Hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT) is one of the most common autosomal dominant disorders and is characterized by genetically determined abnormalities of vascular structure. People affected by HHT are predisposed to severe infections such as cerebral abscesses, typical of patients with pulmonary arteriovenous malformations, and extra-cerebral infections such as bacteraemia, septic arthritis, osteomyelitis, hepatic abscesses, skin infections and infective endocarditis. We present a retrospective series of severe bacterial extra-cerebral infections in five patients affected by HHT, admitted to our Institute from January 2007 to June 2013. We also reviewed the literature of the last five years concerning infectious complications in people affected by HHT. Our study shows that HHT patients with infectious complications exclusively localized in extra-cerebral sites are usually fragile, old and affected by comorbidities. Moreover, we recognized a trend of Staphylococcus aureus (SA) severe infection recurrence in such patients, both in our series and in the literature. In our opinion these results suggest the need to evaluate the possible benefits of SA nasal colonization screening and decolonization in such patients.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Infezioni in Medicina|
|Publication status||Published - 2014|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Microbiology (medical)
- Infectious Diseases