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Advancing the Field: Evidence for New Management Strategies in Invasive Fungal Infections.
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PMID:  23420637     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Invasive fungal infections (IFI) are a significant cause of morbidity and mortality in the immunocompromised. The traditional diagnostic methods of culture and histological examination lack sensitivity and often only make a diagnosis late when the fungal burden is high, reducing the chances of cure even with the availability of new more potent and less toxic antifungal agents. New non-culture-based serological and PCR assays have been developed. These appear more sensitive and are able to make an earlier diagnosis as compared with traditional diagnostic methods. Early diagnosis is central to reducing IFI-related morbidity and mortality. This review describes the diagnostic potential of the new serological and PCR assays and outlines how these assays have been incorporated into algorithms to improve the management of IFI.
C Orla Morrissey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-11
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current fungal infection reports     Volume:  7     ISSN:  1936-3761     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Fungal Infect Rep     Publication Date:  2013 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-2-19     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101306636     Medline TA:  Curr Fungal Infect Rep     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  51-58     Citation Subset:  -    
Infectious Diseases Unit, Alfred Health, Level 2, Burnet Building, 85 Commercial Road, Melbourne, Victoria 3004 Australia ; Department of Infectious Diseases, Central Clinical School, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.
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