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Pediatric Aspergillosis: Disease and Treatment Differences in Children

Steinbach, William J. MD

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: April 2005 - Volume 24 - Issue 4 - p 358-364
doi: 10.1097/01.inf.0000157218.37603.84
Review Article

Invasive aspergillosis is an increasing problem, yet there are few specific data on pediatric aspergillosis. The underlying patient diseases and treatments differ in children and adults, and there is a heterogeneity of invasive aspergillosis that extends to children. Although new diagnostic tools hold great promise for adult patients, it appears that they have limited usefulness in children without the appropriate testing. Antifungal management of pediatric aspergillosis also requires unique dosing schemes that are not used in adult patients.

From the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Department of Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Accepted for publication October 19, 2004.

Reprints not available.

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.