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A Journal on Anesthesiology, Resuscitation, Analgesia and Intensive Care
Minerva Anestesiologica 2007 June;73(6):371-5
Successful early voriconazole treatment of Aspergillus infection in two non immunocompromised patients in Intensive Care Unit
Nataloni S., Gabbanelli V., Rossi R., Donati A., Pantanetti S., Pelaia P.
Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Politecnica delle Marche University, Ancona, Italy
We report two cases of respiratory Aspergillus infection that occurred in patients admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of a teaching hospital during renovation works and treated with new triazole voriconazole (Vfend). The first patient was affected with cerebral hemorrhage, the second with polytrauma and both developed Aspergillus Pneumonia during their ICU stay. Bronchoalveolar lavage, dosage with anti-Aspergillus antibodies, antigen measurements and galactomannan research with Sanofi Platelia were performed. Therapy was carried out with voriconazole for 12 days. Chest X-ray and laboratory tests showed complete resolution after 12 days of therapy; clinical symptoms were negative after 4 days. Aspergillus infection can be observed frequently in non-immunocompromised patients during ward renovation or in hospitals near building areas. Since treatment is often unsuccessful, we preferred to immediately employ new agents to reduce the impact of this disease.