Eumycetoma (Fungal Mycetoma) Medication

Updated: Oct 19, 2017
  • Author: George Turiansky, MD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Medication

Medication Summary

The use of various antifungal agents in the treatment of eumycetoma has been reported. Imidazole antifungal agents appear to be the agents of choice. Of the azole group of antifungal agents, ketoconazole appears to be antifungal agent of choice, although isolated reports of successful treatment with itraconazole exist.

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Antifungal Agents

Class Summary

Reportedly, imidazole antifungal agents are variably effective in the treatment of eumycetoma when they are used alone or in conjunction with surgical therapy.

Ketoconazole (Nizoral)

Ketoconazole is a synthetic imidazole antifungal agent. It is a broad-spectrum agent known to be a potent inhibitor of the cytochrome P-450 3A4 enzyme system in vitro. Inhibition of this system impairs the synthesis of ergosterol, a vital component of fungal cell membranes.

Itraconazole (Sporanox)

Itraconazole is a triazole antifungal agent known to be a potent inhibitor of the cytochrome P-450–dependent synthesis of ergosterol in vitro. It slows fungal cell growth by inhibiting cytochrome P-450–dependent synthesis of ergosterol, a vital component of fungal cell membranes.

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