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Experiences with the use of caspofungin in paediatric patients.

Authors
  • Lehrnbecher, Thomas
  • Groll, Andreas H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Mycoses
Publisher
Wiley (Blackwell Publishing)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2008
Volume
51 Suppl 1
Pages
58–64
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0507.2008.01529.x
PMID: 18471162
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Invasive fungal infections are important causes for treatment-related morbidity and mortality in severely immunocompromised paediatric patients with haematological malignancies or in children undergoing haematopoietic stem cell transplantation. In addition, neonates, in particular preterm infants, are at risk for invasive mycoses. The past decade witnessed a major expansion of antifungal drug research, which has resulted in the development of new antifungal agents. Caspofungin is the first licensed compound of the novel class of echinocandin lipopeptides. Although the compound is not yet licensed in the paediatric population, caspofungin is increasingly prescribed in children. This article reviews the clinical pharmacology of caspofungin and the published experience with the drug in neonates and immunocompromised children.

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