Choosing the Right Antifungal Agent in ICU Patients

AbstractFungi are responsible for around 20% of microbiologically documented infections in intensive care units (ICU). In the last decade, the incidence of invasive fungal infections (IFI), including candidemia, has increased steadily because of increased numbers of both immunocompromised and ICU patients. To improve the outcomes of patients with IFI, intensivists need to be aware of the inherent challenges. This narrative review summarizes the features of routinely used treatments directed against IFI in non-neutropenic ICU patients, which include three classes of antifungals: polyenes, azoles, and echinocandins. ICU patients ’ pathophysiological changes are responsible for deep changes in the pharmacokinetics of antifungals. Moreover, drug interactions affect the response to antifungal treatments. Consequently, appropriate antifungal dosage is a challenge under these special conditions. Dosages should be based on rena l and liver function, and serum concentrations should be monitored. This review summarizes recent guidelines, focusing on bedside management.
Source: Advances in Therapy - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research

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Source: Current Fungal Infection Reports - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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Source: Current Fungal Infection Reports - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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Source: Current Fungal Infection Reports - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: research
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Source: the Mail online | Health - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
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Source: Iranian Journal of Microbiology - Category: Microbiology Tags: Iran J Microbiol Source Type: research
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Source: Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - Category: Biotechnology Authors: Source Type: news
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Source: GEO: Gene Expression Omnibus - Category: Genetics & Stem Cells Tags: Expression profiling by high throughput sequencing Arthrobotrys flagrans Source Type: research
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Source: BMC Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
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Source: Revista Espanola de Quimioterapia - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Authors: Tags: Rev Esp Quimioter Source Type: research
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Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - Category: Biology Source Type: news
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