Volume : 4
Issue : 4
Online ISSN : 2394-5478
Print ISSN : 2394-546X
Article First Page : 464
Article End Page : 467
Aim: This study is aimed to characterize the epidemiology and antifungal susceptibility profile of Candida isolates from candidemia cases in a tertiary care centre in both ICU and non- ICU patients.
Materials and Method: This study was conducted in Department of Microbiology, St. John’s Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore for a period of 6 months. Ethical approval was obtained from the Institutional Ethics Committee. Blood culture bottles from the adult and paediatric wards were incubated for a period of 7 days at 370C.Once the blood cultures showed growth, further processing was done. The Candida isolates were speciated using conventional morphological and biochemical tests.
Results: C.tropicalis was the predominant isolate accounting for 53.3% out of the 30 Candida isolates obtained during this study period. The incidence of candidemia was higher in ICU patients(77%). An emerging drug resistance to Fluconazole was observed among C.albicans.
Conclusion: The frequency of candidemia among hospitalized patients has increased greatly during the recent years.
Keywords: Candidemia, Candida, Antifungal susceptibility testing, C.tropicalis