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Preventing Fungal Disease in Chronically Immunosuppressed Outpatients: Time for Action?

Dimitrios P. Kontoyiannis, MD, ScD
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From The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.

Grant Support: This research is supported in part by the MD Anderson Cancer Center (grant CA016672). Dr. Kontoyiannis is the recipient of the Frances King Black Endowed Professorship for Cancer Research.

Potential Conflicts of Interest: None disclosed. Forms can be viewed at www.acponline.org/authors/icmje/ConflictOfInterestForms.do?msNum=M12-2735.

Requests for Single Reprints: Dimitrios P. Kontoyiannis, MD, ScD, Department of Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Employee Health, Unit 402, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, TX 77030; e-mail, dkontoyi@mdanderson.org.

Author Contributions: Conception and design: D. Kontoyiannis.

Analysis and interpretation of the data: D. Kontoyiannis.

Drafting of the article: D. Kontoyiannis.

Critical revision of the article for important intellectual content: D. Kontoyiannis.

Final approval of the article: D. Kontoyiannis.

Ann Intern Med. 2013;158(7):555-556. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-158-7-201304020-00007
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Infection control and exposure to environmental fungi are growing concerns in outpatients with chronic immunosuppression, but guidelines on prevention after hospital discharge in such patients are lacking. Thiscommentary discusses the issue and emphasizes that further research is needed to ensure the well-being of patients with chronic immunosuppression.

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