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Other fungal infections 

Other fungal infections
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Other fungal infections
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10.1093/med/9780198729228.003.0095
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date: 26 June 2019

Fungal pathogens cause a wide spectrum of disease, ranging from mild superficial skin infections to life-threatening invasive infections in immunocompromised hosts. Recurrent or persistent superficial fungal infections, as well as invasive fungal infections, in an otherwise healthy host should be considered as a potential presenting symptom of an underlying primary immunodeficiency. Defects in the Th17 pathway are associated with recurrent and persistent mucocutaneous mycoses, while underlying defects in the interferon-gamma/interleukin-12 pathway are increasingly detected in patients with endemic mycoses. Fungal infections include infections caused by either yeasts or moulds. This chapter will focus on endemic mycoses and dermatomycoses.

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