Fungal infections in cancer patients: An international autopsy survey

  • G. Bodey
  • B. Bueltmann
  • W. Duguid
  • D. Gibbs
  • H. Hanak
  • M. Hotchi
  • G. Mall
  • P. Martino
  • F. Meunier
  • S. Milliken
  • S. Naoe
  • M. Okudaira
  • D. Scevola
  • J. van't Wout


In an attempt to estimate the frequency of fungal infections among cancer patients, a survey of autopsy examinations was conducted in multiple institutions in Europe, Japan and Canada. Fungal infections were identified most often in leukemic patients and transplant recipients (25 % each). Fifty-eight percent of fungal infections were caused byCandida spp. and 30 % byAspergillus spp. There was considerable variability in the frequency of fungal infections in different countries. Nevertheless, this study clearly demonstrates that fungal infections represent a common complication in cancer patients, especially in patients with leukemia.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Bodey
    • 1
  • B. Bueltmann
    • 2
  • W. Duguid
    • 3
  • D. Gibbs
    • 4
  • H. Hanak
    • 5
  • M. Hotchi
    • 6
  • G. Mall
    • 7
  • P. Martino
    • 8
  • F. Meunier
    • 9
  • S. Milliken
    • 10
  • S. Naoe
    • 11
  • M. Okudaira
    • 12
  • D. Scevola
    • 13
  • J. van't Wout
    • 14
  1. 1.M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  2. 2.University of UlmUlmGermany
  3. 3.Montreal General HospitalMontrealCanada
  4. 4.Pfizer International, Inc.New YorkUSA
  5. 5.Hanusch HospitalViennaAustria
  6. 6.Shinshu University HospitalMatsumotoJapan
  7. 7.University of HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  8. 8.University La SapienzaRomeItaly
  9. 9.EORTCBrusselsBelgium
  10. 10.Royal Marsden HospitalLondonUK
  11. 11.Toho UniversityTokyoJapan
  12. 12.Kitazato UniversitySagamiharaJapan
  13. 13.University of PaviaPaviaItaly
  14. 14.Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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