Itraconazole in opportunistic mycoses: Cryptococcosis and aspergillosis

D.W. Denning, R.M. Tucker, L.H. Hanson, D.A. Stevens

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Striking results were obtained with oral itraconazole therapy in two opportunistic mycoses. Of 28 patients with cryptococcal meningitis, 18 achieved complete responses, including 16 of 24 patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Other manifestations of cryptococcosis were similarly responsive. In aspergillosis 12 of 15 patients responded, including 8 of 10 immunocompromised hosts. These patients included those with invasive pulmonary disease (4/5), skeletal disease (2/2), pleural disease (1/2), and pericardial, sinus, mastoid, hepatosplenic, or nail disease (1/1). These results with itraconazole compare favorably to conventional (parenteral) therapy, and toxicity was minimal. This suggests that comparative trials are now in order.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)602-607
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Dermatology
Issue number3, Part 2
Publication statusPublished - 1990

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