Invasive Candida infections in the neonate.
Advances in medical therapy have increased premature infant survival. A rise in Candida infections in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) has followed. Once considered a contaminant, Candida is now recognized as a major cause of mortality and morbidity within these units. We will examine what is known about the epidemiology, risk factors and end-organ involvement of Candida infections with a focus on invasive disease. In addition, diagnostic alternatives to traditional blood culture, experience with antifungal agents for prophylaxis and therapeutic options, including newer antifungal agents, will be presented.
Brian Smith, P; Steinbach, WJ; Benjamin, DK
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