Current Respiratory Medicine Reviews

Joseph Varon  
The University of Texas Health Science Center
Houston, TX


Penicillium marneffei and its Pulmonary Involvements

Author(s): Yingqian Kang, Mark Feitelson, Sybren de Hoog, Wanqing Liao.


Penicillium marneffei, an endemic fungus in Southeast Asia and southern China, is the cause of opportunistic infection in HIV-infected patients who may present with respiratory symptoms, and abnormal chest radiographs. In this review, reports of Penicillium marneffei respiratory infections spanning the last 15 years will be summarized. This will include discussions on etiology, pathogenesis, clinical manifestations, diagnoses, treatment and prognosis. Correct diagnosis and timely antifungal treatment should be helpful in reducing the high mortality rate associated with infection.

Keywords: AIDS, HIV, Penicillium marneffei, pulmonary involvements, Talaromyces

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Article Details

Year: 2012
Page: [356 - 364]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/157339812803832430
Price: $58