A 66-year-old Japanese male with a history of a rectal ulcer and rectovesical fistula following brachytherapy and radiotherapy for prostate cancer, who had undergone colostomy and vesicotomy presented with a painful peristomal ulcer of approximately 5×2.5cm adjacent to the direction of 6 oʼclock of the stoma in his left lower abdomen. Although he was admitted to be treated with intravenous antibiotics and topical debridement, the ulcer was rapidly increasing. In the laboratory findings, WBC was 12,400/μL, CRP was 16.9 mg/dL, ESR was 105mm in the first hour. Contrast enhanced CT images showed a wide high density area of skin and subcutaneous tissue around the stoma and dillitation of the transverse and descending colon. Colonoscopy showed furred profound ulcers in the rectum. A biopsy from the ulcer floor submitted to histopathology showed necrotic tissue with a mixed inflammatory infiltrates mainly composed of neutrophils and lymphocytes in the dermis. We suspected pyoderma gangrenosum with an inflammatory bowel disease in the beginning. Although he was started on oral prednisolone 60mg daily, the ulcer did not respond to treatment. Additional methylprednisolone pulse therapy, intravenous cyclosporine and granulocytapheresis were also ineffective. A biopsy specimen from the skin ulcer margin showed erythrophagocytosis by trophozoites of amebae which were identified on PAS stained slides. The PCR method and stool examination showed positive for Entamoeba histolytica (E. histolytica), but serum antibodies were negative. Within two weeks of treatment with oral metronidazole 2,250mg/day and topical metronidazole ointment, resolution of the ulcer was observed, then the prednisolone dosage was tapered. A split-thickness skin graft was used to cover the ulcer with a successful result. Even though we originally misdiagnosed this case, we finally reached a diagnosis of amebiasis. It is important to take account of amebiasis in the differential diagnosis of intractable ulcers which can be contaminated by feces.
A 79-year-old man experienced severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and was receiving treatment for ischemic heart disease. Starting from dizziness and chilliness, he lost consciousness after few days. He was taken to our emergency department. On initial evaluation, he complained of dyspnea and was afebrile with a pulse rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate of 105 beats/min, 112/98 mmHg, and 28 breath/min, respectively. His respiratory sounds were clear and chest radiography did not show any abnormal shadows, but his arterial blood gas examination showed type II respiratory failure. Because the nasopharyngeal seasonal influenza A virus (IAV) test was positive, the patient was admitted with the diagnosis of acute exacerbation of COPD due to IAV. We administered peramivir, a specific anti-influenza drug, and started mechanical ventilation. Over time, he started to show signs of disseminated intravascular coagulation, such as multiple organ failure and thrombocytopenia. Subsequently, blood tests showed elevation of ferritin and soluble interleukin 2 receptor (sIL2R)；microscopic examination of the peripheral blood revealed hemophagocytosis. Secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) due to IAV was diagnosed and together with corticosteroid therapy, intravenous gamma globulin was administered from the 3rd clinical day. The patint was saved with our early diagnosis and treatment of HLH and was discharged on the 92nd clinical day. Viral-induced HLH, formerly known as virus-associated hemophagocytic syndrome (VAHS), leads to multiple organ failure due to a cytokine storm scattered by viral-infected pathogenic inflammatory cells. It is well known that pandemic swine flu causes secondary HLH leading to poor outcomes. Currently, not much is known about HLH due to seasonal flu；particularly, IAV (H3N2)-related HLH cases are rare and reported cases showed poor outcomes as well. With an early diagnosis and minimum immunotherapy, we report herein on a case of IAV (H3N2)-related HLH which was treated successfully.
We report herein on the case of a 33-year-old Japanese man in whom an abnormal shadow was detected on chest radiography during a medical checkup after a 1-year-stay in Mexico. Chest computed tomography showed a nodule in the left lower lobe adjacent to the visceral pleura. Histopathologic examination of a thoracoscopic partial pulmonary resection specimen showed coagulation necrosis with a number of yeast-like forms on Grocott staining. In addition, serum anti-Histoplasma antibody positivity was detected with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, and Histoplasma-specific nested real-time polymerase chain reaction results were positive in the pulmonary region. Finally, pulmonary histoplasmosis was diagnosed, and treatment with itraconazole was initiated. The patientʼs wife who had accompanied him to Mexico was asymptomatic and was not found to have histoplasmosis based on diagnostic imaging and serological findings. Although rare in Japan, histoplasmosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of pulmonary lesions in patients who have returned from travel to endemic areas.