Optimized Diagnostics for Improved Therapy Stratification in Invasive Fungal Infections

NCT ID: NCT02492594

Optimized Diagnostics for Improved Therapy Stratification in Invasive Fungal Infections
Invasive fungal infections (IFI) in immunocompromised patients pose a major challenge for diagnostics designed to permit timely onset of appropriate treatment. The aim of the current clinical-diagnostic studies, one in in pediatric and one in adult patients at high risk of IFI, is to test newly developed diagnostic approaches to invasive fungal infections in relation to established procedures. The studies will be performed in a prospective, blinded fashion, and represent a work package within the FUNGITECT grant supported by the European Commission. The studies will focus on analyses of blood-samples from patients with febrile neutropenia during treatment of acute leukemia or after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Samples from immunosuppressed patients with febrile neutropenia will be taken: - at the start of neutropenic fever - after 24 hours - after 48 hours - before the start of antimycotic therapy, if pertinent - at the end of antimycotic therapy, if pertinent The results ot analyses by a panfungal PCR screening assay developed at our institution (European patent No 1960536) and methods newly developed during the FUNGITECT project will be compared with conventional methods for fungal diagnostics such as HR (High Resolution)-CT, serological testing, histology and fungal culture. Additionally, genomic approaches will be employed to investigate host- and pathogen-related factors of susceptibility, pathogenicity and antimycotic resistance.
Invasive Fungal Infections
St. Anna Kinderkrebsforschung
St. Anna Kinderkrebsforschung
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02 Jul 2015
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Landlinger C, Preuner S, Ba┼íková L, van Grotel M, Hartwig NG, Dworzak M, Mann G, Attarbaschi A, Kager L, Peters C, Matthes-Martin S, Lawitschka A, van den Heuvel-Eibrink MM, Lion T. Diagnosis of invasive fungal infections by a real-time panfungal PCR assay in immunocompromised pediatric patients. Leukemia. 2010 Dec;24(12):2032-8. doi: 10.1038/leu.2010.209.

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