Fungal colonization - an additional risk factor for diseased dogs and cats?
Prevalence of superficial and systemic mycoses has increased in recent years. The most common etiological factors responsible for those infections are fungi of the genus Candida, mainly Candida albicans; however approximately 35–65% of candidemia cases are caused by other species of this particular genus, described in literature as Candida non-albicans pathogens. Fungal infections have deleterious impact on metabolic control of diabetes; their course is usually more severe than in people without diabetes, long-lasting and characterized by frequent relapses and standard anti-fungal treatment resistance. The aim of this review was to summarize the current knowledge on diagnostic and therapeutic problems of fungal infections in people with diabetes mellitus. Diabet Dośw i Klin 2008; 8: 1–11 key words: diabetes mellitus, fungal infections, anti-fungal treatment