Journal Article

Caspofungin in the Treatment of Symptomatic Candiduria

Jack D. Sobel, Susan K. Bradshaw, C. Joy Lipka and Nicholas A. Kartsonis

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 44, issue 5, pages e46-e49
Published in print March 2007 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online March 2007 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/510432
Caspofungin in the Treatment of Symptomatic Candiduria

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Background. Because the urine concentrations achieved by echinocandin antifungal agents are low, drugs from this class are excluded from consideration when candiduria treatment is selected.

Methods. We performed a retrospective view (sponsored by Merck Research Laboratories) of case records of patients participating in phase II–III clinical studies of caspofungin to identify patients with candiduria.

Results. Of 12 case records collected by Merck Research Laboratories, 6 met the criteria for significant candiduria, allowing the evaluation of caspofungin therapy as judged by J.D.S. Three reported cases of candiduria secondary to hematogenous renal candidiasis were promptly eradicated. Of greater significance are 3 cases of complicated, ascending Candida glabrata infection (i.e., C. glabrata infection plus renal insufficiency), which were successfully treated with caspofungin.

Conclusions. Caspofungin may have a role in treating complicated Candida urinary tract infections, especially when the infection is caused by non-albicans species of Candida.

Journal Article.  2562 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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