Epidemiology of opportunistic systemic mycoses

Academic Article


  • It is becoming increasingly recognized that, apart from those fungal species usually regarded as pathogenic in man and capable of causing deep seated disease, there is a growing number of other forms which can be opportunistic and give rise to systemic infection particularly in immunocompromised patients and others at risk. This paper reviews the epidemiology and aetiology of some of the more common fungal infections, such as those caused by Candida, Cryptococcus, Aspergillus, Mucor, Blastomyces, Histoplasma and Coccidioides, and also draws attention to the invasive potential of some of the less common pathogens such as Fusarium, Trichosporon and Malassezia. Predisposing and predictive factors for the more important invasive fungal infections are discussed as is, briefly, the incidence of fungal diseases in AIDS patients.
  • Author List

  • Dismukes WE
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  • 1
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  • 14
  • Volume

  • 12
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  • 1