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DATELINE: Institute Pasteur
Fluconazole has been shown to be an effective primary treatment against cryptococcosis, according to Bertrand DuPont, M.D., of the Institute Pasteur in Paris.
Cryptococcal infections remain one of the most lethal complications among immunocompromised patients, Dr. DuPont told an audience attending the Focus on Fungal Infections conference in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 21-22, 1991. Standard treatment with amphotericin B with or without flucytosine results in a 20 percent mortality rate.
Dr. DuPont recently treated 72 immunocompromised patients suffering from cryptococcosis with fluconazole for two months. Patients …