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Epidemiology and Clinical Characteristics of Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis in Korea: Tasks for the Future
Dong-Gun Lee
Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Internal Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Vol.44 Num.4 (p328~330)
Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis (IPA) is a leading cause of morbididy and mortality for patients with malignancy and transplantation recipients. Recent advances in diagnosis and treatment strategies can improve patients survival. In addition, because the epidemiologies of invasive fungal infections would differ between Korea and Western countries, Organization of a nationwide network in collaboration with infectious diseases specialists, medical microbiologists, and government personnels is also anticipated. Due to a restricted reimbursement system in Korea, current clinical practices for treatment of IPA are limited. According to the textbooks and guidelines from results of well designed clinical trials and extensive clinical experiences, criteria for insurance benefits should be improved in the near future.
Keywords : Invasive pulmonary aspergillosis, Epidemiology, Insurance, Health, Reimbursement