Foiling fungal disease post hematopoietic cell transplant: review of prophylactic strategies

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Abstract

Hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) offers definitive management for a wide variety of malignant and nonmalignant diseases. Conditioning regimens and therapies used to prevent and treat GvHD are immune suppressive, often increasing the risk of developing fungal disease due to yeasts or molds. Antifungal prophylaxis may be useful in preventing morbidity and mortality during and after HCT. In this article, we review the epidemiology and current literature regarding strategies for prevention of invasive fungal disease (IFD) in the pre-engraftment and post-engraftment settings, and propose future direction for scientific discovery.

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