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See detailLa déferlante COVID-19 : la PCR à la rescousse ! : Chronique d’une gestion de crise au Laboratoire de Microbiologie clinique du CHU de Liège
Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULiege; MEEX, Cécile ULiege; BONTEMS, Sébastien ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2020), 75(S55-S61), 55-61

The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in December 2019 in China and its expansion across the world and Europe have requested the participation of clinical laboratories as major players in the diagnosis of COVID-19, to ... [more ▼]

The SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in December 2019 in China and its expansion across the world and Europe have requested the participation of clinical laboratories as major players in the diagnosis of COVID-19, to perform PCR tests mainly on nasopharyngeal swabs. In Belgium, the first confirmed COVID-19 patient was diagnosed in early February, the first of many, especially travelers returning from winter sports. In order to meet the ever-increasing demands for testing, the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory of the CHU of Liege had to adapt to this situation: firstly, by developing manual PCR tests and then automated solutions, permitting to increase the number of analyzes by ensuring a short turnaround time of results. Then, a system for the communication of results on a large scale has been set up, and finally solutions to deal with the lack of sampling devices have been found. This first wave of the pandemic has also highlighted an unprecedented solidarity within the institution. In this article, we recount the chronology of the management of this unprecedented health crisis within the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory of the CHU of Liege. [less ▲]

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See detailRare Sulfamethoxazole Crystalluria – case report
Castiglione, Vincent ULiege; Diop, Coumba Souley ULiege; CAVALIER, Etienne ULiege et al

Poster (2017, November 24)

Case discussion We report here 7 Caucasian patients with very uncommon crystalluria. There were 3 female and 4 male of 54 to 86 years-old. Patients had no relevant medical record in common. However, they ... [more ▼]

Case discussion We report here 7 Caucasian patients with very uncommon crystalluria. There were 3 female and 4 male of 54 to 86 years-old. Patients had no relevant medical record in common. However, they all were hospitalized for different types of infections: three patients had urinary infection, two had osteitis, and the two last had sepsis. The patients had all been first treated with different antibiotherapy, which had then been replaced by cotrimoxazole after antibiogram. The administrated doses varied from 800mg to 4800mg a day of Sulfamethoxazole. Crystalluria description In all patients, the urine microscopic analysis revealed unusual crystals of various shapes including rectangles, thick parallelepipeds, truncated lozenges, spheroids, mushrooms, or “flowers”. Some crystals were incorrectly identified by the urinary sediment analyzer as uric acid, but we sought to determine them accurately. Most of the crystals were strongly birefringent and measured between 20 and 100µm. Urine pH varied from 5.0 to 6.5 on strip analysis. After urine centrifugation, we performed infrared spectrophotometry analysis on dried residue. In all cases, the infrared spectra allowed us to identify the N-acetyl-Sulfamethoxazole, the main metabolite of Sulfamethoxazole. Crystalluria was observed between 1 and 26 days after Sulfamethoxazole treatment initiation. The serum creatinine increased from 16% to 88% in 3 patients between the first day of Sulfamethoxazole treatment and the day of crystalluria. These considerations raised concern for drug implication in renal failure in some of these patients. Teaching points for the clinical condition Drug-induced kidney failure is well-known, but the direct precipitation of drug crystals into tubules is rare, and also probably under-evaluated. Even if Sulfamethoxazole tubular precipitation was probably not the main cause of renal failure in these cases, we suspect it could have played a role. N-Acteyl-Sulfamethoxazole can precipitate in urine in many uncommon crystals shapes that raise suspicion for drug nephrotoxicity. Automated urine analyzers may misidentify these rare crystals. Crystal’s recognition may be difficult even with polarized light microscopy. This is why they must be identified by infrared spectrophotometry to avoid misdiagnosis. These renal failures linked to Sulfamethoxazole precipitation are more susceptible to appear with high dosage of drug, hypovolemia and pre-existing renal failure. Hypoalbuminemia has also been described as a risk factor and was present in our four patients (between 26 to 39g/l, range laboratory: 43-54). Thus, prevention of Sulfamethoxazole precipitation consists in hydratation to maintain urine flow, and require adaptation of cotrimoxazole dosage in regard of renal function. Urine alkalinization (pH >7.0) is also possible in order to increase Sulfamethoxazole metabolite solubility. [less ▲]

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See detailDistinction between urine crystals by automated urine analyzer SediMAX conTRUST is specific but lacks of sensitivity.
Castiglione, Vincent ULiege; CAVALIER, Etienne ULiege; Diop, Coumba Souley ULiege et al

in Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (2017)

Urine crystals are commonly encountered but few papers have been published about it while it is useful for patient’s follow-up, particularly the stone-formers. For the first time to our knowledge, we have ... [more ▼]

Urine crystals are commonly encountered but few papers have been published about it while it is useful for patient’s follow-up, particularly the stone-formers. For the first time to our knowledge, we have assessed the performance of an automated urine analyzer to identify and distinguish several types of crystals in a very large cohort of samples. We share in this report the results of method comparison of the SediMAX conTRUST with the polarized light microscopy which is the gold standard. We showed that the distinction between crystals and other urine elements was accurate. Negative predictive value was very good, but the positive predictive value was poor for most of crystals. The discrimination of different types of crystals between them by the automated urine analyzer still requires improvement to decrease reviewing rate and help clinician. [less ▲]

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