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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Paracoccidioidomycosis In Children: Clinical Presentation, Follow-up And Outcome.
Author: Pereira, Ricardo Mendes
Bucaretchi, Fábio
Barison, Eliana de Melo
Hessel, Gabriel
Tresoldi, Antonia Teresinha
Abstract: From February, 1981 to May, 2001, 63 children under 15 y old (ages 2 - 15 y, median = 8 y, mean +/- 1 SD = 8 +/- 3 y) presenting 70 episodes of Paracoccidioidomycosis were admitted. The main clinical manifestations and laboratory features observed upon admission were: lymph node enlargement (87.1%), fever (75.7%), weakness (48.6%), pallor (41.4%), hepatomegaly (40%), splenomegaly (35.7%), anemia (90%), hypergammaglobulinemia (88.5%), eosinophilia (75.5%) and hypoalbuminemia (72.5%). Moderate to severe malnutrition was detected in 35.7% of the episodes (Gomez's criterion). Radiographic and technetium studies showed bone lesions in 20 of the episodes, most of them being multiple lytic lesions, involving both long (70%) and plain bones (30%). First line treatment consisted of an association of sulfametoxazole-trimethoprin, which was used, exclusively, in 50 episodes. Follow-up of hemoglobin levels, number of eosinophils in the peripheral blood, albumin and gammaglobulin serum levels revealed significant sequential improvement one and six months after hospital admission, being quite useful to evaluate treatment effectiveness. Six patients died (9.3%) and four developed sequelae (6.3%). In conclusion, the juvenile and disseminated forms can be observed in about 70% of the episodes of PCM occurring in children younger than 15 y old, most of them presenting with a febrile lymphoproliferative syndrome associated to anemia, eosinophilia and hypergammaglobulinemia.
Subject: Adolescent
Anti-infective Agents
Child, Preschool
Follow-up Studies
Prospective Studies
Treatment Outcome
Citation: Revista Do Instituto De Medicina Tropical De São Paulo. v. 46, n. 3, p. 127-31
Rights: aberto
Identifier DOI: /S0036-46652004000300002
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