Current recommendations and importance of antifungal stewardship for the management of invasive candidiasis.

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Current recommendations and importance of antifungal stewardship for the management of invasive candidiasis.

Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2015 Jun 18;:1-13

Authors: Miyazaki T, Kohno S

Abstract
Invasive candidiasis can have a major effect on patient prognosis and medical economics. Quickly eliminating the focus of the infection and administering appropriate antifungal therapy are important. Clinical guidelines for invasive candidiasis have been issued in the USA, Europe and recently in Japan. The purpose of this review is to summarize the current recommendations on how to diagnose and treat invasive candidiasis based on the evidence gathered to date and by referencing guidelines from various countries. Echinocandin antifungals play a central role in the prevention and treatment of invasive candidiasis although a recent increase in echinocandin-resistant Candida glabrata is seen as problematic. In the future, promoting the appropriate use of antifungal agents by antifungal stewardship teams will be necessary to suppress adverse effects, appearance of resistant strains and unnecessary medical expenses, as well as improve positive clinical outcomes and prognoses.

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