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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 123-126

Pulmonary mycoses treated by topical amphotericin B

Department of Microbiology, Al-Shomali General Hospital, Babil, Iraq

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Falah Hasan Obayes AL-Khikani
Department of Microbiology, Al-Shomali General Hospital, Babil
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/bbrj.bbrj_12_20

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Since its discovery, amphotericin B (AmB) became a key management because it is the most common antifungal drug with activity to disrupt the fungal cell wall. Furthermore, it is the first-choice treatment in pulmonary mycoses that may consider lethal infection; the difference in lipid structure between fungal and mammalian cell membranes determines the effect of AmB. However, some fungal pulmonary diseases such as aspergillomas are partially contact with the blood and narrow touch the walls of the lung cavities, thus administration of systemic antifungal agents may be ineffective to eliminate these infections. Tissue penetration of systemic antifungal agents must be evaluated to get a proper appreciation of their antifungal activity, which may differ even within the same antifungal class. So, topical administration considered necessity in these situations. AmB belongs to the polyene group has a wide-spectrum in vitro and in vivo antifungal activity. All of the known available formulas of AmB are administrated through intravenous injection to treat severe systemic fungal infections, while the development of the topical formula of AmB is still under preliminary development, including topical pulmonary AmB. Due to the revealing of antimicrobial-resistant fungi in recent years and ineffective systemic management of pulmonary fungi, this study explains the role of topical AmB in treating refractory lung fungi that not response to other drugs that may help researchers to develop an effective topical formula of AmB regarding pulmonary mycosis.

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