Experience with caspofungin in the treatment of persistent fungemia in neonates

Girija Natarajan, Mirjana Lulic-Botica, Chokechai Rongkavilit, Athina Pappas, Mary Bedard

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Objective: To review our experience of caspofungin in the treatment of persistent candidemia in the neonatal intensive care unit. Study design: This was a retrospective chart review on 13 infants in whom caspofungin was added to conventional antifungals (amphotericin B and/or fluconazole or flucytosine) for the treatment of refractory candidemia. Results: A total of 12 infants were preterm (gestational age, 24 to 28 weeks) and one was term; the median birth weight was 800g (range, 530 to 5600g). Candidemia (Candida albicans in five, C. parapsilosis in six, C. albicans and C. parapsilosis in one and C. tropicalis in one) persisted despite 6 to 30 days of conventional antifungal therapy. After the addition of caspofungin, sterilization of blood cultures was achieved in 11 infants at the median time of 3 days (range, 1 to 21 days). Adverse events included thrombophlebitis (one patient), hypokalemia (two patients) and elevation of liver enzymes (four patients). Three infants had a second episode of candidemia and seven patients died. Conclusion: Caspofungin may be an efficacious addition for treatment of candidemia refractory to conventional antifungal therapy. This drug should be further investigated in neonates.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-777
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Perinatology
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2005


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