Dr. Kathleen Mullane

Internal Medicine
Chicago, IL
34 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
See HIV specialist: Studies show us that HIV specialists do a better job managing patients with HIV than those who do not routinely care for those infected. You will nee... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Depends where: Oral thrush: needs a doctor to see why you have it & it is treated w/finding cause & w/antifungals vaginal: single time otc antifungals (see your pha... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Pulmonary mycosis: If you suspect that you have an invasive fungal infection of the lungs you will need to have your doctor (or have your doctor consult an infectious di... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Bad Bad Bad Bug: Neisseria meningitidis has 'virulence(invasion) factors' allowing it to stick on cells lining the nose & throat (pili & opscity proteins). It has a c... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Viral infections: There are thousands of different viruses. For some we have medications (herpes simplex, herpes zoster, influenza to name a few) for many we have no tr... Read More
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A 61-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Careful monitoring: Any skin break (a cut or a needle/scalpel from a healthcare worker) risks infection, even if the area is cleaned & disinfected first because deep hair... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Driving you buggy: Just because you did the right things (changed all bed linens, washed linens in hot water, fumigated the house, cleaned all your clothes, cleaned your... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Antifungal agents: Simple! superficial topical: gentian violet, nystatin, selenium sulfide, miconazole, ketoconazole, (& other azoles), terbinfine deep superficial/nai... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 37-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Alcohol withdrawl: Alcohol w/drawl symptoms can be mild: trouble sleeping, trembling, anxiety, nausea, anorexia, headache, sweating & palpitations wh/can start 6 hrs & g... Read More
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Superinfection?: This could be anything from a simple herpes simplex blister to a plugged gland that once it was disrupted became super infected with oral flora or st... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Antibacterial: Unfortunately, sulfur powder is an antibiotic and not an antifungal so it will not help with a fungal infection.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Sex too soon!: Chlamydia is a small bacteria with an extracellular infectious phase (resistant to antibiotics) and an intracellular phase where antibiotics to which ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
HCV/HIV transmission: Transmission through skin contact has been reported in only a few cases. It requires a significant amount of blood exposure from the infected individ... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Synergy: It is very difficult to take antibiotics on 2 schedules. Metronidazole can be given every 8 hours. I would call your doc and ask if there can be a d... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Travelers diarrhea: Diarrhea in travelers may be due stress of travel, change in diet or acquisition of a new friend (montezuma--bacterial like salmonella, shigella or ec... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Post-cyst infection: Our skin is a barrier to environmental bacteria. Anytime that skin is damaged, there's risk for infection. ?: was the cyst infected in the first pl... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Incontinence: This is a common problem left unreported by many patients. There are may causes wh/may be stem from the bladder (hyperactive, inflammed, infected), u... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Azithromycin crush: Yes the tablets can be crushed and mixed with water or food. As well it can be put through a feeding tube. It does not taste the best, however! wou... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Never a good mix: Acyclovir can cause dizziness. Alcohol frequently increases central nervous system adverse effects of other drugs. Alcohol can also interfere with h... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Obstructed gland: This sounds more like a skin gland duct that became obstructed and an infection has developed behind it. See superinfection discussion.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Sepsis contagious?: Sepsis =infection w/severe inflammatory response (low bp, rapid hr, leaky blood vessels, poor blood flow to vital organs & extremities) infections w... Read More
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Dilutional effect: Burning on urination can be from an infection, too much acid in urine (too many carbonated beverages), bacterial/yeast vaginitis, inflammation of the ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Terminal dysuria: End urination pain can have many causes with infection being the most common. Hopefully your doc ruled out infection w/a ua & culture & pelvic xm. Oth... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
The jock in him?: The most common red itchy rash in the genital area would be a fungal infection. Other causes of rash can be a drug reaction (either from something sp... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Never say never: 'std' = many infections. Organisms can pass through most mucus membranes (penis, vulva, rectum, urinary tract, mouth, eyes, resp tract. Stds can spr... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
ROM it plus cefunat: Cefunat is cefuroxime. It is an antibiotic used for treating infections with non resistant staph, streptococcus, and other upper respiratory tract, s... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Pityriasis rosea PR: Infection presumed viral/viral like particle w/either no presenting symptoms or w ha/malaise/sore throat followed days-wks later by crops of salmon co... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Honey moon cystitis: In young women this is called honey moon cystitis and is usually UTI related to the encounter. We treat with antibiotic prophylaxis with sex. In per... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
GET TESTED!!!: Testing for HIV is easy and reliable. It is even free in many public health clinics. Do it today!
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Koch's lung infect'n: This used to be the term used for tuberculosis. Would discuss with your doctor what he means by this diagnosis.
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
What kind of xposure: Hiv transmission varies by type of exposure. Sexually it has been reported for men to women approx 4:1 and women to men 20:1. For sharing needles wi... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Accuracy of ELISA: The elisa test is 99+% accurate (sensitive and specific) in individuals who have had the infection long enough for the assay to pick it up. For the 3r... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Phenergan (promethazine) indication: Indicated for nausea/vomiting w/motion sickness. It's was used IV for nausea w/migraines but is caustic to bld vessels ; therefore use has fallen out... Read More
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A 45-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 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
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Foot drop: Sounds like nothing to fool around with & needs a medical evaluation. A foot drop is usually due to compression of a nerve w/damage. Can be due to n... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Kathleen Mullane
Internal Medicine 34 years experience
Disfiguring fungi?: From your question i can't tell if you have a damaged finger that now has a fungal infection or if the fungal infection if causing your nail to look d... 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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