2008. Effective & Early Diagnosis of Pneumonia in Patients with Acute Leukemia in a Comprehensive Cancer Center: How can we improve the microbiological diagnosis?
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Diagnostics: Bacteria and Mycobacteria
Saturday, October 6, 2018
Room: S Poster Hall
  • IDweek Poster MDA-pneumonia revised 9-24-2018 Final print version.pdf (393.1 kB)
  • Background:

    Pneumonia is one of the main causes of morbi-mortality in acute leukemia (AL) pts. The positive yield of microbiology diagnosis is still significantly low. The aim of the study was to evaluate the possible impact of use of diagnostic methods (within first 48hs of diagnosis) in AL pts with pneumonia during chemotherapy.


    Retrospective study (January 2017-December 2017) at MD Anderson Cancer Center. The medical records of adult pts with AML, MDS or ALL who developed CT-confirmed pneumonia after induction or 2nd-line chemotherapy were reviewed, including demographic, clinical, microbiology data and outcomes.


    During 2017, 174 pts with AL developed pneumonia confirmed by CT chest. 50 (29%) of them during induction/2nd -line chemotherapy: 42 (84%) AML, 5 (10%) MDS and 3 (6%) ALL. 31 (62%) showed consolidation in CT, 14 (28%) nodules and 5 (10%) both findings. Mean age was 65 (SD: 11.5, range: 24-87) years with 46% males. 33 (66%) pts had neutropenia (ANC<500) at time of pneumonia. ID was consulted in 38 (76%) and pulmonary in 37 (74%) pts.

    Bronchoscopy/BAL (bronch) was performed in only 24 (48%) pts, still with the highest diagnostic yield (13/24, 54%) compared to other diagnostic methods (sputum and blood cultures; and galactomannan, beta-glucan and cryptococcal antigen in serum). 12 of 24 (50%) pts had an early bronch (within 48hs), with higher identification of bacteria (3/12, 25%), fungi (2/12, 16.7%), and virus (3/12, 25%) compared to those 12 performed later. A trend of more viral infection (6/12, 50%), including CMV, was found in late-performed bronch (>48hs after diagnosis).

    The pts with early bronch were sicker, with higher rate of ICU admission (42% vs 0% in late group) and in-hospital mortality (25% vs 8% in late group). However, those pts who underwent bronch later had a higher rate of 30-day re-admission (33% vs 22% in early group).


    Bronchoscopy/BAL was the best diagnostic test in patients with AL and CT-confirmed pneumonia, even though it was only performed in 48% of pts. Early bronchoscopy (first 48 hs) has better diagnostic yield than late bronchoscopy (>48 hs), directing the antimicrobial therapy on these pts (based on the identification of bacteria, fungus or viruses), and decreasing the 30-day re-admission rate.

    Aki Sakurai, MD1, Justin Bala-Hampton, DNP, MPH, APRN1, Victor E. Mulanovich, MD2, Jorge E. Cortes, MD3 and Javier Adachi, MD4, (1)Infectious Diseases, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, (2)Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control, and Employee Health, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, (3)Department of Leukemia, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, (4)The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX


    A. Sakurai, None

    J. Bala-Hampton, None

    V. E. Mulanovich, None

    J. E. Cortes, None

    J. Adachi, Merck: Grant Investigator , Research grant .

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