Anthony P. Berger, MD

Department of Dermatology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

Bradley A. Ford, MD, PhD

Department of Pathology and Clinical Microbiology, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

Zoe Brown-Joel, BS

University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, Iowa

Bridget E. Shields, MD

Department of Dermatology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin

Misha Rosenbach, MD

Department of Dermatology, Perelman School of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Karolyn A. Wanat, MD

Department of Dermatology, Pathology, and Infectious Diseases, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

Accredited by

American Academy of Dermatology

Course Description

As discussed in the first article in this continuing medical education series, angioinvasive fungal infections pose a significant risk to immunocompromised and immunocompetent patients alike, with a potential for severe morbidity and high mortality. The first article in this series focused on the epidemiology and clinical presentation of these infections; this article discusses the diagnosis, management, and potential complications of these infections. The mainstay diagnostic tests (positive tissue culture with histologic confirmation) are often supplemented with serum biomarker assays and molecular testing (eg, quantitative polymerase chain reaction analysis and matrix-assisted laser desorption ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry) to ensure proper speciation. When an angioinvasive fungal infection is suspected or diagnosed, further workup for visceral involvement also is essential and may partially depend on the organism. Different fungal organisms have varied susceptibilities to antifungal agents, and knowledge on optimal treatment regimens is important to avoid the potential complications associated with undertreated or untreated fungal infections.

Activity Details

Credit Types:CME / MOC
Credit Amount:1.00 Credits
Release Date:2019-Apr-01
Expiration Date:2022-Apr-01
Estimated Time for Completion:1 hour
Registration Required:Yes
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