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Wien Med Wochenschr. 2007;157(19-20):490-2.

[Invasive candidiasis in the critically ill, patient non-neutropenic].

[Article in German]

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Infektiologie und Klinische Abteilung für Pulmonologie, Universitätsklinik für Innere Medizin, Medizinische Universität Graz, Graz, Osterreich.


Invasive candidiasis can occur in immunosuppressed patients as well as in critically ill, non-immunocompromised patients and is associated with high mortality (20-40 %). Intestinal Candida colonisation is an important source for invasive candidiasis. Risk factors for the development of invasive candidiasis include presence of an intravascular device, organ dysfunction, impaired mucosal or skin barrier function, therapy with antacids or corticosteroids, prolonged stay at the ICU, total parenteral nutrition and prolonged antibiotic therapy. Among patients with invasive candidiasis, antifungal treatment should be started without delay. Antifungal prophylaxis is currently not recommended in critically ill, non-immunocompromised patients.

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