Author(s): Mujica MT, Finquelievich JL, Jewtuchowicz V, Iovannitti CA, Mujica MT, Finquelievich JL, Jewtuchowicz V, Iovannitti CA
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Abstract The importance of epidemiological monitoring of yeasts involved in pathologic processes is unquestionable due to the increase of these infections over the last decade, the changes observed in species causing candidiasis, and empirical antifungal treatment. At the Mycology Center, 1006 isolates from a wide range of clinical samples were studied during 1999-2001. Candida albicans (40.3\%) was the most isolated species, although, the Candida no albicans species with 54.9\% showed the major prevalence. In blood cultures Candida parapsilosis (34.9\%), C. albicans (30.2\%) and C. tropicalis (25.6\%) were recovered most frequently while C. glabrata represented only 2.3\%. C. albicans with 60\%-80\% was the predominant specie in mucosal surface. We also detected Candida mediastinistis, which alert us over the importance at this location. Urinary tract infections caused by yeasts were more frequent in hospitalized patients, being C. albicans (47.7\%), the most commonly isolated, followed by C. glabrata (24.8\%) and C. tropicalis (20.0\%). In the candidal onychomycoses, C. parapsilosis (37.7\%) outplaced C. albicans (22.0\%). Fluconazole susceptibility studies of Candida species allowed us to conclude that the majority of C. albicans islolates are susceptible, and that the highest resistance averages were observed in C. glabrata (21.41\%) and C. krusei (69.23\%).
This article was published in Rev Argent Microbiol
and referenced in Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research