Surveillance and treatment of liver transplant recipients for candidiasis and aspergillosis

M. A. Viviani, A. M. Tortorano, C. Malaspina, M. Colledan, G. Paone, G. Rossi, G. Bordone, A. Pagano

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Between June 1988 and May 1991 88 orthotopic liver transplants and 1 liver and pancreas transplant were performed at the Liver Transplantation Department of the Ospedale Maggiore of Milan. All the patients underwent mycological surveillance and received antifungal prophylaxis with oral amphotericin B (6000 mg/day) or oral or intravenous fluconazole (200 mg/day) from the time of their transplant. The incidence of Candida colonization was 67%. Fluconazole was superior to oral amphotericin B in the treatment of C. albicans colonization (99 vs 15), but less effective in the treatment of colonization by other Candida spp. (03 vs 33). Deep-seated candidiasis developed in 5 patients, caused by C. albicans in 4 cases and C. krusei in 1. C. albicans infection resolved rapidly with fluconazole in 2 subjects, with intravenous amphotericin B alone in 1, and with amphotericin B plus flucytosine in the other. On the contrary, C. krusei infection did not respond to treatment with amphotericin B combined with flucytosine. Aspergillosis was diagnosed in 11 patients, of whom 4 died from invasive aspergillosis, despite 15 and 26 days of amphotericin B treatment in 2. In another patient invasive aspergillosis, diagnosed a few hours before retransplantation, improved with liposomal amphotericin B, but this man died from cytomegalovirus infection one month later. Aspergillosis was eradicated by itraconazole in 4 other patients and by topical amphotericin B in 2 whose infection was localized to surgical wound.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-436
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Epidemiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1992


  • Antifungal treatment
  • Liver transplant
  • Opportunistic fungal infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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