Methods: In this retrospective cohort study, we identified PJP cases among patients admitted between January 2007 - December 2016 at our center. PJP was defined as any positive test (immunofluorescence or PCR) from sputum and/or bronchoalveolar lavage. Patient demographics, underlying malignancy, anti-pneumocystis antibiotics and mortality were assessed through electronic medical records. Current National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) guidelines were used to determine who should have received prophylaxis. Cases not on prophylaxis at the time of diagnosis were reviewed to determine reasons why prophylaxis was not administered. Incidence of PJP for the last 5 years of the study was estimated based on a Poisson distribution.
Results: A total of 37 patients had confirmed PJP over the 10-year study period. The majority were male (68%) with a median age of 60 years (IQR: 47, 67). The most common underlying malignancy was acute myeloid leukemia (24%); 24/37 (65%) were bone marrow transplant recipients. The five-year incidence between 2012-2016 was 2.28 per 10,000 inpatient days (95% CI, 1.50-3.32). There was no evidence of clustering of PJP diagnoses. Overall, 26/37 (70%) of PJP patients were not on prophylaxis at the time of diagnosis, 12 of whom met NCCN criteria for use. 23 were deceased by the end of the study with 11/23 (48%) deaths occurring within 30 days of diagnosis. The main reason prophylaxis was not administered was neutropenia (19%). A documented sulfa allergy was noted in 7 PJP cases (19%); 2/7 (29%) were not administered alternate prophylaxis despite recommendations for use.
Conclusion: PJP incidence in this large cohort of cancer patients was low, but one third of patients who developed PJP were not on recommended prophylaxis in accordance with NCCN guidelines. Infection Prevention and Antimicrobial Stewardship teams should enhance efforts to address missed opportunities for PJP prophylaxis in high-risk patients.
E. Stohs, None
C. Liu, None
A. Sweet, None
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