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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 44-48

Species distribution and drug susceptibility of candida in clinical isolates from a tertiary care centre at Indore

1 Department of Nephrology, Department of laboratory medicine, greater Kailash Hospital, Indore, India
2 Central Research Laboratory, Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences, Indore, India
3 Department of Laboratory Medicine, Greater Kailash Hospital, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
4 Department of Urology, Greater Kailash Hospital, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India

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S Nirkhiwale
Department of Laboratory Medicine, Greater Kailash Hospital, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0255-0857.124300

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Background: The incidence of fungal infections has increased significantly, contributing to morbidity and mortality. This is caused by an alarming increase in infections with multi-drug resistant bacteria leading to overuse of broad-spectrum antimicrobials, which lead to overgrowth of Candida, thus enhancing its opportunity to cause disease. Candida are major human fungal pathogens that cause both mucosal and deep tissue infections. Objective : The aim of our study was to identify the distribution of Candida species among clinical isolates and their sensitivity pattern for common antifungal drugs. Materials and Methods : Two hundred and thirty-seven different clinical isolates of Candida were collected from patients visiting to a tertiary care centre of Indore from 2010 to 2012. Identification of Candida species as well as antifungal sensitivity testing was performed with Vitek2 Compact (Biomerieux France) using vitek 2 cards for identification of yeast and yeast like organisms (ID-YST cards). Antifungal susceptibility testing was performed with Vitek2 "Fungal Susceptibility Card (AST YS01) kits respectively. Results : We found that the non-albicans Candida were more prevalent than Candida albicans in paediatric (<3 year) and older (>60 year) patients than other age group (4-18, 19-60 years) patients and also in intensive care unit (ICU) patients as compared to out patient department (OPD) patients. Resistance rates for amphotericin B, fluconazole, flucytosine, itraconazole, and voriconazole were 2.9%, 5.9%, 0.0%, 4.2% and 2.5%%, respectively. All the strains of C. krusei were found resistant to fluconazole with intermediate sensitivity to flucytosine. Conclusion: Species-level identification of Candida and their antifungal sensitivity testing should be performed to achieve better clinical results.


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