Pulmonary Infection After Allo-Transplantation: Fungus or Tuberculosis? 2 Case Report.

Songmei Yin, MD, Shuangfeng Xie, MD*, Yiqing Li, MD*, Danian Nie, MD*, Xiuju Wang, MD*, Liping Ma, MD and Jie Xiao, MD*

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Hematology Department, 2nd Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China


Introduction: Infection after allo-Stem cell transplantation (SCT) is a major cause for post allo-SCT deaths. The pathogens involved are diverse and sometimes difficult to be distinguished. Treatment is primarily based on clinical history, blood analysis, chest X-ray, computerized tomography (CT) examination and pathogen culture of sputum or bronchoaleolar lavage fluid. Empirical treatment is often used before the results of pathogen culture are available. Here, we reported 2 cases of allo-SCT with similar clinical background but infections due to different pathogens. At the onset of the pulmonary diseases, anti-GVHD drugs (Including prednisone, CsA) were already withdrawn for both cases. There was no GVHD progression after withdrawal of the anti-GVHD drugs. Both cases had fever, ranging from 38 to 39 centigrade. Patients were short of breath. Oxygen inhalation was needed. Case 1 was in severe hypoxia. The oxygen saturation was down to 70%80% at the peak severity. Neither of the 2 cases was in need of mechanical ventilation. CT images showed that these 2 cases had similar lung injuries (Fig 1 and Fig 2). Tissue biopsy revealed that different pathogens were involved in these 2 cases, although they had identical disease history, similar duration after transplantation, same clinical symptoms and signs, even similar CT images. The histological findings of lung biopsies showed that the pathogen for case 1 was aspergillums, whereas that of case 2 was tubercle bacillus. Both cases responded well to the specific treatment, respectively. Patients are now in disease-free state. Conclusions: Both tuberculosis and fungus infection could show diffused foci on CT image. The diffused lesions of tuberculosis tend to fuse, whereas little cavities were more frequently seen in fungus infections. After treatment, the lesions of fungus were much easier to be clear than tuberculosis. Diagnostic treatment might be used to distinguish these 2 diseases if biopsy cannot be performed or pathogen culture is negative.

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51st American Society of Haematologists Annual Meeting
    • ASH 51st (2009)