Lege Artis Medicinae

[Empirical versus preemptive antifungal therapy of invasive fungal infections in patients with oncohaematological diseases]


SEPTEMBER 20, 2011

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2011;21(08-09)

[Fungal infections present a significant problem among immunocompromised patients. The essence of empirical antifungal therapy is to collect data, physical signs and symptoms that confirm the clinically suspected invasive fungal infections and enable initiation of antifungal therapy. With the improvement of early diagnosis of invasive fungal infactions, the diagnosisdrived application of antifungal preparations has been re-evaluated. However, no consensus exists to date regarding preemptive antifungal therapy. After evaluating the benefits and potential side effects of the therapy, the relevant centers decide whether the preemptive or the empirical method should be preferred.]



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