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Is caspofungin really an effective treatment for Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia in immunocompromised patients without human immunodeficiency virus infection? Experiences at a single center and a literature review.
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PMID:  23317167     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Caspofungin, an antifungal agent that acts on the cell wall by inhibiting β-1,3-glucan synthesis, is likely to be effective for treating Pneumocystis pneumonia, because one of the identifying characteristics of Pneumocystis jirovecii is the presence of β-1,3-glucan in its cell wall. Previous case reports in which the efficacy of caspofungin was found to be favourable have supported this hypothesis. However, of 4 HIV-negative patients who received caspofungin as a salvage regimen at Asan Medical Center, none showed a response. Our negative experience opposes the optimistic view of caspofungin use for Pneumocystis pneumonia expressed in previous reports.
Tark Kim; Hyo-Lim Hong; Yu-Mi Lee; Heungsup Sung; Sung-Han Kim; Sang-Ho Choi; Yang Soo Kim; Jun Hee Woo; Sang-Oh Lee
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Scandinavian journal of infectious diseases     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1651-1980     ISO Abbreviation:  Scand. J. Infect. Dis.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0215333     Medline TA:  Scand J Infect Dis     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From the1 Department of Infectious Diseases.
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