Pediatric pharmacology of antifungal agents

Current Fungal Infection Reports 03/2008; 2(1):49-56. DOI: 10.1007/s12281-008-0008-0


Pediatric age groups display important differences in host biology, predisposing conditions, epidemiology, and presentation
of fungal infections relative to the adult population. Over the past decade, major advances have been made in the field of
medical mycology. Most importantly, an array of new antifungal agents has entered the clinical arena. Although pediatric approval
of several of these agents remains to be established, the pediatric development of antifungal agents is moving forward. Invasive
fungal infections will remain important causes for morbidity and mortality in immunocompromised pediatric patients. Although
the availability of new therapeutic options is an important advance, antifungal therapy has become increasingly complex, and
a thorough understanding of the available antifungal armamentarium is essential for the successful management of individual

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