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Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2013 Oct;26(5):441-6. doi: 10.1097/01.qco.0000433309.21148.f7.

Intra-abdominal fungal infections.

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Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

The clinical spectrum of intra-abdominal fungal infections has not been systematically analyzed in the literature.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Even though intra-abdominal fungal infections have been recognized with increasing frequency in the recent years, most clinical experience is limited to case reports or uncontrolled case series. These infections are more common than clinically recognized disease. The clinical presentation varies broadly depending on the organism and host's immune status, but it is frequently severe, difficult to treat, and associated with significant morbimortality. Predisposing factors, clinical characteristics, and advances in the management are discussed.

SUMMARY:

Intra-abdominal fungal infections are increasingly important in clinical practice. Early recognition and a combined treatment approach, usually consisting of surgical intervention and systemic antifungal therapy, are required for improved outcomes.

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