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Int J Med Sci 2012; 9(7):617-620. doi:10.7150/ijms.4707

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The Evaluation of the Distribution of Yeast like Fungi 'Candida Species' at a Tertiary Care Center in Western Turkey

Gulfem Ece, Pinar Samlioglu, Gulgun Akkoclu, Sabri Atalay, Sukran Kose

Tepecik Education and Research Hospital Department of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology, Izmir/Turkey


Objective: Candida infections have increased due to transplant patients, prolonged ICU stay and invasive procedures. The most common isolated strain is C. albicans. The aim of this study was to evaluate the distribution of Candida isolates at Tepecik Education and Research Hospital.

Materials and Methods: Yeast like fungi were isolated between 13.01.2010 and 19.08.2011 at Mycology Laboratory. The identification was done by conventional methods and carbohydrate assimilation profile using the ID32C identification system (Biomerieux, France).

Results: Yeast like fungi were isolated from 337 clinical specimens. They consisted of urine, blood culture, respiratory specimen and wound. The most isolated yeast strains were C.albicans (38.6%), C.tropicalis (13.9%), C. parapsilosis (28.4%), C.glabrata (7.4%), C.krusei (3.8%).

Conclusion: Recently there is an increment in Candida infections. In this study the most common strain was C.albicans and the rate C. glabrata and C. krusei isolates were lower than expected. C. parapsilosis was the most isolated strain in blood cultures and this may be due to invasive procedures and the use of indwelling catheters.

Keywords: Candida species, Candida infection, species distribution, yeast like fungi

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Ece G, Samlioglu P, Akkoclu G, Atalay S, Kose S. The Evaluation of the Distribution of Yeast like Fungi 'Candida Species' at a Tertiary Care Center in Western Turkey. Int J Med Sci 2012; 9(7):617-620. doi:10.7150/ijms.4707. Available from