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Getting to the diagnosis of aspergillosis: Tests and their interpretation. David W. Denning Wythenshawe Hospital University of Manchester. Aspergillus Life-cycle. Germination. Spores inhaled. Hyphal elongation and branching. Mass of hyphae (plateau phase). www.aspergillus.man.ac.uk.

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Getting to the diagnosis of aspergillosis: Tests and their interpretation

David W. Denning

Wythenshawe Hospital

University of Manchester


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Aspergillus Life-cycle interpretation

Germination

Spores inhaled

Hyphal elongation and branching

Mass of hyphae (plateau phase)

www.aspergillus.man.ac.uk


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Invasive aspergillosis interpretation

  • Acute (<1 month course)

  • Subacute/chronic necrotising (1-3 months)

Chronic aspergillosis (>3 months)

  • Chronic cavitary pulmonary

  • Aspergilloma of lung

  • Chronic fibrosing pulmonary

  • Chronic invasive sinusitis

  • Maxillary (sinus) aspergilloma

Persistence

without disease

  • colonisation of

    the airways or nose/sinuses

Allergic

  • Allergic bronchopulmonary (ABPA)

  • Extrinsic allergic (broncho)alveolitis (EAA)

  • Asthma with fungal sensitisation (SAFS)

  • Allergic Aspergillus sinusitis (eosinophilic fungal rhinosinusitis)

CLASSIFICATION OF ASPERGILLOSIS

Airways/nasal exposure to airborne Aspergillus


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CLASSIFICATION OF ASPERGILLOSIS interpretation

Invasive aspergillosis

  • Acute (<1 month course)

  • Subacute/chronic necrotising (1-3 months)

Persistence without disease - colonisation of the airways or nose/sinuses

Airways/nasal exposure to airborne Aspergillus

Chronic aspergillosis (>3 months)

  • Chronic cavitary pulmonary

  • Aspergilloma of lung

  • Chronic fibrosing pulmonary

  • Chronic invasive sinusitis

  • Maxillary (sinus) aspergilloma

Allergic

  • Allergic bronchopulmonary (ABPA)

  • Extrinsic allergic (broncho)alveolitis (EAA)

  • Asthma with fungal sensitisation

  • Allergic Aspergillus sinusitis (eosinophilic fungal rhinosinusitis)


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Early diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis is important interpretation

Treatment started <10d >11d

Mortality 40% 90%

Von Eiff et al, Respiration 1995;62:241-7.


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Modalities for early diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis interpretation

  • CT scanning

  • Microscopy

  • Antigen (blood or respiratory fluid)

  • PCR (blood or respiratory fluid)


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Investigations for diagnosis of IPA interpretation

Abnormal/All %

Chest X-ray 89/98 (91)

Focal disease 58/98 (59)

Cavitation 5/98 ( 5)

Diffuse/multiple 26/98 (27)

Chest CT scan 23/23 (100)

Focal disease 3/23 (13)

Cavitation 4/23 (17)

Diffuse/multiple 16/23 (70)

Bronchoalveolar lavage 36/61 (59)

Transbronchial biopsy 4/6 (67)

Open lung biopsy 4/8 (50)

Denning et al, J Infection 1998;37:173-80.


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Unequivocal ‘Halo sign’ surrounding a nodule interpretation

Halo

Small vessel angioinvasion

Herbrecht, Denning et al, NEJM 2002;347:408-15.


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gg interpretation

gg

Criteria for Halo Sign

“Perimeter of ground-glass opacity surrounding a nodular lesion”

Identified early in angio-invasive aspergillosis

n

Differentiate from nodular lesions with unsharp margination that lack a perimeter of ground-glass

gg= ground-glass halo

n= nodular lesion

Greene et al, ECCMID 2003


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Differentiate from non-specific interpretationthick- or thin-walled cavities lacking sequestra

ac

ac

Criteria for Air Crescent Sign

“Crescent of gas surmounting

soft tissue sequestrum within

a nodular or cavitary lesion”

Usually appear late in angio-invasive aspergillosis after recovery from neutropenia

s

ac=air crescent

S=sequestrum

Greene et al, ECCMID 2003


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Pulmonary nodules a useful feature if invasive pulmonary aspergillosis

CT features in 48 CTs of which 17 IPA

IPA Other

Halo 13/17 0/31

Nodules 14/17 11/31

Masses 6/17 2/31

Kami, Mycoses 2002;45:287-94.


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Pulmonary nodules a useful feature if invasive pulmonary aspergillosis

CT features in 235 CTs in patients with IPA

Macronodule (>1cm) 221 (94%)

Halo 143 (60%)

Consolidation 71 (30%)

Macro-nodule, infarct shaped 63 (27%)

Cavitary lesion 48 (20%)

Air bronchograms 37 (16%)

Clusters of small nodules (<1cm) 25 (11%)

Pleural effusion 25 (11%)

Air crescent sign 24 (10%)

Non-specific ground glass 21 (9%)

Greene submitted, from Herbrecht N Engl J Med 2002:347:408.


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Contribution of CT scans and antigen testing to rapid diagnosis of IA

Caillot et al, J Clin Oncol 2001;19:253


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Bronchoalveolar lavage for diagnosis diagnosis of IAof invasive pulmonary aspergillosis

Patients BAL BAL Either Reference

culture cytology or both

Acute leukaemia - - 50 Albeda, 1984

Leukaemia 23 53 59 Kahn, 1986

Leukaema 0 0 0 Saito, 1988 Leukaemia, BMT, 40 64 67 Levy, 1992

Oncology

BMT focal 0 0 0 McWhinney,

diffuse 100 0 100 1993

% positive result in all those with

definite or probable aspergillosis


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Fluorescent brighteners such as Calcufluor white, Blankophor increase sensitivity and speed

Microscopy

Ruchel R, www.aspergillus.man.ac.uk/images


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Sputum Cultures for Fungus increase sensitivity and speed

Bacteriological media inferior to fungal media – 32% higher yield on fungal media

Horvath & Dummer, Am J Med 1996;100:171-8.


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Aspergillus workload and significance increase sensitivity and speed

3 year survey in Spanish teaching hospital

404 isolates from 260 patients

1/1000 micro samples positive

31/260 (12%) had invasive disease

Point score system for IA developed:

Invasive sample positive 1

> 2 positive samples 2

leukaemia 2

neutropenia 5

corticosteroid Rx 2

Score of 1 or 2 = 10.3%, of 3 or 4 = 40%, of >5 = 70%

Bouza J Clin Microbiol 2005;43:2075.


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PCR detection of Aspergillus (rRNA target) increase sensitivity and speed

Prospective study of 197 bronchial washes in 176 patients (most leukaemia, most lung infiltrates on X-ray)

Results

Immunocom-promised pts

IA not IA

‘normal’ pts

IA not IA

+ve PCR

-ve PCR

Positive predictive value (PPV) - 83.8% in at risk patients

Negative predictive value (NPV) - 98.1% in at risk patients

Buchheidt Br J Haematol 2002;116:803-811.


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BSMM proposed standards of care increase sensitivity and speed

  • All bronchoscopy fluids from patients suspected of infection should be examined microscopically for hyphae and cultured on specialised media.

  • All clinical isolates of Aspergillus should be identified to species level

Denning, Barnes and Kibbler. Lancet Infect Dis 2003;3:230.


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  • Aspergillus increase sensitivity and speed Antigen Test

  • Diagnosis or surveillance?

  • Only blood, or BAL, CSF etc

  • Best OD cut-off - 0.7

  • False positives in kids / antibiotics

  • False negative with antifungal

  • prophylaxis

  • Not as useful for non-hematology

  • Not useful if pre-existing antibody

Herbrecht et al, J Clin Microbiol 2002;20:1898-906; and others


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Aspergillus increase sensitivity and speed Antigen in BAL

  • 13/17 (76%) in acute leukaemia with CT abnormality

  • 5/20 (25%) in suspected IFIs

  • 17/17 (100%) in neutropenic patients before antifungal Rx, 0% after 3d antifungal therapy

  • 20/20 (100%) in haem-onc pts with IPA

  • 37/49 (76%) in HSCT & haem-onc with IPA

Becker, Br J Haem 2003;121:448; Sanguinetti, JCM 2003;41:3922; Musher, JCM 2004;42:5517.


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Invasive aspergillosis in ICU increase sensitivity and speed

127 of 1850 (6.9%) consecutive medical ICU admissions with IA or colonisation (micro/histol).

89/127 (70%) did not have haematological malignancy

67/89 proven/probable IA, 33 of 67 (50%) COPD

In 67 IA patients without haem malignancy:

Culture +ve in 56/67 (84%)

Aspergillus antigen +ve 27/51 (53%)

Autopsy +ve for hyphae in 27/41 (66%)

Predicted mortality = 48%, actual 91%

Meersemann et al, Am J Resp Med Crit Care 2004;170:621.


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CLASSIFICATION OF ASPERGILLOSIS increase sensitivity and speed

Invasive aspergillosis

  • Acute (<1 month course)

  • Subacute/chronic necrotising (1-3 months)

Persistence without disease - colonisation of the airways or nose/sinuses

Airways/nasal exposure to airborne Aspergillus

Chronic aspergillosis (>3 months)

  • Chronic cavitary pulmonary

  • Aspergilloma of lung

  • Chronic fibrosing pulmonary

  • Chronic invasive sinusitis

  • Maxillary (sinus) aspergilloma

Allergic

  • Allergic bronchopulmonary (ABPA)

  • Extrinsic allergic (broncho)alveolitis (EAA)

  • Asthma with fungal sensitisation

  • Allergic Aspergillus sinusitis (eosinophilic fungal rhinosinusitis)


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Simple aspergilloma increase sensitivity and speed

Patient RT

December 2002

Cough (mild) &

tired

Wythenshawe Hospital


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Aspergilloma increase sensitivity and speed

Severo on www.aspergillus.man.ac.uk


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Chronic Cavitary Pulmonary Aspergillosis increase sensitivity and speed

Normal smoking 30 year woman

Patient JA

Jan 2001


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Chronic Cavitary Pulmonary Aspergillosis increase sensitivity and speed

Patient JA

Feb 2002


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Chronic Cavitary Pulmonary Aspergillosis increase sensitivity and speed

Patient JA

April 2003


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Chronic Cavitary Pulmonary Aspergillosis increase sensitivity and speed

Patient JA

July 2003


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Chronic cavitary pulmonary aspergillosis an example of radiographic failure

Patient SS

April 2004

Patient SS

July 2004, despite receiving itraconazole for 3 months

www.aspergillus.man.ac.uk


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Chronic pulmonary aspergillosis - serology radiographic failure

All 18 patients had positive Aspergillus precipitins (1+-4+)

All 18 patients had elevated inflammatory markers, CRP, PV and / or ESR

14 of 18 (78%) had elevated total IgE (>20), 13 >200 and 7 >400

9 of 14 (67%) had Aspergillus specific IgE (RAST)

Denning DW et al, Clin Infect Dis 2003; 37:S265


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Contribution of CT scans and antibody testing to rapid diagnosis of IA

Caillot et al, J Clin Oncol 2001;19:253 (unpublished data)


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Antibody diagnosis of invasive aspergillosis diagnosis of IA

In house ELISA method

Definite IA 20/31 (64.5)

Probable IA 11/67 (16.4)

Possible IA 14/55 (25.5)

All episodes 45/153 (29.4)

Herbrecht et al, J Clin Microbiol 2002;20:1898-906


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