A multidisciplinary approach to fungal infections: One-year experiences of a center of expertise in mycology

Nico A.F. Janssen, Roger J.M. Brüggemann, Monique H. Reijers, Stefanie S.V. Henriet, Jaap Ten Oever, Quirijn de Mast, Yvonne Berk, Elizabeth A. de Kort, Bart Jan Kullberg, Mihai G. Netea, Jochem B. Buil, Janette C. Rahamat-Langendoen, Didi Bury, Eline W. Muilwijk, Jacques F. Meis, Paul E. Verweij, Frank L. van de Veerdonk

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Invasive fungal diseases (IFDs) often represent complicated infections in complex patient populations. The Center of Expertise in Mycology Radboudumc/CWZ (EMRC) organizes a biweekly multidisciplinary mycology meeting to discuss patients with severe fungal infections and to provide comprehensive advice regarding diagnosis and treatment. Here, we describe the patient population discussed at these meetings during a one-year period with regards to their past medical history, diagnosis, microbiological and other diagnostic test results and antifungal therapy. The majority of patients discussed were adults (83.1%), 62.5% of whom suffered from pulmonary infections or signs/symptoms, 10.9% from otorhinolaryngeal infections and/or oesophagitis, 9.4% from systemic infections and 9.4% from central nervous system infections. Among children, 53.8% had pulmonary infections or signs/symptoms, 23.1% systemic fungal infections and 23.1% other, miscellaneous fungal infections. 52.5% of adult patients with pulmonary infections/symptoms fulfilled diagnostic criteria for chronic pulmonary aspergillosis (CPA). Culture or polymerase chain reaction (PCR) demonstrated fungal pathogens in 81.8% of patients, most commonly Aspergillus. A multidisciplinary mycology meeting can be a useful addition to the care for patients with (I)FDs and can potentially aid in identifying healthcare and research needs regarding the field of fungal infections. The majority of patients discussed at the multidisciplinary meetings suffered from pulmonary infections, predominantly CPA.

Originele taal-2Engels
Artikelnummer274
Pagina's (van-tot)1-12
Aantal pagina's12
TijdschriftJournal of Fungi
Volume6
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
DOI's
StatusGepubliceerd - dec. 2020
Extern gepubliceerdJa

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