Diagnostic and therapeutic approach to fungal pneumonia in the critically ill patient

Rev Esp Quimioter. 2022 Apr;35 Suppl 1:97-103. doi: 10.37201/req/s01.21.2022. Epub 2022 Apr 22.


Aspergillus spp. is the fungus most frequently producing ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), constituting 8% of them. This risk is significantly increased in onco-hematological patients: solid organ transplant recipients, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), corticotherapy, cirrhosis, solid cancer, or viral pneumonias. The European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Mycoses (EORT/MSG criteria) developed for onco-hematological patients with angioinvasive forms of aspergillosis have important limitations for broncho-pulmonary forms, such as aspergillosis cases in the ICU. In recent years, new diagnostic criteria were developed to have a greater role in broncho-alveolar lavage, especially GM and lateral flow assay (LFA). Voriconazole and isavuconazole are the first treatment option. However, drug-drug interaction, level requirements, toxicity, and QT-interval modification are limitations that may favor isavuconazole or liposomal amphotercin B in the ICU.

PMID:35488836 | DOI:10.37201/req/s01.21.2022

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