Forty-six patients with systemic fungal infections were treated with liposomal amphotericin B. Twenty-one patients had disseminated candidiasis, 19 had aspergillosis, and the rest had a variety of other fungal infections. Forty patients failed to respond to conventional amphotericin B therapy, and 6 patients were given liposomal amphotericin B because conventional amphotericin B caused severe side effects. Twenty-four patients had a complete response, and 22 patients failed to respond. No short- or long-term toxic reactions were observed. The acute side effects such as fever, chills, and potassium loss were infrequent and milder than those commonly observed with conventional amphotericin B. No chronic renal, hematologic, or central nervous system side effects were observed. Liposomal amphotericin B therapy was effective and less toxic than conventional amphotericin B therapy.
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- Internal Medicine