Clinical presentation and significance of emerging opportunistic infections

Authors
Citation
Rf. Miller, Clinical presentation and significance of emerging opportunistic infections, J EUKAR MIC, 47(1), 2000, pp. 21-23
Citations number
21
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Biology,Microbiology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF EUKARYOTIC MICROBIOLOGY
ISSN journal
1066-5234 → ACNP
Volume
47
Issue
1
Year of publication
2000
Pages
21 - 23
Database
ISI
SICI code
1066-5234(200001/02)47:1<21:CPASOE>2.0.ZU;2-G
Abstract
In recent years the clinical face of the Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrom e has changed significantly as a consequence of use of prophylaxis against Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and combination antiretroviral therapy. In t his context several opportunistic pathogens have emerged as causes of clini cally important disease. Many of these infective agents have previously bee n defined by specific geographical locations. Their clinical presentation f requently mimics other (non) opportunistic infections with which they may c o-exist. The diagnosis is frequently delayed as the diagnostic possibility may not be in the clinician's differential diagnosis. Invasive procedures a re frequently required in order to secure a diagnosis. Despite treatment, p rognosis is often poor. Clinicians should be aware of these opportunistic p athogens in order that a timely diagnosis may be made and appropriate thera py given.