An emerging issue of mixed yeast cultures

Yun-Liang Yang, Wen-Li Chu, Chao Chih Lin, Sheng-Hua Tsai, Te-Pin Chang, Hsiu-Jung Lo

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Abstract

Background: Different yeast species have different susceptibilities to commonly prescribed antifungal drugs. Thus, it is important to accurately determine the species of pathogenic yeasts, especially when more than one species are in a specimen.

Methods: Clinically significant yeast isolates were collected via the Taiwan Surveillance of Antimicrobial Resistance of Yeasts from July to September in 2010. The identifications of isolates were assessed in the core laboratory at the National Health Research Institutes.

Results: Of the 1127 isolates recovered, 1088 were of Candida genus, accounting for 96.53% of the total isolates, followed by Cryptococcus (15, 1.33%), Trichosporon (12, 1.06%), Kodamaea (4, 0.35%), Pichia (4, 0.35%), and three others. In all, 38 out of 1116 (3.4%) specimens had mixed yeast cultures. One ascites specimen had three species, Candida albicans, Candida glabrata, and Candida tropicalis. In the remaining 37 specimens, 16 had a combination of C. albicans and C. glabrata, eight C. albicans and C. tropicalis, five C. glabrata and C. tropicalis, three Candida krusei and C. tropicalis, and five with different combinations.

Conclusion: The high prevalence of cultures with mixed yeasts may be an emerging issue. Thus, to determine mixed yeast cultures in the same specimen, we highly recommend CHROMagar Candida medium to culture yeast isolates directly from the specimen. Copyright (C) 2013, Taiwan Society of Microbiology. Published by Elsevier Taiwan LLC. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-344
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

Keywords

  • Candida species; CHROMagar Candida medium; Germ tube test; Identification
  • NOSOCOMIAL FUNGAL-INFECTIONS; BLOOD-STREAM INFECTIONS; AMPHOTERICIN-B; FLUCONAZOLE RESISTANCE; CANDIDA-TROPICALIS; SECULAR TRENDS; NORTH-AMERICA; TAIWAN; EPIDEMIOLOGY; SUSCEPTIBILITIES

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    Yang, Y-L., Chu, W-L., Lin, C. C., Tsai, S-H., Chang, T-P., & Lo, H-J. (2014). An emerging issue of mixed yeast cultures. Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection, 339-344. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmii.2013.01.001