Invasive candidiasis in the intensive care unit.
Hosp Pract (Minneap). 2010 Apr;38(2):82-91
Authors: Krishnan S, Ostrosky-Zeichner L
Invasive fungal disease by Candida spp. is on the rise in the modem era of prolonged patient survival by virtue of improved critical care measures, novel chemotherapy regimens, and increasing immunosuppression following organ transplants. Invasive candidiasis (IC) in the setting of an intensive care unit results in prolonged hospital stay and increased morbidity. Clinical suspicion plays a major role in the diagnosis of IC, as current laboratory methods are not very sensitive. Various serum markers and molecular techniques are under development to improve diagnostic strategies. Treatment options involve an expanding spectrum of antifungals. Knowledge of local epidemiology and the risk factors that predispose patients to this disease are essential for effective patient care in an intensive care setting.
PMID: 20469617 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]