Pancreatic fungal infection

Nirmala Shanmugam, Rainer Isenmann, Jamie S Barkin, Hans G. Beger

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Abstract

Introduction: There has been a steady rise in the incidence of pancreatic fungal infections. Even though fungal infections of the pancreas are not very common, they are often nosocomial. Aims: To review pancreatic fungal infections and to compare their clinical characteristics with those of bacterial pancreatic infections, along with the causes and approaches to diagnosis and treatment. Results: Because of the lack of randomized, prospective trials, standardized recommendations for use of antifungal prophylaxis would be premature. The most important aspect of prophylaxis against pancreatic fungal infection is minimizing the factors that predispose the pancreas to fungal infections. Conclusion: Isolation of fungal elements from necrotic pancreatic tissue and treatment of local infection are vital. Treatment of local candidal infection should be initiated with surgical necrosectomy. Systemic antifungal therapy should be started early in the course of the disease, but whether antifungal agents should be added to the prophylactic antibiotic regimens for patients with necrotizing pancreatitis remains questionable.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-138
Number of pages6
JournalPancreas
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003

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Mycoses
Pancreas
Antifungal Agents
Therapeutics
Infection
Bacterial Infections
Pancreatitis
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Incidence

Keywords

  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Necrotizing pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic fungal infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology

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Shanmugam, N., Isenmann, R., Barkin, J. S., & Beger, H. G. (2003). Pancreatic fungal infection. Pancreas, 27(2), 133-138. https://doi.org/10.1097/00006676-200308000-00005

Pancreatic fungal infection. / Shanmugam, Nirmala; Isenmann, Rainer; Barkin, Jamie S; Beger, Hans G.

In: Pancreas, Vol. 27, No. 2, 01.08.2003, p. 133-138.

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Shanmugam, N, Isenmann, R, Barkin, JS & Beger, HG 2003, 'Pancreatic fungal infection', Pancreas, vol. 27, no. 2, pp. 133-138. https://doi.org/10.1097/00006676-200308000-00005
Shanmugam N, Isenmann R, Barkin JS, Beger HG. Pancreatic fungal infection. Pancreas. 2003 Aug 1;27(2):133-138. https://doi.org/10.1097/00006676-200308000-00005
Shanmugam, Nirmala ; Isenmann, Rainer ; Barkin, Jamie S ; Beger, Hans G. / Pancreatic fungal infection. In: Pancreas. 2003 ; Vol. 27, No. 2. pp. 133-138.
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