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Questions: What are the clinical settings and risk factors associated with Candida infections?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Answer: Chronic mucocutaneous infections: defects in T-lymphocyte immunity, congenital (e.g., chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis) or acquired (e.g., AIDS) Deeply invasive, disseminated infections: peripheral neutrophil count < 500/mm3; mucosal barrier breakdown (burn, cytotoxic agents, GI surgery, IV catheter sites); candidal overgrowth (broad-spectrum antibiotics) Colonization of a catheter, with fever: indwelling catheter The difference between the first two […]

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Question: Which drugs are most commonly associated with causing fever?

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Answer: Amphotericin B Neuroleptics Sulfonamides Antiretrovirals Anticonvulsants Anesthetics NSAIDs Rifamycins Reference: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R (eds): Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 5th ed. New York, Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

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