Newer Antifungal Therapy for Emerging Fungal Pathogens

Int J Infect Dis. 2003 Mar;7(1):5-20. doi: 10.1016/s1201-9712(03)90037-3.

Abstract

As the number of immunocompromised patients increases, there is a concomitant increase in the number and diversity of fungal infections. Fungi that were once considered harmless or contaminants are now pathogenic in the immunocompromised host. Often these emerging pathogens are indistinguishable from the more familiar fungal infections; however, they are generally more recalcitrant to conventional antifungal therapies. With the antifungal armamentarium now expanding, the clinician now has many more options for these difficult-to-treat mycoses. We review many of the newer antifungal agents (second-generation triazoles, echinocandins, etc.) as therapeutic options for the recently emerging fungal pathogens.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antifungal Agents / pharmacology
  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / drug therapy*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / microbiology*
  • Fungi / classification
  • Fungi / drug effects
  • Fungi / isolation & purification
  • Fungi / physiology
  • Humans
  • Mycoses / drug therapy*
  • Mycoses / microbiology

Substances

  • Antifungal Agents