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Initial Therapy for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome-Associated Cryptococcosis With Fluconazole

Stephen D. Nightingale, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1995;155(5):538-540. doi:10.1001/archinte.1995.00430050118013.
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Background:  Published opinion has generally favored amphotericin B over fluconazole as initial therapy for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome—associated cryptococcosis, although data that support this recommendation are limited.

Method:  Retrospective review of 30 consecutive patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome— associated cryptococcosis seen at a single institution over a 1-year period and given fluconazole, 400 mg/d, as initial therapy.

Results:  No patient died within the first 30 days of therapy, and none of the 14 patients who died within 1 year had clinically detectable infection when last seen or at death. Pretreatment blood cultures were positive in 26 of 27 patients; cerebrospinal fluid cryptococcal antigen titer was greater than 1:1024 in 12 of 23 patients; and five of 30 patients presented with altered mental status. The median CD4 count at diagnosis was 0.042 ×109/L (42/μL). Eight of 25 patients who were followed up for more than 30 days relapsed, as evidenced by a positive culture; all relapses were successfully treated with fluconazole, either by reinstitution of therapy or by increase of dosage.

Conclusion:  This experience supports the use of fluconazole as initial therapy for acquired immunodeficiency syndrome—associated cryptococcosis.(Arch Intern Med. 1995;155:538-540)


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