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Fungal infections

Andrew Davies and Ilora Finlay

in Oral Care in Advanced Disease

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780192632432
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730375 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632432.003.0006
Fungal infections

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Different fungi have been reported to cause oral infection. However, the Candida species cause the greatest number of oral infections. The Candida species belong to the class of Fungi Imperfecti, the order of Moniliales, and the family of Cryptococcaceae. This chapter focuses on the infections caused by Candida and its related species. Particular attention is given to oral candidosis, a clinical term that refers to the infection of the mouth. Furthermore, the chapter discusses oral candidosis management as well as the pitfalls of the prophylactic use of antifungal drugs in managing oral candidosis, especially in patients with advanced disease.

Keywords: fungi; Candida; infections; oral candidosis; oral candidosis management; antifungal drugs

Chapter.  4696 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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