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Revista chilena de pediatría

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PEREZ Y., Alejandra et al. Fungal infections in central venous catheters. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2002, vol.73, n.5, pp. 489-494. ISSN 0370-4106.

Objective: To present our experience in the management of fungal infections of central venous lines in paedriatric haematological-oncological patients. Methods: A retrospective study carried out between January 1998 and December 1999 at the Division of Pediatrics, Valdivia Hospital. Results: Of 19 children with a central venous line, 8 presented with a central line infection, of which 5 were caused by Candida. They presented with fever. The average length of catheter implantation was 208 days (range 92-451). The rate per 1 000 days for fungal infection using the Hickman line was 1.9‰. All were treated with line removal and antifungal therapy. Conclusions: Candida is the main cause of fungal line infections and the appropriate treatment is early line removal and antifungal therapy

Palabras clave : Hickman line; Candida.

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