Overview of host defenses in fungal infections.

  title={Overview of host defenses in fungal infections.},
  author={Stuart M Levitz},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  volume={14 Suppl 1},
  • Stuart M Levitz
  • Published 1992 in
    Clinical infectious diseases : an official…
Humans have a broad array of host defense mechanisms against fungal invasion. Most serious mycoses occur in patients who have defects in one or more of these defenses. Defense mechanisms not related to the immune system include barriers created by the skin and mucous membrane, competition from the normal indigenous bacterial flora, mucociliary clearance mechanisms, and fungistatic products in serum such as metal chelators. Among the immune mechanisms, activation of the complement system and… CONTINUE READING
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