PMID: 44975Jan 1, 1979

Results of a year's mycologic and immunologic surveillance of Candida in an intensive care ward

Annales de l'anesthésiologie française
F GouinM Quilici

Abstract

Patients hospitalized in an intensive care unit must be considered to be exposed to a "high risk" in terms of candida infection. They often combine several of the factors favouring the development of "candida disease": generally deficient state, multiple antibiotics, iatrogenic or pathological immune depression. While certain patients who are admitted are already suffering from "candida infestation" (endogenous localization), the possibilities of exagenous infection are numerous. This study involved 63 patients spending at least one week in the department, from September 1977 to September 1978. Mycological (pharyngeal swab, urine culture, blood culture) and immunological (hemagglutination, immunoelectrophoresis, immunofluorescence) studies were carried out routinely on admission and then every week. Amongst the 63 patients studied, 12 were admitted with negative serology, which became positive during the first 10 days. 5 already had positive serology at the time of admission. From a mycological standpoint, the pharyngeal swab was frequently positive on admission (17 times out of 63). In 63 patients, the infection was acquired during the course of the hospital stay and, in this case, positive urine cultures were more regularly a...Continue Reading

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