Anidulafungin-a new therapeutic option for Candida infections in liver transplantation.

Gabriele Sganga, Gilda Pepe, V Cozza, E Nure, Mc Lirosi, F Frongillo, U Grossi, G Bianco, S. Agnes

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INTRODUCTION: In the last years, the incidence of Candida infections in liver transplant recipients has increased with still higher morbidity and mortality. Anidulafungin, a new echinocandin that does not interfere with cytochrome p450, shows no need for dosage adjustment based upon renal or hepatic function or weight. AIM: To analyze tolerance to and microbiologic and clinical efficacy of Anidulafungin to treat Candida infections in liver transplant patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This phase 3b, prospective, open-label, single-center study focused on liver transplant patients with a suspected and/or diagnosed Candida infection. The patients received Anidulafungin intravenously, optionally followed by oral therapy with azoles. The primary endpoint was the global response at the end of therapy; secondary endpoints were the efficacy of intravenous therapy, 90-day survival, as well as tolerance for and interaction with immunosuppresants. RESULTS: We considered 42 consecutive liver recipients transplanted between 2009 and 2010 among whom 13 (31%) were recruited for the study and four patients were treated with Anidulafungin as empirical therapy, six as preemptive therapy, and three as targeted treatment for documented candidemia (7.1%). The immunosuppressive regimen consisted of tacrolimus and low dose of steroids. The Candida species were: C albicans (50%), C glabrata (12.5%), C parapsilosis (12.5%), C krusei (12.5%), C lusitaniae (6.2%), C tropicalis (6.2%), and multiple others (25%). The principle site of isolation was the bile (53.8%), followed by the bloodstream (23.1%), central venous catheters (15.4%), bronchoalveolar lavage (15.4%), peritoneum (7.7%), and other locations (7.7%). Two patients (15.4%) died of severe sepsis with multiple organ failure. There was no alteration of hepatic enzymes, indices of cholestasis or changes in immunosuppressant drug levels. CONCLUSION: Anidulafungin was an effective, safe, and well-tolerated drug. There were neither toxic effects to the grafts or adverse interactions with immunosuppresants
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1982-1985
Numero di pagine4
RivistaTransplantation Proceedings
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2012


  • antifungals liver transplantation


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