Psoas Abscess Due to Mycobacterium avium in a Patient with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia—Case Report and Review
AbstractInfections may constitute a serious complication in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). New treatment agents including obinutuzumab and ibrutinib have improved the progression-free survival in CLL, and data suggest a similar overall infection risk and a limited risk of opportunistic infections when compared to standard chemo-immunotherapy. Nevertheless, cases of opportunistic infections including non-tuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) in CLL patients have recently been published. We present a case of a 74-year old man with extensive prior CLL treatment history, including most recently obinutuzumab. He developed an abscess of the psoas muscle and inguinal lymphadenopathy. An inguinal node biopsy specimen showed infection with Mycobacterium avium, confirmed by broad-spectrum mycobacterial PCR, M. avium-specific PCR, and mycobacterial culture. This case and our literature review suggest that physicians should be aware of opportunistic infections in patients with CLL. Diagnostic differentiation from CLL disease progression, Richter’s transformation to aggressive lymphoma, and secondary malignancy relies on histological and appropriate microbiological studies from biopsy material of affected organs. Infection prophylaxis in CLL should be considered, including vaccinations and intravenous immune globulin replacement. View Full-Text
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Diaco, N.D.; Strohdach, B.; Falkowski, A.L.; Hainc, N.; Brunner, P.; Rutishauser, J.; Jost, L.; Tarr, P.E. Psoas Abscess Due to Mycobacterium avium in a Patient with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia—Case Report and Review. J. Clin. Med. 2019, 8, 216.
Diaco ND, Strohdach B, Falkowski AL, Hainc N, Brunner P, Rutishauser J, Jost L, Tarr PE. Psoas Abscess Due to Mycobacterium avium in a Patient with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia—Case Report and Review. Journal of Clinical Medicine. 2019; 8(2):216.Chicago/Turabian Style
Diaco, Natascha D.; Strohdach, Bettina; Falkowski, Anna L.; Hainc, Nicolin; Brunner, Philippe; Rutishauser, Jonas; Jost, Lorenz; Tarr, Philip E. 2019. "Psoas Abscess Due to Mycobacterium avium in a Patient with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia—Case Report and Review." J. Clin. Med. 8, no. 2: 216.
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