Fungal diseases at the medical front door

Aline Wilson, Morven Wilkie, Nikolas Rae

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    Abstract

    Fungal diseases are an increasingly recognized cause of mortality worldwide and often pose diagnostic challenges. This article focuses on common fungal diseases as they may present in the acute medical unit, looking at the initial investigation and management of four common diseases: Pneumocystis jirovecii pneumonia, cryptococcal meningitis, candidaemia and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis. There is an increase in morbidity and mortality if these conditions are not correctly diagnosed and thus appropriate therapy is delayed. A better understanding of the initial investigation and management of these conditions will improve the outcome of patients with fungal diseases presenting to the 'medical front door'.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)157-161
    Number of pages5
    JournalBritish Journal of Hospital Medicine
    Volume80
    Issue number3
    Early online dateMar 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Mar 2019

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