BACKGROUND: Optimal management of eumycetoma, a severely debilitating chronic progressive fungal infection of skin, disseminating to bone and viscera, remains challenging. Especially, optimal antifungal treatment and duration are ill defined.<br /><br />METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: We conducted a monocentric retrospective study of 11 imported cases of eumycetoma treated by voriconazole or posaconazole for at least 6 months. Response to treatment was assessed through evolution of clinical and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). (1→3) ß-D-glucan (BG) and positron emission tomography using [18F] fluorodeoxyglucose (PET/CT) results were also assessed. Identified species were Fusarium solani complex (n = 3); Madurella mycetomatis, (n = 3), and Exophiala jeanselmei, (n = 1). Moreover, two coelomycetes and one phaeohyphomycetes strains without species identification were retrieved. Serum BG and PET/CT were abnormal in 7/8 and 6/6 patients tested, respectively. Patients received last generation azoles for a mean duration of 25.9±18 months. Complete response (major clinical and MRI improvement) was observed in 5/11 patients, partial response (minor MRI improvement or stable MRI findings) in 5 and failure (MRI evidence of disease progression) in one, with a 73±39 [6-132] months mean follow-up. Relapse occurred in 2 patients after treatment discontinuation. Optimal outcome was associated with fungal species, initiation of last generation triazole therapy (<65 months since first symptoms), negative serum BG and PET/CT normalization.<br /><br />CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: MRI, PET/CT and serum BG appear as promising tools to assess optimal time of antifungal treatment for eumycetoma.
Crabol, Y., Poiree, S., Bougnoux, M. E., Maunoury, C., Barete, S., Zeller, V., … Lortholary, O. (2014). Last Generation Triazoles for Imported Eumycetoma in Eleven Consecutive Adults. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 8(10). https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0003232