Fungal Septicemia: Need for Recognition, Changes in Curricula and having set protocols

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Fungal Septicemia: Need for Recognition, Changes in Curricula and having set protocols

Anwar Ul Haque
Department of Pathology, Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, Islamabad

Fungi are ubiquitous. Fortunately many fungi do not cause disease. Some fungi are commensals and many are found free in the environment. Fungi may act as act as opportunistic organisms ready to attack
when human immune system goes down. Pneumocystis jirovecii (Pneumocystis carinii) lung infection can be produced in animals by giving them heavy doses of steroids under the umbrella of
tetracycline.* (Please see footnote). Pneumocystis
carinii stands to be the commonest fatal pneumonia in AIDS patients. To date, pneumocandin D0 has been found to be the most potent inhibitor of Pneumocystis carinii development in vivo within the naturaloccuring echinocandin family of antifungal agents. Other fungal diseases are not uncommon and are responsible for considerable morbidity and mortality all over the world. Recently an unusual fungal infection was described in cluster of three cases in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. These presented as large
tumors!

         

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