Inonotosis in Patient with Hematologic Malignancy.
Salvage human leukocyte antigen-haploidentical SCT was performed in January 2016. Fever persisted during conditioning therapy, and a solitary cutaneous millimetric erythematous lesion appeared at the biopsy puncture site (Figure, panel B). Histopathology of the skin lesion showed dermal infiltration by periodic acid Schiff-positive elements compatible with fungal hyaline hyphae with parallel walls, regular septa, and branched hyphae with occasional bulb-like expansions; angioinvasion; and necrosis. Fungal culture of the specimen was negative, but panfungal PCR and further sequencing (1) revealed the presence of Inonotus spp. Voriconazole was added, and the lesion resolved in days. Neutrophil engraftment was achieved on day 12 post-SCT, with complete donor chimerism.
On day 34, the pulmonary lesion progressed, but we could not prove IFD as the cause of concomitant pleural effusion. Despite intensified antifungal therapy, surgical debridement was required to resolve the empyema. The patient was discharged on oral posaconazole (300 mg/d) that was eventually replaced by micafungin.
A computed tomography scan performed 6 months after the SCT showed persistence of a single mass on the left lung inferior lobe together with a new hepatic nodule. We performed pulmonary segmentectomy, and lung histology showed mycetoma with fungal elements similar to those observed in the previous skin biopsy. The fungal culture yielded a fluffy, white, slow-growing mold. The lack of sporulation did not permit morphologic identification, although panfungal PCR and further sequencing again revealed the presence of Inonotus spp. in the lung tissue sample.
Filamentous Basidiomycetes molds are ubiquitous and able to colonize in patients with chronic pulmonary disease. They cause syndromes comparable to allergic bronchopulmonary or rhinosinusal aspergillosis. However, IFD caused by Basidiomycetes molds are extremely rare (2). It has been hypothesized that IFD could occur in patients with mycetoma if they become immunocompromised. Clinical presentation resembles that of other IFDs, with predominantly pulmonary involvement (online Technical Appendix Table 1). Most filamentous Basidiomycetes are susceptible to antifungal drugs except for fluconazole and echinocandins. However, because many isolates do not sporulate, morphologic identification in the clinical microbiology laboratory is difficult without molecular techniques, and antifungal susceptibility testing is impossible to perform (3).
Invasive disease caused by Inonotus spp. (Phellinus tropicalis and P. undulatus) in humans has been described in 1 patient with diabetic nephropathy (3) and 6 patients with chronic granulomatous disease (4-10). Of note, 4 were breakthrough infections in patients receiving prophylactic itraconazole or posaconazole. Local infections had a favorable outcome; however, 1 patient with more extensive involvement had multiple relapses.
The infection in the patient we report mimicked other invasive mold infections in neutropenic patients with hematologic malignancies. However, we observed fungal invasion in the skin after the percutaneous puncture for the pulmonary biopsy, which suggests fungal seeding from the lung source during sample collection.
The presence of fungal elements invading the tissues supported the diagnosis of IFD; nevertheless, we did not initially consider Inonotus spp. to be the causative agent of the IFD in this patient because it rarely causes disease in humans. The clinical significance of the isolation of saprophytic molds in nonsterile clinical samples is difficult to ascertain. However, detection of Inonotus spp. in the lung tissue sample taken months after the skin lesion biopsy led us to reassess its potential role as an etiologic agent. In addition, the patient could have acquired the lung infection after inhalation of spores, and selective pressure of previous antimicrobial drugs could have triggered the breakthrough invasive Inonotus spp. infection. Antifungal therapy was selected without specific recommendations and without antifungal susceptibility testing (because of the poor sporulation of the isolate). Immunosuppression was more profound and prolonged than in other cases of IFD caused by Inonotus spp. Both surgery and antifungal therapy were required, and immunologic recovery, along with a subacute course, were probably essential for the favorable outcome of this patient.
In conclusion, Inonotus spp. should be added to the list of potential causal agents of IFD in neutropenic hematological patients. Systematic use of panfungal PCR targeting the internal transcribed tracer regions coupled with sequencing in patients at a high risk for IFD may be helpful for diagnosing rare invasive fungal infections.
We thank Thomas O'Boyle for his help in the preparation of the manuscript and the members of the COMIC (Collaboration in Mycology) study group for their contribution to the work: Almudena Burillo, Amaya Bustinza, Ana Cabrero, Ana Fernandez Cruz, Ana Pulido, Antonio Vena, Belen Padilla, Carlos Sanchez, Carmen Rodriguez, Diego Rincon, Eduardo Zaratain, Elena Zamora, Emilio Bouza, Fernando Anaya, Gabriela Rodriguez-Macias, Isabel Frias Soriano, Javier Alarcon, Javier Garcia, Javier Hortal, Jesus Guinea, Jesus Torre, Jorge Gayoso, Jose Eugenio Guerrero, Jose Maria Tellado, Jose Peral, Lola Vigil, Lorenzo Fernandez Quero, Magdalena Salcedo, Mamen Martinez, Manuel Martinez Selles, Manuel Sanchez Luna, Maria Olmedo, Maria Sanjurjo, Maricela Valerio, Marina Machado, Marisa Alegre, Marisa Navarro, Marisa Rodriguez, Marta Grande, Mi Kwon, Miguel Martin, Nerea Alava, Paloma Gijon, Patricia Munoz, Pilar Escribano, Rafael Banares, Roberto Alonso, Teresa Hernandez Sampelayo, and Veronica Parra.
This work was partially supported by grants PI14/00740, PI08/1463, PI11/00708, PI14/01731, MS15/00115, and RD12/0036/0061 and co-financed by Fondo de Investigacion Sanitaria (FIS), Instituto de Salud Carlos III; Plan Nacional de I+D+I 2013-2016 and Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional FEDER "Una manera de hacer Europa" support, along with grants from the Fundacion LAIR, Asociacion Madrilena de Hematologia y Hemoterapia (AMHH), Asociacion Espanola Contra el Cancer (AECC), and Fundacion Mutua Madrilena (FMM). FIS supported P.E. (CPI15/00115) and J.G. (CPII15/00006).
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Dr. Fernandez-Cruz is an internist and a consultant for hemato-oncological patients in the Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Department in Hospital Gregorio Maranon in Madrid. Dr. Kwon is a hematology specialist at the Stem Cell Transplant Unit in Hospital Gregorio Maranon in Madrid.
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Address for correspondence: Ana Fernandez-Cruz, Servicio de Microbiologia Clinica y Enfermedades Infecciosas, Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon, C/ Dr. Esquerdo, 46, 28007 Madrid, Spain; email: email@example.com
Ana Fernandez-Cruz,  Mi Kwon,  Jesus Guinea, Pilar Escribano, Maria del Carmen Martinez Jimenez, Ana Pulido, Veronica Parra, David Serrano, Jorge Gayoso, Jose Luis Diez Martin, Emilio Bouza
Author affiliations: Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Maranon, Madrid, Spain (A. Fernandez-Cruz, M. Kwon, J. Guinea, P. Escribano, M.C. Martinez Jimenez, A. Pulido, V. Parra, D. Serrano, J. Gayoso, J.L. Diez Martin, E. Bouza); Instituto de Investigacion Sanitaria Gregorio Maranon, Madrid (A. Fernandez-Cruz, M. Kwon, J. Guinea, P. Escribano, M.D.C.M. Jimenez, A. Pulido, V. Parra, D. Serrano, J. Gayoso, J.L.D. Martin, E. Bouza); CIBER de Enfermedades Respiratorias (CIBERES CB06/06/0058), Madrid (J. Guinea, E. Bouza)
 These authors contributed equally to this article.
Caption: Figure. Pulmonary nodule and skin lesion in patient with invasive fungal disease caused by Inonotus spp., Madrid, Spain. A) Computed tomography of the lungs shows pulmonary nodule with halo sign in the left superior lobe, with peripheral distribution. B) Skin lesion at biopsy site 4 weeks after biopsy.
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