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Ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion for hydrocephalus in human immunodeficiency virus-infected adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis protocol

. Dr. Ncedile Mankahla is a consultant neurosurgeon in the Groote Schuur Hospital and Red Cross Children’s Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. Prof. Graeme Meintjes is a professor in the Department of

HIV-1 tuberculosis-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome

Patients co-infected with HIV-1 and tuberculosis (TB) are at risk of developing TB-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (TB-IRIS) following commencement of antiretroviral therapy (ART). TB-IRIS is characterized by transient but severe localized or systemic inflammatory reactions against Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigens. Here, we review the risk factors and...

Risk Factors for Acquired Rifamycin and Isoniazid Resistance: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

HEALTH-F3-2012305578; FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IRSES], UK MRC [UKMRC U1175.02.002.00014] and the European Union [EU FP7 HEALTH-F3-2012305578; FP7-PEOPLE-2011-IRSES]. Graeme Meintjes was supported by a

Relationship Between HIV Coinfection, Interleukin 10 Production, and Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Human Lymph Node Granulomas

Background. Human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV)–infected persons are more susceptible to tuberculosis than HIV–uninfected persons. Low peripheral CD4+ T-cell count is not the sole cause of higher susceptibility, because HIV–infected persons with a high peripheral CD4+ T-cell count and those prescribed successful antiretroviral therapy (ART) remain more prone to active...

Prolonged tuberculosis-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome: characteristics and risk factors

administrative staff of the Provincial Government of the Western Cape of South Africa. Funding Tasnim M. Bana received funding from the University of Cape Town Department of Medicine. Graeme Meintjes was supported

Relationship Between Blood Concentrations of Hepcidin and Anemia Severity, Mycobacterial Burden, and Mortality Among Patients With HIV-Associated Tuberculosis

Background Anemia is very common in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)–associated tuberculosis, and hepcidin may be key in mediating this. We explored the relationship between blood hepcidin concentrations and anemia severity, mycobacterial burden and mortality in patients with HIV-associated tuberculosis.

A Glucuronoxylomannan-Associated Immune Signature, Characterized by Monocyte Deactivation and an Increased Interleukin 10 Level, Is a Predictor of Death in Cryptococcal Meningitis

Background. Cryptococcal meningitis remains a significant cause of death among human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV)–infected persons in Africa. We aimed to better understand the pathogenesis and identify immune correlates of mortality, particularly the role of monocyte activation. Methods. A prospective cohort study was conducted in Cape Town, South Africa. Patients with a...

Antiretroviral Treatment Outcomes amongst Older Adults in a Large Multicentre Cohort in South Africa

Introduction Increasing numbers of patients are starting antiretroviral treatment (ART) at advanced age or reaching advanced age while on ART. We compared baseline characteristics and ART outcomes of older adults (aged ≥55 years) vs. younger adults (aged 25–54 years) in routine care settings in South Africa. Methods A multicentre cohort study of ART-naïve adults starting ART at...

Cryptococcal Antigen Screening in Patients Initiating ART in South Africa: A Prospective Cohort Study

Background. Retrospective data suggest that cryptococcal antigen (CrAg) screening in patients with late-stage human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) initiating antiretroviral therapy (ART) may reduce cryptococcal disease and deaths. Prospective data are limited. Methods. CrAg was measured using lateral flow assays (LFA) and latex agglutination (LA) tests in 645 HIV-positive, ART...

Rapid microbiological screening for tuberculosis in HIV-positive patients on the first day of acute hospital admission by systematic testing of urine samples using Xpert MTB/RIF: a prospective cohort in South Africa

Meintjes 2 0 The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town , Cape Town , South Africa 1 Department of Clinical

Cerebrospinal Fluid Cytokine Profiles Predict Risk of Early Mortality and Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome in HIV-Associated Cryptococcal Meningitis

Understanding the host immune response during cryptococcal meningitis (CM) is of critical importance for the development of immunomodulatory therapies. We profiled the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) immune-response in ninety patients with HIV-associated CM, and examined associations between immune phenotype and clinical outcome. CSF cytokine, chemokine, and macrophage activation...

Time to ART Initiation among Patients Treated for Rifampicin-Resistant Tuberculosis in Khayelitsha, South Africa: Impact on Mortality and Treatment Success

Setting Khayelitsha, South Africa, with high burdens of rifampicin-resistant tuberculosis (RR-TB) and HIV co-infection. Objective To describe time to antiretroviral treatment (ART) initiation among HIV-infected RR-TB patients initiating RR-TB treatment and to assess the association between time to ART initiation and treatment outcomes. Design A retrospective cohort study of...

Management of HIV-associated tuberculosis in resource-limited settings: a state-of-the-art review

Stephen D Lawn Graeme Meintjes Helen McIlleron Anthony D Harries Robin Wood The HIV-associated tuberculosis (TB) epidemic remains a huge challenge to public health in resource-limited settings

Failure to Eradicate Isospora belli Diarrhoea Despite Immune Reconstitution in Adults with HIV - A Case Series

Isospora belli causes diarrhoea in patients with AIDS. Most respond to targeted therapy and recommendations are that secondary prophylaxis can be stopped following immune reconstitution with ART. We report eight cases of chronic isosporiasis that persisted despite standard antimicrobial therapy, secondary prophylaxis, and good immunological and virological response to ART. Median...

Early ART After Cryptococcal Meningitis Is Associated With Cerebrospinal Fluid Pleocytosis and Macrophage Activation in a Multisite Randomized Trial

Introduction. Earlier antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation in cryptococcal meningitis resulted in higher mortality compared with deferred ART initiation (1–2 weeks vs 5 weeks postmeningitis diagnosis). We hypothesized this was due to ART-associated immune pathology, without clinically recognized immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome. Methods. Three macrophage activation...

Cost Effectiveness of Cryptococcal Antigen Screening as a Strategy to Prevent HIV-Associated Cryptococcal Meningitis in South Africa

Objectives Cryptococcal meningitis (CM)-related mortality may be prevented by screening patients for sub-clinical cryptococcal antigenaemia (CRAG) at antiretroviral-therapy (ART) initiation and pre-emptively treating those testing positive. Prior to programmatic implementation in South Africa we performed a cost-effectiveness analysis of alternative preventive strategies for CM...