Nonmolecular methods for the diagnosis of respiratory fungal infections.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Diagnosis of invasive fungal pneumonias by conventional culture methods is difficult to assess and often delayed. Nonmolecular fungal markers have emerged as an important adjunctive tool to support their diagnosis in combination with other clinical, radiologic, and microbiological criteria of invasive fungal diseases. Concerns about the sensitivity and specificity of some tests in different patient populations should lead to warnings about their widespread use. None can identify the emerging and particularly deadly fungal pathogens responsible for mucormycosis. The role of nonmolecular fungal markers should be better defined in combination with other microbiological and radiologic tools in preemptive antifungal strategies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lamoth, F; Alexander, BD

Published Date

  • June 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 34 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 315 - 336

PubMed ID

  • 24856530

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1557-9832

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cll.2014.02.006


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States