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Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2008 Sep;52(9):3022-8. doi: 10.1128/AAC.00116-08. Epub 2008 Jun 30.

Association of fluconazole pharmacodynamics with mortality in patients with candidemia.

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Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of Alabama at Birmingham, AL 35294-0006, USA.


Recent studies of nonneutropenic patients with candidemia or candidiasis suggest that fluconazole pharmacodynamic parameters correlate with clinical outcomes; however, additional data of correlation to mortality in patients with candidemia would be valuable. We assessed the impact of MICs for Candida, fluconazole pharmacodynamics, and patient characteristics on all-cause mortality with use of a prospective cohort of 96 hospitalized patients with candidemia. Among 84 patients for whom Candida isolates were available for testing, the most frequent Candida species isolated were Candida albicans (44%), followed by Candida parapsilosis (20.2%), and Candida glabrata (20.2%). Fluconazole resistance (MIC of >or=64 microg/ml) was present in 7 (8.3%) to 10 (11.9%) of 84 isolates, depending on the MIC endpoint determination method (50% or 80% inhibition read at 24 or 48 h). Overall mortality occurred in 27 (28.1%) of 96 patients, and nonsurvivors were more likely to have fluconazole-resistant isolates (25% versus 6.7%; P = 0.02). Multivariable analysis demonstrated an association between fluconazole resistance and mortality, but it did not reach statistical significance (odds ratio, 5.3; 95% confidence interval, 0.8 to 33.4; P = 0.08). By pharmacodynamic analysis, a fluconazole area under the concentration-time curve/MIC of <11.5 or MIC of >or=64 was associated with increased patient mortality (P <or= 0.09). These data support previous findings of an antifungal exposure-response relationship to mortality in patients with candidemia. In addition, similar MICs were obtained using a 24- or 48-h MIC endpoint determination, thus providing the opportunity to assess earlier the impact of isolate susceptibility on therapy.

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