Update of the EORTC Consensus Definitions of Invasive Fungal Disease
December 09 2019
The EORTC consensus definitions of invasive fungal infections have now been updated to include new patient groups (e.g. children and those taking ibrutinib) and diseases (e.g. Pneumocystis, endemic mycoses), and to reflect recent progress in diagnostics including Aspergillus/Candida PCR and galactomannan
Diagnosis of tinea capitis in adults is challenging
December 09 2019
Tinea capitis is uncommon in adults, and often initially misdiagnosed as bacterial folliculitis, allergic contact dermatitis, psoriasis or eczema
NICU fluconazole prophylaxis may lead to Malassezia colonisation and fungaemia
October 17 2019
IDSA recommends fluconazole prophylaxis for the first six weeks in premature neonates weighing <1kg in units with high rates (>10%) of invasive candidiasis. Dr Chen and colleagues in Taiwan found that introducing fluconazole prophylaxis reduced cases of candidaemia from 1-2 cases per year (per ~780 patients) to zero. However, Malassezia colonisation and fungaemia rose during this time.
Fungal infection burdens presented at TIMM: Morocco, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan
October 14 2019
Estimates of the incidence and prevalence of fungal infections were presented this week at TIMM2019 (Nice, France) for a further 5 countries: Morocco, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Tajikistan and Azerbaijan.
Medical experts stress the need for new ways of diagnosing neglected tropical fungal skin disease
October 01 2019
Results of a survey of 23 centres on diagnostics for fungal NTDs (sporotrichosis, chromoblastomycosis, mycetoma) have been published by Professor Hay and colleagues. In basic healthcare settings, clinical signs and direct microscopy are are most useful.