of fungal infections are often multidrug resistant (MDR) and present unique therapeutic challenges. Reports of Conidiobolus infections are rare in pediatric oncology. We report the successful treatment of an adolescent male with B-cell lymphoblastic leukemia and MDR invasive sinopulmonary Conidiobolus infection with emphasis on early and aggressive neutrophil support with surgical debridement. The strategies described could be applied to other MDR fungal infections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2017

Keywords

  • Conidiobolus
  • granulocyte transfusions
  • granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF)
  • leukemia
  • multidrug resistance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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    Erker, C., Huppler, A. R., Walsh, T. J., McCormick, M. E., Suchi, M., Bhatt, N. S., Kehl, S. C., Southwood, J., & Harker-Murray, P. (Accepted/In press). Successful Treatment of Invasive Conidiobolus Infection During Therapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. https://doi.org/10.1097/MPH.0000000000000985