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Dr. Kathleen Mullane

Internal Medicine
Chicago, IL
33 years experience female

Locations

Office

Chicago, IL

Address

5840 S. Maryland Ave MC 5065, Chicago, IL
Directions

University of Chicago

Chicago, IL

About

Bio

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, Section of Infectious Diseases at the University of Chicago. I attend on the Immunocompromised Host Inpatient Consultation Service as well as attending in clinics for our HIV patient population, chronic CDI and transplant populations. I conduct clinical trials evaluating treatments for opportunistic infections in immunocompromised hosts including Clostridium difficile, invasive fungal infections, opportunistic viral infections, multidrug resistant infections and vaccines.

Specialties
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Internal Medicine

Infectious Disease

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

303 Answers
54 Agrees
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Topical therapy: That depends! if it is a superficial fungal infection you may see response in a few days; if you are using it on severely inflammed athletes foot it ... Read More
A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Pro- & anti-biotics: Women w/recurrent uti's have been found to have altered flora w/ reduced lactobacillus sp and prolonged colonizn with uropathogens like e.Coli. Oral o... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Treatment of Cholera: Mainstay is oral fluid replacement. The who has rehydration formulas (ors); in us pedialyte. Replacement based on severity of dehydration. Once reh... Read More
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Altered immunity?: Recurrent bacterial infections first need to be defined: how often, associated conditions or causes, past treatments, etc. Depending on the organism,... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Antibiotic diarrhea: Read you label. If it can be taken w/food, do so; if not take w/at least 8oz water & stay upright for 1 hour after dose. Antibiotic associated diarrh... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Sandwich assay...yum: Elisa = enzyme-linked immuno sorbent assay. Done by adding serum from a subject to a plate w/antibody against the infection you're testing for on its... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
That depends!: These can be from skin colonization with staphylococcus or a disease: hidradenitis suppurativa (hs). If due to staph commonly treated with incision, ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Viral load?: A high level of viral antigen in the blood? There's good correlation between viral load ; progression of HIV to aids. A viral load (number of viral p... Read More
A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Time to go to Doc!: Absolutely! untreated dental infections spread to the mouth & facial soft tissues as well as bones. Sometimes infection spreads through 'potential s... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Acute retroviral sx: The most common symptoms of acute retroviral infection is no signs/symptoms. The acute syndrome is no different in males or females ; may present as ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Cleanliness/Godlines: This would depend where on your bum the infection might be and what caused it. Overall, keeping wounds clean (good old soap and water), dry and free... Read More
A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
UA w/Microscopic XM: Sounds like time for a real evaluation: a good physical exam. This appears to be a dip stick test. Leukocyte esterase is an enzyme from white cells ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Risk of infection: Not sure what type of infection you are concerned about but usually we look at inoculum (how many organisms were you exposed to), infectivity (how man... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Wrong place: Staph are normal skin flora. If there's skin trauma (scratch, ingrown hair, obstructed gland) the bacteria finds a nice warm spot w/lots of free food... Read More
A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
GET TESTED!!!: Testing for HIV is easy and reliable. It is even free in many public health clinics. Do it today!
A female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Possible perforation: I would be very concerned that you ruptured or perforated your eardrum. You should see your doctor to have him/her look into your ear and if it is ru... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
HIV Testing: Routine screening for HIV is done w/an elisa test. It looks for antibodies against the virus. It is 99%+ sensitive ; specific for the virus but becom... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
First why is it?: The most important question for bladder infections is why did it happen. Most recurrence is relapse. Could be anatomic issue, colonization with bad b... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Tinea Capitis: Treatment of this infection would depend on how severe the infection is and how much inflammation is present with the infection. Simple therapy is a ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Yogurt and yeast: Yogurt has lactobacillus, bifidobacteria, and strep thermophilus. These organisms break down lactose. While these organisms make up.
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Early wrinkles?: May be 'smile lines and this is not a bad thing. Concerns would be if associated with rapid weight loss (?Anorexia or bulemia?) general recommendati... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Depends on the rash: The rash associated with acute HIV (red flat rash over trunk ; sometimes face) occurs in 50% and is very transient. Kaposi sarcoma lesions tend to st... Read More
A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Ovulation tests: That depends on the test you are using. If it is measuring luteinizing hormone (lh) it will usually be positive just before you ovulate. If it measu... Read More
A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
When will zit go?: Usually it takes around 4-6 weeks to see good response from therapy for acne. The most important thing is using the products appropriately and if you... Read More
A 18-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Blackheads and acne: Acne is due to hormone induced changes in skin follicles/increased sebum production compounded by p. Acnes in the follicles & inflammation. Increased... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Lyme Ds Conumdrum: Lyme disease has become a very controversial topic given the concern for long term consequences associated w/the disease. The available testing varie... Read More
A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Recurrent fevers: Fever is a temp >101.5f / 38.3c. If you're having recurrent fevers, you need a workup. The basic start is a good physical exam to direct workup, ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
YeastyBeasty: Yes. Yeast are part normal skin, oral, gut & vaginal flora. If the conditions are right, a yeast infection may involve any/all of these areas. In t... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Fungal infection & C: There is no association between topical fungal infections seen in the moist intertrigenous areas & under the breasts & cancer. Certainly this may be ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Hemoptysis: Blood can enter into airsacs of the lungs from the pulmonary arteries (air exchange system)or from the blood vessels that feed the lung structures. B... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Short course UTI tx: A 3 day course of therapy for cystitis w/tmp/smx (trim sulfa) is a reasonable start. This is not the end however. It means a repeat ua needs to be e... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Chronic diarrhea: Chronic diarrhea is decreased stool consistency for >4 weeks. Many causes: nonabsorbable sugars or salts in the gut, too much fat in the stool (mal... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Orchestration: The HIV virus affects the t cell mediated immune system. T cells orchestrate our entire immune system. Therefore no matter what the cd4, HIV positiv... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
HIV protection: Holding hands and routine kissing and hugging will not transmit the virus. Do not have sexual intercourse without a condom and talk with your doctor ... Read More
A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Vaginal flora: Staph is a normal colonizing agent of the skin and external vaginal mucosa. If there is a break in the skin or a hair follicle or gland (e.g.: bartho... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Wash is the key: Vagisil wash is a surfactant and water with frangrance. It will not cure infections. It is a reasonable body wash and should be considered as such.
A 20-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
HIV testing imprving: The elisa test for HIV is sensitive ; specific for this infection. It is pretty reliable at >3 weeks after infection. If you are participating in... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
HIV Testing: If you think you have acute retroviral syndrome (mono like illness w/fever >38c, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, red rash on body) you should go ... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Best HAART: The best haart is that therapy that is guided by the individuals specific viral infection. We check for resistance mutations in a test called a genot... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
No home remedy here: This is a serious problem and needs help. I would strongly recommend that you look for a dental clinic that treats on a sliding scale based on income... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Usually none: Our oral cavity is teaming with organisms including yeast. If our immune system is not intact, yeast can overgrow. Usually there are no symptoms. S... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Earring infection: First make sure you do not have a hypersensitivity reaction to nickle. Earrings should be taken out in any case. If the infection is in the lobe of ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Diagnosis of UTI: The best and only way to test for a UTI is to get a urine analysis looking for white cells and bacteria and if these are present a culture so that app... Read More
A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
High hemoglobin: High hemoglobin can be as simple as living in a high altitude region or as serious as polycythemia vera which is a red blood cell disorder that can ac... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Needle stick risk: Because you do not know the etiology of this needle you would have to consider it the worst case scenario. The risk of HIV infection from a needle st... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
ELISA at 22 weeks: 99+% sensitive and specific for hiv. In other words very accurate. This of course means if the testing is done in a certified laboratory. In the us... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
See HIV specialist: There are many reasons for a low platelet count with hiv. Could be the disease itself or co-infection with another virus (like hepatitis c) or an adv... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
ELISA at 22 weeks: 99+% sensitive and specific for hiv. In other words very accurate. This of course means if the testing is done in a certified laboratory. In the us... Read More
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
HIV testing: Rapid tests should always be confirmed by a certified laboratory. It is a screening test.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 33 years experience
Wound infection bugs: That depends. The most common organisms to infect open wounds are staphylococcus and streptococcus. If the wound is traumatic and dirty it could be ... Read More

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Apr 3, 2013
Dr. Mullane's excellent answers are well thought out and completely reliable.
Sep 12, 2013
good answers and excellent doctor
Jan 25, 2015
Highly recommended!!
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Thank you, your answer or tip was very helpful! My urine cultive said it was sensitive to ceftriaxone, and resistant to penicillin, gentamicin, etc. The symptoms dont dissapear. Thank you
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I'm male, & self treated recurrent groin ringworm using Clotrimazole. The itchy white patches disappeared. May need to continue proper trtmt
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Thank you, your answer was very helpful! Fever didnt come back after 2 days,but I still have mild headaches til now.Will ask doctor abt it today when they repack my wound.Thank you!

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, IL
Graduated 1989MD

Medical/Graduate school

Philadelphia University of the Sciences
Graduated 1982MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Iowa
Graduated 1980MD

Residency

Rush Presbyterian St. Lukes Medical Center, Chicago

Awards

US News and World Report Top Doctor (Castle Connelly) 2012
Chicago's Top Doctors 2012
Castle Connelly Top Doctor 2013

Affiliations

Fellow of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
Member, American Society of Transplantation
Member, American Society of Microbiology
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