A thoracic surgeon and surgical director of the Northwestern Medicine® lung transplant program, was determined to identify the cause of a rare and deadly infection seen in a small percentage of lung-transplant recipients. After losing a patient, Harlan Dorbin, to this infection, Dr. Ankit Bharat made a commitment to Mr. Dorbin’s sister, to find the source.
After months of research, using Mr. Dorbin’s story as a case example and testing samples from hospitals around the country, Dr. Bharat was able to identify a specific bacteria which could be successfully treated with antibiotics. Hyperammonemia syndrome is a fatal complication affecting immunosuppressed patients. Dr. Bharat and his team, discovered that those patients who died of hyperammonemia syndrome had a Ureaplasma infection. His study suggest the need to test for this organism while providing the patient with empiric antimicrobrial treatment.
Read here the full article: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/04/150428125358.htm
For abstract of scientific publication: http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/7/284/284re3.abstractShare