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Candida parapsilosis endocarditis: a comparative review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17805589     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fungal endocarditis (FE) is an uncommon disease, and while accounting for only 1.3-6% of all cases of infectious endocarditis, it carries a high mortality risk. Although Candida albicans represents the main etiology of FE, C. parapsilosis is the most common non-albicans species. We report the case of a 32-year-old man with a history of prior intravenous drug (IVD) use hospitalized with endocarditis due to C. parapsilosis and review all 71 additional cases documented in the literature. A retrospective analysis of the 72 C. parapsilosis cases compared to 52 recently reviewed cases of C. albicans endocarditis was conducted to identify organism-specific clinical peculiarities. The most common predisposing factor for C. parapsilosis endocarditis (41/72; 57.4%) involved prosthetic valves followed by IVD use (12/72; 20%). Peripheral embolic and/or hemorrhagic events occurred in 28/64 (43.8%) patients, mostly in cerebral and lower limb territories. Overall mortality was 41.7%. Combined surgical and clinical treatment was associated with a lower mortality. Few patients received the newer antifungal agents, and it would appear that more experience is required for their use in the treatment of C. parapsilosis endocarditis.
C Garzoni; V A Nobre; J Garbino
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of clinical microbiology & infectious diseases : official publication of the European Society of Clinical Microbiology     Volume:  26     ISSN:  0934-9723     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Clin. Microbiol. Infect. Dis.     Publication Date:  2007 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-11-08     Completed Date:  2007-12-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8804297     Medline TA:  Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  915-26     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Infectious Diseases, University Hospitals of Geneva, 24 Rue Micheli-du-Crest, Geneva 14, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use
Candida* / classification
Candidiasis / diagnosis,  drug therapy,  microbiology*
Endocarditis / drug therapy,  microbiology*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antifungal Agents

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